5 months down...
And the whole Primal/paleo lifestyle thing is beginning to seem like second nature.
I am in a routine of going to bed early, sleeping great, making food choices naturally, and generally feeling good.
I feel healthy, I have a *level* energy level (though I would say I'm bursting with exuberance, and vitality... more like a slow and steady, peaceful energy level). But, I definately have a lot fewer darker thoughts and fears.
I'm worrying less about the why's and how's of Primal, the macronutrients and slight deviations. I'm more used to it now and I'm just 'getting on with it'. I'm cooking and eating much more at home (which makes everything easier) and I know what I'm eating when I've cooked it myself!
I'm also growing a lot more vegetables and herbs in pots, at home. It's all a big learing curve at the moment, but if I can learn in pots I'll be happier doing it on a larger scale on an allotement. Kale, tomatoes, spinach, carotts, lettuce, as well as chives, basil, garlic, and chillis.
Two things I've been slack with:
Not enough sunlight and not enough exercise.
Other than my own slackness I blame two other things: the heat and the pollution. Both are pretty bad at this time of year, and it does NOT inspire me to go out and be active. Excuses, excuses... I know!
So, my goal for next month = MORE SUN. MORE EXERCISE!!!
Month 5 recap and progress:
Finished off one month dairy-free, to see if it would improve my period pains. It didn't. Another painful period! Not good. So I'll be back on small amounts of dairy next month (Make sure this doesn't creep up!)
Still eating rice and potatoes and feeling fine.
Have definitely upp'd my intake of seafood - a concious decision away from meat (bad practices in Thailand and several incidences of foul smelling meat from my supermarket! EW! And not pastured to boot!) Seafood healthier and possibility of it being wild caught.
New foods I've tried include: surf clam, raw octopus, fish curry, turmeric and coconut oil rice, turmeric tea, beetroot juice.
Suppliements and protocols include:
I began taking iodine (but it caused weight gain). I'm waiting to get Lugols Solution before resuming.
Cold therapy, (cold was easier than I thought) but not easy is having no bath tub and warm tap water. Am using ice-packs.
Began taking pro-biotics, finally! (which I've been meaning to do for months). I haven't noticed anything either way in terms of taking these. I'm still regular, and not bloated... maybe if anything, I'm less hungry when taking them?
Bought a 3-step water filter for my kitchen, which reduces my exposure to plastic bottles (though I'm still confused about my now exposure to chlorine and flouride).
Do onwards and upwards towards month 6...