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I am new to this page too so a short intro-I live just outside Montgomery, AL and am 46 years old with 5 children(3 grown, 1 graduates tomorrow and the other is a teen). 12 years ago I got in great shape but then let it all go back. I started CF 5 weeks ago and went Paleo last week. It really hasn't been hard. It's easier for me than watching portion sizes, counting calories or points, etc. Some "healthy" foods seemed to be a trigger for me and I don't have that now. If I am hungry I eat some protein and veggies-easy. I feel better already. I have a LOT of energy all day long and am far more active than I ever was. So, it works for me and I don't feel deprived at all. Check out the website Whole 9 for your 30 day challenge. It's awesome! Keep it up and good luck!!!
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Hey, I'd love to hear how your Paleo experience turned out- my box just started the 30 day challenge 2 days ago so I am Paleo and zoning it- isn't too bad actually, it is so crazy to see my sodium levels so low. I am very sad to see the unopened loaf of Dave's Killer bread go to waste though (bought it the day before we started not realizing).
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Thanks so much for your input ladies! I decided to give it a go and i'm just about 2 weeks in. The first few days SUCKED but since then i feel fantastic, seeing strength gains and endurance gains and i've lost about 8lbs. I'm going to give it a full 6 weeks before i decide either way about paleo as a lifestyle, but if it keeps going as well as it has, i dont see any reason to go back.
I tried paleo for a while. I went back to plain clean eating. I don't fault paleo by any means, but it wasn't working for me. It seemed like I had a lot of aches and pains that just wouldn't go away. Once I added back in the grains, it all went away and I haven't had problems since. I think that, for me, I just wasn't getting enough of what I needed to support and repair what I had going on with my body.
I think it sometimes depends on the person and what works best for them.
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Well, I beg to differ. Whole grans and beans are NOT healthy for everyone. A food that forces you to go to the bathroom four times in a day and gives you gas (sorry, TMI) cannot be that healthy.
I have eliminated grains for a few months now and I feel better than ever.
I am a fan of Paleo. I don't think it unnecessarily cuts things you don't need. You don't need grains, wheat and sugar - you can get these things naturally from fruits and veggies. There are so many great Paleo recipes so you don't feel deprived. I have even seen Paleo chocolate chip cookies! Check out www.paleodiet.com and www.robwolf.com.
I'm happy with Paleo. Hope this helps.
The Paleo diet does not allow you to eat many foods that are healthy, such as whole grains and beans. While it may be possible to get enough nutrition on it, and some people seem to do OK on it, I am not a fan of any diet that basically eliminates entire categories of food based on an unprovable theory.
Humans have been eating whole grains and beans for thousands of years, so why stop now?
I'm new to the team, so i guess i'll do a quick intro before i get into my question. My name is Laura, I'm 26, just moved to Philly and joined up at CF Novem in January. I'm in love with CF and now i'm considering going paleo.
I had lost 50lbs about 2 years ago, and in the last year put about 10 of it back on. I'm 5'8" and at about 198 right now, about 30% body fat - I'd like to see myself get down to about 18% body fat by the summer. Weight goals are sort of relative at this point, i'm more concerned with how much of my mass is lean rather than exactly what the scale says. I'm back on track with working out, but now i feel i need to change my eating habits. Obviously CF is a big advocate for eating Paleo, but it seems like a huge transition.
Can any of you tell me about your experiences with it? Whether you dove right in or tested the waters first? Struggles? Victories? Anything would be helpful.