So I mentioned in my previous post I was starting on the Paleo diet. I can honestly say that after hearing this diet described to me I though it sounded worse than starting medications for diabetes. I must now somewhat reluctantly admit that I was completely wrong.
While my diet for the last 45 years has been a matter of eating anything and everything that I wanted, I’m now paying the price. There were days when I would have croissants and coffee for breakfast, along with delicious muffins or cupcakes. Then I would eat a huge sandwich for lunch. And top it all off with bread for dinner and some other sort of dessert.
As you might imagine I was never in particularly good shape. The life of an artist can be invigorating, but at least in my case, it didn’t involve a great deal of physical activity. And so I had become very, very soft. In fact slovenly might even be a better word. Yes slovenly. Anyway…
The idea of cutting out all of my favorite foods and ingredients was to say the least intimidating. But now that I’ve actually been on the diet for a couple of weeks, I’ve noticed some very interesting changes.
First and foremost, I’ve lost about 10 lbs. But that’s not even the best part. Because I’ve increased the amount of fats that I eat and reduced the amount of carbohydrates that I take in each day, I’m full practically all the time. How has science been so completely wrong about this for the past 30 years?!?!?
I typically start my day with some eggs fried in butter. Doesn’t that just sound like the typical restrictive breakfast. I’ll usually have a couple pieces of bacon or sausage links as well. That plus a cup of coffee. Instead of non-dairy creamer, which evidently is just vegetable fats turned to powder, I use heavy cream. Can you imagine? I’d forgotten how good the flavor of real cream in coffee could be.
This breakfast is high in protein and fat, and it keeps me full for hours. There are days when I’m still full well past lunch time. This never happened when I was eating lots of bready foods for breakfast.
Lunch typically consists of some greens in a salad, maybe some chicken, turkey or other dark meat. Again, dark meat is the key as it contains more fats and helps keep me feeling full longer. Since I’m not consuming any bread or carbohydrates at lunch, my afternoon crash has completely disappeared. I used to walk down to the neighborhood Starbucks religiously at 3:30 every single day. I don’t even notice feeling tired in the afternoon any more.
Occasionally I will need a little snack in the afternoon. One of my friends turned me on to a special little Paleo treat that she’s found. Basically they’re cookies made without any of the usual high carb ingredients. The company is called Gourmet Paleo, and they do amazing work with their paleo cookie selection. They are the perfect treat when my sweet tooth is acting up. They freeze really well so you can keep them around for a while. And at $4 per cookie, you want to make them last. Check them out at Gourmet-Paleo.com. They even a have cranberry coconut paleo cookie recipe.
Dinner is typically pretty small for me now days. I’ll generally have a couple types of vegetables along with some sort of fish. Fish is something I’ve always enjoyed and may be the one part of my diet that I was actually doing right.
Finally, one of the biggest benefits I’ve noticed from the Paleo diet is how much better I sleep. The difference is enormous. I’m out like a light. And in the morning I feel absolutely refreshed. It’s truly been remarkable.