(Closed) Paleo/Whole 30 Tips Please

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’ve been paleo for almost a year now.  I think it was easier for me to switch because I already cooked most of my meals, only really ate whole foods (e.g. unprocessed foods), and really only ate oatmeal as my carbs.  Think veggies, meat, and some low glycemic index fruit and nuts.  

I like Marksdailyapple.com for recipes, advice, etc. and his books are good. 

I think it helps to just go full turkey so to speak, but if paleo seems too intensive, you can always start with just cutting out all the fake sauces, added sugars, and pre prepared processed stuff.  Only shop the perimeter of the store, and avoid stuff in boxes. 

I have never heard of the whole 30 diet.

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper

I’ve been following it (not 100%) for about 2 1/2 years now… my suggestion is to do it for 60 days instead of 30.  I know, that might not sound helpful, but I saw huge progress around day 21 and then another huge jump around day 40.  I say that, because at first, it’s so hard, and you might as well go a little longer and reap the benefits 🙂

It gets way easier once you figure out what foods you enjoy that replace foods you are used to.  I pretty much automate breakfast and lunch (bfast is some sort of egg scramble w/ veggies) and lunch is a huge salad with protein (usually whatever is left over from the night before).

Dairy was really hard for me to give up – and I eat that now – but, I did stay away from it for about 6 months.

Is there are a particular food group you are concerned about?

My advice is to embrace cooking, start buying as many spices as you can get your hands on (if you have  Trader Joe’s around – their 21 seasoning is awesome).

For recipe sites:  Everydaypaleo.com is fantastic – chowstalker.com will also link you to recipes – but they are hit or miss.

Foods that saved me:  avocado (love how satiating they are!), cauliflower – I didn’t eat a lot before, but it’s so yum and so much you can do with it (mash it, rice it, etc), spinach – easy to have a lot on hand and throw in to everything! 

 

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper

@dancindavinci:  curious if you started it, and how you are doing! 🙂

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I just completed a whole30 and it was great!  I feel better, am sleeping better, my skin is clearer, and I dropped 10lbs and 6″ (about half the weight I need to drop).

I definitely recommend the new whole30 book “It Starts with Food”, and there are some blogs with great recipes – nomnompaleo.com and theclothesmakethegirl.com

I’ve been paleo on and off for a couple of years – mostly off for the past 6 months.  It never really stuck before, but after the whole30 it definitely has.

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