Mommy of two- loving primal!
MDA is a great community! I remember the days when I was kind of toying with the idea of going primal, but leaving my 'healthy' organic home made sourdough bread behind seemed impossible!
When I was younger (around 24, now I am 36), I followed a carbohydrate addicts diet, which worked great for me, but was a bit difficult to keep up, especially because I had to move to USA for my studies and start a whole new life. I fell off the diet completely with time (lots of stress, depression etc). Recently I had two daughters (3 and 1.5 years old now) and, having gained lots of weight, I felt so down. I had gone up to UK size 18/20 and continued gaining. In the spring of this year I finally had enough and lost some weight by counting calories (maybe 6-7 kg, I don't know, because I still don't want to weigh myself, but I do measurements). Then for a couple months I stopped dieting, maybe I was tired of being hungry. Finally about a month ago I decided to ditch grains and sugars and go primal!! I don't even remember now what triggered the decision, but I am so glad that I did.
The amazing thing is that I never missed the bread or other grain products. Sugar was a bit more difficult, but not by much. Almost immediately I felt much lighter and stronger, the bloating was gone. Also the hip pain that I developed after the second pregnancy, went away. Back pain is gone almost completely, too. My skin is continuing to improve, becoming smoother and healthier every day. The most important change for me is reduction in anxiety and depression during PMS! It is unbelievable how calm I feel. I used to be so irritable, but now I just smile about things that used to make me angry or upset. My tummy is completely peaceful now, no disturbances at all. Oh, and I have lost perhaps 10 kilos (22 pounds) in one month (estimated by my husband, who is great at noticing things).
I am hoping to convert my husband in near future. He is very impressed by my results- as is my friend who did not see me for 2-3 weeks and then commented on how much I have changed :)
My younger daughter is already primal- she loves primal food and eats everything. The 3 year old is a bit fussy and loves sweets and bread (my fault for not steering her in the right direction from the beginning), but she gets them only in nursery now and that is two days a week. At home I will make occasional primal blueberry muffin or banana pancake, or give her some dark chocolate and she is fine with that. I am hoping that with time she will start to understand more of what I am doing and why.
Just one more thing- I have not quit dairy completely. I put cream in my coffee in am and also drink a mug of home made kefir daily. Kefir is supposed to be low in carbs (I ripen it well to decrease lactose content even more) and full of beneficial bacteria and yeasts. I use non homogenized Guernsey milk, which contains beta a2 casein instead of a1 like most other breeds. Also I use a lot of Guernsey butter. What are your thoughts on this? It is not strictly primal approach, but it works for me, I guess.. I did develop a mild case of discoid exzema after my second baby, so, maybe cutting out dairy completely for a while, might help to get rid of it?
Another question, please! Should I increase my carb intake if I feel a bit weak and unable to concentrate well at some times? I am still breast feeding, so maybe I get too less? I use FitDay and I am getting around 100g of carbs a day. Some day a bit more, some day less. I have read Mark's thoughts on it, but was wondering if anyone could share a personal experience/insight.
Good job, everyone! So glad I have become one of you!