(NOTE: This description was posted on Jimmy's other forum and I simply copied it onto this one. I am not the person who wrote this. I have never tried this diet. - LindaSue)
Who's On The Paleo Diet? (posted by paleogal)
I have been following the Paleo Diet for only a short while, but I am slowly losing weight and feeling much better physically. A lot of arthritic symptoms I had went away, along with my digestive problems. I will tell you up front I have a lot of weight to lose - 54 pounds to get to my ideal goal weight, but I have finally found a plan that is the perfect fit for me, and I know I will eventually lose all the weight, even if it takes me a long time (because I've always been a naturally slow loser).
I'd like to tell you how I arrived at the Paleo way of eating. I have been on many different low carb diet plans, but I always found fault with all of them, and now I realize it was only because they weren't a good "fit" for me - fit meaniing that I couldn't find a plan I loved that I could actually live with forever. Like a few others on this board, one of the things I always hated about "dieting" was counting - be it calories, points, fats, ANYTHING! So eventually I gravitated toward the South Beach Diet and it's list of acceptable foods. Phase 1 worked fine for me, but I missed fruit so badly! As soon as I moved to Phase 2 and started eating grains, all my old arthritic/digestive symptoms returned, and I didn't need to be a rocket scientist to realize I just can't grains, even in small amounts.
So, this led me to researching similar plans, and I found the Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain. Loren Cordain is one of the world's most renowned scientists doing groundbreaking research into the human diet. He aso teaches at Colorado State University, has written three books, and has a great website, thepaleodiet.com. where you can get more information and read his terrific newsletters.
Ok, here it is in a nutshell:
1. All the lean meats, fish and seafood you can eat.
2. All the fruits and nonstarchy vegetables you can eat.
3. No cereals
4. No legumes
5. No dairy products (I use Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Milk - to die for)
6. No processed foods
Oils - no more than 1/4 c. (4 tb.) acceptable oils per day if you're trying to lose weight
Nuts - no more than 4 oz. nuts daily
dried fruit - no more than 2 oz. dried fruit daily - no limits on fresh fruit
no more than 6 eggs per week
To get to specific details and fine-tune the plan to your liking, you really must read the book, but I'd be happy to answer any questions.
Also, you are allowed between 1 - 3 "open" meals per week, meaning you can eat whatever you want at those meals, so you still feel like a human being around friends, family, during holidays, etc. Personally, I still stick to the principles of Paleo and save my open meals for things like fattier meats like bacon, etc.
Also, I'd like to add I'm not as strict with saturated fats and salt as Cordain would prefer, but I've cut way back on my sodium intake, eat less saturated fat than I used to and feel a lot better for it.
Jimmy, thank you for letting me post this. There are so many terrific low carb/lower carb/healthy carb diets out there, and we all need to find our right "fit." This one works for me! Whatever plan you choose, choose one that you love, that calls to you, and that you know in your heart you can eat happily on forever! Then it's no longer a diet!
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