I know what you're thinking.
The start of a fresh new year.
An opportunity to make some great changes - to become that "ideal person" we all hope to be one day.
And here goes Lana, adding to the masses of people talking about resolutions and transformation.
To make matters worse? She's talking about food. Great. I think I'll just stop reading now and go get myself a nice piece of cake or a big ol' bag of chips. That'll show her.
I know that's what you're thinking because I used to think the same thing. But I'm hoping you'll give me just a few minutes of your time and let me share with you something I've learned.
Lily has been on specialized diets pretty much her entire six years of life.
For my sanity, our family pretty much adopted her diets because it made food shopping and preparation so much easier if we were all eating the same thing.
But we've never really gone 100% all in with Lily. Meaning even though she's been dairy free a large portion of her life, we still drink milk. And while she's avoided gluten for several years, we've cheated here and there along the way.
But a few months ago, Lily's doctor suggested our whole family, including Lily, try the Paleo diet. He stressed that while Lily needed to be on this particular diet, he was convinced all of us would benefit from it. When I questioned him a little further, he told me that this idea of consuming "healthy whole grains" that we all hear so much about was not only making us fat, but making us sick as well.
Can you guess what I did after that phone call?
You got it - research.
I googled. I read. Inquired. Explored. Examined. Had several appointments with that famous duo, Barnes and Noble.
The most eye-opening resource I read was Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis and I highly recommend it.
Two other great and very informative books are Disease Proof Your Child by Dr. Joel Furman and What's Eating Your Child? by Kelly Dorfman. Though these books address our children, the information is beneficial for everyone.
So a few months ago, our family embarked on our own Paleo experiment. With no cheating. And I'm here to tell you, it's been amazing. I feel better. I have more energy. I'm not so draggy in the afternoons.
But ladies - let's get to the good stuff, ok? And men, I apologize because this is more than you ever wanted to know about me.
I dropped 6 pounds right away. Not only that, my stomach was flatter. I don't think I ever realized how swollen I was, how bloated through the middle. Now are you ready for this? Good-bye Spanx. I am wearing pants I've never been able to wear without a lovely pair of hot, squeezy tight and uncomfortable Spanx under them. And I can breathe! The waistband is no longer cutting me off at the middle when I sit through a movie or church.
I just keep thinking, "if I feel so much better, how much better must Lily feel?" I think she is sharper and more alert. She's a bit less "foggy" and more bright-eyed. She has had a simply amazing two weeks back at school since the Christmas break. I think the Paleo diet has made a bigger difference for her than any diet we've tried.
And y'all - it's really not that hard. I promise! About the only thing that's difficult is fast food, which you won't want to eat after doing a little reading anyway. Finding a drive-through that fits Paleo is near impossible.
Have I sold you yet? Interested in checking out the Paleo diet for yourself?
Here's an infographic to give you a quick first glance:
Some wonderful websites with great recipes to get you started:
Do a little digging. Check out the resources. Try it for your kid. Try it for yourself. Let me know what you think.
And I'll be back Tuesday with some great Paleo recipes that our family eats and loves and I just bet your family will like them, too.
But before I leave, the Bird's got a little message for you:
"Hey people! Don't worry - you can still have Sonic ice water with lime on Paleo. Yum!"
Have a lovely weekend, my sweet readers!