I was going through some papers the other day and I realized that it was three years ago in November that I saw the light.
The Paleo/Primal/Ancestral light.
Three years ago, I was sitting in M’s mother’s dining room. M had just grilled some delicious looking chicken… even as a 4 year vegetarian, my mouth was watering over that meat.
M offered me a piece, as he always did because he’s a gentleman and he always seems to know what I want before I know I want it.
In the past when he offered, I always said no.
But this time…I said yes.
And that chicken was delicious.
A few months before, I had discovered Crossfit online. I’d never tried it (and wouldn’t try it for another six months), but I was intrigued. It sounded like something I’d like–like something I might have fun doing.
Finding Crossfit.com somehow led me to Urban Gets Diesel, the spectacular blog by Melissa Hartwig of the Whole9.
Melissa’s no-nonsense attitude and hilarious posts got me seriously interested in the Paleo diet.
I was a secret vegetarian lurker.
Urban Gets Diesel led me to Mark’s Daily Apple and from there my life changed drastically.
I feel like I read every article on Mark’s site a billion times.
Even as a vegetarian, everything he wrote made sense– the Primal way of eating just felt like it was the right thing to do.
I’d never really felt that way about a way of eating before.
I was a chronic dieter, a cardio addict and had a history of seriously depriving myself when it came to food.
This restrictive way of eating never felt right– deep down I knew it wasn’t what my body deserved.
But it felt like the only way I could eat.
The only way I could eat without gaining weight until I eventually died of obesity.
Or at least that’s what I thought.
I was getting sicker and sadder with every passing day.
That day in November 2009 was my breaking point.
I bit the bullet…er…chicken, and never looked back.
Eventually I started eating beef and pork. I still can’t do lamb or veal.
If you had asked me three years ago if I’d ever eat beef liver or drink bone broth, I would have probably been all “aw hellllllllssss…no!”
Eating within a Paleo Framework has changed my life: it’s changed my body, my mind, and probably my soul.
I’m healthier and stronger than I’ve ever been and, most importantly to me, I’m happier than I’ve even been in my entire life.
There are a few physical things that have changed with me. I’m always reluctant to share things about weight,because I don’t think it’s an accurate indicator of health.
But, thankfully, I don’t have any other real indicators– I’ve never had high cholesterol or high blood sugar.
In all of my four years as a vegetarian I was never happy with my weight or how I looked and felt.
After three years of Paleo, I weigh 10lbs MORE than when I started with a lower percent body fat. I’m at my happy, healthy weight. Actually, for the first time in my life I wouldn’t mind gaining some more muscle and weighing more.
The bottom line
I’m so glad that I made this life change.
I never would have guessed that changing how I ate would change my life is so many ways.
I’ve gained a better relationship with food and a stronger love for my body.