LinaA Posted December 30, 2014 Share Posted December 30, 2014 Hello! My name is Lina and this will be my first ever Whole30 and also my first venture into the Paleo lifestyle. I’m really excited to begin my journey and I hope to learn a great deal about my body in the process. The fun kicks off on January 1st, 2015 for me! Allow me to share a little background about me first. I am a 31 year old female, married for the last 12 years to my high school sweetheart. We’ve no children yet, but we are quickly approaching the “ready” point for them, which is one of my motivators to clean up my health and eliminate my horrible eating habits. Through out my school years I enjoyed a wide variety of sport related activities and the carb-loading diet that often goes with it; big plates of pasta the night before a game, pizza after, and sugar-laden snacks around every corner. Once I finished high school, I found myself nearly sedentary but still strongly embracing my previous diet. Instead, it actually became worse as a personal source of income allowed me to support a very nasty Mountain Dew addiction. All through my 20s I struggled with my weight as it slowly crept up to 300lbs. I tried a variety of diets, but most left me feeling hungry a majority of the time. I tried Atkins several times with some success, but always grew bored with the food selection and fell off the program after a few months. Before I would acknowledge it, the Mountain Dew noose would be back around my neck and my weight would start to creep back up. On my 30th birthday I promised myself that I would bring my weight back under control so that I would be healthy and would be able to do all the things I wanted to do. My husband and I got a gym membership and I kicked my Mountain Dew habit. I started Atkins again, with a strong determination to see it through to the finish. However 5 months in, I started to notice weird whitening on my teeth right at my gum line. I checked with my dentist and it turned out that the calcium in my teeth was being leeched out! My dentist gave me a fluoride paste to apply in the evenings before bed, but it didn’t help that I could tell, and I developed a hole in one of my teeth. This scared the day lights out of me! I decided that I would rather be fat with all my teeth than lean and toothless. Feeling down and depressed about the situation, I turned to the foods that I thought made me feel “better”, which were the very same foods that were actually hurting me; sweets, pasta, pizza, and soda. I felt the sugar-caffeine bomb latch around my neck once again. Within 3 months 10 of the 50 lbs I had lost returned. I gave it a lot of thought and decided that what I really needed to do was to change my life style, rather than to try dieting again. I was certain Dr Atkins was right about fats being good for us while carbohydrates caused weight gain. After all, farmers feed grain to their animals to fatten them up, not fats and oils! I wanted to embrace a from-scratch type of cooking and eating to eliminate as much processed crap as possible. I thought such a change would help me break my soda addiction, improve my health, and help me shed the extra weight. I started cooking more at home and while I enjoyed the food and the process, my weight didn’t budge and I couldn’t break free of the soda addiction. A recent visit to my family in Missouri introduced me to paleo. I was really excited about it, because I felt like this could be the answer I was looking for. My mother and sister were both trying the lifestyle, and my mother shared with me how it had eliminated her minor aches and pains, how she slept better, and that she was feeling amazing. At first I was skeptical. I could see how eliminating grains and beans could aid in weight loss, but I couldn’t really wrap my head around the idea of them being out-right poisonous. To be honest, I’m still struggling with that idea! However I’m ready to give it 30 days and see how I feel at the end! That will be all the proof I need. What I am hoping to gain from this experience, in addition to knowledge about my body, are better sleep patterns, more restful sleep, more energy, and hopefully an end to my snoring and post nasal drip! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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