So, after our holiday I had managed to pile on 7 pounds and M managed to lose 2, how in hell that happened I do not know, I walked countless miles, swam in the Atlantic, ran about with the dogs, and generally never stopped from 5am each day.
We had decided to go Paleo after our holiday was over, so on Monday, we started. I love paleo, it makes cutting out sugar and processed food easy. I admit I do miss my coffee with full-fat milk and sugar in the morning, but in the same breath, I don’t miss it. I think I miss the thought of the sweet richness that I have had for countless years.
We have done paleo before and managed to lose weight and ate so much. But cut sugar and processed foods and you are bound to lose weight. I want to lose fat, bulk up, build muscle and generally get fitter and with that healthier. My previous diet was okay as I was calorie counting all the time, but in all honesty, I was still eating crap and too much sugar, as I love my sweets (candy), just within my calorie goal.
So far so good, I have had a moment when I really fancy something sweet, but then grab a piece of fruit to quash it. I bought an electric spiralizer, and boy, what fun. I decided to make a chicken stirfry and apart from chicken, garlic, fine green beans (grey area on this being paleo), chilli, green peppers, onions, and best of all, spiralized courgettes which added a different dimension to it rather than rice. It was a success, and I intend to spiralize lots of veggies. I think I will still include raw milk in my diet from time to time, that is whenever I get to the farm for it, and I was reading that some include the odd bit of fetta cheese as this being goats cheese is okay, but I am not too sure as yet. I love my cheese, but am determined to keep to the basics and by that, I mean to stick to the rules of “what would a caveman eat”
I have tried to find magazines in the UK for paleo, and it really has not caught on so far, if anyone knows of one, please let me know. I have found many American publications, which are okay, but they have lots of ingredients that you cannot get here. My friend Anna has been paleo for about 6/7 years now, and I first had a go 5 years back, and loved it, but missed my milk and in the end, the cake cravings were too much. There was little or no information about the diet, and lots of articles really contradicted each other which was not helpful at all. The web seems alive now with paleo and primal diet information and lots of the shops are starting to cater for it. I now get paleo bars from a local supermarket which are mainly dates but have various flavours and they satisfy the sweet need in the diet. I have eaten these for some time, but now they will be a staple. Cakes will not be a problem either as I have a few recipe books on my Kindle that have lots of lovely cake and muffin recipes to keep me going. YAY!
I have never drunk so much water since starting. Each day I have consumed about 4 litres rather than my usual 10-15 cups of coffee and tea. Over the weekend we bought lots of bad things to eat, and many I never got round to eating as I felt bloated and really not in the mood for stuffing my face, so those treats are still in the cupboard. Let’s see if they reach the expiry date first or my temptation and willpower give way.
I hope that this lasts and I don’t go back to calorie counting.