As part of my TTC journey, I introduced the paleo lifestyle in December 2013. The plan is to gradually intensify the adherence to paleo until I have cut out processed foods, added sugars, and grains. For example, my typical meals consist of a non-dairy protein, a fat and vegetables. I try to snack on fruit but mostly end up going for nuts because I’m greedy.
Drinking about 2 litres of water a day is easy because it’s a habit I grew up with (Thanks Mommy!). Sometimes when I’m feeling fancy I’ll add mint, lime, lemon, cucumber in combination or individually to the 1,75 litre glass water jug (approx. R69.00 at Pick n Pay) I keep on my desk at work. I’ll try for about one and a half jugs of water at work and then drink more when I get home. I also try and eat dinner as early as possible so I tend to cook in bursts during the week (enough for breakfast and lunch and maybe adapt it to a second supper) and ensure I have a mix of fresh and frozen veggies on hand to add variety.
Late December when AF showed up I was PMSing like a crazy person and coupled with the frustration of another negative cycle, had a carbohydrate meltdown. I think I spent 3 days mostly watching TTC vlogs. I was also crying my eyes out at pretty much anything, including those annoying Youtube adverts. Many chocolates, almond flour pancakes, a baby cow’s worth of biltong and a banana-Bar-One waffle and ice cream later I realised I needed to pull myself together. I’ve picked up weight because of that malarkey which I’m a bit nervous to measure, I can tell for sure in the fit of my clothes that I’ve become more lardy after just two weeks.
What the low carb lifestyle means is that theoretically my body can process insulin a lot better (see the (pseudo?) sciencey stuff here). In the 3 weeks of my paleo SleekGeek Reboot before said meltdown, I definitely felt my clothes loosen up but more importantly felt my energy levels were a lot more stable and constant.
I’ve since jumped back on the wagon and continue tracking my food diary on My Fitness Pal (can’t seem to find a Blackberry app for it, boo!). Since I started tracking my daily food intake in November 2013, I’ve become a LOT more aware of portions and quality of food. Oh my goodness, I had not realised I was eating nearly double the calories needed to get to and maintain my goal weight. SO Gross.
Next step is to get back into exercise since my running injury. I’ve bought a modest cozzie so that I can hit the lap pool. This swimming top looks a bit goofy but it does its job of covering what I want covered. I got plain black swimming leggings to go with it, and of course I wear a bikini underneath because I’m not a crazy person and I have a weird complex about nipples showing through fabric.