This post is long overdue. I meant to a “one-month-as-primal” post, but the beginning of August slipped by before I new it. Then I figured that a two-months-as-primal would be just as good, but next thing that I knew it was September 15th – and I hadn’t posted. So here I am, just barely making the 3-month mark.
So in July I went “Primal.” I have to put it in quotes now, since I can’t say that I am strictly Primal. I still use some dairy products (cheese and butter, and milk in baked goods), and probably eat more sugar than I should (the result of loving to bake). I would have to characterize my diet more as “grain-free, low-sugar, and low-dairy.”
I am extremely happy with eating this way. It was a little hard at first (on day one I thought that I was going to starve), but once I got used to it and figured out what I was going to eat, it was not that difficult (in addition to getting over a strange attraction to bread in week three, when I would find myself holding a loaf of bread, telling someone that it was good bread).
I was also expecting to have all these food cravings, and have lists of things that I missed. I don’t. Once in a while I will really want something that isn’t primal, usually when someone else is eating it. But it usually passes. I have also noticed that I do not have chocolate cravings anything close to what I had before. I realized this when, at 3 weeks of being Primal, I still had that bar of chocolate that my mom had bought for me before I started this diet, and it was only about halfway gone! It usually doesn’t last that long. I am not convinced that this is a good thing, though. I love chocolate!
As for having all these things that I missed, I have missed some things. But I have usually been able to do without that or find an equally delicious substitute. Think zucchini noodles. There are still a few things that I miss (bread, butter, and jam – how else do you eat fresh jams? A spoon just can’t cut it).
I have not had this much fun cooking and creating for a long time. It has been SO MUCH FUN learning to bake without grain flours and traditional sugar. There are scads of different things to try. And I have only seen the tip of the iceberg. I can’t wait to see the rest.
I have also seen so many of my issues disappear. To begin with, I very rarely wake up in the middle of the night with an upset stomach, which was a regular occurrence. I used to use my peppermint oil on a regular basis, and I just used it the other day for the first time in several months. Once I am asleep, I sleep through the night. My stomach has felt incredibly better. I’m not sick after every meal, and if I do feel sick, I can usually trace it back to something I ate. I have been able to eat eggs again, which I haven’t been able to do for months. I am also doing better with eating beef, something that used to make me quite sick. It can still mess with me on occasion, but I can usually alleviate that with some digestive enzymes. I have been able to try yogurt again some, too, but I tend to get carried away with that and eat to much, making myself sick. And this is only a few things.
Most of this didn’t happen on day one. Actually, it took me a while to notice it. One day I would be thinking and suddenly I would realize that I couldn’t remember the last time I had felt yucky. One night I ate grains and I was up for two hours in the middle of the night. That made me realize that I hadn’t had a sleepless night since I went grain-free. It was really a gradual realization of an absence of symptoms.
I have also noticed that I seem to be much cheerier than I had been. I was an overall grumpy person usually, which I didn’t like. I thought I had a huge character issue to work on. But after I went Primal, I was MUCH less grumpy. Not perfectly cheery, but generally happier. And now, when I do eat grains or I don’t eat Primal, I can usually expect to be grumpy. My mood may also be changed by the fact that I am not sick half of the time. Yes, that could definitely be helping, too. 🙂
I am just so thankful for the healing that the Lord has brought to me through this!