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Spice up Your Life!

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Put taste back into on the menu and spice up your life the easy way!

Cleaning up your diet and transitioning to real food can seem momentarily dull when compared to the drama of flavours your taste buds have experienced in the past.  Things like: orange sherbert, tangy sweet and sour sauce; tomato soup, chicken and gravy pie in a thick buttery crust, chicken korma: the very mention of these names and your taste buds prick up, juices start to flow and messages shoot up to your brain: I’m hungry….

But these foods are deliberately designed to do just that.  The food industry has manufactured these “foods” to manipulate your sense of taste and to such an extent that you can no longer “hear” the flavours of real food.   It’s like going to a loud rock concert and having your ears blown off by the noise.  When the music has finished and you turn back to the crowd, you can no longer hear the sound their voices make, it’s all muffled.  Your hearing has “gone”.  It has become de-sensitised to the regular pitch of every day sounds.  It comes back though and in this same way you can trust that your own taste buds will “return” over time as you cultivate a real food diet.  And after a while, you will be amazed how good real food tastes, how bright the colours and how extraordinarily simple and at the same time complicated real food can be.

In the intervening period, eating real food requires you to invest in your own transitioning process which is: seasoning!  Go wild and don’t stint..nature provides us with endless wonderful varieties of warming, searing, tantalizing flavours to re-educate your taste buds and bring them back down to normal.  We are talking cinnamon, cloves and ginger; sage, rosemary and dill; chillies, cayenne and chipottle; garlic, pepper and horseradish; Chinese five spice powder.. the list is endless as is the variety of ways you can cook.

Make cooking fun: approach real food recipes as a starting point then add, leave out, adjust, tweak, change and simply create the meal that you want to please your taste buds – and that’s what makes cooking fun.  There is no one size fits all approach to the Paleo Works diet programs, they just simply work, that’s what makes it so sustainable.  Feed your body real food , ditch bad fat for good fat (such as coconut oil or ghee), and your body responds – it  knows instinctively when you have found the right balance and that’s empowering too!    Take it from us there is nothing to lose and everything to gain. Paleo Works – and we could all use a little spice in our lives!

Do you have any good and spicey paleo recipes?  Write in..we would love to hear..don’t forget sharing is fun…but spicing up your life is even more amazing!

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Weight Loss and Fasting

weight-loss-and-fastingMore please on weight loss and fasting….so read the latest email response on our last post.  The following point is key: use intermittent fasting to gain back control when you veer off the paleo diet track.  It’s simple, pro-active and empowering.  Take a deep breath and push the reset button.  Here’s how…..

Intermittent fasting is about taking a break between meals.  Allowing your digestive system to rest and to build up hunger.  During holidays and celebrations the temptation is to overeat.  Even if we are still eating paleo food there are plenty of ways of overeating “paleo” food including baked goods which take us a long way from the diet of our ancestors.  Er…Paleo Cake and frosted muffins anyone?

There comes a time however when it is appropriate to draw a line under that!  Conventional wisdom suggests we do this by entering into a “detox” – a period of calorie restriction and vigorous daily exercise: that we eat less and exercise more.  But you don’t go to the garage to put less fuel in your car and expect it to do more for you?  Exercise makes you hungry!  Exercise makes you ravenous and if you are not careful you will find yourself back at square one.  Exhausted, hungrier than ever and chained to a never ending tread mill that you simply don’t enjoy.

There is however, another way and it’s not a new idea.  Conventional dietary wisdom wants us to eat three meals a daypaleo-fasting-weight-loss (breakfast, lunch and tea) and to supplement this with snacks.  When using intermittent fasting as a weight loss tool, we might eschew breakfast and not consume our first meal until past 1pm.  If you add this to the time spent asleep in bed since your last meal then you can see an estimated total fasting time of 14 + hours.

In this fasted state (also known as ketosis) you will find that your body will naturally work harder to provide energy to it’s tissue from your fat stores.  Hold onto your hats you are now in fat burning mode!

The point is that you are not eating less but the time window in which you eat has been reduced.  In ancient tradition every fast was broken with a feast.  Well, I’m not going to argue with that! There is no reason to eat less if you are following paleo guidelines in your diet.  Simply eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full!  Try it and see – it is impossible to overeat fat! Hormones produced naturally when real food is consumed actually manage the whole process for you so don’t worry.

If you were following a diet based on calorie restriction you might miss a meal to count the correct calories but you would not replace that missed meal with additional calories at a larger “break fast” for example.  So you might think you are doing the same thing but in one you would be working with your body to trigger fat loss and in the other you would be fighting against your body and it’s natural hunger to produce weight loss.  In one you will experience a profound sense of well being, an absence of hunger and a curious kind of symmetry with those who have lived before and who knew how to satisfy hunger.  In the other you would be hungry, period.  And miserable.  And cross.

Early man did not eat three meals a day.  Whose idea was that anyway?  Early man underwent numerous short periods of fasting and ketosis and many paleontologists believe that this ketogenic adaptability was instrumental in human evolution.  It is a normal healthy state and it triggers fat burning. So whether you’re looking to get back on track, enhance or accelerate the fat burning, weight loss and fasting are an excellent partnership Try it and see.

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