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Getting Back On The Paleo Diet Track

off-the-diet-railsMany 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 awayChristmas-junk-food 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

paleo-diet-pyramidNext, 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

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What is in Coca Cola?

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

Yo-yo-dietFinally, 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

paleo-works-how-to-diet-and-live-longerYou 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!

How To Diet: Emma’s Paleo Journey

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Emma Now - Leaner, happier and in optimal health

A Life Changing Experience:

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Before Paleo

I started the Paleo way of eating/life February 2011, 9 months ago. My health wasn’t good, I was exhausted and felt bloated and sick most of the time. I had followed many of the so-called ‘healthy’ diets in my life, and had been particularly seduced by a well-known low fat diet in the mid 90s, which in resulted in me eating tons of carbs such as cereal, bagels, bread and beans that I ended up desperately trying to burn off through long runs each day.

I started to put on weight on this diet, and found it almost impossible to control the amount of food I was eating. I became addicted to eating breakfast cereal, and it started to form the basis of nearly all of my meals during my first year at university. I developed IBS after several months on this low fat diet, which was so bad, it affected my attendance at university. I became so exhausted and depressed, I eventually went to a specialist, who diagnosed me with ME.

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Before Paleo

Although I achieved some remission from ME after seeing a nutritionist who advised me to cut out sugar and junk for a while, my real health breakthroughs have come through following a paleo/primal way of eating. I was sceptical when my brother-in-law fitness instructor discussed some of the benefits of following a way of eating that included animal fats and coconut oil. Like many people, I had been fully brainwashed into thinking that these foods were unhealthy as they contained saturated fats.  However, after hitting yet another brick wall with my health, where I was having problems conceiving, had polycystic ovaries, and was gaining weight rapidly, I felt I was running out of options. I went to a ‘functional nutritionist’ who ran some tests showing me the extent of my health problems. I remember being shocked when he said that my body was having a ‘health crisis’, and if I had carried on eating what I was eating, I could end up with some serious health problems. The tests showed I had a parasite in my gut, my hormones were out of sync (estradiol and testosterone too high, progesterone too low). He also suspected that I had become insulin resistant. He explained that my hormones had probably been affected by my years of following a low fat diet, as they need fat to remain balanced. He put me on an eating programme that was in line with the Paleo/Primal guidelines.  Although it’s not hard to follow, it took me a while to re-programme my thinking and allow myself to eat fat again without guilt. I also had to get used to not eating sugar, grains and cereals; the foods I have been consuming in huge quantities all of my adult life.

So, 9 months into the Paleolifestyle change, I have lost 2 ½ stone, am no longer bloated after eating, no longer have a parasite, my progesterone is now within  the normal range and I have so much more energy to do things I’ve wanted to do for years in my life. I come back from work in the evenings with plenty of energy to work and play in the evenings. I feel fuller than I have for years, and enjoy the most delicious, rich food that is full of fat to help my body keep my hormones balanced.

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Loving Life

People at work can’t believe I’ve lost weight eating the amount of fat I have in my food! I lost the weight at a slow, steady pace and reached an equilibrium for several months, but I wasn’t bothered; this was not just about my figure, this was about me reclaiming my life back and supporting my body to heal itself from the damage I had caused it through poor lifestyle choices. Anyway, my body has started shedding excess fat again and I’ve recently lost another 4 pounds. I never thought it was possible to have vibrant, optimal health without feeling deprived, but now I do:

Paleo Rocks!

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