Breakfast – 2 egg omelette, 3 cups veggies, 1 cup fruit, tea
Lunch – Smoothie with 3 cups of fruits and veggies
Snack – 2 oz salmon
Dinner – Jersey Mike’s Sub in a Tub. (No bread). 2 cups of veggies
9 cups of fruit and veggies
Yup, I did it. I took the plunge in to the Wahl’s Paleo Diet. Well, or at least, the Wahl’s Diet. I am going to work up to the Paleo diet slowly. Essentially, right now I have given up gluten and dairy and I have to eat at least 9 cups of fruit and veggies a day.
I am encouraged to eat fats. Lots of them. Animal fats. This is a complete 180 from the diet I was just doing. Do you know how hard it is to wrap your mind around such a switch especially when it comes to your health? No? Well, let me tell you how hard it was for me.
I kept thinking long and hard about what my acupuncturist/nutritionist told me about the importance of animal fats and knew The Wahl’s Protocol was a paleo style diet that involves lots of animal fats. So, I went to Barnes and Noble on Friday. I asked for help in finding the book and I kid you not, when the book was placed in my hand I got the chills. I took it in to a corner of the store and began reading. What I read made sense but was opposite of what worked for me in the past. But, times change right? Our bodies change. The information we know changes. I read for over an hour and knew the time had come to switch gears. I bought the book.
Once I got out to my car, I had a complete meltdown. I sobbed like a baby. I don’t even know to this day exactly why. I just knew I couldn’t stop. I guess I was scared of making such a big change. I was frustrated at how much more work I now had ahead of me. And, well, every time something changes I guess I mourn my diagnosis all over again. It presents me with challenges other people don’t have to deal with and sometimes I just need to mourn that.
Apparently a lot. I didn’t stop crying until late last night. 2 whole days of mourning. Over a diet. Ugh. I spent most of the day reading the book and feeling so unbelievably overwhelmed. I don’t know what I am doing. I don’t know if I am doing the right thing. How do I even go about eating meat? It’s been so long. (well, not chicken or lean turkey but ANY other meat) Will I even be able to afford this diet? It’s a lot.
So, today I started. I am not supposed to eat eggs because of the potential for allergies, but I need to take it at my pace. I am going to keep eating eggs until I figure out this meat thing and am sure I am getting enough fats and proteins elsewhere. (Because I am not supposed to eat legumes or really any other grains even gluten free ones like quinoa) I was initially worried about the 9 cups of veggies thing, but shoot. That really was a piece of cake (carrot of course). The gluten thing I have done before so that’s not so tough. It’s going to be once I really start delving in to the paleo side of this diet that it’s going to get interesting. I mean I need to eat seaweed and organ meats. Oh boy.
Anyone else out there tried Wahl’s Diet? I would love to hear from you.