I am not trendy, and I do not jump on diet bandwagons for a few reasons. First, I hate dieting! I mean, I count every hour of it thinking…when will this be over? I’ve had six kids so at least six times in my adult life, I was left trying to get back into shape after nine months of crazy hormones and gaining weight in places I didn’t know you could. My feet for example- I wore a size 6 my whole life. I am a solid 7.5 now! Those really cute Tory Burch flats that I saved up for… I gave them away, tear rolling! oh well.
I never tried anything specific and restrictive- just ate healthier and worked out. In the past year and a half, since I abruptly had issues with my health, I have lost a third of my body weight. I was so nauseated, that I dreamed of the day when I was actually hungry again. I ate a few bites a day, to stay alive, but the nausea was overwhelming. It was a result of intense pain, medication, and stress from those two things! I think my face aged a good bit from the stress, lack of sleep, and weight loss. I look very different than I used to- all of my muscle is gone, and I’m left with some prominent bones, and squish! haha. Not a lot of squish, but it took the place of any muscle. I’m 5’5″, and I wear a 0, which for me, isn’t a good look. I know I need to gain some muscle and strength back!
April 2016 after I had my 6th baby, my wonderful Lana
Thanksgiving 2017, in the Rent the Runway dress that I never got to wear to my cousin’s wedding. James snapped this of me after he got back from the wedding. I tried it on, just so I could see how pretty it was. I was stuck in bed that weekend:(
I saw a functional medicine doctor a few months ago. I was/am dealing with really sore (very painful! yuck) joints, bones, and muscle spasms. She looked at everything, ran a lot of blood labs, and came back to me with suggestions that I wasn’t very happy about. True to form, and the stereotype, she blamed a lot of my overall poor health and weakness on “leaky gut.” My husband is a physician, and this past year I read everything known to mankind about chronic pain, pudendal neuralgia, nerve damage, neuroplasticity- you name it, I’ve read it. I had a lot of time on my hands. I stuck to the double-blind, peer reviewed published articles from academic institutions. I admit, I’m a bit of a skeptic. I tried SO many things for pain, when it came to overall health, I was admittedly a little fatalistic. What can I possibly do to change things now?
The “leaky gut” diagnosis seemed a little far fetched, unproven, and probably the same thing every patient is told. I had barely eaten for over a year, and I was given a long list of things to give up! I was not pleased, and I was not easily persuaded to give it a go. Around Thanksgiving, I reached a breaking point where I knew I could not continue on the same path and expect change. I was bedridden, physically miserable, and not improving. I decided, alright, fine, I’ll try what the doc suggested. At first, I lost more weight and felt even weaker. Ok, that didn’t work. After some prayer, contemplation, talk with my husband, a couple of well informed friends, I tweaked some things.
I had heard of the Paleo Diet, or lifestyle. Eat like cavemen, or something like that?? Hoping for a miraculous recovery, I gave it a try. No gluten, dairy, corn, soy, legumes, processed sugar…hmm, what else? No potatoes…there’s a long list! Chances are, you’ve heard of people eating “paleo.” Disappointed, I didn’t see a big improvement in how I felt. So, around Christmas, I decided to throw in the towel and put whatever I wanted to into my stomach. Ok- that’s when I felt it. After a month of eating grass-fed beef, salmon, bone broth and tons of veggies, I got really sick after eating my favorite treats! eh? That was strange. Not to be deterred, I kept trying to eat junk. Comfort food. Darn, I deserved it.
Funny thing was, the comfort food wasn’t comforting. My joints hurt more and I felt nauseated again. After going back and forth, trying Paleo, versus normal diet, I came to the conclusion: for MY body, at THIS point in time, eating a paleo-ish lifestyle does not increase any of my bad symptoms. It is NOT a cure (unfortunately!!) and I still have the same problems, however, I can make them worse by 1) eating junk 2) not enough sleep 3) stress.
When I was younger, healthier, I could eat a variety of foods and it didn’t affect me negatively at all. I begrudgingly admitted to my husband, that I don’t understand this. I don’t understand the WHY right now, I just know from personal experience that I can exacerbate pain, or I can keep it status quo, and give my body the best chance to heal. Do I wish Krispy Kreme doughnuts made my pain go away? Heck yes. Would I gladly gain back the weight, if it meant being symptom free? You betcha! I don’t care about being this size, I just want energy, some muscle, and to take care of myself. That means, eating differently than I used to.
If I am going to live this way, eating a Paleo diet, I have to have some “hacs.” This lady isn’t going to live off of salmon and cauliflower and remain happy. I would be the crankiest person ever! haha. I started messing around in the kitchen the other day, and I created the yummiest recipe! The smell brought the stampede of little and not-so-little feet into the kitchen. Mom, what IS THAT??! It was Paleo Waffles! Oh, ya’ll, they really are good! They taste like comfort food! I made a big batch and froze some. I will share the recipe. I’ll share more in the future! I don’t cook a lot- ok, I didn’t cook for over a year. When I do make something, it’s a red letter day! Please understand, I am no diet expert! I just realize what works for me, right now.
I like shopping from Thrive Market, because I can’t make it to the store a lot. Also, we don’t have a Whole Foods or the like, nearby. Real food, tastes great, from the lady who loves Krispy Kreme! I promise:)
Yummy Paleo Waffles
6 egg yolks
¾ cup of almond or coconut milk
9 melted Tbsp of coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp Molasses (I used organic black strap, unsulphured)
1 ¾ cups almond flour
½ tapioca flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
- Preheat the waffle iron
- Mix all of the wet ingredients
- Mix all of the dry ingredients
- Combine wet into dry ingredients, stir until smooth, don’t over-beat the batter.
- Pour ½ cup onto iron. Cook until crispy edges!