Well, it's been a while... but I'm back. I kind of ditched this way of life in November after caving during Thanksgiving, ashamed of turning away anything at the Thanksgiving dinner table. That, paired with my awful experience on the 21-Day Sugar Detox made me really doubt the Primal changes I'd made in my life. So... again... I left. I still refrained from eating many grains, but I'd still succumb to oatmeal breakfasts while my bag of almond flour gathered dust in my pantry.
My "ah-hah" moment happened last week, when I decided to go to the doctor for a full physical, including blood panel. My doctor said I am very healthy, but felt that I may have a hormone imbalance and possibly PCOS. As I waited for my blood work to be analyzed, I freaked out... and did some quick research and found lots of mixed "facts" - some said primal/paleo/LC "diets" put hormones out of whack; others say that their hormone balances (and PCOS) greatly improved. I didn't know what to believe, and I was completely distraught at the idea that my former primal lifestyle had screwed up my body.
Well, my results came back today and I'm so happy to see that not only is my total Cholesterol at the closest to "healthy" as it's ever been, but all of my results improved from last year to this year, becoming "healthy", "ideal", or "optimal". I've asked for some input here at hopes that I can get information before I go to my doctor for his in-person analysis and follow-up... because, well, I plan on getting back into the Primal way of life and want to make sure I have information to go to my doctor with!
I'm not going to kid myself this time -- I will not be able to be incredibly strict. I believe that realistically, I can be 80-90% Primal for life, and I also believe it will do my body and mind good! I also plan on eating some dairy (the occasional yogurt, raw cheese, etc.), rice and white potatoes if I feel like it. Don't judge!
Some other news is that I will be running the Tough Mudder in May 2013 and, even more shocking, my boyfriend will be doing it with me and my teammates! (He hates running and anything high-impact, so I'm very surprised and pleased he wants to get in shape to do the event!)
Anyway, let me get back to what I used to do here...
B - Protein shake made with almond milk, black coffee on the side.
L - Rice with sausage, onions and peppers.
D - (Planned...) Spicy sriracha chicken breasts with caramelized onions and a salad.
S - Pistachios, lemon water.
Fitness - Swimming and yoga.