I’ve tried almost every diet under the sun and have never been able to stick to them. The soup diet, the juice diet, the maple syrup diet I heard Beyonce was on, Atkins, Dukan, and even the ‘eat everything green’ diet. But they’re only good for like a week or so, or until you start craving pizza, and you find yourself in the corner of your room on the floor surrounded by pizza boxes because you just had to.
The only ‘way of living’ I’ve started to enjoy is the Paleo diet. If you’re not familiar with it, it basically means eating like a caveman. Anything you could hunt or find like meat, vegetables, fruits, leafy greens, seeds and nuts – avoiding grains, along with anything that a prehistoric man wouldn’t have recognised, such as dairy, pulses, sugar and, of course, processed food.
CUE THE CRYING (and throwing yourself to the floor like a toddler having a tantrum)…
It ain’t all bad though, there are tons of things you can make that are amazing and you wouldn’t even think they’re healthy. In the last six months I’ve made chocolate and sweet potato brownies (that are to die for!), chocolate cookies, and herbed focaccia bread. That’s right, even bread.
But you hate diets? I hear you mutter under your *angry there’s no pizza allowed* breath. Thing is, I don’t like keeping track of how much I’ve eaten or obsessing over how many grams or calories I’ve had.
Some people think it’s a fad or marketing ploy but I’ve grown more used to it. Yeah there are the times where I’ve had a couple of crumpets, a pizza or a huge fat slab of lasagne, but most of the time I try to eat meat, vegetables and nuts.
Our ancestors many years ago thrived as hunter-gatherers. They were tall, muscular, athletic and agile. These days, the average person is a little overweight, stressed, out of shape and sleep deprived. Remind you of anyone?
Since I’ve started eating more like a caveman and cut out the bread every morning and lunch, the chocolate for elevenses, and so on, and eaten more meat, fish, eggs and vegetables, I feel less bloated. I feel like I genuinely do have more energy (yes I still have coffee) but I feel better.
Our bodies are designed to work on a lower amount of carbohydrates than what we’re used to eating. When there is an absence of carbs, our body will take stored fat and burn that for energy.
Mark’s Daily Apple ispretty good for some tips on paleo and general fitness, so definitely check him out. He’s good at explaining things in a way you can actually understand rather than just nod and agree anything sinking in.
There are some great meals out there you can make like chicken fajitas with guacamole, lamb and spaghetti squash, or pizza (YES PIZZA, without flour)…you should check out Paleo Plan for some some crazy good recipes that’ll not only make you dribble but feel better.
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