Saturday, March 03, 2012
So I'm on day 3 of my month long challenge and am feeling really good. I had a few hunger pangs yesterday and ran out of energy by the end of the day but that led to a good night's rest. So the paleolithic diet basically centers on the idea that the way human beings eat has drastically changed over time and as a result of the introduction of highly processed, hormone filled, and pesticide laden food products into our diets, we are now seeing an explosion of obesity, obesity related illnesses, allergies, and other diseases.
Lets look at our pyramid!
At the base of the paleo pyramid we have veggies and fruits. These types of foods should make up the bulk of our diet. They are rich in fiber and nutrients. Included in the veggie list are starchy veggies like potatoes, but don't overdo it. (Some would say to limit fruit or eliminate it all together because of the added sugar but I'm still eating fruit daily.) Above the bottom rung is the section for meat, fish, poultry, and eggs. Here is where we get the bulk of our calories and protein. The other main food groups are then nuts, seeds, berries, herbs, spices, and healthy fats (like coconut, olive, or avocado oils).
No-no foods: grains, dairy (I made an exception for low-fat plain yogurt), legumes, added sugar, alcohol, caffeine, sugar substitutes, processed food, anything on the label you don't recognize as coming out of the earth lol
With everything try to get organic, local, grass-fed, etc. but if you can't just do the best you can. Remember to wash your fruits and veggies well~~~.
So far, I'm doing okay! 27 more days to go. One of the great things about this diet is that I can still keep to it and eat out with friends. My brother and boyfriend are also doing the challenge with me although they have more leeway with food so that they don't lose any weight. On day 1 I did not eat enough calories, I'm pretty certain but my bloated stomach went down, down, down. Hahaha. On day 2 I upped my calories but as I said earlier, I felt very tired. And today I brought my calories back down and did some Turbo Fire and surprisingly I feel super.
- 2 eggs omelet with bell peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes
- peppermint tea
- 2 bowls of shrimp, salmon, and potato chowder
- 2 eggs, 1tsp ketchup, and bell peppers
- salad with tuna drizzled with olive oil and black pepper
- pork chop with cabbage, carrots, and 1/2 sweet plantain
- 2 almonds
- banana with plain yogurt
- 10 almonds
- large sweet potato
- 15 peanuts
- beef brisket chili
- hot chocolate