I am long overdue for a blog post about a pretty significant change I’ve made to my diet. For the last 2 weeks, I’ve consistently been eating a modified Paleo diet.
It all started as a challenge from my buddy Taylor, who read The Perfect Health Diet on his way back from Vienna. He suggested we adopt this diet. . . and if either of us stray from it we owe the other $200. So far we’ve had to stipulate a few times, but it’s been a relatively easy transition. It is pretty easy to follow, I stay fuller longer, and I’m eating real food. The “stipulations” normally involve us each allowing each other our biggest vices…beer (me) and frozen yogurt (not me). At work a few times we’ve been out to lunch with the clerks and decided each to indulge in something that isn’t on the diet and decided it was okay. Thank goodness for stipulations. I also take a gel on long runs over 60 min.
I’m reading the book now, too, and the health benefits are innumerable. Looking at nutrition facts for processed grain products now causes my jaw to drop. Some of the stuff that people put into their bodies may be edible, but it isn’t food.
The diet itself is pretty easy to maintain. It emphasizes eating lots of healthy fats, veggies, and “safe” starches like potatoes and white rice.
The four no-no foods? Vegetable oil, wheat/bread products, sugar, and legumes.
The hardest part has been giving up oatmeal and peanut butter, which was essentially my every day go-to breakfast. Instead, though, I’ve opted to make Tina’s French Toast Scramble with a healthy dollop of almond butter most mornings. I’ve noticed that starting my day with 3 eggs keeps me fuller much longer than any combination of carbs did. I also picked up some gluten free english muffins to satisfy my craving for carbs – and they do the trick.
It’s also hard to pass up bread baskets or chips when I go out to eat, but at the end of the meal I never think “oh man, I really wish I’d eaten more bread.”
I definitely wasn’t still hungry after this breakfast at The Pantry:
I am definitely getting enough calories (trust me, that will never be a problem). I’m eating lots of eggs, protein (poultry, red meat, and fish, mostly), fruits and vegetables, and nuts. Dessert is often a square or two of >70% dark chocolate, which is delicious.
I’ve started perusing some Paleo blogs and need to experiment a bit with my cooking. So far my absolute favorite dish is from Nom Nom Paleo – Quick and Simple Stir-Fried Bacon and Kale. In. Cred. Ible.
Any other paleos out there? Tips or favorite recipes? I’d LOVE to hear them. I have very minimal cooking skills and can take all the help I can get.