It may just be a fad, but I think I’ve finally found a diet that works for me.
It was all a coincidence that Eric happened to start CrossFit about 2 weeks ago to get in shape for the Fire Academy, which starts in less than 3 months. CrossFit people are strong believers in the Paleo Diet. We jumped on board immediately. What have we got to lose?
Basically, I was doing too much of this:
And not enough of this:
So, what is the Paleo diet?
Paleo Diet consists of eating like our ancestors did, you know, like back in Paleo time. Which means mostly meat, fish, veggies, fruits, eggs and nuts. No milk or dairy, no carbs, no pasta, no bread, no refined sugars, no ice cream.
Are you serious?
Yes I am completely serious. At first glance, it might look like the diet from hell–like seriously, what am I freakin’ supposed to eat?! But truth be told, I will give you the number one reason I believe this is the diet for me. Are you ready?
I’m never hungry. Seriously, never. Like, maybe a little every now and then. But most of the time, I eat just because I feel I should. For example, this morning I had a fruit smoothie (almond milk, banana, frozen berries, flax seed and vanilla protein powder–so freakin delicious I sometimes make it as dessert!). At lunchtime, I wasn’t really hungry but decided to eat anyway. I made “chicken soup” which was absolutely disgusting and could only eat a little bit of the chicken. So I ate the apple I brought, drank some water, and then had dinner. And I still wasn’t even ravenous…just like “hmm, yeah I think I could eat now.”
But, seriously, what do you eat?
Breakfast is kinda limited, and I stick to fruit smoothies, or eggs and meat (like bacon or steak). Lunch, I usually have chicken and veggies. I’ve made a crockpot yellow curry with chicken, coconut milk, carrots, mushrooms, zucchini and yellow squash. SO yummy! For dinner, it’s steak, shrimp, crab legs, chicken or fish and some type of veggie. For dessert, I have pineapple, watermelon or cantaloupe. Or I make a fruit smoothie but leave out the protein and flax seed.
Ok, but have you lost weight?
Well…yes and no. I lose weight when I stick to the diet. But when I cheat, I gain the weight right back. You may think that’s because I’m only losing water weight, but honestly, my cheat days have consisted of this:
And I think I’ve cheated like maybe 5 days out of the last 15. And I’m still seeing numbers on the scale that I haven’t seen since 2010! I consider that a win in my book. And if someone holds the secret as to how to stick to your diet when socializing, please let me know!
Are you counting calories?
Not really. I sometimes input the food into weight watchers, and almost always the food I ate for the day is under my allotted weight watchers points (29). In fact, my favorite fruit smoothie is only 5 points when I make it for breakfast, and only one point when I make it as just as a dessert (skip the flax seed and protein powder)!
You don’t look fat, why are you trying to lose weight?
I don’t think I’m fat. I feel very comfortable in my bikini. I usually wear a size 8, sometimes a 6 if I’m lucky. BUT, I am seriously on the high side of the BMI scale, like borderline considered fat. I believe that’s because I have a very muscular body shape. The point is, I have been the same height since high school but have gained 20 pounds since then. I am not trying to be the same weight I was in high school, but I would like to cut this weight gain in half. If I keep letting it creep up, I will never deal with the situation and pretty soon I’ll find myself 50 pounds heavier, and it will be a lot harder to lose weight.
But, Erika, this Paleo thing just seems so restrictive. How do you do it?
When Eric and I decided to start this diet, I think we went a little crazy grocery shopping because we both thought we were going to be starving. Now that we’re getting the hang of it, we’ve realized we almost prefer eating this way. Pinky promise. This may be TMI, but Eric and I have decreased our farting by A LOT. I always assumed I was slightly lactose intolerant but I refused to do anything about it because no way was I going to give up ice cream! However, this has definitely been a positive side effect of this diet.
This is crazy. You’re crazy.
I’m all about the “everything in moderation” type of diet. But let’s be honest–I was always hungry! I was always trying to fit in my favorite foods, like pasta, and cheese, and cookies, and pie–which doesn’t leave any room for the good stuff. You may see my cheat days as proof of how unsuccessful I’ve been on this diet, but I promise I’ve only cheated because of social settings. My goal is to stick to this diet for at least 13 days straight, today is Day 3. And I’m having dinner with friends tonight! I don’t know if I can do it!
But it is so much easier to eat healthier now that Eric has finally jumped on the bandwagon.
So that’s our new super not-so-secret diet plan! What do you think?