Hurricane Day… woo hoo!

Yesterday SoFLA was on warning for tropical storm and hurricane Isaac. On the east coast, it was just rainy and windy all day. Obviously that meant stay inside and watch TV. Whoops… hey, I really did want to go to the beach. 

 

Complaints

I feel like I’m complaining a lot, I apologize. However, for the past 5 days I’ve been very nauseas in the morning. I thought it was from being nervous for school but I was nauseas yesterday and today. I’m not sure what the heck it’s from. I’d like to think it’s from slowly weaning on to the paleo diet… but let’s face it, I haven’t been that good.

 

Anyway, I found this website when I wanted to be a paleo and I LOVE HER. Her name is Sarah and she runs Everyday Paleo. Check her out. Her website is AWESOME. I was watching a video of her making paleo mayo and her kids are so stinkin’ cute. They were eating tomatoes like candy. 

 

I’m attempting to make these sometime this week. Eggplant stacks…YUM!

 

I also have her book which I reccomend. It has recipes and a getting started page… very helpful!

 

Hope I stay nice and dry the rest of the day!

 

Tropical Storm Isaac

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while…. This tropical storm hitting SoFLA is making me very drowsy. 

 

Paleo shopping

Before starting my paleo adventure, I was always told to just shop on the outside of the grocery store. As I begin my journey to start this lifestyle, I’m beginning to try and shop all paleo and sneak in things while I can. I try and buy a lot of fresh fruit and veggies and think of ways to be creative. Thankfully I’m not a picky eater. I’ll try (almost) anything. However, it’s so hard when I feel like I’m going to the grocery store 3x a week because all my fruit is going bad. For example, I bought a zucchini to make a patty with and 2 days later it was all wilted and gross. 

I know, go call the wambulance.

 

The perks of it are that I feel like I’m able to splurge because my money isn’t wasted on artificial, sugary crap. I try and buy all organic. I even bought omega 3 enriched organic eggs.. how cool is that! I do feel like i’m going to turn into an egg if I eat another one because of last week… but hey, I have to get used to getting my protein from different sources. 

 

I’m positive I will make good choices this week! Which reminds me I didn’t make anything for lunch tomorrow. I’m thinking it’s going to be Boar’s Head turkey, egg and carrots again. Please, sometime remind me that paleo doesn’t have to be boring!!!!!!!!

Busy bee…

Haven’t posted in the last days. School has been crazy!

 

I felt a little better this minus being bloated for girly problems. I’m thinking this new diet is going to help me immensely. 

 

 

Is there anyone else out there starting a paleo diet?

Ouch!

I survived the first and second day… in my book that’s a huge accomplishment. My mom called me today and told me that the doctor who took care of her said “she is such a nice person and who knows where she (my mom) would be without me that night.” 😀 That always makes me feel better. If you’re thinking you have no idea what I mean, that’s okay, It’s not really important. 

I just decided that when I look back on my blog, I want to not only remember the journey, but what happened in my life.

 

Breakfast

So, being from NY living in FL, I miss a lot of NY things… One of them being a decent cream cheese bagel. Anyone who knows me, knows i am a bagel queen. So, I found this bagel place called Brooklyn Bagel. It has THE best iced coffee i’ve ever tasted. not. even. kidding. Even though I don’t LOVE their bagels, I thought, if i’m going to stop for a much needed coffee, then I should probably just get a bagel, right? 

UGH, WRONG! 

Our cafeteria is under construction and my kiddos eat lunch in our classroom. Therefore, the only time I have to use the ladies room is 9:15-9:45 during their fine arts time. (Which I had a peach during their fine arts time) Around 10:30, I felt it coming. I quickly grabbed some Imodium while the kiddos read. 

That was a breaking point… I can’t run to the restroom and leave my five and six year olds alone. 

Lunch

Decided to eat paleo for lunch because it was easy. I had 5 slices of turkey and a hard boiled egg. 

 

Snack

I WAS STARVING at the end of the day! I ate my carrots during our team meeting.

 

It’s one of my student’s birthday tomorrow and decided that I needed to get decorations for her birthday. I stopped in Target and thought I was going to keel over and die checking out. My stomach feels like crap. I came home and the imodium wore off. 

What is wrong with my body?  OUCH!

 

 

First day of school…

I’m a first grade teacher and today was back to school day.

I’m trying to taper off wheat/gluten and eat a lot of veggies and protein… sort of as a diet before the diet. I know, all the serious people do that.

 

Breakfast

I ate my Barabara’s peanut butter cereal. I’m addicted to it and it’s on the “healthier” side of cereal. 

Snack

By the time snack rolled around, I WAS STARVING. Maybe looking at all the yummy snacks my students packed didn’t help either. 😉

 

Lunch

I made avocado and chicken salad. I just put together 2 things I like…not really that hard to guess and made my lunch. Oops, I added a tablespoon of not paleo mayo.

Not hungry for like 4 hours after eating this… SCORE!

 

Snack

2 eggos with butter and syrup. There’s something about the ease of throwing them in the toaster that gets me. Damn, you eggos. I’ll miss you once I go paleo. 

who says they will miss Eggos… are you seeing why I need to start this ASAP?

 

On a side rant….

I don’t think I’m ever going to want to eat eggs for breakfast every morning. especially not without cheese or bread. Good thing my new blender that I picked up at Brandsmart for $19 will come in handy. 🙂

 

 

 

My story

Hi readers,

I am starting my blog to record my challenges and accomplishments starting my Paleo lifestyle. I just moved to Florida, started a new career and am looking for a lifestyle change that can keep up with my busy life. I’ve tried it all, however. I just can’t stick to it and it doesn’t make me feel any better for a long period of time. I hope you stick with my blog and watch me as a I change. 🙂

Then

I’ve always been overweight and suffer from a condition that makes me have issues controlling my blood sugar. I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 18 years old. As an 18-year-old freshman, I didn’t t care about what to do to make this condition better. I was prescribed Metformin to control my blood sugar and not given any directions on managing my care. Nor caring and being a typical freshman… Too much drinking and loving that a meal swipe consisted of an endless amount of food…. made me very ill. Without any doctor consultation on the side-effects of the Metformin, I became very sick with every food I ate. Imodium became my best friend. I had no clue why this was happening…or how to change it. However, I lost 20 pounds as a side effect of the Metformin.

That was the first time I’ve ever felt that I could be a normal weight.

However, I lost weight without changing a single thing. Yes, a single thing. Except I was miserable. I had lost weight and was sick all the time. Since I had naturally lost weight, I began to keep eating the way a freshman did… without any health concerns. I quickly put back on the weight. However, I was still miserable. I couldn’t go out to eat without fearing that there wouldn’t be a bathroom close enough. I wouldn’t get into the details… but let’s just say I was pretty sneaky with how quickly I could use the bathroom. 😉

Four years later, I’ve gained back the weight and stop taking the Metformin. However, I still am experiencing some of the side-effects. I’ve been off the Metformin for about a year now. I still worry when I eat but it’s just become part of my lifestyle. 

NOW

I just moved to South Florida and during my last GYN appointment, my doctor pointed out that I have gained almost 20 pounds since last year… THAT MADE ME WANT TO CRY. I’m an adult now and I need to make a change. I thought about weight watchers… but it’s not for me. Even though it has opened my eyes to portions and healthy… I will never be OK that a plain bagel from Dukin’ Donuts has LESS points than a whole wheat one… YUCK! In my eyes, that means eat the plain, white flour bagel that has 0 nutritional value because that 1 point I can maybe bank and use towards Coldstone later. Can you see the cycle? 

Luckily, I’ve always been interested in nutrition. Like I recently discovered that whole wheat flour has only a SLIGHT benefit over white flour. Here I am loving whole wheat pasta and NADA? Ok, I digress. The real reason I’m writing this is because…

I realized that I might have an intolerance to gluten and the Metformin either intensified this or started at the same time. 

I began reading about the Paleo lifestyle and I think it’s something that really. makes. sense. Our bodies aren’t made to accommodate the mass amounts of sugar, carbohydrates and fatty oils that the standard American diet includes. We are meant to eat lean protein and get our fat an carbohydrates from sustainable choices.

*If you’re not familiar with the Paleo lifestyle/diet, please Google. 

Here I am… I have vowed to start my lifestyle September 1, 2012. I’m looking forward to kicking my addiction to sugar and carbohydrates and actually nurishing my body the way it was made.

THANKS FOR READING! 🙂