I have been reading about this primal lifestyle for awhile and am seriously considering starting this program soon, however, I do have a question or two first.
I guess before I dive into my questions, I should give a little background first. About four years ago I weighed 240 pounds and had regular severe gall bladder attacks. Doctors didn't know what was wrong with me for a long time, and when they finally decided it was my gall bladder I had to be taken in for emergency surgery.
Since that point in my life, everything about my diet changed. I was told that I should get used to a bland diet of mostly crackers and over cooked vegetables because I would never be able to enjoy spicy, acidic or rich foods ever again. Not knowing what else to do, I based my recovery diet around saltine crackers and store bought chicken/beef stock and found myself only getting sicker. I realized that I wasn't getting anywhere and decided to make some real changes.
I did a TON of research on the web and started to play with my diet by cutting out certain foods and seeing how it affected me. Though this I discovered two miracles, The Weston A. Price Foundation and knowledge of this incredibly debilitating disease called Celiacs.
Dietary changes alone, I lost 90 pounds in a year. It was incredible.
Now though, several years later, I have made another change and this one is a bit of a double edged sword. Six months ago I quit taking birth control pills. I had been on them for the last ten years and they were starting to show some very negative affects on my body. Since coming off of them, I am seeing a lot of positive changes with one BIG negative... weight gain. Seriously, in the last six months I have gained 15 pounds... not changing a damn thing about my diet... not good.
So now on to my questions:
1) Being a celiac and a Price follower, can I still benefit from this lifestyle? A lot of the principles seem similar to what I'm already doing. Are there any other Weston Price Paleos out there who can input?
2) Can going paleo help me balance my hormones? I'm assuming that is where this crazy weight gain is coming from, and I'm looking for a healthy way to get myself back in balance. I have this terrible fear of waking up one morning to find myself 200+ pounds again... I'd like to avoid making that nightmare a reality as much as possible!
I'd really appreciate any inputs! Thanks!!