Hello Fellow Grokkers,
I am very moved by the enthusiastic and supportive community here at MDA. Thank you, Mark and everyone here for creating a place for people to heal from the insidious woes of our Western Diet (SAD). I've signed on to the New Year's Challenge and want to give some background to my journey so far and my current challenges.
Basic stats: female, 42 yrs old, 5'6" tall, sedentary most of my life, tho I do run 3 miles twice a week
In the summer of 2010, I read Gary Taubes' GCBC and began eating meat for the first time in 15 years. I lost 6 pounds effortlessly and have stayed at 130 ever since (1.5 years now), even during holiday cheating time. I have made a lot of progress learning to cook and eat primal since then and recently saw great improvement in digestive health when I added kefir and sauerkraut to my diet. This week I ordered kefir grains through the mail so I can make the primal coconut kefir at home--Yay! I also started Vitamin D drops just yesterday.
I am very motivated by what I read regarding "reactive hypoglycemia". I have so many memories of falling asleep, practically passing out, after meals. It continues to haunt me today, even though I am no grain now. I spent a lot of negative energy in the past blaming myself for this behavior and feeling so afraid that I was lazy or depressed for napping so much plus sleeping 8-10 hours per night. Now I can at least see that it is maybe not a character flaw, but a nutrition issue.
So energy will be my primary focus during this challenge. I will try to log naps and surrounding meals to see if that tells me anything new. I also joined EP Lifestyle and Fitness program yesterday (linked on Mark's resources page). It has given me a very focused and simple place to start for much needed strength training.
My husband is on board as well and has been supportive as I've been learning how to cook. We share the same favorite cheat...red wine. Planning to cut back on that with this challenge.
My favorite thing about being primal? The renewed hope and focus to my quest for health.
My least favorite thing about being primal? Being unable to connect about health perspectives with non-primal relatives and friends.
I hope to hear from any other Grokkers concerned about energy or reactive hypoglycemia.
All the Best!