I'm happy to see all the discussion on the Paleo / Primal lifestyle! It was about a year ago that I had started this. The weight loss part was fantastic of course but there were alot of other benefits for me like, sleeping better, no joint pain or nerve pain that i experienced before, my mood stabilized, no more wanting to fall asleep at 3pm at work, my desire to exercise actually increased, i felt stronger and less sluggish, got rid of alot of my brain fog.
When I started i didn't want to overwhelm myself because this was a big life change (what...give up BAGELS?!) so i said that i would try it for 4 weeks. I figured that was a short timeline that i could stick with in order to see if there were any benefits. That worked for me and i actually wanted to keep going afterwards!
The best part about the lifestyle (i don't like calling it a diet because it's something you can do forever) is that i'm not restricted. I can eat anything i want, but now i know how eating bread and processed food / sugar makes me feel and what it does to my body. I have learned that i have to be prepared to deal with those consequences and then i can make the choice whether or not i want to eat it.
Nom Nom Paleo is a good resource for recipes and there is also a page explaining what paleo is http://nomnompaleo.com/paleo101
Against All Grain is another one http://againstallgrain.com/recipe-index/
Primal Palate ( i have their cookbook called Make it Paleo) is another great resource for recipes! http://www.primalpalate.com/paleo-recipes/#us on their site they also have a free online paleo meal planner
The hardest part of going on the Paleo or Primal diets its figuring out what to eat. There are some great sites for different recipes. I don't know if I can enter web addresses here, but all of these are easy to google. The first place I go to is Mark Sisson's site; Mark's Daily Apple. It's filled with recipes and well researched information. A great food site, especially if you want to make something special for holidays or occasions is: Bill Staley's and Hayley Mason's Primal Palate site. I've made many recipes from there and their cookbook. Really amazing. Then my favorite is: Juli Bauer's Paleomg site. She's introduced me to new flavors and some quick cooking methods that really help out on a busy day.
I am starting the Paleo Diet monday. I have been searching for free sites for recipes and this is what i found.
Carrots 'N' cake paleoplan.com popularpaleo.com There are a lot of breakfast recipes so you don't get bored. I hope this helps everyone. Also i am glad i found this site on Spark People. Thanks again. Linda
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Personally I've been on the Paleo Diet for the last 3 years now and it's the best ever thing that's happened. My drive to exercise was always quite low and now this diet has allowed me to stop stressing about exercising as my diet is now much better. It's not to say I don't exercise, I do, but just not as much now. Anyone thinking of going on the diet, this is a great place to start - www.paleodietfoodlist.co.uk/
I haven't tracked how much weight I've lost in this period, but I think it's in the region of 110 lbs. The best way is to start slowly, after around 1 month you will know what you like and what you don't. Everyone is different and you will soon find what works for you and what doesn't.
The nutritional value is what we really makes this diet work for me, I have to admit I wasn't as disciplined as I am now, there would be that occasional frozen burger when I didn't want to cook . But now I feel a lot better when I'm sticking to my plan. You have to start somewhere I guess...
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU, LINDA!!
"Each man is good in the sight of the Great Spirit." -Sitting Bull "If you always a put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." ~Bruce Lee
I have a ton of them saved on my Pinterest page. Here you go: http://pinterest.com/lindalfk/the-paleo-diet-recipes-information
Once you go there, you will also see info on my other page for smoothies, etc.,. Enjoy! I can't get the address to hi-lite, you are going to have to cut, copy and paste the addy into your browser. Sorry about that.
Hugs, Linda :)
Edited by: LINDALFK at: 5/1/2013 (12:17)
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I am first day back to paleo and having cravings for ice cream. But in answer to the recipe question, there are many websites out there that are gluten free...and will point out which are also Paleo. Elena Amsterdam is one. and Amazon has alot of cook books.
Hi! I saw your message about Paleo & wanting to keep going back to your carb lifestyle & I can totally relate! I had been doing paleo pretty strict but then slipped back into old habits & it was so tough. I have found that with paleo it takes every bit of 21-30 days of strict paleo to kick old habits. I got to day 21 and realized at the end of the day it was the first time during that round of paleo that I hadn't once thought about golden oreos (my downfall). It was crazy. So I say try & shoot for 3-4 weeks & see if the cravings really subside. Processed foods really are addicting so there is an element there that is beyond your control. Robb Wolf, author of Paleo Solution, had a client that had kicked a cocaine habit & to cope with her withdrawal she began eating sugar. When she came to his gym to get into shape & tried paleo, she said paleo & eliminating sugar & refined carbs, was way harder than ending her drug addiction. So if it feels hard, that's because it is! But stick with it & then I think you will find it gets easier.
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I have been doing paleo as well but seem to struggle a lot . I always seem to want to go back to my processed carb life. even though when I do cheat I feel like crap for days after. I have only been at it about a month . how long did it take for those of you who have been paleo a while to stop wanting to cheat so often. I hate how it makes me feel yet I keep doing it!
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I've been practicing Paleo Diet for more than a year now and It really give me the desired energy and healthy life style I wanted. It was my friend who introduced me about this wonderful Paleolithic Diet Food List www.dietplansx.org/paleo-diet/paleolithic- diet-food-list that makes it more easy for me to follow and admire the said diet program.
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I've been following paleo diet for almost two years now. At one point I was just doing a low carb diet but soon realized there is a whole nutrition philosophy that is Paleo. Essentially you're going to be eating organic meats, vegetables and fruits. You probably want to do a little meal planning each week so you stay fresh with your diet. Skip things like grains and legumes because they have anti-nutrients that aren't good for you. Check out the Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson. I also found a helpful shopping list at this site that you can take to the grocery storewww.thepaleodietmealplan.com Good luck... you won't regret it
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Yes! The Paleo Diet (Lifestyle, really) allows you to eat un-weighed, un-measured portions of your favorite foods until you feel full. No more starving. No more feeling unsatisfied as you leave the table. It's the best. I apologize for my extreme fandom of Paleo, but it REALLY WORKS. It's not a fad diet.
I've been on Paleo/Primal (see Primal Blueprint for more info) for less than 3 months and I am down 15 lbs. My husband has lost almost 40 lbs. - but he had A LOT to lose.
Paleo focuses on what our bodies have evolved to eat. Some call it JERF: Just Eat Real Food. But you may ask, "What is in the category of Real Food?" Well here's a news flash: Our bodies evolved to eat meat, fat (animal fat, nuts, avocado, coconut oil), vegetables and fruits. FAT IS NOT MAKING YOU FAT, so limiting the amount of fat you put in your body WILL NOT help you lose weight.
GRAINS, LEGUMES, DAIRY, and SEED OILS are wreaking havoc on your body. They are causing chronic inflammation and leading to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Seriously. The people who have written books on this diet are scientists, not celebrities. They know what they are talking about.
Remember: this is not a diet where you lose weigh and go back to what you were eating before. Once you are on this, it is a lifestyle change. You don't have to be hungry. You don't have to be unhealthy. You don't have to watch your children's health suffer.
There is so much more information than I could show you here, but here's some links to help guide you in your journey.
Hi! I too have just begun this journey and am finding all the myrid of infomation out there very confusing? I want to get serious about this as my weight has balooned becasue of my firbromyalgia. Now that I have that condition under control with a nutrition drink (Paleo friendly) I am ready to begin this lifestyle in earnest.
Any tips would be great as I am considering growing my food (including eggs), except the meat...what about calcium concerns? Since no dairy is allowed how does one replace the calcium? I'm not getting any younger!! lol.
I have been on here for quite some time now and have never really gotten into it, however I recently hit an all time high for my weight and it's time to crack down. In one year from this past Saturday I will be running the Mini-marathon in Indianapolis(13.1 Miles). It is time to take my diet and fitness seriously. I recently started a new lifestyle called the paleo lifestyle. I figured I would make a threat to educate those who are unsure as to what it is and get feedback from those who have done it. I am down 24 lbs already, but am tightening my grip on it all and buckling down, I would like to hit 185-190 by this fall, currently 242lbs. If you guys are interested in the diet or would like some healthy recipes just let me know I'll post more info if I see a genuine interest on the message boards. So bring on the questions and recipes(if you currently participate in the paleo lifestyle.)
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