19 weeks into Paleo. Almost four months. And I am still loving how I feel. Yay. I don't think I have ever lasted this long on any other plan. Even straight up gluten-free. I would only last four to five weeks before I would give up. Now I won't say I haven't slipped up. I have eaten gluten. I admit it. But not often. My frequency of "off plan" eating has dropped significantly with paleo.
I really feel like the gluten-free thing has been easier with no grains. I feel like I can get back on track so much easier. And my slip ups are becoming less and less frequent. I love that about Paleo for me.
I have also *consciously* chosen to have some things off plan like a piece of gluten free cake on Valentine's day.
Certainly the sugar thing has been the hardest. That is my current struggle. I crave sugar ALL THE TIME! I eat dark chocolate covered almonds to satisfy my sugar craving and usually that works great. But lately they are not sweet enough. I am not hungry but I want something sweet! You know as I write this I am realizing I used to eat a lot more dried fruit. I bet my sugar intake was much higher than I realized.
My weight loss has been slow. About 1 pound a week, my naturopath is quite happy with this rate. I had my body fat measured this weekend. It was in one of those water tanks- the most accurate way to measure, I hear. I am at 40% body fat. I was actually happy to hear that. I thought it would be higher. It was really great to meet with the guy who administered the test. He asked what my goal weight was and I found out that I have 165 lbs of lean body weight- which is quite amazing! I have always known I was strong and this was confirmation of that!
So with that test I have a new found inspiration to be more diligent. That is one thing that's been interesting to me- I need to follow Paleo 100% to loose weight. The 80/20 plan would not work for me. I do not loose when I am not absolutely attentive! And that is hard to maintain.
But for whatever reason- I feel good. And I keep doing Paleo. It serves me. Maybe in more ways then I realize.