Today I took some time to write in my journal about how great I feel lately, and I know it's a direct correlation in regards to now eating Paleo. When my addict mind starts to stray back to those foods I thought I could never give up, I'm going to come back here and re-read this.
I hope you all can give me some of your positives too, all in one easy to find thread. Okay, so here's what I got:
Weight loss - approximately 12 lbs. And lots of inches - I'm down two belt loops on my belt.
Sleep - I am ready to sleep around 8 p.m. every night and I usually sleep until 5:40 a.m. That is at least 8 hours of sleep per night. It feels wonderful. And I notice that my body really wants and needs that sleep. I feel ready to crash at 8 o'clock every night. It's almost like my body wants me to hit the pillow. I am usually awake before the alarm.
Mood - My mood and attitude have improved dramatically. I am happier, more content with life, and don't focus on the negative as much. In fact, everything seems sunny and cheerful. I do not think about food all day. Previously I constantly was planning my next meal. It was really obsessive.
Skin - My skin has cleared up tremendously. Not as many breakouts on my face and the little white bumps I used to get on my arms and legs have cleared up as well. Additionally, my skin is much softer and has a nice feel to it. My sporadic eczema has cleared up completely.
Appetite - My appetite has decreased significantly. I was able to begin trying intermittent fasting and not be too hungry while doing it. I haven't seen a huge drop in weight after IF so far, however it has felt good that I can be in control of my eating and go for awhile without food if I need or "want" to.
Sex - My sex drive has increased from basically none to a lot. I have been wanting it more and additionally orgasms are all that much intense - which makes me want it more.
Digestion - I have been steadily taking psyllium seed fiber supplements daily - and have stopped today. I don't know if it's the fiber supplements or the diet (I will find out soon), but I have went from a bowel movement every 3-5 days to 1 or 2 every single day. That is amazing to me. Also, I hardly have to wipe after going. It's like my bowels completely empty themselves out, which has never happened to me before. I also do not have much gas or bloating (which I was having constantly before). I have noticed a decrease in bad smell when I do have gas and pass a bowel movement. There is hardly any smell at all!
Calorie / Point Counting - I stopped logging my foods completely. I hate logging my foods, it's such a pain in the ass. I have been listening to my body for the most part and only eating when I really feel hungry. It's a well welcomed change to counting WW points or calories. That is for the birds.
Energy - My energy has been through the roof lately. Last week while walking the dog I had the urge to run, so I did! I later told my husband I felt like Forrest Gump. It was exhilarating. It made me miss that feeling I used to get when I'd workout in years past. Almost a "high".
I wouldn't trade any of this for a piece of pizza or a drink of soda. It feels too damn good.
So, do you have any of the above, or are you experiencing any other "side effects" to living the Paleo lifestyle?