It feels like forever since I’ve posted something new and that’s because it has been! But, that’s just because I have had so much else going on this year, and I really didn’t want to post anything that wasn’t authentic or felt forced. I can’t just sit down and type something up that I think would sound good and then toss it up here on the blog for everyone when I don’t really care about what I’m saying. That would be wasting my time and yours. And after the first few months to the year that I have had, I realized I need to spend my time the way that will be most beneficial to me.
Writing two or three posts per week is hugely time consuming, and while I enjoyed it, when I am also working full time and raising three boys, it doesn’t leave a lot of time for my own wellness journey. That has to take precedence or how can I be of help to others? This is a huge epiphany for me.
So, I am posting now because I have something really interesting, that has helped me, and you may find helpful as well.
Let’s talk about Paleo!
Paleo. Most of you have probably heard of it, and a lot of you know likely know what it is, but for those that don’t, here’s a brief overview. There is a movement that believes eating like our ancestors in the Paleolithic era did is better for our overall health, and therefore our achieving our weight goals. In those days, the people ate meat, fowl, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Oils are also permitted such as coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, etc.
This eliminates a lot of common foods in the modern diet, such as grains, legumes, and dairy.
Whenever I try to explain Paleo to someone, I always get responses like, “What about rice?” Rice is a grain. “What about bread?” Bread is a grain. “What about corn?” Corn is not a vegetable. “What about peanuts?” Peanuts are legumes. “What about hummus?” Hummus is made from beans. “What about Greek yogurt?” Yogurt is dairy. “What about candy?” And on we go. And we end with, “Well, what can you eat?”
Meat, fowl, fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and seeds.
I don’t want to get into the “Why’s” of the Paleo diet, meaning Why do the believer’s think this diet, or lifestyle, rather works and is effective? As you can read books, websites, and blogs by people who are much more knowledgeable about it than myself.
The reason I am currently following a Paleo diet is not from my own choosing, as you may know, I don’t really like restrictive plans, but I am enrolled in a six week Cross fit class and this is the nutrition plan that they’ve laid out for us, so I am certainly willing to give it a shot.
So how’s it working out?
I don’t miss bread so much, truthfully I didn’t really eat that much bread before. For me, healthy eating was not eating very many simple carbs. I have always tried to focus on lean proteins, fresh veggies, fresh fruits, and healthy fats. That’s exactly what this plan is. The exception is that we have to eat 30 grams of protein in the morning which can be hard to do. That’s not Paleo, that’s just my specific plan’s instructions. That’s two eggs and a protein shake though, so I figured that out. We also can have unlimited berries, but only one serving of other fruits each day. This was new to me, but I was told the other fruits have a higher sugar content than the berries. So berries it is. Good thing it’s berry season!
And then there’s the cheat day…
The other important factor here is a cheat day. Each week we have a cheat day, which is considered a “re-feeding day.” We are instructed to eat whatever we want, and to eat a lot of food. This is intended to rev the metabolism back up and get it back into burn mode. This is different than what I had previously been taught about cheat days, or cheat meals, so I am waiting to see how it works! My brain is so programmed by all of the old beliefs I have about weight loss that it’s really hard to get rid of them and make room for new beliefs. Even when I have experts telling me that this is the truth and this is what they have seen to work and know to work. My mind is stuck in it’s old paradigm.
I am at the beginning of Week 3. I’ll keep you updated on my progress.
So, should you try the Paleo diet?
I guess it really depends. Is what you are doing now working for you? Are you finding it hard to lose weight with the amount of refined carbs in your diet? Do you crave sugar and sweets all the time? If the answer to these questions is yes, then it may be a good idea to give the Paelo diet some more research. It would certainly help you to break any sugar addictions you may have, and it could also help with insulin resistance, which is something a lot of people have and don’t even know. Certainly something to look into if you are trying to lose weight and are unsuccessful.
Remember though, lasting weight loss is a long time journey, not a quick fix. You can’t just hop on and off of a healthy eating plan and expect to achieve success. It’s a daily commitment. So, whatever you decide to do, do it wholeheartedly. Commit to it. And to yourself.
As always, thanks for reading!
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