OK. So it has been a WHILE since my last post. But a lot has been going on. As you will remember in my last post I discussed some of the tummy issues I was having based upon my dietary choices.
Well I’m happy to say that these issues have completely disappeared since going on the Paleo diet. If you’re unfamiliar with the ins and outs of the Paleo diet, check out this link. It’s a great blog run by Mark Sisson. Ton’s of great information on all things diet and lifestyle related.
One of the biggest struggles with this particular diet was staying away from the sweets. Luckily I have found a source for cookies that you can buy that are totally Paleo. They’re actually for sale on Etsy.com. Here is the link. Etsy.com. They are totally grain free, dairy free, and contain no processed sugars. Pretty darn good.
Christmas Has Come and Gone
Another event that has transpired since my last post was the Christmas season. Since I’ve been on a health kick my husband and I decided to make a small investment in our entertainment system so that we can watch our workout DVD’s in the theater.
I’m typically not into this sort of thing AT ALL, but I must say that a good sound system really gets your endorphins pumping in the middle of a seriously tough workout. We had a local company come in and do the installation in a room we weren’t using in our basement. The guys at Innovative Sight and Sound did a terrific job. They worked fast and were always extremely courteous. They actually hooked us up with an incredible Control4 home automation system. You can even see our particular installation here. Now with the click of a button we can load up our exercise routine and away we go. You can see more of their work in the Charleston area here.
These exercise routines have had a huge impact on my energy levels. Couple that with the fact that I’m no longer having terrible issues with my digestive system and I would have to say that this year is off to one of the best starts of my life. 🙂
Healing Your Gut
The biggest benefit of living the Paleo lifestyle is that it allows your gut to heal. If you’ve lived with a leaky gut all of your life it can be difficult to explain the difference you will feel once your body begins to heal itself.
70% of the immune system is located within your stomach and intestines. If this area becomes compromised it can be difficult for your body to fight off infections, colds, diseases, and inflammation.
Speaking of inflammation, I cannot adequately express the difference I feel physically since starting this diet. I had no idea how much of my flexibility had been lost due to inflammation in my joints. Within about 72 hours of eliminating grains from my diet I literally felt as though I had turned the clock back 10 years.
For as long as I can remember I have had a bad shoulder. It basically stems from a shoulder injury sustained in college tennis. I had surgery to fix it, but it has bothered me ever since. This was the first place I noticed a difference in my mobility. I could literally move my shoulder without any sort of pain. This alone would be worth giving up grains. But in addition my cholesterol has dropped, my blood pressure has gone down, and on top of that I’m sleeping better than I have in years.
For those of you that have nagging health issues that have proven difficult to diagnose, I would highly recommend taking a look at the Paleo diet. You will be astounded at the number of health issues it can help to address.