WHAT BRINGS ME HERE? I grew up wanting to be a baking Blue Peter Presenter, but without the “here’s one I made earlier”, I would always make it live to my audience (the pets)! As a child I would constantly be making and baking. I would stand in the kitchen for hours on end covered in flour; cakes full of egg shells, dogs covered in a baking dust, cats licking dropped cream from the floor, an image of complete chaos…but I would be in my utter element. I used to pretend I was presenting to an imaginary camera and would deliver whatever I had made to my parents and little brother at the end for the “taste test”. Obviously their reactions were always proud and positive (as we were on camera of course) and I would be so pumped with sugary excitement that I’d start planning my next project.
To fast forward a little …. Just before my eighteenth birthday I was diagnosed with type one diabetes. I’d lost 3 stone very quickly over a couple of months, I was drinking everything and anything in sight, weeing constantly, crying constantly, waking up with cramp CONSTANTLY and oh, I had the “worst case of thrush” the doctor had ever seen. (Sorry boys). 2 weeks in hospital later, a T1 diagnosed diabetic with a bag full of medication, injections and lucozade tablets I headed back to school to complete my A-Levels. People’s reactions were mixed, most were kind with sympathetic intrigue but there were a few “Will I catch it?”, “My Grandpa’s diabetic and he doesn’t have any legs” that have stuck in my mind forever. I managed to get through my A-Levels but had to defer my place at University that year, as my mind and health were not in the right place. I have found diabetes a very challenging disease to live with and have had as many ups and downs as I have high and low blood sugars. So many dietitians and Professors have told me over the years that eating carbohydrates (slow releasing) to maintain a stable blood sugar is the way to go. However, for me eating any carbohydrate slow releasing, complex or not, I will inevitably end up having to give myself so much insulin to compensate for the rise in sugar it gives me that it simply isn’t worth it.
A new discovery. I came across Paleo through my Trainer and friend, Henri. I was battling with my weight, had just got engaged and desperately wanted to be a confident bride and get my health on firm track. Henri recommended that I give the Paleo lifestyle a go and set me on my way with an eating and exercise plan. Over the ten months before the wedding I fell head over heels in love with Paleo, not only because I love cooking and preparing meals, or because of the weight loss, but because my once erratically controlled diabetes was suddenly in the best shape of its life and I wasn’t having to think about calculating the amount of carbohydrate I was ingesting all the time. I truly learnt what worked for my body and what didn’t. I now feel what being well, happy and healthy all the time is all about and I never want to let that feeling go. I have been every weight and every size during my time with diabetes, at my heaviest I was 13.5 stone and at my lightest I was 8 stone. I am 5’8 and currently somewhere in the middle. Like all girls I would like to be lighter but I also am realistic and as I’ve got older have realised that health, sanity and contentment are the key things to a positive mind…oh and having a stable blood glucose level and a very patient husband helps too! I am also a huge food lover and a large part of our life is spent planning meals for ourselves, friends, visiting markets and restaurants. We live for good food and I’d never want to refuse myself that enjoyment. 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. Since sticking to a paleo lifestyle and increasing my exercising regime I have also 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
Paleo with Mrs P is a collection of well balanced, nutritious recipes and lifestyle bits. I am by no means a trained dietician/ nutritionist or chef and every recipe I share has been made and photographed by myself. These are all my own creations (unless stated). I just want to be as honest as I can be in this blog and share as much about my Paleo journey as I can a with you and hopefully learn a little more along the way too.
A LITTLE MORE… I’m a wife! We got married in 2014 on a beautiful island called Lombok in Indonesia in front of our closest friends and family. Lombok’s the one place that has resonated with us more than anywhere else; the people, the food, the climate and the unspoilt heaven it allows you to be part of. It was also where Ports proposed to me. I love every minute of being a wife and my husband loves this blog as it means he gets to eat and be a guinea pig to lots of yummy dishes.
We have a Persian Chinchilla cat called Tilly, she’s a bit precious but a great companion and lots of fun, uber fluffy, spoilt rotten and a bit (a lot)of a diva.
I don’t really sit still... After 8 years working in the City I have given it up to focus on my blog and health 100% of the time. I am also a freelance recipe creator for Paleo Magazine (US print magazine), health writer and brand rep. I also have my own little jewellery design company called Emma Porter Designs which will hopefully be launching soon.
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