Wow, it has been a very long time since I’ve written anything here. I think it’s about time I start doing some posts again. A lot has changed for me and a lot has changed in the Paleo/Primal realm. New books, new information, some changes, the Ancestral Health Symposium. So much to keep up with.
For myself, I quit my old job, had a 3 month hiatus, started a new job in a new field, got married, sold our house and moved to a new house in a new neighbourhood. Needless to say a lot of stress accompanied all those changes.
As 2011 progressed I got further away from my healthy Paleo eating habits and inched slowly closer to a SAD way of eating. Slowly junk food, fast food and eating out became far too common. After losing over 40lbs in late 2010 and reaching my lowest weight in over a decade, I slowly gained back over half of it. Every week went by and I kept saying to myself “next week we’ll start eating healthy again”, but an entire year went by and it didn’t change much.
2012 started out much the same, I’d gained back over half the weight I lost and sat just 20 lbs below my heaviest. Something had to be done. My wife and I commited to making the changes again, because it wasn’t just the weight. We felt tired and lethargic much of the time. We’d often come home from a day of work and just sit on the couch; too lazy to cook we’d just order in pizza.
As of February 13th I am now following Dr Jack Kruse’s Leptin Prescription, because I believe I have leptin issues. It’s not very far off the Paleo eating I was following before. The main difference is the composition of meals and timing. A large protein(50-70g)/fat based breakfast within 30 minutes of waking (usually more like 60 minutes for me), then a more typical paleo lunch and dinner with no snacking and 4-5 hours between meals. No eating within 3 hours of going to bed. I’m not eating dairy anymore (I dropped it in 2010 but started cheating with cheese) and I’m also removing nightshades from my diet. I’ve had autoimmune issues in the past and had my gallbladder removed, so I’m concerned that nightshades may also cause me issues. Those are tough to give up because I love peppers and adore hot sauces and salsa. I used to always smother my eggs in tabasco or hot sauce.
So these days my typical breakfast is a reasonable portion of meat (usually steak, beef pattie or bison pattie, or pork chop), a couple slices of breakfast meat (bacon or back bacon), 2-4 eggs (depending on the meat portion) and a cup of spinach and/or kale sauteed in coconut oil. Lunch consists of a large portion of raw leafy greens or cabbage slaw with half an avocado and a portion of meat or can of tuna. Dinner is usually meat with steamed broccoli, asparagus, or some other veggie, with half an avocado. We’re trying to get only grass-fed meats, but until we can place a good sized order with a local farm it’s hard to get all the time.
I have had a couple of slips, but once was from poor planning and the other was just my mind thinking I needed something that wasn’t on the plan. In the first week I dropped 6 lbs and 1” off my waist. I’m sleeping better and more soundly, waking more refreshed and having more consistent energy through out the day. My cravings for bad food are nearly gone, and getting less each day.
I’m very happy to finally get back into this healthy eating, and so appreciative of so many great people in the community that provid such valuable information. I’d like to mention the people who’s blogs and podcasts have helped me to find my way back to this healthy eating, in no particular order: Robb Wolf, Chris Kresser, Dr Jack Kruse, Mark Sisson, Dr Loren Cordain, and many others I can think of right now.
Well, I am back from my hiatus. Since I’ve been off work I’ve found that I’ve been adverse to spending much time at all in front of the computer, which I don’t think is a bad thing. I haven’t been as strict on my Paleo diet as I should be though. I didn’t gain any weight or inches, but haven’t lost any either. For the rest of the week I’m going to work myself back to strict Paleo, better sleep and some exercise.
And I’ll get back to updating more often.
I’ve been super busy getting ready for the holidays, but now I finally have some time to relax. I’ve been a bit off on my diet the last couple weeks, as a result I’ve come down with a pretty nasty cold. I blame it on some drinking, a couple late nights and not eating strict paleo. Now that I’m officially on vacation I expect I’ll get better soon as I stick to my eating plan.
I got a new Kobo eReader for Christmas and my first purchase is The Paleo Diet Cookbook by Dr Loren Codain. It has a pile of paleo recipes that I’ll be diving into over the holidays and into the new year.
Tonight though is traditional turkey dinner, with sweet potatoes and steamed veggies for me on the side. My family already has a couple of vegetarians, so mine and Melissa’s caveman diet isn’t all that unordinary. It did require us to bring some of our own food to my parents and we’ll be doing some of our own cooking, but we’re getting used to that now.
I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays with their family and friends.
So, it’s been close to two months now that I’ve been following the prescribed diet and supplement plan in Robb Wolf’s Paleo Solution. Since I made this change in my lifestyle I’ve lost 35 lbs and inches off every part of my body. I sleep better, I have more energy, I feel happier and I know I’m a lot healthier. Now I’ve noticed another benefit: dental health.
Today I was at the dentist for my first checkup and cleaning since switching. This is the first time in decades, possibly ever, that my dentist hasn’t scolded me for not flossing enough and taking care of my gums. Usually my gums are swollen, sensitive and tend to bleed a lot during the scaling. Not this time though. My gums are no longer inflamed and look a lot healthier.
I haven’t changed how I clean my teeth or anything since my last appointment, only my diet has changed. I’m sure cutting back to nearly zero sugar intake is a large part of it, but I also think it’s the removal of gluten. I’m no longer in a state of autoimmunity and because my gut is now healthier all the inflammation in my body has decreased, including my gums.
So if you have sensitive gums, are on your way toward gum disease and are overweight try switching to a paleo diet and see how that works our for you. I’m sure you’ll notice a huge difference just like I have.
Well it’s been nearly 6 weeks I’ve been eating paleo, and this week has been a real challenge. Work has kicked into major overdrive and it’s been difficult to eat clean. I’ve been doing my best, but when I’m under the gun those carb cravings do come back. Fortunately Melissa has been around to take over my share of cooking and food prep, otherwise I’d be eating pure junk food (fast food).
Hopefully after tomorrow it’ll return to a more normal semblance of 9-10 hour days rather than 12-13.
My breakfast this morning. 3 egg omlette with garlic, oregano and chipotle chili powder, spinach, tomato, red pepper and mushroom filling. 2 slices of real pork bacon (cooked the eggs in the bacon fat). Added a few dashes of habanero chili hot sauce from Mexico. Sooooo good.