Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I have indeed been going more and more "paleo" as predicted in this post. I am now 9 pounds BELOW my pre-pregnancy weight, and my digestion has been fabulous. At Joe's prompting, I even got a blood test to make sure all my levels are fine. The only downside is that my hair is insanely oily, which I've heard is a common result of a high-fat diet. Yuck! Like all the butter I eat is coming out of my head?
I'm now 80% paleo, which essentially means I eat:
- mostly protein (only top notch stuff- grassfed beef, free range chicken, new zealand lamb)
- certain starches (sweet potato, squash, taro, and yucca)
- some dairy (kefir, raw milk, heavy cream, and butter. Lots and lots of butter.)
- Oh, and coconut EVERYTHING (milk, oil, water, etc.)
- pasteurized milk
- white potatoes
- peanuts (which are a legume)
- oils made from vegetables, nuts, seeds (olive oil and macademia nut oil are the exception)
- soy (unless it's fermented, like tempeh)
- processed foods
The 20% of me that isn't paleo still loves iced mochas, pastries, an occasional coke, and small amounts of white potatoes and rice. I'm definitely still addicted to sugar, but eating so much good fat and protein has made it so most of the time, I just want sugar, not need it.
My #1 piece of advice to anyone thinking of going paleo/primal/gluten free:
EAT A BIG BREAKFAST. HUGE! Filled with all the things you've been told to avoid- oils, bacon, sausage, and eggs, raw cheese, etc. Even if you don't really feel like eating breakfast. It's THE reason I've been able to stick with the diet. There's something about starting the day off with a large, nutrient dense meal that helps curb snacking and sugar cravings. It's as if your body knows it's gonna be ok, and doesn't need to seek out food constantly to keep it going throughout the day. Read a more scientific explanation of this phenomenon here :)
I'll be back in a day or two with a super tasty paleo breakfast recipe!