hi everyone! I started grain-free 4 weeks ago for weight loss. I have dealt with obesity from childhood. I managed to get down to a normal weight in college due to a flare up in my rheumatoid arthritis which threw off my entire system and I maintained normal to slightly overweight for about 4 years. The rest of my adult life, I have struggled with moderate obese weights. It is very frustrating. The most success I have had has been with low carb but... it never failed, as soon as I added grains back in, the weight piled on. Every year, I always say - "this is the year that I will finally succeed. I have to do it for my kids. I want to be a good role model for them." but within weeks of attempting to bring down the weight, I buckle...
... until now. I know it has only been 4 weeks but I feel SO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT! I know this is the plan that I need to follow - not just to lose weight but for the rest of my life. I feel so much better since stopping the grain train. For the first time in my life, I can honestly see myself succeeding and following this lifestyle for the rest of my life. I have not felt the need or desire to eat any grains, with the exception of popcorn - I am a popcorn addict and this may be something I am going to eventually claim in my 80/20 primal but for now, I'm doing ok without it so you never know...
So, now that I have been grain free for almost a month, I am easing into the other aspects of Primal. We have a very limited budget, so I am prioritizing the ones that cost more money. I am also easing my family into the lifestyle (with emphasis on "easing").
Your location: USA
Age (If you want): 42
How Primal are you: grainfree; easing into everything else
Do you consume dairy: yes, but noticing sensitivities now that the grains are not cushioning it. May have to give it up
Do you drink coffee or tea: no
Motivator for switching to Primal: weight loss initially, but after reading all about primal, it "just makes sense" for the long term
Favorite exercise: none, really - have severe arthritis and it hurts to exercise. I do it but none of it is a "favorite"
Favorite Primal food: steak - always has been
Best part about being Primal: I am beginning to feel SO much better
Worst part about being Primal: popcorn!