Journey to Baby #2: Part 3 - Pursuing Paleo

2/21/2013

Previously....

I grieved a bit. Took a few hours to wallow in my grief, then got angry. {It's part of the process.} There had to be something! I wanted another child. Needed just one more child. This had to happen, and with nothing to tell me there legitimately wasn't a way, I had to figure it out myself. I had some GI problems a few years ago, and despite the several doctors I saw and tests that were performed, I corrected that with diet alone. Perhaps the same could be done for infertility? I Googled like I'd never Googled before. So many tabs. So many websites. Taking bits from each one that made sense and going on another, yet related, search. Like a chain... starting at one point and hopping along as if on a trail. I was noticing a trend... several websites and comments mentioned Paleo, and how they got pregnant shortly after starting the diet. Interesting. What is Paleo..... {If you missed Part 2, please click here!}

What is Paleo?

Paleo is short for the Paleolithic diet, a.k.a. the caveman diet. {And by "diet", I don't mean "to diet" or lose weight, though if you're overweight, this will help!} It's primarily a meat and veggie-type diet, encouraging you to eliminate all processed foods, refined sugars and trans fats.

Per Wikipedia:
Centered on commonly available modern foods, the 'contemporary' Paleolithic diet consists mainly of fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.
Though, I would like to point out the Paleo diet isn't a black and white, one-size-fits-all diet. Some Paleo dieters consume dairy, some consume grains. It's up to you how strictly you want to follow the diet.

Per Robb Wolf:
The Paleo diet is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the ONLY nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic! Research in biology, biochemistry, Ophthalmology, Dermatology and many other disciplines indicate it is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility.
Initially, I was interested in Paleo with hopes it would revert the damage from a lifetime consumption of processed foods, pesticides and chemical-overload. I mean, we didn't eat badly, but we definitely weren't consuming as many veggies as we should've been, and we certainly still consumed processed {a.k.a boxed/prepared} foods. I'm hoping if I can get my body back on track, perhaps we'll be able to conceive. In fact, I've read numerous comments along the lines of, "After six years of trying, we got pregnant after a month of being on the Paleo diet." I'm not expecting any results, but I'm certainly hopeful, and I figure even if we don't get pregnant, we'll be healthier and that's what truly matters.

Please understand, I didn't come to this decision lightly. I spent two solid days "researching" everything I could find. I wanted to make sure we weren't leaving out valuable nutrients, or that it was difficult to follow, etc. Honestly, I think it's how every person should be eating. Protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants at every meal, and from the few recipes I've tried as of late, tasty meals!

I won't go into all the nitty gritty details, simply because this post would be ridiculously long if I did, but if you're interested in more educational info, please see the links below:

What This Means for Me

While my daughter is still consuming dairy, and my husband is still consuming grains, I'm trying to follow the diet as strictly as possible. With my history of GI issues and lactose intolerance, I'm really not missing much. I still allow myself a little "treat" here and there if I want one, but I usually worry over it, so I rarely indulge. Here's what my typical menu consists of:

Breakfast
  • Two eggs with spinach and a side of bacon. {My morning latte is a "treat", simply because it contains almond milk which contains Carregeenan; a derivative of seaweed used to thicken dairy products. It has been linked to gastrointestinal disease. /sad face}
  • OR an almond milk yogurt {no Carregeenan}, if I'm pressed for time.
Lunch
  • Varies, but could be leftovers from the previous night's dinner, or a salad loaded with veggies.
  • Water
Snack
  • Fresh fruit. {Banana, grapes, blueberries, etc.}
  • Iced Tea sweetened with honey.
Dinner
  • Bacon Meatballs with a side of greens, Chicken Burgers {no bun} topped with Mushrooms and a side of Sweet Potato Fries, or a beef Hamburger {with lettuce in place of a bun} with a side of carrots.
  • Water
So far, so good! In just the week that I've been following the Paleo Diet, I've noticed I have slightly more energy, less bloating, and some other changes I'm choosing to omit because family members read this blog. /wink wink.

Are you looking forward to seeing Paleo-friendly recipes?

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4 comments

  1. I was reading the articles you posted, and this really seems like something I want (and need) to do. I still need to read more, but hopefully when March hits I'll be 100% on board

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  2. I have a bunch of things bookmarked if you'd like some recommendations. I have some recipes set to post over the course of the next two weeks, too. {That way you can see how easy it is to convert!}

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  3. I've been interested in Paleo off and on since I started on this whole losing weight thing. I'm thinking of looking more into it, for that and health reasons

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