After Christmas 2013, I embarked on a journey to help support my husband in losing weight and eating healthy. Having two children under age four had distracted me from caring about my health. As I savored my last chocolate covered pretzel, I supported my husband in his health goals and I endeavored to be an instrumental part of my husband’s diet plan. Even though grocery shopping for a family of four was expensive, I started shopping Paleo and I lost seven pounds by March.
About My Diet
My New Year’s Resolution was to eat healthy. Becoming Paleo required me to shop for organic, free-range products. I eradicated unhealthy foods from my cupboards. Boxes of pasta and macaroni went in the trash. For the first few weeks unhealthy foods were a temptation. I didn’t want junk food in our home. Even though buying healthy groceries were pricey, I was relieved to cleanse myself of the unhealthy choices of my past.
I transformed my favorite dishes into healthier versions, such as spaghetti squash pasta with the best meat sauce. My new go-to dinner choice was baked chicken with cauliflower mashed potatoes. I explored new curries and I learned how to incorporate coconut milk as well as coconut flour and almond flour into my meals. To encourage my exploration of new recipes, I started following some top Paleo bloggers on Facebook. Reading posts from The Paleo Mom and Paleo Grubs inspired me to stick to my healthy eating plan, which helped my husband lose 25 pounds in three months.
While I started a healthy eating plan, I insisted on staying guilt-free about my choices. I agreed to support my husband’s health plan as I avoided legumes, donuts, rice, and potatoes. Something that not everyone understands about the Paleo diet is that I could be as extreme or moderate as I wanted to be. My husband was more extreme with his choices as he regularly skipped desert and could easily go weeks without eating bread. I had more moderate ideas about how to become Paleo.
Even though dairy was supposed to be off-limits, I felt no guilt about bringing the turkey and Lacey Swiss wraps to work as my lunch. In the mornings before work, I relied on a miniature bagel or one slice of bread to get through the day. My nighttime desert was not Paleo friendly. As a nursing mom, I needed to keep up my calories and to avoid a drastic weight loss that could harm my milk supply. I added cheddar cheese to my cauliflower mashed potatoes. Being moderate about my diet choices helped me stick to a healthy eating plan long term instead of breaking down and having major cheat days. In the future, I know I’ll continue to shop with health in mind because my current diet choices have helped educate me so much about how to make wise decisions regarding my food intake.