Paleo success stories...we love 'em!
Read Stephanie's paleo journey here.....
I couldn't believe I had let myself get like that. Apart from the weight gain, my skin was terrible, my PCOS symptoms had worsened, and I began experiencing my intestinal problems again. I had to do something. I wasn't happy. I didn't look like me. And I certainly didn't feel like me. I was so uncomfortable in my own skin; internally and externally.
I toyed around with Paleo-esque ways for the first two months of the year, but it wasn't until March that I completely cut out things such as dried fruit (which still contain sugar) and let go of my passion for nuts, as I really wanted to benefit most from the Paleo diet for fat loss. As soon as I cut out gluten, dairy and legumes it was incredible how quickly my situation changed. Definitely the first two weeks were hard but the drive of knowing you are doing something great for your health is what kept me going. I was making a choice to be my best. What initially started out to be a 30-day challenge, was soon after extended, and I haven't turned back since.
This weekend will mark my three months since my dedicated attempt at going Paleo. Apart from my skin clearing, my PCOS symptoms diminishing, my intestinal problems completely disappearing, and my stomach NEVER bloating after meals, I feel a lot better. I found that my moods have stabilised so much. Something I never even realised before. I didn't understand just how sugar crashes affected my temperament. I also have a constant supply of energy, no spikes and falls, no drowsiness after a meal. I sleep a lot better. I don't need to eat so frequently. My body now receives all the vital nutrients it needs, and I don't get crippling hunger pangs, nor do I get anxious when I am hungry. I only eat when I am hungry, and stop when I'm full. I used to be able to eat three bowls of cereal in one sitting, and now one plate of real protein and veggies can keep me full for hours, no joke! I have definitely shrunk in size too. I have been trying to keep clear from the scales, but I have been taking monthly photos. I can see more muscle definition, and my measurements have definitely gone down. After a while, you no longer crave all the sugar-loaded junk you see everywhere. It honestly loses its appeal. Paleo is a great way to achieve optimum health. There is no denying that whole, natural, unprocessed foods are by far the best way you can treat your body and help it find return to its natural weight.
For men, this is lean and built, however, for women, as we were designed to bear children and for not really any other purpose, our bodies are more inclined to want to fall naturally at a higher weight and this is entirely natural.
|A Sustainable Diet|
Regardless of how much you weigh, I believe Paleo is a great framework that should be used to begin to feed your body right. Everyone is able to build their own Paleo code based on what they can tolerate. So long as you follow a general rule of thumb that if it didn't walk, swim, fly or grow, you probably shouldn't eat it. After this, just listen to your body and see what it needs, and what you respond to best. Whether that be high carb, low carb, high fat, low fat, high protein, low protein, or all three in moderation, Paleo is bound to change your life. To me, Paleo is living with holistic health. It's a life time commitment, not a quick-fix. I am enriching my wellbeing with better food, more sunshine, more play-time and more sleep. There really is no other way I would rather be!
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