After our trip to New Orleans, we continued to eat vegetarian, but added seafood into the mix. For the most part, this was an incredibly satisfying way to eat. I can only recall a handful of times where I felt stumped by what I should have for lunch or dinner, or disappointed with what was ultimately consumed (and that was mostly when we ate at restaurants). At first, I found eating this way to be great for some of my skin and gastro issues, but the longer we continued with it, the less impressed I was. For the past month, in fact, I've noticed that a lot of my autoimmune issues are wreaking havoc with my body and with my energy levels, in particular. In addition to gaining weight, which is never good for your health, I have experienced extreme exhaustion for weeks at a time, joint pain on the entire right side of my body that had me bed ridden, and a return of some of the gastro issues that at first seemed to be conquered. So while I've really loved being able to eat bread and pasta again, I think I'm going to have to admit that they just aren't good for me and that I need to cut them out to improve my autoimmune health.
With about a month between now and when we go to Alaska, I really need to get healthy, including increasing my overall energy level, which will in turn hopefully up my activity level, and find a way to eat such that I feel healthier and my body hurts less. I don't want to say I'm going to eat Paleo again, because there is such a stigma attached to it, and I don't really follow all of the rules laid out by the Paleo evangelists, but I will be eating far less breads, pasta, and other refined carbohydrates in an effort to reduce the swelling and hopefully lose a bit of weight in the process.