What did you think? I read it and was really motivated at first, but it is soooo hard to stick with! I did see an improvement in my energy levels and thought I was sleeping better. I also lost weight, but then the holidays came around and I completely fell off the bandwagon and can't seem to get back on Plus it is expensive when you cut out fillers like pasta and bread.
Yes, my husband and I do the Paleo Diet. We've done it now for nearly a year and both lost a lot of weight and have kept it off. I don't find it hard to avoid grains as I have Celiac Disease and for me, they are like eating poison. My husband has had amazing improvement in his energy and well being and we both are healthier than ever. He's over 50 and I'm just under. He now notices that eating any sort of wheat makes him feel ill also.
I'd recommend if you want to try again, the Paleo Diet book by Cordain. His book to me was better at explaining things and better at helping you actually eat the right way. Eating is a habit more than anything else and the wheat products are physically addictive. There is a topic somewhere back few pages on the Wheat Belly Book. It's a very good read and while his diet is not the same as Paleo, it's similar.
Yes, it's not cheap to eat this way but it is way healthier. I actually found that I saved money as I no longer buy all the gluten free grain replacement stuff and just don't eat grain hardly at all now. I also don't eat dairy. The most expensive things in my diet are the meats which we buy locally or raise ourselves and the stuff like coffee, almond flour (for cooking..it is delicious), and generally the stuff we can grow. The rest, veggies, fruits, eggs (we have our own hens) are not a big cost.
I've been Paleo for just over a month now and I feel soooo much better. I do "cheat" on occasion - I allow myself to do so two days a week, but will be cutting down to one day here soon. I've found that anything containing wheat now gives me horrible stomach cramps, so I avoid it altogether. Dairy just makes me feel kind of groggy.
It is a pretty expensive way to eat, but worth it, imo. I feel better, my skin has gotten better, and I've lost 15 lbs without really trying. I'm pretty much sold on Paleo.
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I don't do Paleo, but I do find the Paleo blogs useful for suggesting innovative ways to integrate nuts and veggies into my diet. I also have some friends with Celiac and similar disorders who eat Paleo or close to it. Between the friends and my own research, here's my short list of awesome Paleo recipe blogs:
Consider also that you can't put a price on good health. If eating this way, using evolution as a guide to what we are designed to eat, is truly healthier for people, and I believe it is..just imagine what we'd all save on health care costs related to obesity and other diseases of civilization. What's cheaper to satisfy your hunger in the short term may really not be cost effective in the long run.
Good for you for trying it SaturdayNightLive! The more people like us that share our success, the more will give it a try and realize how effective it works.
We try and stay as paleo as we can. It is a good way to think about nutrition, I think, because it keeps you away from processed foods. We cheat, of course, but I find that even doing paleo most of the time makes a difference!
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I will look up that paleo book by cordain! I really WANT to do paleo but you are right DDB, (and I think Rob Wolf mentions this as well) wheat is addictive!!!...and I quickly get tired if salads. I need a paleo support group
I will definitely check out those blogs jenny, thanks!
Wheat is literally and physically addictive and studies have shown that modern varieties have been bred to contain more of the substances that make them so addictive and stimulate your appetite. Here is a discussion on the wheat belly blog on this:
Ok then I need to read that!! I just CRAVE Panera's Bacon Turkey Bravo sandwich and pizza from a local Italian restaurant that is AMAZING. Oh and Macaroni and cheese (in the south that's a veggie!!) I shall google Wheat Belly and make a trip to the bookstore soon