Paleo Diet

on Dec 10, 2013 @ 01:44 pm

I just kickstarted crossfit a month ago and consequently have been introduced to the paleo lifestyle (basically eating from the ground up - no refined foods, no dairy). I'm looking to do 30 days straight of strict paleo. Supposedly this is the best way to try it out and judge your lifestyle based upon the way it makes you feel.

I won't be starting this until January since the holidays are simply a disaster to start any new diet regime. But what's everyone's take on this? If you already eat paleo, what are some of your favourite dishes or snacks to make?

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Good and bad on Dec 10, 2013 @ 03:27 pm

I did a sloppy version of this for about 2 months. Since we're a family of 5, I'd have to put the whole family on the plan to go full version and they were not supportive :)

My brother and his wife are doing paleo, and their 3 kids are on a low carb alternative. They have the occasional cheat day but for the most part are sticking to it at 6ish months and counting.

So for me, I did notice that I lost a little weight (though any low/non carb diet will do this, especially as it cuts out most desserts!!!). I was not looking to lose weight specifically and had other goals in mind, but did not seem to make much progress there. I do believe that had I been more strict and stuck with it longer it would have been more noticeable.

Paleo (again, like many other diets that cut out refined-anything) did make me feel energetic and like I was doing something good for my body, but oh my goodness did I CRAVE bread. That part was not fun at all. It also can be expensive if you go for bread alternatives (like baking with almond flour, etc), but if you stick with meats and veggies/fruits it's not that bad.

I do have heart disease in my family though, and my cholesterol is pretty high. That was the main reason my heart wasn't in it (pardon the pun). Supporters will say that your cholesterol will actually go down with time, but I just couldn't get past that mentally.

My brother and SIL continue on the program, but as far along as they are, whenever they cheat they feel pretty sick. This is a common side effect, and critics say this is your body becoming hyper-sensitized while supporters say this is a sign your body's gastric bacteria have reconfigured to the paleo lifestyle and you're nuking them by adding these foods back in.

I guess what I'm saying is, if you're going to try it, go all in. Do your best not to cheat at all.

And thanks in advance for leaving more cake and cookies for the rest of us :)

Paleo on Dec 10, 2013 @ 03:43 pm

Wow! Enlightening - that's awesome. Thanks @mamaluv

Surprisingly bread isn't something I really miss, but maybe because I didn't eat a whole lot of it before. It's the crackers I pair with my hummus or my cereal - even something like all bran was painful to cut out.

Right now I am probably 80/20 paleo/indulging as it can be very difficult around the holidays, bouncing around to numerous holiday parties. I totally get where you're headed with the cholesterol. It's very meat heavy which isn't something I'm used to. I'm starting to eat a lot more eggs as a result though (I buy the egg whites in the carton) and I find that satisfies my craving for something tasty, filling and clean/healthy.

Will definitely take those tips into consideration. Thanks!

I would be careful on Dec 13, 2013 @ 06:30 pm

I looked at this diet but didn't like it. To me it just looks like any no-carb diet and I think all of those are unrealistic. It works if you're looking to lose weight quickly but I don't think it's a lifestyle change I think people can maintain. Also, no dairy sounds pretty bad. Females tend to be low on calcium and Vit. D so I hope you have something to substitute so you still stay healthy. Overall, I think short-term it's ok but if you're looking for long term I don't think it's a healthy choice.

Also be careful with Crossfit. I did that for awhile. Although I became toned and stronger, I kept pushing myself to do higher weights and hurt my back. That's common with a lot of people - too much too soon and/or bad instructors. A lot of people are "certified" to do Crossfit but they really don't know how to be safe. I know many people who have gotten injured for a variety of reasons. Crossfit is also not meant to be long term, 2 - 3 months at a time. Otherwise the strain can become too much on the body.

Actually, now that I think about it, the paleo diet plus Crossfit is probably a bad combo. You need carbs to fuel yourself through those workouts and to recover afterwards because they're so intense. You actually might be breaking down more muscle than building.

Be cautious on Dec 20, 2013 @ 11:48 am

I have Celiac Disease and need to eat Gluten Free 100% of the time. Since it is so extreme I need to really make sure that I am eating healthy and taking vitamins as my diet is so medically limited. So, I guess I would say if you are going to be trying the Paleo diet, make sure you really watch your vitamin intake so you are not deficient.

I do not know too much about Paleo but I would caution against any extreme dietary choice. Have you spoken to your Doctor about this? I think that would be a good place to start as your physician could give you some advice on if you will need to take supplements.

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