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Paleo! Here we go!

Several months ago when I was looking into Crossfit I came across Paleo.  I'd heard about the diet before but didn't know much about it.  I for one don't like the idea of a diet, meaning some special way of counting calories or gimmick to lose weight.  I personally always hated it, in my younger years, when I would go into a new gym and they would ask if I was on a diet and how much weight did I want to lose...  Well, first off, a diet is whatever it is you're eating on a regular basis.  So yes, I was on a diet.   Secondly I didn't want to lose weight.  I wanted to gain as much muscle mass as possible and gain weight.
That was over 20 years ago and while I still hold the same beliefs about the term diet, I am now trying to lose weight.  I still want lean muscle mass but I do need to change my diet so that I am eating more reasonably.   My youthful muscle head physique has turned into a middle aged, out of shape, aches and pains physique.
Now I will say that I have been working hard for the past few years to turn myself around.  The day I saw a picture of myself without a shirt a few years ago was the day I decided to change.  "How had this happened?" At 220 lbs. I weighed the same as I did in my hay day but the 2 inches I lost off my neck and 2 inches off each shoulder had found their way to my waist.
OK back to Paleo.  This is more than just a quick fix diet.  It's a lifestyle.  It's also a very tasty way to eat.  For those of you who may freak out and scream about how drastic it is, calm down.  I eat fruits, vegetables and meats.  I avoid processed foods.  I avoid grains, legumes and simple starches.  "Oh, you're avoiding carbs." "You hate carbs. "  No, I get plenty of carbs in my fruits and vegetables.  I just eat them in whole foods that don't cause my insulin levels to spike and my body to convert my calories to fat.  Now, I feel better, I'm not sleepy after each meal and my body is using my fat for fuel.
At my very worst, several years ago, I was at a fat 230 lbs. .   I managed to get down to 200 the old fashioned way by eating less and several hours a week at the gym, walking, running, lifting.  I lost the weight but it was a long process and I felt like I was starving all the time because I was so hungry from working out.  Since finding out about Paleo and eating differently I've gone from 205 lbs to 188 lbs in a matter of months.  The difference?  1. I'm not starving myself.  I'm eating wonderful food and I'm rarely hungry.  2. I spend very little time in the gym.  Hell it's been 2 weeks since I did much of any exercising and I lost 2 lbs this past week.
I am now pleased to say I think I have my wife converted.  This makes eating well a lot easier.  We're cleaning out the pantry of the processed foods.  We're shopping together for fresh fruit, veggies and we buy grass fed beef from our neighborhood farm. (yes it does help living in the country but you can get all of this from your local store too)  This summer we're signed up for a farm share.  We're looking forward to learning how to cook different kinds of vegetables.  We recently lost our last chicken so we will be getting new chicks this summer also.  I hate having to buy eggs when it has been so nice for the past few years just going to my back yard coop to gather the eggs.  I highly recommend raising chickens or getting fresh eggs locally.  You'll notice the difference in the eggs right away.
While I'm not an evangelist, I will be happy to tell anyone who will listen why I like the Paleo lifestyle.  It's easy, delicious, I'm losing my love handles and based on the results from my last physical, it's good for me too.
Recommended reading:
http://robbwolf.com/
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/#axzz2LlfDQjLv
http://paleotable.com/

Enjoy!


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