Hey y’all, here we are back to Monday. This week I’ve been reflecting on the fact that it’s been a little over a year since I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and started the Autoimmune Protocol diet which I did for five months before transitioning to the Paleo diet that I’m still on now. It’s so hard to believe that I haven’t had grains, dairy, gluten, beans or refined sugar for over a year. I feel absolutely amazing, I lost 30 pounds, was able to reduce my meds by 50% and I no longer experience debilitating pain in my finger joints. A year ago I could barely move my fingers and now I have full mobility back, incredible! I’m not a doctor and I don’t assume that this would work for everyone, but it’s been such a great experience for me that I have no plans of changing the way I eat anytime soon.
I’ve been noticing that quite a few bloggers are talking about Whole 30 right now, which is similar to Paleo but more of a short term program. The site Stupid Easy Paleo suggests doing a Whole30 at the start of your Paleo journey so you know how to better eat Paleo for life.
“Paleo is a long-term nutrition and lifestyle strategy where nutrient-dense foods are encouraged, but inflammatory, nutrient-poor foods are avoided. Whole30 is a short-term, very strict program designed to help you learn about which foods may be problematic for you. You can then apply what you learn to a slightly looser, less strict (but very much informed) Paleo approach to eating for life.”
Kelly from the awesome site Nourishing Home has a ton of resources and recipes on her site and just started a Whole 30 challenge yesterday if you are interested. She has this to say:
“For those of you, like me, who may be suffering from chronic health issues – or suspect that food allergies or sensitivities may be impacting your health – taking the Whole30 challenge can help to unravel the mystery of which foods may be causing health issues and help to set you on a path to better health and more energy!”
More information can be found HERE on her site.
Also this post over at My Love for Words has some helpful information.
Let me know if you decide to give it a try. The first couple of weeks are really hard as you detox from sugar and processed foods but it is so worth it if you can stick to it.
My Weekly Menu Plan:
Monday: Homemade Chicken Soup served with grilled cheese sandwiches for the family
Wednesday: Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin served with rice and broccoli
Thursday: Leftover buffet
Saturday: Lemon Paprika Chicken (without the butter) served with asparagus
Sunday: YOYO (you’re on your own!)
Have a wonderful week everyone!!
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