I've been learning about the Primal Blueprint Diet. I'm very excited about it.
I'm the kind of person who needs rules. If I don't have rules, I am often not taking care of myself as I need to be. When I was nursing E3, I had food rules for her health - no gluten, dairy, soy, rice, corn, potatoes (white). I also have learned much about refined/processed sugars and have a desire to avoid them. I also respond poorly to processed sugars, most specifically cane sugar. I am grumpy the next few days after consuming it, I'm not a pleasure to be around. As a Christian, it's important for me to have a good attitude, and be in control of my emotions and responses. Things that make that difficult do not have a place in my life.
I haven't been doing a great job of keeping processed foods out of my diet and I've been eating to excess. I've been eating not only because I'm hungry, but because I'm bored, or something looks good. The only food rules I've had are no gluten or soy, and the no gluten rule is the only thing that has really saved me from gaining a TON of excess weight. It's good and normal to gain weight during pregnancy. But it needs to be from healthy foods and things like the placenta, extra blood volume (it almost doubles during pregnancy!), and the actual baby, not because I can't control my eating and I'm eating unhealthy things, gaining unhealthy weight.
I stumbled upon a blog called Enjoying Healthy Foods. I'm LOVING it! As I was reading through (I'll read completely through a blog from current to beginning), I was noticing that the meals Lindsey makes are things I could have eaten while nursing E3, and everything are things I can eat now (no gluten/soy). She uses lots of vegetables, good meat, fruits and coconut oil (my favorite!). She kept mentiong Paleo and, while I've heard of people doing it, I wasn't sure what all in entailed, so I looked it up. I found Paleo and Primal, and the differences. I've decided to go with the Primal, because of the differences explained in the link.
I'm really excited about it, and have already been much more purposeful in what I'm eating and buying. I'm also learning some new things, like Food Combining, which are very important to understand for optimal health and digestion. I hope you will take a look and let me know what you think of Primal Diet, and maybe even start it with me! I'm still extremely new to it all, so I'm learning as I go, also applying principles I've learned over the last few years.