Today we have a special guest – Joan Davis. It has been amazing how God is leading me to more and more people who are changing the way they eat. Read her wonderful account of how changing her eating habits has made a difference. ~Janis
How Can We Feel and See the Difference by Changing our Eating Habits?
Our Journey to Healthier Way of Eating
by Joan Davis
Last March our adult son challenged us to join him and eat a Paleo diet for 30 days. At first, I was a bit nervous. Well, if I am to be totally honest, let me admit that I was terrified!
My immediate thoughts were, “Oh no… I’ll have to give up so much!
No sugar, no grains…and *gasp* no chocolate bars!” How would I survive?
But, then, after researching the simple logic behind this way of eating it seemed like a logical thing to do. And, who wouldn’t want to be healthier? Plus, what mom could resist her very health-conscious son asking his parents to join him in this one-month experiment? Not to mention wanting to honor God by treating our bodies well… Not us.
So, my husband and I accepted the challenge!
I began by searching the Internet for more information about what was allowed and not allowed in a Paleo diet and the reasons why. I discovered that eating Paleo is basically about making healthy changes in your dietary habits, including removing processed foods, anything genetically altered and the bad carbohydrates (aka sugar).
Basically, it is eating real food and not the man-made, scientifically enhanced “food” we have been eating for most of our lives.
Processed foods stress out the human body and when they are removed, our bodies begin to function the way they should, resulting in a healthier new you and me. I’m all for that! I figured I could handle 30 days of clean eating and find out how I felt.
So, my next step was to choose some recipes and then go shopping! At this point, I was getting pretty excited about it, so much so that we actually began the challenge 2 days prior to March 1st! The recipes that I found on the Internet sounded great and I was ready to jump in!
It didn’t take long to get hooked!
This once, junk-food craving, non-vegetable eating girl now craves real, whole and healthy food! I’m surprised at how easily and quickly the change in my eating habits has changed the way I feel and look. My husband tells me that this is the best food he’s ever eaten. (Hmmm. I’m not quite sure how to take that! LOL) But, I have to agree with him.
We have not felt as if we have been sacrificing a thing. In fact, we feel like we are adding more to our diet than we are removing. We have both noticed we are feeling better physically, and as for me personally, my emotions have been much improved! I feel like I’ve had a great big boost to my general mood each day.
After the first few weeks eating this way, we decided that we weren’t going to stop at 30 days…this was going to be a permanent life change for us. And, we have been reaping in the benefits ever since!
Here is a list of some of the main things we’ve noticed:
- That sluggish feeling after eating is gone – you know the one I mean – the “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing. I think I need to lie on the couch and digest for a while” feeling.
- The food tastes great and we aren’t “suffering” at all!
- We can eat as much as we want and still lose weight.
- I am in a better mood emotionally.
- We both have increased energy levels.
- Our skin is brighter and smoother. Basically we look healthier!
- Weight loss! I have lost 20 pounds and my husband has lost 16 pounds. He is now able to maintain his weight for the first time in his life!
- My husband’s acid-reflux stopped almost instantly and he hasn’t had to take medicine for that since last April!
- Our taste buds have changed…and changed for the better! Without even forcing it, I have discovered that I love the taste of so many things that I didn’t even like before! Things that I didn’t even know were sweet, taste sweet to me now. It is as if our taste buds were numbed before we changed to eating “real”, unprocessed food and now we are able to experience a full flavor palate.
- We daily experience peace of mind knowing we are taking good care of the bodies that God gave us!
I know you might be thinking that this way of eating is too difficult. However, during our journey to a healthier way of eating, we have discovered just how easy it really is. Yes, I read all labels now – you’d be surprised where manufacturers hide sugar and chemicals! And, yes, I make much more home-made food than I did before.
It takes a bit of planning, but after a short while, that becomes second nature. I’ve discovered some great tricks such as using pure maple syrup in my coffee as a sweetener and making my own mayonnaise to use in dips, dressings and sauces. You can find the products you need in most grocery stores and also find them at highly discounted prices in big box stores such as Costco! I love discovering new recipes and to my delight, having our friends ask for those recipes!
Oh, and for all you chocolate lovers out there…you can still have chocolate!
I have found several recipes using organic cocoa powder to make metabolism boosting dark chocolate and other treats. But, the funny thing is, now that I’ve been eating this way, I don’t crave chocolate and candy the way I used to.
A Paleo diet breaks the sugar addiction – and that is a great thing!
My prayer for you, should you decide to embark on this healthier way of eating, is that you have fun with it! Enjoy the food, the creativity and the transformation you are sure to feel and see in your bodies.
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After many years living in California’s Central Valley, Joan and her husband now make their home in Northern California. They enjoy exploring the great outdoors together and marveling at the wonders of God’s creation all around us. Joan believes that we honor God as we take good care of the bodies He has given us and has been enjoying a healthy (Paleo) way of eating for the past year.
As a young mother, Joan felt God’s tug on her heart and accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior, and over the years have been learning just “how wide and high and deep God’s love really is” (Ephesians 3:18). Through both smooth and challenging times in her life, Joan has seen God’s faithfulness and she looks at each day as a new day to celebrate His goodness!
You can find Joan over at her devotional blog, The Beauty in His Grip or connect with her on her blog’s Facebook page and Twitter.