I’ve been sticking to my modified (for thyroid issues) paleo diet for 4 days now. I’m logging my food intake here, in case anyone is interested.
I have to say… it’s going well. VERY well!
When I started this, I almost cried. We went to Who.le Foo.ds to buy “essentials” and came out of the store with very little because, well, there isn’t much on the list of foods I can eat. I am limited to most veggies, natural meats, and some fruits. When we lived the paleo lifestyle last summer, we did allow ourselves to have dairy as long as it was “whole” dairy and nothing processed beyond minimal federal requirements. This time around, I have cut the dairy. Completely. This is by far the hardest part for me. This part of the diet almost made me cry as I walked out of Who.le Foo.ds with my bags full of… super whole foods! The milk in my cart was for Matthew.
Going grains-free is not really an issue for me. Sure, I tend to bulk up on them before starting down the paleo/modified-paleo route, but I can see myself living almost grain-free for the bulk of my life if I would just set my mind to it. Not eating grains over the last 4 days has been no big deal, aside from the fact that everything “easy” includes grains (pizza, sandwiches, Mexican food). Once I got past the first day of this, my definition of “easy” went out the window and I came up with easy ways to get calories without needing grains to put them on, essentially.
So how am I making this work? When I started out on this, I was very concerned that I wouldn’t be able to get creative enough to get all of my required calories in for being a 20-week pregnant gal. The first day, I failed miserably. The second day, with B’s help, I almost hit my target and I was thrilled.
The key to this is high-calorie items like meats, avocados, and coconut milk. I eat grass-fed, all-natural, nitrite-free meat sticks every day in the form of beef, turkey, and salmon (sounds gross, but is wonderful). We order these, and most other meats, from Wallace Farms and they deliver them to whichever pickup location I select within our area (they deliver to Naperville as well). Coconut milk has been my saving grace – I pour it over my berries at night and, well, it makes me happy! I had tried coconut milk yogurt which was OK, but B suggested I put straight coconut milk on my berries and that was the best suggestion ever! Coconut milk is way cheaper than coconut yogurt, and it’s actually better. I love it! We also use it to make mashed cauliflower which is awesome!
How am I feeling? I feel pretty darned good. I have a lingering headache which I believe is from caffeine withdrawal. Besides that, I just feel better and way less bloated. I was having a lot of stomach pain before I started this and that has all disappeared. I am still not perfect in the GI area, but it’s getting better and I have to believe that that will improve over time. I was rather swollen in my legs and face and that has all gone away. I am stuffier, which I wasn’t expecting having given up dairy, so I think it must be a cold. Interestingly, but not surprisingly, I have dropped 4.2 pounds in 3 full days of this. I know that that is not a goal, but I was gaining weight at record speed during this pregnancy and even though my doctor didn’t seem too concerned, they did say that there’s no reason for me to be putting on the weight I was. It was time for a change – I don’t want to gain 50 pounds while pregnant! I am now down to “normal” pregnancy weight gain for being 20 weeks pregnant, and feeling way better. I was just retaining water like a crazy woman! I noticed on our scale that my water % was going up at the same rate as weight, telling me it was severe water retention. That number is now back down to my normal levels.
We went out for dinner last night to one of my favorite places of all time. I think I’ve written about it before – it’s called the Flying Mango. They have the most incredible smoked brisket on the planet – I am not kidding you. Their entire menu is rather paleo-friendly, which makes it special to us – but beyond that, it’s just a great place to go! It’s one of the few restaurant gems we have in DSM, land of the chain restaurants. 😉 I got my brisket and trimmed off all of the fat, got a mashed sweet potato cake, and steamed zucchini and brussels sprouts. It was divine, and I only missed their decadent corn bread a little. I didn’t even put BBQ sauce on my meat – I ate it plain Jane and it was perfect!
If I can go to my favorite restaurant and not slip up, I feel like this is more than do-able for the long term. I do plan on re-introducing whole dairy after the initial 30 days are up, but only in the form of cheese (I miss Chip.ot.le a lot!). I don’t see myself eating many grains in my future, except on my birthday! I already told B that there must be an orange mimosa cake waiting for me on St. Patricks Day!
February 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm
Going dairy free has always been the hardest thing for me as well – but every time I do it, I always feel so much better. Keep up the good work – you will be so thankful you have in the end!
February 10, 2013 at 8:45 pm
Thank you! I’m already thankful – I feel like I’m over the hump today. It doesn’t take long to figure out what you can, and connot, eat when you’re limited to so little. HA!
February 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm
Thanks! I’ve slipped up a LOT these past few days, but am back on it. It’s hard. Once you indulge just once, that opens the door to more, more, MORE! GAH!
February 10, 2013 at 7:15 pm
Wow, it sounds as if you are doing amazingly well!! You should be very proud of yourself… and to do it during pregnancy… I am truly amazed and impressed. I don’t think I could do this now, let alone during my pregnancy with Lids when I wanted to eat ice cream daily!! 😉 It is great that you have your husband supporting you with it as well. That definitely makes it easier. Keep up the great work!!!
February 10, 2013 at 8:50 pm
Ah, thanks! I am not one to get cravings during pregnancy, except for a strong desire for fruit. I consider myself lucky.
B is behind this almost 100%. He doesn’t have the thyroid issue I do, so he can eat eggs, nuts, peppers, mushrooms, etc. It doesn’t bother me when he eats those things because I just know I can’t. When we cook, we cater to my limitations but I’ve already made mushrooms for him because we had them and what the hell, right? He’s been wanting to go Paleo again for a long time, so he’s thrilled that I’m doing this!
February 18, 2013 at 2:24 pm
Thanks… but umm… I fell off a bit on Thursday (no surprise there, I suppose) and am just getting back at it today. Well – yesterday really. Trying to be get back to where I was! And yes, it’s very helpful having a supportive husband. But it goes both ways – he’s been “bad” too with the food lately which then encourages me to be bad too. HA!
February 11, 2013 at 3:36 am
I am SOSOSO glad to hear that you are over the hump. i was feeling a touch worried about you this weekend, after your last post on the subject, so it is a relief to see that you are feeling better about it all (mentally and physically) and that you are treating your pregnant body kindly.
Also, now I want sweet potatoes. I am going to have to go find some this afternoon because I don’t think my evening will be complete without some sweet potato mash… or fries… hmmm… or both. 😉
February 18, 2013 at 2:25 pm
I fell off the wagon on Thursday. Back on it yesterday. GAH!
February 11, 2013 at 7:05 am
When I was going GF and DF for awhile, I agree, the dairy was definitely the hardest part. I tried Almond milk cheese which was pretty tasty, but it does have casein in it, so I’m not sure if that falls under the paleo diet. Also, if you have an ice cream maker, coconut milk ice cream is super easy and yummy. Just make sure you buy the full fat version. I have a recipe on my blog if you want to check it out. Sounds like you are doing really well on the program. I only seem to have willpower for about 2 weeks when I do diet modifications! Good luck, glad you are feeling better.
February 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm
I think 2 weeks is about the time it takes for me to start getting bad! HA! I think we do have an ice cream maker… so I will be checking out that recipe!
February 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm
Dairy…that would by far be the hardest thing for me to give up. You’re doing amazing lady!
February 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm
No I’m not. I fell off the wagon on Thursday 😦 Back on it though as of yesterday.
February 11, 2013 at 12:57 pm
So many of my friends are on the paleo diet right now (whenever they cave in and eat carbs, they refer to it as the faileo diet)… seems popular, and probably for good reason — it’s like a version of Atkins that’s actually healthy. The more I read about grains, the more I feel the need to stray from them, especially because of all the gluten and GMO risks. Argh. Meals can be tough, though.
February 18, 2013 at 2:28 pm
Yeah, the grains are the most important thing to me to shed – and potatoes. White potatoes belong nowhere in our diets. Take out potatoes and grains, and you’ve almost eliminated all fried foods which is a huge win! I’ve been bad these past few days though. GAH!
February 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm
Great job! Sounds like it’s going better and you are getting into the swing of changing your eating habits! 🙂 I’m amazed at how great you are feeling already, I may need to look into doing this.
February 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm
It’s totally worth it – even if you slip up here and there. I still feel really, really good!
February 12, 2013 at 6:28 pm
Awesome!!! I’m in awe of your stamina for going egg-free as well. For me, grain-, legume-, dairy- and sugar-free has been plenty 😉 although it’s really the sugar I have a hard time with, and I did cheat the past two days by making Paleo brownies. Once I open the sugar door it’s hard to close again so I’m not baking anything else for myself for a little while. So far, I think the lack of dairy has made the biggest change in how I feel. I used to live off of cheese and never really noticed that I had a constant stuffy nose, hmmm…
I’m definitely going to follow sling with your food log!
February 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm
Don’t be in awe. I’ve slipped up for a few days. Back at it yesterday though. I need to update my log. You’ll see some shameful things in there – even for today. Ugh.
Once I open the grain door – it’s hard to close. And dairy. Sugar – I’m OK with thank goodness!