Monday, June 27, 2011

My Weight Loss Journey Continued - The Paleo Diet

Being busy busy busy does NOTHING for your health. Between taking care of little monster, trying to spice things up with my Mister, and working nonstop, I have managed to gain 7 lbs on top of the leftover baby weight that has been plaguing my existence since March 1, 2010.

I've done Atkins, South Beach, Weight Watchers. good ol' fashioned calorie counting, you name it - I've tried it. Nothing has really worked for long and sadly I've felt deprived in some form or another with all of them. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that deprivation = failure. Not cool. But I still trek on. I can't give up. I have gained 40 lbs since meeting my husband and it's done nothing for my self esteem. And now with summer finally hear. I'm DREADING the oh-so-terrible bathing suit shopping. NOOOOOoooo!! (insert echo)

In any event, I have learned about yet another diet (or healthy eating plan) called THE PALEO DIET. This diet is based on how the "cave-men" ate back in the day during the Paleolithic period. Before the McDonalds' and Krispy Kremes, there was a simpler, healthier way of eating.

According to Dr. Loren Cordain, our ancestors ate lean meats, vegetables, and fruits. Period. Grains weren't introduced until generations later, and once they were, so was a reduction in health. So the bad carbs we love so much - bread, rice, cereal, pasta, etc cause a lot of our health issues today - including obesity. I know I know, this sounds just like all of the other low carb diets out there. The main difference is that this diet doesn't forbid you to eat fruit. Also, it even allows you 3 cheat meals per week to keep sane and motivated! The idea is that if you're eating well the majority of the time, having cheat meals won't harm you (as long as you aren't bingeing!).

This diet seems more of a fit for me because if I do decide to treat myself within reason, I don't have to be guilt ridden for the rest of the week. Phew! So I've been reading the Paleo Diet book and it sounds good so far. The eating plan seems realistic and the recipes are great. So I'll keep you all updated! *fingers and toes crossed*


  1. Fanagie...this "diet" sounds great. I am currently doing the Dukan diet which is similar. Based on lean protein, non fat dairy and non starchy veggies. I have lost 12.6 pounds which is more than I ever have been able to lose on an eating plan other than weight watchers. I like the idea of being able to eat fruit though...Oh how I miss it. On Dukan, you eventually can add back some fruit and have 2 cheat meal each week but that isn't until you reach your goal.

  2. Hey Nanci! Wow the Dukan diet sounds promising..but hard! Congrats on losing so much weight already! You should join my fitmama club! :) Are u on twitter?

  3. I am technically on Twitter although I never actually use it. I think I am under Nanciwaldman

  4. Bought the COOKBOOK by accident so I kindled the book..(didn't feel like going back to teh book store)... Today was a good 85/15 day.... I am suffereing from Hypothalmic Amenorrhea No longer menstrating due to my 110lb weight loss 4yrs early menopause for me.. THIS book makes sense and I am believing or faithfully hoping this is the answer!