Saturday, June 01, 2013
6/1/13 125.4 lbs
BODY - Wow, what an amazing transformation this has been! My skin looks clearer, younger even. I've received many compliments that I look healthy, slim and younger. I dropped a pant size, feel great in all my clothes and have not lost any strength at the gym. I'm also running faster.
FOOD - The most difficult times are when I'm too tired to cook and in a jam and can't get home to prepare my own meal. Ordering out is very challenging but completely doable if you're not afraid to ask for a substitution here and there. Burger no bun and instead of fries on the side can I get a side salad? I'd like the salmon but instead of rice could I get extra vegetables? Everywhere I've been has been more than happy to give me what I asked for.
MOOD - Heck, I lost a pant size and finally dropped the stubborn last 10 lbs that I've been dragging around for the past 6 years. I FEEL GREAT! I had been sleeping better until the heat hit but I'll acclimate soon enough. I still get tired on days I over extend myself and if I do allow myself a treat (like the piece of GFCFSF cake I had for my daughter's birthday last weekend) I get sluggish, bloated, constipated and have to fight sugar and alcohol cravings for a couple days. It took me a week to cycle off that slice of cake so I will be very wary in the future of non Paleo foods.
OPINION - I'm living it! It's not the easiest most convenient plan I've ever followed but it's certainly not the hardest or most restrictive. I don't have to slam my head against a wall at the gym working out for 2 hours a day 6 days a week so that's nice. I will admit, having food intolerance's makes saying no much easier these days but feeling this clean and this great makes saying no even easier. I'm feeling so fantastic that as of today I must say...I am going to live an active Paleo Lifestyle for as long as I shall live.
You should try it!!
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
So I'm trying the paleo diet again.
I just finished reading a book called "It starts with food". It was written by a friend of a friend and has a plan called the Whole 30. It's sort of a 30 day "cleanse" so to speak where you remove grains, beans and dairy from the diet because they are believed to be the cause of inflammation and are possibly the root of disease.
I know, I know...I tried to do the paleo thing at the beginning of the year but...I was still juicing and blending, something this books says not to do because of insulin spikes, and then I of course dove right into making muffins, waffles and pancakes from "approved" paleo ingredients that are supposed to only be eaten as treats and especially NOT during the first 30 days of the plan. So I'm back to eating only meat/fruit/veggies/healthy nuts and oils again.
Today is day 3 and I'm pretty tired. But the book says that energy levels will be low while the body retrains itself from being a sugar burner to a fat burner. My girlfriend confirmed that her and her husband felt pretty crappy the entire first week. My friends that did the program now feel fabulous. She lost 12 lbs and her husband lost 20 lbs just in 30 days. So I figured...why not give it a try? I sure could stand to loose 10 lbs if this works and I sure would love to get my energy back and start sleeping better at night.
This plan is meant to be a lifestyle change and not a quick fix. This plan is also not an all or nothing for the rest of my life plan. Being Paleo doesn't mean I can never eat a piece of cake or a bowl of ice cream again or that I can never have another alcoholic drink ever again. Those things just need to be kept in moderation or for special occasions. Treats. But since I am already lactose and gluten intolerant I'm not really going to be missing all that much anyway.
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