Hi everyone! Thanks for reading and/or answering..I know you guys get lots of "newbie posts" around here. My post might be a little long just because I want to explain my situation. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
I'm a 17 year old female, 5'4" and 190 pounds. I have had serious health issues since around 12. I have been diagnosed with PCOS (no cysts, just insulin-resistance and other characteristics). I have been severly injured with chostochondritis (still barely have it after 5 years) and recently, a torn MCL. I also have hormonally based daily chronic headaches and migraines that were diagnosed approx. 4 years ago. Within the past 2 years I have been diagnosed with pretty bad fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue that has taken me a long time to figure out and cope with. Right now I'm decently stable and able to function/go to school- but I am always very tired and have mild pain. I am on BCP, an anti-depressant for depression and chronic pain, and a muscle relaxer at night as well as a slew of vitamins. I'm always hungry and can't lose weight. I always have stomach issues. Recently I've seen a flare up of my migranes and have severe cystic acne (almost Accutane worthy) that I am on a antibiotic and topical for.
Due to all of these issues, I have become well informed about different alternative health and diet ideas. I have decided to go paleo and just want some opinions and ideas. My first question- do you think this is a good idea for me? Second- any tips? Third- I'm working within some limitations as my family is not doing this and my mom does have to cook dinner for me/I have to eat school lunch. Until school ends a month from now, I can't work out intensely because I need to be able to get up and go to school the next day (if I work out, my body hurts to where I cannot function). I will be reading the Primal Blueprint book as I've heard good things about it. Anything else I should do? Lastly, if I start this, how strict do I have to be? How long will it take to see weight loss results/health benefits. I am always craving unhealthy food and will try my best to stay on course but I know it will be hard.
Thanks for reading this long post. Any type of info or tips or ANYTHING is appreciated. It's nice to have community support and answers to help me get started. :)
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I don't think you can regret trying paleo. I've been eating this way since 2011 and it's for life.
Weight loss: my advise to you would be to adopt a paleo diet and just stop thinking about losing weight. It will happen by itself.
Insulin resistance: I suffer from this too. The key for me is to 1. balance all meals with fat and protein and 2. eat cinnamon. Never, ever eat a piece of fruit or sugary food on its own. I'll crash within an hour and have an acne break out in two days if I do this. Eat fruits with meals. Eat a few pinches of cinnamon spice with each meal. The cinnamon works, google it.
Eating at home: This shouldn't be complicated. I was living at home when I started paleo and found a wya to compromise with my family. Since your main meals should consist of meat and veggies, simply ask your mother not to include any offending foods to the main dishes. If they want to add salad dressing or crutons after the meal is prepared and on their plates, that's up to them.
Start helping out in the kitchen. I'm sure you're busy, but you need to make time to cook meals. If you're not in control of the food you eat, you won't succeed.
Be firm, be consistent: Because of your health problems, you need to commit to this way of eating. For example, gluten is non-negotiable. Stick to it. It will be fucking hard, but you know it's for your own good.
Exercise: Personally, I lost 12kg in 7 or 8 months without exercising at all. I only started exercising seriously after I lost the weight and saw how flabby I was. Exercise is important for various health reasons, but I don't think it's a requirement for weight loss.
My success with paleo: Through paleo I beat depression, anxiety, acne, and fat. Just stay committed, keep educating yourself, and you will reap the benefits.