I’m going Paleo…

The Paleo SolutionSo… the book I’m reading at the moment is the Paleo Solution, a rather humerous book about the original human diet.  How to use your diet to lose fat and stay young, and avoid diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and others.

He suggests that you can use simple nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes to radically change your appearance and health for the better.

To go Paleo – you need to simply eat like our ancestors did… to eat the way our bodies have evolved to eat over millions of years.

Eat:
Vegetables (except potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes)
Lean Meat
Fish
Eggs
Nuts & Seeds
Fruit (limit, mainly berries)

Drink:
Water
Coconut water
Herbal Tea
Juiced Veg and fruit

Don’t eat:
Pasturised Dairy Products (I’ll get rid of milk, but keep some dairy for just now)
Grains or grain like foods (wheat, rice, millet, oats, barley, flour or noodle)
Legumes (beans)
Refined Sweetners (sugar, sweets, honey)
vegetable oils & highly processed oils

Don’t Drink:
Fruit Juice (unless you made it yourself)
Softdrinks
Coffee (or limit)
Alcohol (or limit)

I know that the main part of my diet does rely on milk, oats, and grains… so in the next month I’m going to try and mix it up..

1. Swap milk (in my protein shakes) for coconut water.
2. Swap bananas for my protein shake for blueberries/blackberries/raspberries.
(Today’s shake is: Spinach, blueberries, creatine, chocolate protein powder, egg white – and it tastes fine – not missing the milk).
3. Swap bagels for a peanut butter, eggs and turkey protein box.
4. Increase my daily intake of veg.
5. Swap bananas for berries and tomatoes.
6. Don’t eat bread, bagels or flour based products.
7. Breakfast: Swap porridge/cereals for eggs and tomatoes / veg or fish.
8. Still have low fat cottage cheese, greek yohurt and cheese, but in limited amounts (no milk) – (but I love it cheese too much to give up just now)
9. More fish and veg or lean meat and veg for dinner.
10. Continue to fast 1-2 days a week (Tues / Fri)

I’ll get my carbs from vegetables and salad, and quit wholemeal and grains and sweets as they have almost zero nutrition compared to vegetables and I think I’d do better living on vegetables than man made grains.

Let’s see how that goes. 🙂 This week will be a test week, then I’ll try and see if I can do it for at least 4 weeks and aim to make it a complete lifestyle change if I like the results/way of living.

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9 Responses to I’m going Paleo…

  1. jo crawford says:

    I think you’ll find this difficult as your fitness regime most certainly needs more carbs than veg and salad give. In principle it makes sense but I’m sure you’ve particiapted in an experiment of this sorts before and found your energy levels dropped significantly and thereby impacted your exercise plans? There are lots of positives to take from a lower carb diet but I’m sure that you are already maximising these on your fast days. Regards Jo.C

    • lornpearson says:

      You’re right Jo, I did no carbs for two weeks. And i crashed terribly after a king run. I guess I’m not really doing Paleo, I’m trying to do the bits I want from it, and if I want a baked potato and beans, I’ll have it. I’ll have types of cheeses, and some dairy, and think about how I feel after eating. I don’t tend to eat much bread or potatoes anyway so it’ll be easy to cut that out. I’ll try and make little improvements and see how I feel on it. I’d like to and should eat more veg each day, and shouldn’t be having a mars a day (even though it apparently helps me work, rest and play ;-). At least i managed to give up my mars bar habit! Now for reducing milk intake and grains. Thanks for the comment. 🙂

  2. Paul Machin says:

    Just wondering why you would drop bananas out of your diet, as berries are actually part of the Paleo diet? especially considering all the benefits of the banana. I understand it was all our ancestors who who would have eaten them, but the same could be applied to coconut water.

    • lornpearson says:

      Hi Paul, I’m actually mixing bits of Paleo, with the Smarter Science of Slim which I think is a great way of living / eating… (see more here: https://lornpearsontrains.co.uk/healthy-living/smarter-science-of-slim/ )

      Smarter Science of Slim suggests we eat foods which are ‘S A N E’, foods which are:
      > high in Satiety (keeping you fuller for longer: protein, water and fibre rich),
      > low in Agression (how a food affects our insulin levels – Bananas (and apples and grapes) are more agressive and insulin spiking than berries)
      > high in Nutrition (vegetable are more nutritious than wholemeal for example)
      > and least Efficent at being stored as fat.

      The option for me is that if I exercise as much as I do (and for anyone who exercises a lot or does not have to lose weight), I can more than likely afford to eat bananas for energy, so I will, when I fancy them. I hope that helps. 🙂

  3. Paul Machin says:

    Hi

    I guess its just i always find it odd when all these things quote berries as being better for you than say Bananas, when most of the “berries” they quote are not actual berries while the banana is.

    I am not saying what your doing does not work your you, I have been following your blog for a fair while, and find it very interesting, Very different approach from my own, which is i guess why i find it interesting, that and the writing style.

    • lornpearson says:

      Cool – thanks Paul. 🙂 And it probably won’t work for me…as I like my bananas! No matter what Smarter Science of Slim says… I think it’s a good source of energy for me.

      So I had a banana in my smoothie today… and it made it taste so much better. 😀 x

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