So many things have changed since I started this blog. I started out with the goal to create a blog to motivate me to eat less and work out more so I could be “Fit by Fifty”. Even with a blog I still did not have the motivation to go running a set number of times a week and found it almost impossible to live on 1200 calories a day. I was beginning to think I would always feel dissatisfied with my body.
I took a trip to visit a friend across the state and was very excited to bring him some homemade whole wheat bread and jelly. I presented my bread and he informed me he was on the Atkins diet. I ended up bringing the bread and jelly back home. He also had recently purchased the book Wheat Belly, 3 copies to be exact. So we spent our weekend reading. I was blown away to learn that most of our wheat was genetically modified, though it didn’t stop me from stopping at McDonald’s on the way home. The book intrigued me so when I got home I started doing a little more research and by the end of the evening I declared myself grain free. I set a new goal of removing toxins from my body and life to be the healthiest I can be. My weight is no longer a concern for me but living a healthy lifestyle is. I have not lost any weight but as I learn more about real food and how it affects the body the less I’m worried about how I look on the outside and am more concerned how everything is working on the inside.
At that time I didn’t understand that the auto-immune diseases I had could be affected by the foods I ate. I thought that because other people in my family had asthma and allergies I was just stuck with it. I thought because of my asthma that it was just a natural progression to develop other auto-immune issues like eczema, Raynaud’s phenomenon, Blepharitis, and Rosacea. As I continued to pay attention to what I ate and read more books about nutrition I noticed some big changes. I no longer was being plagued by allergies, even seasonal allergies that made me so sick I’d have to spend the day sleeping. I could run without using my inhaler and my skin completely cleared up.
So why Almost Paleo? I’m using the word almost because the Paleo diet is the closest to how I am eating but it’s not exact. I’m still learning what I can and can not eat and I’m sure as my body heals that will change.
This is my original about me:
This site exists because one morning I had a very hard time buttoning pants that hung on my last year! I’m 48 years old and in relatively good health, there is no reason for me to be this out of shape. My goal is to be in the best shape I can be by the time I’m 50. I don’t have a weight goal in mind but I want to feel good about how I look and what I’m able to do. I want to be in shape physically, financially and spiritually.