Tuesday, June 12, 2012

25 Pounds Lighter

Since I started the paleo/primal "diet" 3 months ago, I've lost 25 pounds. I've gone from 215, where I've been the last 4 years, to 190. Now, the purpose of the new diet wasn't weight loss, but I now see how unavoidable that was. I just wanted to eat healthier and more in line with how human beings are supposed to eat. I have less body aches and pains, less illness, and more energy. And I hope to avoid any chronic illnesses, cancers, diabetes, etc.

What do I do every day? I eat one piece of fruit in the morning, either an apple or a banana, on the way to work. On the weekends we'll prepare a fruit and greens smoothie in the big blender, for everyone. My lunch is either a grilled chicken salad (yes, with ranch and shredded cheese, not primal), or left-overs from dinner the night before. All our grocery shopping is done at either Whole Foods or Harmon's now.

Dinner is usually meat and veggies, and some or the other combination. Once in a while my wife and I will go through the paleo cookbook we bought and find something interesting to make. The last time we did this we had primal beef meatloaf and mashed cauliflower. The cauliflower was horrible, but we had steamed carrots to make up for it. I made a boo-boo on the cauliflower's ingredients, but I don't think we'll try them again.

And I'll eat 2 to 3 hard-boiled eggs before taking my supplements, before bed. I take fish oil, vitamin D, astaxanthin, and a multi-vitamin. And because my body is no longer on overdrive processing grains, I fast two meals every Sunday and breeze right through it without thinking much about being hungry. All in all, 25 pounds in 3 months. More energy, less fatigue, less weird pains.

My wife and I have made a commitment to walk longer and longer distances. We took the family on an hour walk from our house to the Gateway Mall, and an hour back. I did that in bare feet and boy were they raw after. Our next adventure will be to my nephew's house in South Salt Lake, at 2 hours one way. Then my grandma's in Magna at 4 hours. And ultimately my parents in Riverton at 8 hours. Our plan is to get through these by the fall, at least my wife and I. The boy was strong on our walk to the Gateway, but I don't think he could last 2 hours just yet.

That's where we're at. I'm loving everything about it, especially the part about indulging in goodies once in a while and not feeling guilty about it. If you eat right normally, then goodies are more enjoyable because you know they won't "go to your butt."