Hello Slow Carb-ers and Paleo-ites. It’s been awhile, and I’m now gearing up to get back into the swing of things.
I stopped blogging a few months ago when my computer crashed, and I lost all of my food pictures and recipes I had stored on my desktop(not the brightest way to store things!)
That was only part of the story though.
I honestly just wasn’t that motivated anymore.
No matter what I did, I could not seem to lose weight. I trouble-shooted my diet to no-end. The cleaner I ate, and the more I exercised, it didn’t matter.
My body was stubbornly hanging on to every last pound.
I was pissed off and frustrated that the better I ate, and the stricter I was with myself nothing was happening. So I just stopped trying.
That all started about 10 months ago. It wasn’t until recently though that I bothered having any health tests run to see if there was something else going on. And there was.
Adrenal Fatigue – not a major health issue, but it certainly explains why I wasn’t able to lose weight and also a good reminder of the importance of other lifestyle factors on your health (too much stress and not enough sleep can throw your adrenals into overdrive.)
In any case, after getting a diagnosis a few weeks ago, I stopped worrying about my weight and started focusing on getting healthy (now part of that is that for most people with adrenal fatigue, you can’t lose weight while your adrenals are under stress), so the dignosis made me take a hard look at my life and changes that needed to be made.
A big part of healing the adrenals is through proper diet – no caffeine, no sugar, lots of vegetables, aiming for a mostly alkaline diet and reducing acidic foods. It can certainly be done following a Paleo diet, but what I’m sensing is of the utmost importance (at least for me right now) is getting those other lifestyle factors under control.
So over the next few months I’ll be sharing with you some of what I’m doing and implementing and will hopefully getting back into sharing some recipes as well.
If you’re struggling to lose fat on these diets (and you’re truly following them), I’d highly recommend getting some health tests done and also looking at your overall lifestyle for clues.
photo credit: Wilson, James L., N.D., D.C. Ph.D.. Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome. Petaluma, CA. Smart Publications. 2001.