I’ve been a type 1 diabetic for 22 years. I’ve tried every type of diet you can think of to keep my weight manageable and my blood sugars under control. I was a vegetarian for almost 10 years, an on-again, 0ff-again vegan during part of that time. My weight continued to escalate and my blood sugars continued to fluctuate.
After having 3 children, with my weight at it’s zenith at 204lbs (I’m 5’3), I decided enough was enough. Around this time I also discovered the wonderful world of Paleo. I read Robb Wolf’s book The Paleo Solution and it changed my life. I told my husband that we were going paleo and he agreed. We both lost almost 20lbs in the first couple of months. I hit a plateau and then fell off the paleo wagon. I put on some of the weight I had lost, I felt horrible, and my blood sugars were out of control.
My 30th birthday was this past July and my goal was to be fit by 30. It went much slower than I wanted it to. I’ve been paleo now since before Christmas, and I feel better than ever. I’m exercising more (which isn’t much, but it’s a start), and I’m eating clean, healthy foods.
My goal is to lose weight by eating healthy foods, and exercising, while taking care of my family. My kids love junk food, and have easy access to it on the weekends when they visit my mother. It’s a slow battle, but I’m getting there.
I just ordered Sarah Fragoso‘s book Paleo Pals: Jimmy and the Carrot Rocket Ship to help my kids get on board with this paleo lifestyle. Another one that really has helped is The Paleo Parents‘ Eat Like a Dinosaur. I have a 10-year-old who is overweight and I think would benefit from this way of living. My 5-year-old seems to be pretty keen on healthy food but will still eat junk when presented to her. My son doesn’t like to eat much, but I’ve been able to get him to eat some of the paleo meals that I’ve made and he seems to enjoy them, so I’m hoping it’ll be a progression.
Now, if I could just get my mother on board…