It’s Sunday and it’s raining…again!
This article details a full week of our paleo meals: it gives an idea of what we are eating now with our family of three children – that’s those still living at home!
Fried in coconut oil: sausage (for children, gluten free) , bacon, egg, asparagus tomatoes
Lunch: Bacon, beetroot, walnuts
Bacon, egg, mince, fresh herbs, mushrooms, tomatoes courgettes onions (leftover from fridge)
Lunch (children only) chopped walnuts, yoghurt (greek style), banana
Tea: Roast chicken, roast butternut squash, sweet potatoes, spring greens cabbage and paleo friendly gravy
Liver, bacon bits, fresh green herbs
Lunch : (children only) omelette, bacon bits cheese, butter
Tea: minced beef, cooked with tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, ginger, garlic chilli served with slices of roast butternut squash topped with cheese, grilled lightly and sprinkled with herbs
Chopped liver fried in coconut oil with tomatoes/mushrooms/herbs
Lunch: leftover mince and veg (nuked at work)
Tea: Roast beef and paleo cauliflower cheese, purple cabbage
Fried in coconut oil: tomatoes, mushrooms and strawberries: liver and bacon
Lunch: chicken salad, dressing (olive oil and drops of balsamic vinegar)
Supper: scrambled eggs, roast pork and spicy stir fried cabbage
Left over veg; tiny bit of steak; eggs fried in coconut oil
Lunch: tin of mackerel and small handful of walnuts
Tea: Slow cooker shredded beef, jacket sweet potatoes, buttery cabbage, squash
Scrambled eggs and mushrooms with butter
Tea: Roast pork, crackling, spicey cabbage, broccoli and roast ginger
We have three fit active sports mad and growing teenagers eating with us at home and our meals tend to reflect their needs and support their activities. We eat together morning and evening. If I’m hungry I eat the carbs but will always favour green leafy vegetable combinations over squash and sweet potato as this works for me. The kids like these better and tend to avoid green leafy vegetables if at all possible (you see nothing changes across the generations)!!We eat together as a family. No-one is singled out for special food because they are on a diet, no-one is treated different. We value the time together.
Make it simple, make it real.
Many of the requests we have received over Christmas have asked us how to get back on the diet track following a little too much Christmas!
Food For Thought
The best advice we have is to clear out all those leftovers that are calling you to the fridge. Lose the chocolates, the cakes and leftover treats. Give them away and if that feels uncomfortable just throw them, they are not doing you any good and anyway on reflection, why would you want to inflict this junk on loved ones, friends and family?
Food For Diet
Next, get back to basics. A healthy diet must have the right balance of macronutrients to suit your lifestyle and activity level. For instance marathon and endurance athletes require and can tolerate high carbohydrate loadings, however for most of us and especially those wishing to lose weight this will be as follows; fat, protein and some carb (start with green leafy vegetables) at each meal. Use intermittent fasting. This is a neat way to trick your body into ketosis and let it rest after all that over indulgence. Practise listening to your body and finding when you are hungry. If you are not sure if you are hungry….you are probably not! …Cont’d How To Eat and Lose Weight
Fastest Way To Lose Weight
What is the fastest way to lose weight? You need to get your body into fat burning mode (ketosis). It can’t do this if insulin levels are high. And what causes high insulin levels? High carb foods: that is junk food, for example white
bread, pasta, liquid carbohydrates (pepsi, banana milkshake, coca cola, fruit smoothies ) consumption – all of these cause elevated blood sugar levels and prompt an insulin response from your body to push the blood sugar out as energy where required and to store the surplus energy as excess fat in your body.
Beware The Three Wise Dieticians
Finally, do not panic and turn to conventional dietician wisdom! And by that we mean the idea that to lose weight we must eat less and exercise more. This thought process is the kind of knee jerk reaction that sends us scurrying back to weight watchers and slimming world or lighter life and continues the cycle of overeating and starvation that gets us into a mess in the first place! Yo-yo dieting anyone?
Further reading: What Is Paleo
The Promised Land
You will find that if you have followed a paleo diet before Christmas, your body will want to go back there. It just takes a little planning and a little thought and we are here to show you how. Give us a call if you need some inspiration. We’d love to hear from you
Above all, keep it simple and keep it real.
With best wishes for a very Happy New Year from all at Paleoworks!
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