Happy New Year! I hope you had a more interesting New Year’s Eve than I did. Not that I regret it: the husband and the toddler both seem to be getting a cold, so we were asleep before 10 p.m. (The teenagers, on the other hand, well…they will learn.)
I got so much rest I actually did not mind waking up at the crack of dawn with the youngest two.
Lately, my first post of the month has been a check in about how I did last month. Since this is the start of a new year, though, I want to talk about resolutions.
Most years, I have sworn off New Year’s resolutions. It felt like setting myself up for failure. I started out with high enthusiasm and good intentions, but when the inevitable backslide happened — and it always happened — I was disgusted with myself. Once again, I had failed. Why couldn’t I get it together? Why couldn’t I stick with something I knew was good for me?
So I said the heck with it. Why bother making myself feel bad? Surely, I had other things to do with my life.
But last year, around this time, I found myself facing my 40s, with a three-month-old baby, feeling desperate and unhappy. My weight was not where I wanted it, I was taking meds that made me feel gross, and between graduate school and family responsibilities, I was stressed beyond belief. I knew I needed to do something, but I was not sure what.
I decided to start with food. I’m sure this surprises no one who knows me. I love food, and cooking, and thinking about it and talking about it and finding new things to do with it that will taste amazing and maybe/possibly/sorta/kinda get my youngest daughter to eat a vegetable without complaint. It just made the most sense to try to adjust things there.
Considering that the one thing all healthy diets have in common is eating lots of vegetables, that seemed the way to go. Using a plan by a popular food writer, I tried going semi-vegan.
In a nutshell, that plan did not work for me. I didn’t feel any better, and I was often irritable and frustrated. It did not feel at all like something I could live with long-term. Feeling even more desperate, I stumbled across a post from a cousin.
I paid close attention because she had also just had a little one — her baby boy is just two weeks older than my own. She mentioned that she had done a Whole30, and the baby weight just fell off. She also shared that she was just generally feeling great, which was just about the opposite of how I felt.
I had heard a little bit about paleo before, but her post just tipped me over the edge. I started doing some research, discovered there was a surprising amount of scientific evidence for eating this way, and dove in to a Whole30 of my own. Somehow, I convinced the husband to do it with me, and took off. The rest is (happy) history.
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