What has been the most dignifying, pride-igniting moment for you in relation to paleo? It could be ANYTHING: Was it mastering lacto-fermentation after a few failed attempts? Meeting a favorite PH-er in person? Going from 78/22 to 80/20? Getting your significant other to give paleo a try? Anything! Feel free to share (:
Now, I've only been technically 'paleo' for about a month, but my proudest moment so far is without question. It can be summed up thusly:
My proudest Paleo moment was when my dad told me that he couldn't get over how wonderful and healthy I look now. We have a (very) tough relationship, and he doesn't praise lightly; to hear him say something kind and complimentary to me made my heart ka-thump with pride.
My tie-for-first proudest was getting my 60 yr old mom to go Paleo. She's lost 40 lbs since April, isn't sick all the time anymore, has much, much less body pain, and is HAPPY for the first time in years (SAD was causing depression). She was just about to take all her smaller clothes to goodwill and give up on ever being less than 250 lbs, but the switch changed her life -- and the clothes she was going to take to goodwill? They fit her for a while when she switched -- but now they're too BIG!
Now if only I can get my tough-nut dad to give up sugar...... :)
Waking up this morning and wanting NOT to eat breakfast, because I wasn't hungry, didn't feel I needed to, didn't feel the need to have breakfast out of habit, and because I was still so satisfied with a fantastic liver, onions, cabbage w/bacon and asparagus dinner last night...
My moment was this past Thanksgiving. I prepared everything for dinner - and dessert - paleo. That included a paleo stuffing. Normally my stuffing is what makes this dinner. I got rave reviews from my family on this dinner including the stuffing and my nut crust pumpkin pie =) That was my first paleo holiday and I stuck to my goals 100%.
So far, I think my proudest ancestral moment was after my first--accidental--day of fasting. I'd been IF-ing for a while, but I had several errands and then went somewhere with my grandson so all of a sudden I realized it was 7 pm. Eat or not eat? I wasn't hungry, really, so I chose to just skip food. The next morning, when I realized I was not weak/starving/tired and it was just a normal morning for me, I was amazed and yes, proud.
For a life-long binge eater that was practically a re-birth. Since then, I've casually skipped food a few more times. I declared "open eating season" in mid-November and never added a food or increased a portion until this week. After doing a few neolithic things this week, I'm actually LOOKING FORWARD to being more strict in January as if it's the holiday eating that requires willpower and discipline.
My proudest moment was pretty simple. My husband was enjoying some ice cream, which I turned down when he asked me if I wanted some. That was huge for me. I used to LOVE ice cream, so I felt like that was a big step. The diet all around has been a big step for me. I've tried counting calories and watching fat intake before but couldn't stick with it. I would always cheat. I rarely, if ever cheat on this diet, and I've been doing it for almost 6 months. That's a huge accomplishment for me too. Maybe that's my proudest moment. Well, I guess that was two... Sorry :)
When my wife asked me if she could take a look at that book that I'd read and been following. She simply noticed my improved energy, etc, and decided to give it a go. Neither of us have looked back or felt better since. I guess I'm proud that I was a living example that inspired my wife to get into it. I didn't preach anything to her or advise her to give it a try or anything. She saw good results and wanted to see for herself.
Eating a huge amount of salmon and feeling the blood literally flush to my cheeks after 12 years as a vegetarian and feeling sure I am never looking back.
Being able to have just a taste of a treat (e.g. freshly baked bread at a french B&B for breakfast) and finding out I would rather have had something healthier instead, which I find way more tasty nowadays.
If only I could manage the amount of food I eat...I really admire those who do not binge anymore.
Today my mom gave me a Christmas "Cookie/Candy" Plate and on it were various Nuts and dark Chocolate, she´s getting it :)
In addiction, she´s gonna try to cut out sweets, vegetable oil and grains the next few weeks and see if her joints in the hand and her sleeping pattern will improve. I´m so happy and I´m sure
she´ll succeed. :)