Eating Paleo

So yesterday, I posted my first edition of What’s Up.  I got a few responses from people who were interested in exactly what I have been eating and how I have been eating Paleo.

Keep Calm and Eat Paleo

Keep Calm and Eat Paleo

Let me start by saying I am not a Paleo expert.  There are a lot of people out there who REALLY know how to cook and eat Paleo.  All I know is I did what Larry told me to do and that was to eat only certain foods.  Those foods turn out to be Paleo.  Got it?

So…here is a rundown of what I have been eating for the last nine weeks.

Let’s start with what I can have:

  • Protein – Preferably lean meat but bacon is acceptable.  LOVE bacon.  Lots of eggs.
  • Veggies – Non starchy vegetables (no corn or potatoes).  Preferably green veggies.  Preferably veggies low in carb.  The only type of starch acceptable are sweet potatoes.
  • Fruits – Berries are best, Bananas are worst.  All fruit is acceptable but I have to count the carbs in them.
  • Healthy Fats – Nut butters (almond, cashew, NOT Peanut Butter), Avocado, Coconut Oil, Coconut Milk, Olive Oil, Almond Milk, etc…

Now, those are the general categories.  I have LOTS of varieties within those but I am very routine and I stick to pretty much the same thing daily.  Here is a rundown of what I have been eating most days:

  • Breakfast – Eggs, meat, and peppers.  I have been making egg cups on Sunday when I food prep.  They are super simple to make and the weekday mornings are better because they can grab and go.  On the weekends, I actually cook the eggs and meat and eat them then.  Egg cups are simply a meat, peppers (Rotel) and eggs in a muffin tin.  You bake it up and pop it out and you have something similar to an egg muffin.  I might do a full recipe post on those later!
  • Lunch – During the week, everyday, I eat a salad.  It is the only thing that really fills me up.  My salads consist of lettuce, lots of chicken or turkey, peppers, avocado or egg.  And it is big!    On Fridays my husband eats lunch with me and a lot of times he brings Chick-fil-A.  I will either have a grilled chicken salad or grilled chicken nuggets with a side salad.
  • Dinners – This is when I get a little creative (not much!).  Some of our favorites are chicken cooked on the stove with coconut oil, salmon and tilapia, burgers on the stove topped with lettuce, avocado, and pickles.  We also really like turkey burgers.  If we are short on time and want to eat out, we go for Willy’s, Chipotle, or Moe’s.  I order a salad topped with salsa, chicken or steak, and guacamole.  We also have Rotisserie Chicken sometimes we buy at Costco or Jack Daniels chicken from Costco (that stuff is the bomb!).
  • Snacks – I have tried to limit my snacks but usually I will have some almonds, a hard boiled egg, and some fruit.  Again, snacks are saved for workout days.

The biggest thing I do is count the fat, protein and carbs in everything I put in my mouth.  I measure and write it down in a food journal.  My goal is to hit 100 grams of Protein and Fat a day and stay under 50 grams of Carbs a day.  Now, with trying to eat more, I am trying to get up to 120 grams of Protein a day.  That is really hard for me.

At first, I thought eating this way was going to be torture.  I just knew that it would get boring and I would have horrible cravings and it would just be awful.  However, I gave it a shot.  And…you know what?!?  I actually liked it.  It is such clean, good eating.  If it doesn’t grow out of the ground or walk on the ground, I don’t eat it.

Here are the things I haven’t had in the last 9 weeks:

  • Sweets – I have not had one thing sweet.  Not one.  I was making a trifle for a work function and I washed my hands with soap when I had leftover brownie on them.  Now that is committment!
  • Dairy – No cheese or milk.  I have had almond milk and whole cream in my coffee (even though technically cream is not allowed).
  • White anything – No white rice, no white potatoes, no white flour.  No white nothing!
  • Grains – No whole grain anything either.  No grains.  No carbs.  No oatmeal.
  • Alcohol – That is not hard for me but this would be tough for some people.

Here is the amazing thing.  I don’t have any cravings.  NONE.  I don’t want the crap my body used to crave.  I feel so much better and have so much more energy.

Do I think you should go Paleo?  Absolutely!  Go for it!  Is it restrictive?  Sure!  Does it take some planning and thinking about what you are eating?  Yes!  Is it do-able?  I am living proof of that!

Plus, there are SO many websites that have great Paleo recipes that are much more creative than my boring old meals!  I will save all of those for a later post!  Don’t you worry!

What are your thoughts on Paleo eating?  Again, I am not an expert but I do know that it has transformed my way of eating for the last 3 plus months!

You'll Love Paleo

You’ll Love Paleo

 

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  • Cristin Kennedy

    Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/HotFlashBang HotFlashBang

    I cannot tell you how much I LOVE paleo.. I’ve lost 41lbs and it has been EASY… I know it sounds restrictive .. but for the first time in my life, it is EASY SMEASY to say no to sugar anything.. cupcakes? no thanks… homemade cake by my favorite cook? no thanks… alfredo? no thanks.. bagel? no thanks.. chips and queso? no thanks.. mmmmmm gimme some BACON!!! LOL..OH! and Broccoli with butter and lemon juice.. HOLY SMOKES! Paleo has simply changed my life and opened my eyes to how well my engine runs on good whole foods! (and it’s amazing the discussions i’ve had with people about cutting out grains.. very controversial).. Oh, and eating out is no problem… everyplace has meat and veggies – you just have to ask! Yesterday, I was eating at a mexican place and made up my own meal.. the head cook ended up coming out and telling me he was going to place my meal on the menu because it looked delicious! HA!

  • Fiona Jesse Giffords

    Paleo is the best weight loss eating habits one can opt for. I am sure you will definitely lose weight and with a healthy way.

  • Debra Davis

    How is this different from Atkins?

  • Beverly

    I was going to ask the same question as Debra Davis…how is this different from Atkins? It sounds just like it IMO.

  • Erica

    I love Paleo! I never thought that a diet that cut out dairy, grains, sugars and most starches would be satisfying, but I was totally wrong. I do have cheese a couple times a month and when I have coffee I too use a touch of cream. I also have a square or two of super dark chocolate a couple times a week and it’s absolutely delicious. I agree, with lots of Paleo blogs and websites, there are endless ideas for fabulous meals. Keep up the good work!
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  • Body Balance

    Hi good luck. I have just started my new blog about not dieting… I wish I could lose weight like you by restricting but for my it just turns into this yo yo effect. Pales sounds exciting but I will try to lose weight by having whatever I want. I know crazy but I just can’t diet anymore, xx

  • anna2556

    I have friends who have lost weight on these types of diets, and they swear by them. Me…I can’t do it. I’ve cut back on carbs and sweets, but I can’t exclude them completely. I know myself, and I know that sort of restriction would lead to binging big time. Not a physcial craving but definitely a mental one.

  • Kassie W.

    Hi there!
    I’ve found your blog by looking for inspiration. I’m looking to lose more than 100#. Congratulations! You look amazing.
    I recently started eating paleo, myself.
    My question for you, now that you are doing paleo, is do you believe you could have lost all your weight had you been eating paleo style the whole time? or was Weight Watchers a key for you?
    Thank you for sharing your experiences and being inspiring!

  • Nance

    I too have just began this way of eating. I was slowly cutting things, and someone said well you are eating Paleo ! I had no idea what it was & now I have come to see I was 90% Paleo ! A few more tweeks of my eating & I have just completed my first week of conscious Paleo ! Love it , Feel GREAT ! Don’t miss sweets , Have NO cravings, have NOT been hungry. OMG I am thrilled. ~Nance