Post # 1
So I was reading the paleo thread, because I’ve always been interested, but honestly I think going full-paleo would be too much for me… I just don’t have enough time to cook every meal at home, and I can’t imagine myself grabbing a good paleo lunch “on the go” in NYC.
I’m not trying to lose weight (I mean I wouldn’t complain if I lost 5 pounds, but that’s not the goal). I lost 63 pounds on Weight Watchers, and I’ve been maintaining for almost a year and a half. I already eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and stuff, but I do think that it would help me to have some guidelines for eating “cleaner.” I’d just like to feel better. I don’t feel “bad” now, but people with clean diets always seem to feel energetic and good!
So I’m thinking of just starting by cutting out refined sugar and flour… has anyone done this?
The sugar shouldn’t be too hard, I already don’t drink juice or soda, and I’ve never really had a sweet tooth. Currently, when I DO eat sugar it’s just out of laziness, so I think I should definitely stop that… what’s the point?
The flour should be a little harder… I love fruits and vegetables and meat, but I think I rely on bread and pasta a bit more than I’d like to.
If you’ve done this, what was the hardest part? What was the most difficult thing to give up?
I live in NY so pizza will be tough! Luckily, I can still do taco truck tacos that come on corn tortillas 🙂
Post # 3
@laughs: I don’t understand why you would want to entirely cut anything out. You could try cutting back on stuff like white pasta, bread, etc., and sweets.. but I wouldn’t deprive yourself entirely. It’ll just lead to bingeing later. I don’t believe these diets are sustainable. It sounds to me like you’re doing a really good job already maintaining that amazing weightloss!
I don’t eat a lot of bread or pasta, and pizza is an occasional treat. You could try looking at it that way. Don’t buy the stuff unless it’s for a special occasion.
Post # 4
@canarydiamond: This. Depriving yourself is not good for you, especially mentally.
Post # 5
@laughs: I’m with the other gals. It sounds like you’re doing a great job maintaining your weight loss (congrats!!!) and I don’t think it would be beneficial to try anything too dramatic. I’m *terrible* at “giving things up”, so I just stick with moderation…that being said, I’m TERRIBLE about eating fruit 😡 I just don’t like it :-p
Post # 6
I guess the thing I was thinking about cutting out sugar and stuff was that it doesn’t really seem like deprivation to me to just try really to eat less processed/refined stuff. It wouldn’t be ALL SUGAR or ALL CARBS, just refined stuff…
I am so so so against strict rules and deprivation… that’s totally un-Weight Watchers. I agree with that, totally… and I guess your right, saying anything is off limits 100 percent of the time isn’t great… maybe I’ll try to do like 80% no refined stuff.
Post # 7
@laughs: You do realize that if you are cutting out sugars that would also include natural sugars which is found in fruit…
Honestly if you are maintaining your weight why would you cut out the other stuff?
Post # 8
@Sassygrn: no, just refined sugar! Just like processed factory sugar. I would NEVER cut out fruits. They are the best!
I just feel like if I ate less processed stuff I’d feel better.
Post # 9
I did this and I feel SO much better. Every now and then I will eat some bread or whole wheat pasta, but its really rare. I pretty much eat all fresh foods and I feel great. I don’t really consider it to be depriving myself because once you stop eating it you stop craving it. The stuff isn’t tempting to me so how am I deprived?
I thought it was going to be pretty hard to give up all processed food, but honestly it really hasn’t been at all. Much easier than I expected.
Post # 10
I could never give up peanut butter cups. Or cookies. Or cake. Or brownies. Or ice cream.
Post # 11
@adoc86: yeah, I mean, that’s what I’m thinking… I love to eat, but the foods I tend to love the most are “real” foods anyway. If I was eating steak and broccolli and roasted garlic and potatoes I wouldn’t feel like I was missing out, you know?
I think I’ll still do “good grains” and whole wheat pasta… I don’t want to totally give up pasta
Post # 12
@laughs: okay…im going to get on my soap box for just a minute…i have been paleo for almost 2 years..and the key to being paleo and staying on track is having 2-3 non paleo meals a week…granted this also means you’re working out pretty regularly too so your non-paleo meals balance out.
also – cutting out sugars does NOT mean no fruit..you should only be having about 2 servings of fruit a day anyways…any more than that is too much.
i also think that you not being able to find a paleo approved meal in nyc is crap. there is my tough love. you live in a GIANT city where editing is super easy. i live in dallas & i can edit anywhere i want to eat out. sub veggies instead of beans & rice or ask for no cheese/etc.
if you’re cutting out sugars/flour..you really just mean white sugars & gluten right? technically no grains is the big paleo thing…so this means corn/rice/etc also.
my mom has done weight watchers for years…and lost a good amount of weight & she basically maintains it…however my dad has been paleo for the past 2-3 months and has lost 30lbs and is sleeping better/has better energy/feels all around cleaner & healthier…
my line is..try anything for 30 days…your body will tell you if you try to re-introduce something if its not good for you….
i am for anyone who chooses to take care of themselves in a healthy way..really the motto is 100% paleo 80% of the time…i have TONS AND TONS of info on paleo if you or anyone has more questions…
okay..off my soap box now 🙂
Post # 13
@vorpalette: I’ve never been into sweets, not even as a baby! I was the weirdo 5 year old ordering the cheese plate for dessert. My downfall has always been fried stuff… I love fried anything.
Post # 14
@karenlinebarger: yeah, I do want to try paleo at some point, but I’m too scared right now… cutting out refined sugar and stuff just seems like an attainable step in the right direction. But I totally agree with everything you said.
Post # 15
@laughs: LOL weirdo 😛 I used to eat so. much. candy. So gross, right? I know. We don’t really buy sweets anymore, and I’ve cut WAY down on portions of them (I pretty much just grew out of it). We bought two boxes of Girl Scout cookies and they aren’t gone yet (!!!). I’m shocked. But yeah, if you don’t eat that stuff normally anyway, it shouldn’t be a big deal!
Post # 16
I cut out refined sugar and flour about 6 months ago. It sucks at first because you feel like you can’t eat anything (mainly because of the no flour thing). It gets better! You’ll start to realize how many things you can still eat and feel satisfied and after a while you won’t even notice.
I’m sure it’s a bit different living in NYC since you probably eat out a lot. But on the plus side, you also have access to a ton of gluten free (no flour) options. I started making a lot of things in the crock pot and also found some really good recipes on blogs like paleOMG.com. Coconut flour and almond flour are both good substitutes for white flour.