Comfort foods and the Paleo Diet…

Good morning, party people!

I am sore as hell this morning and aching like an 50 year old with a deep-seated mid-life crisis who tried to be cool again last night. That’s what happens now when I break the diet.

See, one thing I’ve been lax about covering on this blog (because I didn’t wanna get anyone all excited prematurely) is that I’ve been on the Paleo Diet for about 6 weeks now.

And truth be told, it’s great! When I stay true to it, that is… when I break the diet, I hurt. Then again, when I wasn’t on it at all, I was hurting regularly, so what am I bitching about???

The Paleo Diet is actually really simple if you think about what you can have as opposed to what you can’t have. You can eat meat, fish, shellfish, eggs, tree nuts, vegetables, roots, fruit, berries, mushrooms, squash, and tubers. Or to simplify: protein, fruits & veggies, nuts & berries.

In any case, the reason I’m on it is that I got really tired of feeling bad!  And, as you know, I’ve been following news on MS  since diagnosis. It’s really clear that there’s a gut-to-brain connection going on, and so what we eat affects our condition.

The Paleo Diet is dairy-free, grain (and gluten)-free, legume-free, and soy-free, so it removes a ton of potential allergens and is incredibly anti-inflammatory.  Many folks who have Autism were having great success with stopping their unintended movements, as well as improving their moods with a gluten-free, dairy-free diet, and I thought, if I gave it a try, I might feel better and lessen the nasty that was going on with me.  Surprise of surprises: it worked.

After the initial wheat detox (The first 2 weeks were awfully painful…), I suddenly woke up without pain in the morning, and with more energy.

But the Paleo Diet has a fatal flaw at the moment: our current minds have “carbs” and “gluten” set as comfort foods.

So Adam and I keep breaking it, on a weekly basis, and basically, I keep hurting myself.  We only break it when one of us is feeling really bad, but it’s like hurting yourself for feeling bad. Is chinese food like my crack rock? I simply have to come up with some recipes that will make us feel good when we’re feeling sick, and we’re tired that aren’t too difficult to make.

Maybe it’s time for some freezer cooking…

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