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Well, since I've actually stuck to this for more than a week and my husband Mark is my buddy in this I'm happy to tell you that since I've been eating a Paleo-style diet, I have lost 5 pounds in 8 days (and counting) and I no longer have heartburn and indigestion. Yay!! I think as I get older, my body just isn't tolerating grains like it used to. This may be because the older you get, the slower you become in general unless you're excersizing as vigorously as a 10 year old boy plays. I watch my son - he eats noodles, pasta, and bread at pretty much every meal: spaghetti, pizza, cookies, PBJ's, etc. BUT he burns it all off with all that biking, skating, running and playing. If I followed him for one day and did exactly what he does with that young 10 year old body of his, I would fall DEAD! So, after a friend told me about her success with the Paleo way, I decided this is the way for me. If you like meat, the flavor of animal fat, nuts and seeds, fruit and vegetables, then this is for YOU! It has been really fun getting creative with the meals:
Shrimp with ceyenne pepper and coconut milk over stir fried vegetables
Baked chicken with mango peach salsa on it with a side of sliced avocado
Salads with nuts and eggs
Spaghetti sauce over sauteed cubed zucchini
Chicken soup with chunky carrots, celery, and garlic
Chili with chunks of green pepper instead of the beans
Sweet potato latkes with bacon and a fried egg on top for breakfast.
Ground beef seasoned with chili powder and cumin with some salsa, stuffed into a green pepper and a little feta on top
The possibilities are endless and I'm really enjoying this. I'm sleeping better, and losing weight. If you want to know more about the Paleo way of eating, here is a great, fun site that explains it and offers several recipe sites:
Here's a fun flow chart:
"Corn is a grain, knucklehead" - LOL!!
I was like you, I was hesitant, I didn't want to give up certain things. But then I realized I hated the way I was morphing into this middle-aged fat lady! Yes, vanity and better health led me to do this. So let me add - and this is important - that once you give yourself a couple/three days of eating this way, you will notice you don't miss the processed carbs, and the vegetables you are now eating instead start to taste sweeter and more robust. I swear to you, I've never experienced anything like this. But it makes sense. Say you eat a spoonful of suger, then you eat a plain cheerio. the cheerio is going to taste like nothing - bleh - because your mouth is used to the super sweet taste of the sugar. Eat that same cheerio after three days of no sugar and you'll see. It's suddenly an awesome gourmet treat!
Chocolate lovers: I know. I KNOW! But let me tell you this: five or six dark chocolate chips with a handful of almonds is a great snack that instantly satisfies that yen for dessert. It's a bit of a cheat, but in the long run, this will be far better than falling off the wagon and diving into a cake. For some weird reason, those few little chocolate chips go a long way and they DON'T cause you to return to craving sweets. Dark chocolate chips are your FRIEND. And speaking of dessert - please, please do this: Learn to embrace coconut milk. Pour just a little over berries or pineapple, sprinkle with nuts and maybe just a drizzle of honey. It is so delicious.
The Holidays: You'll be FINE. If you start now, by then all those sweet treats will look like just too much and watching all the chubby people eat them will be quite a reminder for you. Carry some nuts and chocolate chips with you and enjoy the goods on the table that are Paleo - friendly!
About Dairy. I was sad to think I have to give up milk and cheese. But some paleo practioners are on the fence about this, so I allow some feta or parmesan cheese on my spaghetti sauce and salads - cheeses that are stong so that a little goes a long way. I also still splash some cream into my coffee in the morning. And I still lost weight and I still don't have heartburn, so this option is up to you whether you are lactose intolerant or can handle some dairy.
Eating out: Simple. Take the bun off your burger, tell the server not to bring chips, ask for sweet potato fries instead of regular ones, etc. Buffets are the easiest! There's always a salad, meat and veggies. On Tuesdays when kids eat for $1.99, we sometimes take the boy to his favorite, the Golden Corral. There, he can get his chocolate fountain and fried shrimp and mac and cheese. But we can also get a slab of steak, sprinkled with some blue cheese from the salad bar, or baked chicken, a salad, some steamed broccoli, cabbage, there are all kinds of options at a buffet.
Here are some pretty pictures of yummy food to get you going:
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