(Closed) Paleo?

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I haven’t tried Paleo but I’ve heard great things about it. I am doing the Advocare 24 Day Challenge and it’s very simliar (high protein, low carbs, no sugar, etc). I’m having fantastic results. Luckily, the Paleo (& Advocare) are not fad diets, they’re lifestyle changes so you’ll probably be more sucessful that way!

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@houstonwhodat:  

So my situation is EXACTLY like yours. I’m small, and maybe only 5-7lbs overweight. My fiance is a big guy, and like you mentioned, he could probably not drink beer one a week and lose 10 lbs.

We started the paleo diet together, 2 years ago. Since we started, he’s probably lost a solid 20-30lbs and kept it off. He didn’t change his exercise habits, just cut out the processed food and gluten.

I HAVE LOST NOTHING. Granted, it has done wonders for my skin and hair and general digestive system, but since I only needed to lose 5-7 lbs to begin with, changing my already pretty healthy diet didn’t do a thing for me.

Now if you add in workouts 5x a week, it might melt off you. But unless you’re seriously overweight and eat junk food all the time, paleo won’t help shed pounds quickly. Or at all. You will notice a change in your moods however – I no longer get hangry (hungry + angry as a result of low glucose levels) and I don’t get that post-3pm sugar spike.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I have a friend who went paleo to try and lose weight and also to cope with some IBS issues. She’s lost at least 30 pounds and she’s feeling a lot better. To second a pp paleo isn’t a fad, it’s a lifestyle. I believe the idea is to mimic the human diet of the paleolithic era.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Paleo is NOT a “fad diet”. It’s a healthy eating lifestyle.

I eat mostly Primal, which is basically Paleo + dairy. I don’t do it for weight loss (I’m technically underweight by my BMI), I do it because in my reading about nutrition, it seems to be the healthiest way to eat. I used to get horrible migraines, I haven’t had one in about 2 years now. My cholesterol levels were never “bad”, but they have moved further into the “good” zone; my HDL (good cholesterol) has nearly doubled! And I don’t get ravenous and shaky anymore like I used to a few hours after eating when I was eating a whole-grain based diet.

Paleo/Primal is about eating real food, eliminating junk, and getting as many nutrients as possible packed into what you eat. The main thing paleo/primal does is eliminate (or greatly reduce) the amount of grain-based carbs you eat.

Grains turn to sugar in the body, and spike your insulin levels. These insulin spikes affect the way your body moves and stores fat. Insulin spikes prompt your body to store fat, rather than move it around.

Here’s an example of what I may eat for a few days eating Primal, you’ll see there’s nothing “extreme” or “fad-diet” about it! In fact, if I wouldn’t have mentioned it was Primal, you probably wouldn’t even have thought to categorize it as such!

Breakfast: 2 eggs, sauteed mixture of potato, tomato, artichoke, and onion
Lunch: fish fillet, kale sauteed with onion, cottage cheese topped with dulsa seaweed
Dinner: steak topped with guacamole, sweet potato

Breakfast: cup of organic full-fat yogurt, blueberries
Lunch: shrimp stir fry, served over either quinoa, rice, or cauliflower rice
Dinner: pork chop, broccoli, pineapple

Breakfast: 2 eggs, 2-3 kiwi
Lunch: mixed-greens salad, butternut squash soup (butternut squash, apples, bacon)
Dinner: chicken thighs, potato, green beans

I eat a moderate-carb paleo diet because I’m not trying to lose weight; if you are aiming for weight loss you will want to try to eat a bit fewer carbs than this. Easily done by eating lower-carb veggies and not a lot of potatoes, and opting for fruit such as berries instead of carby fruits like bananas.

You can still enjoy most of your favorite grain-based foods with a little creativity. For example, instead of wheat spaghetti noodles, I cut zucchini and yellow squash into stripes, blanch or sautee them, and then top with spaghetti sauce and shrimp or ground beef/venison.

A few of my favorite paleo/primal websites:
Mark’s Daily Apple
Everyday Paleo
Robb Wolf

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I second what abbyful said about paleo. really the positives of this lifestyle is the health benefits. (One thing I noticed though with her discription is the potatoes in her meals. This is not “paleo” unless they are sweet potatoes)

Honestly, I like doing it because just like you mentioned, when you go out to eat you know what you can or cannot eat. It makes things easier when going out to eat instead of guessing on the calories of something. 

I will tell you, we found that this lifestlye is more expensive than others. Mainly because we were buying a lot more meat, or when we go out to eat we go to steakhouses because those have the best paleo options (most of the time there is a sweet potato option as a side, which I get plain).

The hardest thing for me to get my brain to switch from counting calories to paleo was the full fat items versus non fat/low-fat. 

Oh and I would recommend making homemade ketchup, mustard, etc. They are really easy and if you read up on paleo, that is another no no are the condiments mainly because store bought brand have a lot of additives. But homemade is really easy, I promise, just google paleo ketchup or something

 As for what I eat, I always eat eggs and bacon in the morning. every morning. Lunch is usually a salad with hard boiled eggs, and grilled chicken. I like to throw sunflower seeds in it too to give it a crunch. Dinner is a meat/fish, veggies and a sweet potato if I am splurging. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@BrookieCookie9 – Here’s a good write-up on whether to eat potatoes or not. Basically it depends on what your body can handle. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/paleo-potatoes/

There are similiar debates about nighshades (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant), spinach, and other foods. Here’s a post with a list of some of the stuff the really hard-core paleo “elites” think should be excluded: http://paleohacks.com/questions/51876/foods-that-are-not-paleo

I have a pretty relaxed approach: Eat real food, mostly in line with primal/paleo guidelines, allow a few “safe cheats” as part of my diet (such as rice & quinoa), enjoy food and not worry about everything being “100% perfect paleo”.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@houstonwhodat:  I am on it and have been for 4 months now. I lost 7kgs and am down to my goal weight. Exercise didn’t contribute to that (I still have to get into a proper routine).

 

FI was at 95kgs. Last time we weighed him (a couple weeks ago) he was down to 80kgs and he has lost quite a few centimetres.

 

ETA: I was at 60kgs at my heaviest. I am now down to 53kgs.

 

My mom has lost 6 kgs.

 

It’s the only diet/lifestyle change I have ever been able to stick too. It’s totally natural to me now.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

There have been numerous other benefits. E.g. I can go longer without eating.. I just won’t feel hungry as often as before. I no longer get extremely nauseous if I don’t eat breakfast immediately upon waking up every morning. My skin has improved dramatically.

 

The best thing about it is that, after a couple weeks it just becomes natural. It’s not hard to do. You don’t starve yourself. You eat really good food (better than before). Food that I have cut out (like bread) just tastes so boring and tasteless now.. I can’t understand why I ever liked it.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Did you all read any books on this?  Is there a certain book you would recommend?  Or is this all from online research?

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Did you all read any books on this?  Is there a certain book you would recommend?  Or is this all from online research?

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Did you all read any books on this?  Is there a certain book you would recommend?  Or is this all from online research?

Post # 16
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Helper bee

I haven’t tried a Paleo Diet, per say, but I have thrown my body into ketosis by cutting out pretty much all carbs and eating healthy fats, fibers, and meat/fish, it doesn’t sound too far from the Paleo diet.  It was only a temporary thing to flush my body of sugars, though, and I did it for two weeks. I ended up losing about 10-15 lbs.  I would eat things like salmon topped with a mix of parmesan, romano mix, lemon juice and a little bit of mayo, to form a creamy, cheesy crust on it.  After that two weeks I began introducing more fiber-carb type foods into my diet, slowly.  Though, I would say that the ketosis is probably good for a quick help, but certainly not something to be totally relied upon.

It’s a shame that the body can’t do well in a state of ketosis longer than that, since it’s the fastest way to make your body burn body fat, instead of the carbs you take in, which just end up turning into more body fat, because they’re not used.

That said… I seriously had issues with missing sweets and breads during those two weeks.

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