Hello, welcome and thank you for clicking on to my new blog, Paleo With Mrs P. I am so excited to finally start this and share my journey with you, along with some lifestyle, fitness and of course yummy recipes.
For the last 10 months I have been living as strict a Paleo lifestyle as I can; cutting out everything non Paleo and learning to be as creative and diverse as possible with the foods available. I’m not going to sugar coat this and I will be brutally honest, starting it was one of the hardest parts and I did “restart” it about 4 times before I managed to get my head around everything and trusted myself that I could do it! But as soon as I’d got through the first few weeks and realised that the choices were endless and the restrictions -mere nasties (and health robbers), I found the Paleo way of life pretty straight forward.
In April last year my now husband, Ports, proposed to me in Lombok, Indonesia. It was such an incredibly romantic and inspiring place that made us both want to reevaluate our way of living and our bodies. The stunning natural landscape, constant summer weather, food and drink, was all so natural, organic and wholesome that we decided we had to go back there to get married.
So, little over one month ago Miss C became Mrs P, and I couldn’t be happier. The idea of getting married on the beach one year ago was very daunting to me. Having picked 4 gorgeous blonde bridesmaids with endless legs and confidence to match I was imagining being the frumpy bride in the middle, hiding behind them all- probably sunburnt and slightly sweaty. However, I quickly banished these negative thoughts out of my mind and gave myself ten months to get in to the best health and shape I possibly could. I hired a personal trainer, Henri, who became not only a great friend and a mentor but also an inspiration as he was the one who initiated my love for the Paleo lifestyle. Henri pushed me to my complete limits, there was sweat and tears, but through sheer determination and seeing and feeling the results I kept progressing.
Flipping back ten years ago I was diagnosed with Type one diabetes. I was in my final months of school and about to be set free on to the big exciting world, to go to University, to eat and drink what ever I wanted, the world was my oyster. However, having somehow adapted all the symptoms of diabetes (increased thirst, severe weight loss, lethargy, depression, cramping, weeing) I was in the final stages of ketonacidotis by the time I had made it to a doctor and had a blood test. I ended up in hospital for 2 weeks and it hit me very hard both emotionally and physically. At no point have I ever wanted diabetes to rule me, but until I converted to the Paleo way of life, I can honestly say that looking back- it did. I was forever catching my tail so to speak- going from hyper to hypo and however stable I would get myself for several days, weeks or months, there would always be something that set me back to square one again.
Since sticking to a paleo lifestyle and increasing my exercising regime I have managed to cut my insulin intake by 61% (For any T1 diabetic out there, I was giving myself up to 62 units a day but now give myself a maximum of 23 units- with hardly any increase/ decrease in sugar level between UK :4- 7.5mmol / US: 72mg/dl – 135mg/dl).
I have also managed to banish the following persistent health issues:
- Headaches (I used to suffer persistent headaches on an almost daily basis- brought on I am sure by my need for diet coke and erratic sugar levels. I have had not one headache since August 2013)
- Irregular periods (I now have a period every 23 days, having never had a regular period before September 2013 after being diagnosed with pcos at aged 18 – yes, it was a hard year!!)
- Acne- I used to be prone to erratic acne around my jaw and chin, my skin has been so clear now that I now very rarely wear foundation or cover up
- Bloating- I used to feel frequently bloated and “heavy”, I would regularly rush home from work and throw on the baggiest clothes I could find to allow my tummy to release itself and feel free. I no longer suffer from bloating, other than occasionally during my menstrual cycle.
And the following things have increased dramatically:
- No Cravings- I no longer have any of the cravings I used to for chocolate or diet coke, which used to be my two daily frenimies. If I crave anything now it’s roasted butternut squash and my ‘guilt free’ chocolate avocado mousse.
- Skin- much clearer, no spots, no oil
- Hair- much shinier and healthier
- I eat three meals a day with no snacking and no skipping meals
- I have a clearer mind, I am more positive, patient about life, goals and challenges
I can now finally wear jeans with confidence, trousers for work and clothes I never had the confidence to wear before without wearing a big baggy jumper on top, or cardigan, or buying a giant oversized coat or bag to hide behind in an warped attempt at making myself feel and look smaller. I still am a little way off my final goal, but it’s more important to me that my health’s in the best shape it can be and the remainder of the toning and slimming will happen over time.
Now for the interesting part… weight:
Before I began with a Paleo eating plan and fitness regime my BMI was 27.7 (Overweight). However to date I have lost 2.0 stone, 4 inches lost around waist: 3 inches lost around hips: 2.5 inches lost around bust, with a new BMI of 23.3. I am 5’8.
I am not going to make you believe that I am some healthy Paleo saint (or indeed a health / fitness expert), with the perfect body, hair and nails- “perfect”, I am not and I still have a long way to go. There have definitely been days (especially Saturday nights and Sunday’s) where I end up getting carried away and drinking a couple too many prosecco’s, and then spend Sunday binging on things that I spend 99% of my time dismissing and some how talking myself in to the belief that “it’s alright and of no detriment to my health or hard work”. I then feel totally awful after it, it makes me feel very unwell, bloated and lethargic and my blood sugars will go sky-high and I will inevitably be in a foul mood. It then takes a good 5 days of the next week to get back to feeling normal again. Hence, these “binge” days are very few and far between and are becoming more and more infrequent the more aware of how badly it affects my body I become.
My aim in this blog is to be as honest and open with you as I can possibly be. I have spent the last 10 years always wishing I could be smaller, hiding under clothes and telling everyone that diabetes’s an ok disease to live with so long as you are able to manage it yourself. Well, I was lying, it’s a life long struggle, but something I can work with and not against and I really do feel that at last I can say (touch wood), I am in control.
This blog is for everyone and anyone, and if you have read this far (you deserve a medal) then I thank you so much and hope that you can come on my journey with me and share yours too. My aim is to share with you an array of exciting and delicious recipes I’ve learnt, adapted and created over the last year along with some other lifestyle bits and maybe even some trips. Having recently spent a magical time in Lombok and then Bali we were lucky enough to do a cookery course which was fresh, fragrant and ticked all the Paleo boxes, so I will share that with you all soon. I still have much more to learn about food and will share as much of this with you all as possible.
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Let the journey begin…