Cheryl, I haven't eaten any processed meat like sausages etc for a long while.... mostly because they are so high in sodium, but I wouldn't be surprised if they also cause me to put on weight because of the preservatives... not something that I am going to test in the near future, but I'll keep an eye on it if they ever work their way into my diet, thanks! 975 days ago
.... it is an amazing lifestyle, I love it!... MELTNSUE, a Spark friend, recommended it to me a couple of years ago, and I was very skeptical and resistant. She suggested that since I wasn't getting anywhere following the SAD what could be the harm, just give it a try... and I did.
I am a breast cancer survivor so I wanted to make sure that whatever lifestyle I decided to embark upon would really be beneficial to me; so I read all of the information from the links she provided and much more and decided that this was doable. I made an appointment to see my oncologist and my nutritionist to get blood work done (for comparisons) and to discuss my plan. The deciding factor, whether I would continue to follow the paleo/primal lifestyle, would be what my blood work looked like after the 2 - 3 month challenge:
This is what my starting stats were:
Weight: 168 Cholesterol: 187 LDL: 121 (my doctor wanted this to be less than 100) Triglycerides were 50 so that was good
... so I started the lifestyle and in 2.5 months later here are the results:
Weight: 154 Cholesterol: 167 LDL: 107
... well, of course I was sold, and have been following it ever since. However, a have fallen off in a big way over the holidays when I followed Mark Sisson's 80/20 rule and I gained most of the weight back. I have lost over the past 2 years the same weight a couple times. So now I have gotten to the point where I am tired of this yo-yo dieting and I am really approaching this a "healing" journey. Focusing on, improving my blood markers, eliminating my sweet tooth and being consistent; hopefully along with those improvements I will start losing the weight again.
I am hooked on this lifestyle, I am however incorporating some "neolithic" foods in my diet as tolerated for more variety, I am also kind of following, as Robb Wolf suggested, the low carb Protein Power Lifestyle Plan by the Eades. I am following the "Hedonist" approach.
... so that's my story so far, I am still writing it.
Thanks again for the helping with the team. Enjoy your weekend.
PS: I put the "Daily Discussion" as a Sticky Topic" in the the General Team Discussion Forum