Sunday, February 24, 2013
I have decided that this is an eating plan I really want to try. The Fast-5 plan I mentioned in an earlier blog is still something I'm curious about, but I don't think at this point in time it will really help me. I think my friend had so much success with it primarily because she was eating a lot of unhealthy foods the majority of the time. And while I'm nowhere near perfect, I tend to make healthier choices most of the time. I DO want to limit my eating in the evening, and maybe hold off on breakfast until later in the morning, so I might try to increase the amount of time between my evening meal and my meal the next morning, but I won't be doing the 19 hour stretch of fasting right now.
However, Paleo really interests me. I have already had moderate success with a lower-carb/lower-sugar sort of diet but haven't stuck with it long enough to see lasting results. I do tend to notice that on weeks where I limit my carb and sugar intake, I lose more than weeks that I don't. I think my body really does react negatively to the carbs and the sugar. Paleo in it's purest form is a little too extreme for me, since I don't think I can completely omit dairy, but there are a lot of recipes that seem very South Beach-esque that I want to try. I already know the basic principles of a low-carb eating plan, so Paleo shouldn't be an enormous stretch. It's really a matter of avoiding the starchy, carby, sweet snacks I crave. True Paleo eating includes only grass-fed meats, which are okay to avoid if your budget can't afford them. No grains, processed foods, sugars, etc. The basic breakdown is similar to South Beach- here's what I found on the Paleo site:
Fresh fruits and veggies
Nuts and seeds
Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)
Legumes (including peanuts)
Refined vegetable oils
I am going to do some more research and recipe digging, and I've already sent my friend an email asking her to guide me towards some of the info she found useful. I've let Joe know I want to try this and also made a Facebook post informing my coworkers (since I snack a lot at work) and asking for support from my friends and family. I'm NOT going to make my kids start eating Paleo because that's not fair to them. Joe probably won't do it with me, and that's okay with me. Maybe if I have success he'll switch, but for now, I'm focusing on myself.
I'm also going to talk to Bre and Stacey (trainers who teach BeFit) about it and see if they have any info for me.
I'd like to go shopping today, but it's snowing, so, I might have to hold off. I can still try to implement a lower-carb/sugar-free plan in the meantime even if I haven't stocked up on Paleo-foods, since really all I need to buy is a healthier oil and maybe some nuts to eat at home (can't have them at work). We're out of chicken but I can hold off on that for a few days and just have salad.