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Weight Loss vs. Lifestyles: Paleo Diet

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Paleo is the biologically appropriate diet that suits us best, with the proper balance of nutrients to promote health and reduce the incidence of chronic diseases. The diet is based on the foods that could be hunted, fished, and gathered during the Paleolithic era -- meat, fish, shellfish, eggs, tree nuts, vegetables, roots, fruits, and berries.

Weight Loss vs. Lifestyles: Paleo Diet

Today I want to address not just dieting, but lifestyles. I have been on almost every diet possible and struggling to lose 15 pounds to reach my healthy weight. As a nurse, I know that it is crucial to feed your body right. Some of the most popular diets out there are low carb, low fat, counting points systems, fad diets, etc. Most of us have tried at least ONE! (be honest) These so called "diets" may produce some stealthy results, however, the average person cannot maintain these diets.

After using MOST of the above mentioned techniques, after a few weeks I failed. I was asking myself "Why" are these diets not working?"

I ran into a friend of mine who is also a nurse. I had not seen her for several months, and noticed she had lost a astonishing amount of weight. (a whopping 66 lbs.!)

I asked her what her secret was, and she said, "Paleo!" This is otherwise known as "The Caveman Diet".

For starters, this is NOT to be assumed to be a fad diet, rather a lifestyle change. After many weeks of research, I wasn't totally impressed, but what did I have to lose?

Well, let me tell you!!!!!!

I lost 17 lbs., my blood pressure is where it is supposed to be, and my energy levels are off the charts!

So, what is it?

The Paleo diet consists of all of the foods that our ancestors ate; we are talking BEFORE Industrial Agriculture. It consists of an ancestral template, evolution, and yes, SCIENCE!! Ready to hear more? Let's go!!

Here is a basic list of the items on a Paleo Diet:

  • Fruits (Berries, Coconuts..avoid all others such as bananas and peaches. They are natures CANDY!)
  • Non-starchy Vegetables
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Meats (free range or farm raised..NO HORMONES)
  • Eggs (organic)
  • Water, Water, Water!

Yep, it's Paleo!

What we should be avoiding?

  • Sugars in any form with the exception of Stevia
  • Milk and Dairy (Yes, I said it, MILK!)
  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Polyunsaturated Fats
  • Processed Foods of any kind
  • Cultivated or Sealed Foods
  • Pasta
  • Cereal
  • Flour (substitute with coconut or almond flour!!)

Do NOT confuse this lifestyle with any low carb or Atkin's related diet, it is not!

Just think of all of the foods that can be hunted, or gathered! Still sounds bizarre?? Actually, if you think about the "scientific" aspect of it, our bodies were not designed to process all of the things on the avoidance list!

So, if the body can't process it, where does it get stored? You got it!!!!!!! It gets stored as FAT!

Eating like this is good for maintaining a healthy metabolism, and reducing inflammation within the body. It's been doing great things for my energy levels, body composition, and performance in the gym. It also helps to minimize my risk for a whole host of lifestyle diseases and conditions, like diabetes, heart attack and stroke.

Still Paleo!!

For those of you that CANNOT live without your "sweets", no problem! There are an abundance of recipes out there to curb your cravings without damaging your body! If you want to know more, please visit this website:

What Is The Paleo Diet?

Happy eating! Let's eat the way nature intended!!

Beth, LPN/LVN, RN Student

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Yay, a fellow Paleo-er! Congrats on your weight loss! I started Paleo a little over a month ago and have lost about 20lbs, hard to tell exactly by the scale, because I have lost a some inches but have gained a decent amount of girl muscle (I've become addicted to weight lifting lol).

My favorite sweet treat is Ghirardelli Intense Dark Midnight Reverie 86% cacao num num num...just a hint of bitter dark chocolate with a hint of sweet. Once you get off of all those sugary, processed food, just a piece of fruit becomes super sweet. I can't even eat an apple, it tastes like pure sugar to me.

There are not any stores around here that carry almond or coconut flour, but I plan on making my own once I purchase a food processor. It will be nice to have the option of adding more variety to my diet when I want. Also, I am excited about getting a food dehydrator, to make my own beef jerky or some dried fruit. I have been toying with the idea of making my own version of pemmican for the winter, or school days during clinicals or intense study times when it will be hard to eat what I need. I am going to use my Ghirardelli bar, coconut oil, homemade beef jerky and some dried berries, mix is all together and freeze it! It will have to stay cold, unlike regular pemmican, because of the coconut oil, but I can live with that.

My energy has been great, my moods more stable, I am not tempted to take my usualy afternoon nap, instead I am out in my garden or studying. I love seeing the changes in my body, which keeps me sticking to my diet/lifestyle change and hitting the gym. I was surprised by other changes I had not expected, for example, my hair has gotten so silky, my acne has cleared up and best of all, I am never hungry! Who ever hears of that while on a "diet"? I used to eat all day, my life was like one big snack time, now I usually eat twice a day, breakfast and dinner, with no snacks, because I am just not hungry! I eat when my body tells me it's hungry and I stop when I am full.

I am so happy I accidentally came across info on Paleo and decided to give it a try...my only wish was that I had found it sooner!

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Thanks so much for this information! I am going to look into this more, I never had any idea what Paleo was. It makes a lot of sense ;)

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Last time I checked, legumes could be "hunted and gathered." Grains too. These are naturally occurring plants, and I am sure hunter-gatherers made use of them if they found them.

My life don't happen without pasta, sorry.

I will stick with WW, where I can eat what I want and just budget the points. Pasta is expensive that way, but I can choose to splurge once a week or so.

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It's all about what works for you and most of all what works for you and is sustainable FOR LIFE. If you are content with WW for life then that's great, you've found what works for you. Paleo is not the "cure all" for obesity. Many people who lose weight on Paleo gain back all their lost weight and then some as soon as they stop, which is the same for any diet. That is why a diet should be a LIFESTYLE change that you can maintain FOR LIFE.

For me, the Paleo diet just clicked. I don't personally like grains because they do not contribute anything necessary for my body that cannot be found in veggies, fruits, meats or oils but most of all because they are not satisfying in any way. I can eat a bowl of oatmeal and be starving two hours later. Or I can eat my eggs and not have to eat again until dinner, like today for example...I had my scrabled eggs cooked in coconut oil and topped off with a little touch of butter and did not have the chance to eat again until about 4p. Didn't bother me at all, felt a little hungry but it was manageable. I didn't have to run off to a fast food place to hold me over til I could get home and cook something up, like I have with other diets.

Also, I eat a modified type of Paleo diet. As I have said in my other posts, I consume milk and milk products like cheese and yogurt, I love yellow green beans, I stay away from corn and peas because they have a lot of sugar which I would much rather consume from fruit or yogurt, grains I mentioned above, basically stay away from any processed foods and try to eat mainly whole, natural foods. One of these days I will be able to provide the majority of the food my family and I eat from our farm via a garden, chickens, goats for milk, meat and cheese as well as other meat animals. I still eat some natural peanut butter, because has similiar nutirients and is less costly than almond or other nut butters. The biggest things I stay away from is anything with vegetable oil, high fructose corn syrup, anything with trans fats, anything processed or has unnecesarily added sugar.

I am completely content with my modified Paleo lifestyle and there is NO WAY I will ever go back to eating all that crud that I used to think tasted so great. So far I have lost 25 lbs and have gained a decent amount of muscle. I love when I work out and I can see the change in my body shape in the mirrors. I get compliments every day on how good I look and how much weight I've lost.

I am not sure what Tewdles means by "subsistance living"....? Sure doesn't feel like that to me....feels more like a guilty pleasure that I don't have to bother feeling guilty about ;)

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