Paleo way of eating???

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Lissaloolah

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Posted: 16 Aug 2013, 16:03
Thinking of giving this a go. I love all the food choices and meals I have seen so far and eat very similar currently.Munching on some nuts as I'm typing this.Firstly has anyone else followed this way? does it work with regards to weight loss?
Bbody1972

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Posted: 16 Aug 2013, 17:15
Hi Lissaloolah.... I've been following it for a little over two months now. My whole family has (hubby and kids still have dairy though)...so I guess they are primal.

You will lose weight as your body gets used to eating all this great food. If you want it to come off faster then just lay off the sweet potato and reduce the fruit until you have lost the fat you want to lose.

We love this way of eating.
Rita41

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Posted: 16 Aug 2013, 17:23
My family made the switch a little over three weeks ago. The kids are just getting the hang of it now. My youngest has a casein allergy and the other one seemed to be reacting to gluten so I thought if we ALL did it we would have a healthier way of eating. My husband thinks he's hit the jackpot. He's one of those guys that still fits in his pants he wore when he was 20 (he's 43). BUT...he seemed to always eat this way. He's not much into breads and pastas and loves his meat, nuts and veggies....I'm working on the fruit for him.

To me the change in the kids has been fantastic. They are only 2 and 3.5 and they have taken to it easily. I thought I'd have the tear the goldfish from my oldest's tightly wadded fists but he hasn't asked for them.

Bbody1972

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Posted: 16 Aug 2013, 17:30
Rita...I'm so glad we switched when our kids are this small too (mine are right around yours in age). I noticed they are much calmer and have no troubles sleeping at nap time or in the evening anymore..coincidence?? maybe?? I also suspected gluten in my youngest.
Lissaloolah

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Posted: 16 Aug 2013, 17:39
Thankyou for your replies.
Even before looking into this diet I have made comment that I want to go back to eating in a much more natural way as we were all those years ago.....how we were meant to eat (as far as I'm concerned).I dabble with my home grown herbs in my cooking a lot more now and do enjoy my fruits and veg's.
However, I do like my carbs and have tried staying away from them before and felt like I had gotten quite addicted and struggled without.They have such a hold on you.
I would like to give this a go though as I know even though I eat all the lovely Paleo foods, my downfall is dairy and carbs so if I can cut these then I may see movement on the scales and feel very healthy also.
Lissaloolah

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Posted: 16 Aug 2013, 17:42
any good recipe books/meal plan ideas you can suggest I read?
Bbody1972

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Posted: 16 Aug 2013, 18:07
There are two books by Cordain... The Paleo Answer and The Paleo Diet.

There are recipes in both books to get you started. He also has a Paleo diet cookbook. Some other books that call themselves paleo start including too much Paleo"ish food...what I mean is they have a whole baking section using almond flour etc....but the paleo diet doesn't rely heavily on nuts ...up to 4 oz a day if you aren't trying to lose. Remember our ancestors would have had to crack shells to get the meat and 4 oz is ALOT.

There is also a book by Sarah Fragoso I felt was helpful with stuff for the kids and how to get the whole family on board. She has a blog
http://everydaypaleo.com

I would recommend reading Cordain's book first so you understand more about it.
Lissaloolah

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Posted: 16 Aug 2013, 18:22
thankyou.
mummydee

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Posted: 17 Aug 2013, 03:49
Paleo: A general concept shared by multiple authors and gurus regarding the elimination of toxins by basing a diet on "Ancestral" foods. Core beliefs are "No gluten-containing grains, no legumes, no-lactose or casein (cheese/yogurt/milk), no sugar". There are many other various iterations (of which Primal can be considered one) that adjust these measures based on even more varied reasons. Classic "Paleo" as coined by early 2000's authors Audette (Book: Neanderthin) and Cordain (The Paleo Diet) would fall in the "Low Carb, dairy-free" camp, whereas more modern (Harris (Archevore), Jaminet (Perfect Health Diet)) proponents would allow for moderate-to-high starch intake, and slightly more leeway in regards to some dairy.

Primal: An adaptation of the Paleo diet as authored by Mark Sisson (Book: The Primal Blueprint) that focuses on carbohydrates and toxins. Primal allows for considerably more leeway in regards to dairy, some "safe" grain and other starches, and even fermented legumes. Diet can be adjusted to suit personal needs, although being completely grain, legume, and sugar free still seems to be the main objective.

Since all of these have considerable crossover, I would suggest looking into the specific authors.

it's amazing how these authors though, claim to be the first to discoer this way of eating. I did a 'CAVEMAN' diet in the 70's which was exactly this way of eating. Don't think it came out in a book , it was just another diet 'fad'.

I put all these eating plans under one umbrella and come up with my own plan that works with my day to day life and reality and go for health, weight loss is just a wonderful side effect of that eating plan!




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eKatherine

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Posted: 17 Aug 2013, 06:15
Eliminating processed foods including grains, industrial seed oils, and sugar means a huge increase in the nutrition your body is getting. Many people nowadays live on empty calories. Eating mostly animal products and vegetables and fruit means you may no longer experience nutrient hunger that causes people to continue eating when they have had enough calories.
Bbody1972

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Posted: 17 Aug 2013, 13:56
Absolutely. I don't get the munchies anymore and I am much more in tune with my hunger. As long as i balance the good fats with protein and veg.fruit at my meals i don't get hungry anymore (unless it is meal time but not tthat ravenous i will eat anything put in front of me hunger). I can tell on my tough workout days that my body needs more so I give it more. In two months i didn't weigh myself (hubby took the scale away) but my clothes always fit right, my skin is so clear and my hair has thickened up. My husband dropped 10 extra pounds he was carrying around in e first two weeks as he promised he wouldn't order crap at his lunches and would eat breakfast and dinner at home. After that his weight stabilized and hasn't dropped or gained since.

The other night at dinner my husband and i looked up at our boys devouring salmon, sweet potato chips fried in coconut oil, spinach, broccoli, and carrots then just nodded at each other and continued eating. They didn't need rice, pasta, bread or any tasty nutrient deficient food on their plate to be satisfied. It took only 3 days for them to get the hang of this....when i didn't give in and pull out the goldfish or crackers and they knew nothing else was going to be presented to them they gave in first. I knew they wouldn't starve.....if kids are hungry they will eat. At the grocery store they help pick out the fruits and veg they want during the week. They both chose a papaya yesterday....i've never had it either, so we are all trying it for desert tonight. I know we aren't going back and i don't consider any food that is processed and deficient in nutrients as a suitable thing for them or us to eat anymore.
mummydee

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Posted: 17 Aug 2013, 16:55
oh gawd, how did you like the papaya,? it is the only fruit i absolutely hate, It tastes like dirty sweat socks, not that i've eaten them, but in my mind, that's what they are. i lived in Central America and people continuosly told me to eat this one, it's the best. and yuk! Can't even have it blended in things!
If it is a plant, eat it, if it comes from a plant, don't!
micki13

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Posted: 17 Aug 2013, 17:45
mummydee,squeeze lime juice over the papaya,it makes it taste way nicer!
mummydee

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Posted: 17 Aug 2013, 17:57
yep, tried that. Lime is served over many things in Costa Rica, chicken, salads, and yes papaya and no i still hated it!
good try though.
It's up there with olives for me. I can't eat any olives. green, black, no matter how served. can't even pick them out and eat the food that they were on!
I'm sure if i did allergy testing that these two foods would be on my list.
So if I listen to my body, they're on the 'don't go there" list!

If it is a plant, eat it, if it comes from a plant, don't!
micki13

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Posted: 17 Aug 2013, 19:11
ah alright.was worth a try!there's loads of other delicious food anyhow. Smile
Lissaloolah

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Posted: 18 Aug 2013, 03:43
Reading all your replies, I feel this is a good way for me and can't wait to eat all the lovely hearty recipes I've had a look at over the last couple of days.My crock pot will be well used.
I found a lovely recipe for a spag bol using spaghetti squash.Never eaten that one before and never seen one.We do not see squashes in the UK in very many places.Butternut squash yes but that's about it.Is the spaghetti squash a seasonal squash that isn't around yet??
Lissaloolah

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Posted: 18 Aug 2013, 03:59
Bbody1972.....it must be satisfying to know your boys are eating so well and are ultimately healthier for it.Salmon with broccoli etc and enjoying it?-wow, you don't hear much of that and many children sadly don't even know what a broccoli is these days. Good on you, no E numbers and chemicals in that food.Food the earth naturally supplies.Who knows what these chemicals and powders do to us in the long run.
Bbody1972

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Posted: 18 Aug 2013, 07:32
Sooo..papaya was not a great hit. Toddler said..."oh well we can't like everything!....can i have blueberries mommy!". We have a rule that we have to try it but we are not expected to like everything every time.

I didn't really care for it either. We have a lot left so i'll try the lime juice...the texture was blah too

I tried roasted broccoli last night and it was a real hit. Just the four of us polished off 2 heads of florets.
Bbody1972

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Posted: 18 Aug 2013, 07:33
Lisaloolah.... I couldn't be happier. Hoping cold a flu season passes us by.
mummydee

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Posted: 18 Aug 2013, 10:14
Smart toddler Bbody.... there are so many fruits and veggies available, what does it matter if one isn't really liked?

We used to pick one fruit or veggie that we didn't know what it was and go home and try it, thank god for the internet! Had to look up many to see if it was to be eaten raw or cooked or just how to serve it. Lots of flops and lots of luvs,

My kids are both in their 30's now and we all still fight over the last brussel sprout!
If it is a plant, eat it, if it comes from a plant, don't!



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