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One Month of Paleo Diet

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Posted: August 04, 2010
Today is the first day of my one month experiment. My friends have been raving about the paleo diet and last week I watched the documentary Fathead which made a lot of good points. I've read up on it a little and decided to try a one month experiment and see how things go.

For those not familiar with the paleo diet, it consists of eating things only available to paleolithic man (cavemen). It's main point is that grains and sugars are what makes people fat. Grain gets converted to sugar in your body and your blood sugar level kind of decides how much fat gets stored.

When my friends first told me about this I couldn't really fathom giving up grains and sugar but they assured me once you do you don't crave it as much. We'll see about that. I won't be strictly paleo. I'll still eat dairy, legumes and leafy vegetables.

I'll try to post regular updates on my progress.
traineo Team
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Posted: August 04, 2010
This is exciting Dan! Do keep us updated. A lot of the diet principles I follow are founded on the paleo concept. I remember reading about how when grain was introduced to the Egyptians, they actually got shorter and fatter (and all generations beforehand have always grown larger).
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Posted: August 04, 2010
My first day was going well until the evening. I had some sausage and eggs for breakfast (490 calories) and chili for lunch (@500 calories). I wasn't hungry all day which was cool. My friends gave me mixed reviews on starting the diet, one said he was never hungry since he was eating more satisfying meals and the other said she took 2-3 weeks before getting used to it.

There's some construction downtown and it really backed up the buses and ended getting me home late. I'm not sure if it was the delay in eating or the diet but I was quite hungry when I got home. I had some salmon, carrots in butter and coleslaw for supper and for whatever reason I was still hungry later on in the evening.

I'll see how today goes. I have to do some pre-cooking since I was a little stuck for lunch and brought in pea soup. I figure peas are a veggie, just not sure how starchy it is in soup format.

@Angie: I checked out the lifelines of paleolithic man vs neolithic (when agriculture was introduced) and the average life span actually went down once grains were introduced into the diet. Of course the reason grains were introduced is because certain groups settled into a region and ate through the local food source. Being in one location may have increased disease as well.
traineo Team
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Posted: August 04, 2010
Looking at your calorie intake (990 calories, yikes!), I can completely understand why you were starving by dinner. The trick is to space the meals closer together - eat before you feel hungry, otherwise you fall off a cliff on such a calorie deficit.

I can manage on 600 calories throughout the day without hunger (last meal at noon), but if I don't eat by 6:30 or 7 I start feeling week and even ill. So, a lot of times I'll eat a 4:30 snack even though I'm not hungry and eat a lighter dinner. It helps tremendously. This scenario is for an 1100 calorie day (for those times I really need a boost to start shedding fat again).
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Posted: August 04, 2010
Of course in Paleolithic times, they never knew when or how they might get their next meal. So 950 calories might be just right until they hunted down their next gazelle... or rabbit.

I'm kidding of course. You look like you're in great shape going into this. I imagine that after a month of eliminating the breads and sugars etc, you'll be really shredding it up. I'm interested in following your progress.

Good luck.
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Posted: August 05, 2010
990 calories was just the meals. I also had a coffee with some cream and agave syrup (low glycemic) which is probably 150 calories. Had a banana and a nectarine for another 150 calories or so.

Yesterday I tried to correct my mistake by grabbing a snack before my bike ride home. I forgot to bring a homemade energy bar so ended up grabbing a bag of pork rinds.. it was the only sugar free snack I could find. It worked though, I was not hungry when I got home therefore no binging.

I should update my pic again, it is not a good representation of my current weight, that was last summer when I was around 200 lbs... today I weighed in at 232 after vacation.. I was 222 before vacation so it's a big blow to my progress. The weight was mostly gained last fall when I was unemployed... stress and free time took it's toll.
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Posted: August 05, 2010
Last night I did some prep work for meals so that I don't just grab whatever is lying around. I made some mini-quiches with sausage patties, egg, cheese, green pepper (from my garden) and green onion. I figure they are around 200 calories each. I had two for breakfast for roughly 400 calories. Had some canary melon which I now checked and saw that they might have a high GI... but I'm not about to throw food out because of that. Melon was around 120 calories (2 cups of cubes) and my morning coffee at 150.

For lunch I brought a spinach salad with bacon, I made my own dressing from olive oil, vinegar, an egg yolk and some garlic spice. Should clock in at around 650 calories. That should leave me about 700 calories for supper. I have some pork sausage defrosting in the fridge, 2 sausages plus some veggies should finish off my day.
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Posted: August 09, 2010
My first week of paleo living is done but I don't have much to report yet. Living without grains and sugar is a bit of a challenge but it's not all that bad.

That said, I should mention that I cheated this weekend and did consume some sugary products. It's very hard for a chocoholic to not have chocolate. In my defense I did get a high cocoa chocolate to minimize the amount of sugar I consumed. I tried 90 and 80 percent but they were too bitter for me at the moment, 70% is actually quite nice. The person at the store said you have to work your way up, get accustomed to chocolate tasting more bitter before going for higher chocolate content. The 90% would be nice since it only has 2g of sugar per 3 squares.

I also had some snack food (chips, cheesies). I should probably try to keep some paleo junk food around in case I get the munchies. Maybe a big jar of mixed nuts and a couple bags of pork rinds. I'm not generally a snacker but it could be good to be prepared.

This weekend I also tried a recipe for a paleo burger, pretty much a burger with some stir-fried veggies (onions, pepper, garlic) wrapped in lettuce. It was pretty good but I can't lie, I missed the bun.
traineo Team
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Posted: August 09, 2010
There's a local chocolate maker in the small town I live in - they supply the chocolate for the Kentucky Derby. Anyhow, they have some REALLY dark chocolate (up to 80%) that's not bitter at all. If you're into mail order, I would HIGHLY recommend you try some of this. I've never had dark chocolate this good. The secret is that they use the beans from just one small region of Africa - most dark chocolates are a blend of many types.

It's called Jamieson's - available on the Ruth Hunt Candy website.
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Posted: August 10, 2010
I've been buying my chocolate from a Lindt store, they always have sales on and they let you taste any chocolate before buying. The 65% I'm eating right now is a Madagascar chocolate so might be similar. I don't eat chocolate all the time but every once and awhile I get a craving for something sweet and Lindt chocolate is SOOOO good.
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Posted: August 10, 2010
Alright, I'm on week two and have a few things to report.

Since my meals are higher in protein and fat I have been noticing that I don't get hungry between meals anymore and often at night when I feel like snacking it's not because I'm hungry but rather because I just feel like snacking.

I try to play video games or something at night instead of watching TV, I find this helps keep my hands busy and away from snacks.

I'm still on the lookout for people to cow-pool (chip in for a cow from a local farmer) with. One of the points of the paleo diet is to eat as natural as possible. My goal is to start cow-pooling this year so that I can get some natural beef grown without hormones and antibiotics. I have found "traditionally raised" meats at the supermarket. It mentions it is grown without antibiotics but has no mention of hormones. Same thing with eggs, I can find organic eggs that are antibiotic free but they don't mention hormones.

I'm a little scared to weigh in this week, I have no clue if you gain at first or if you lose. I feel better so I hope that counts for something and that my stupid scale doesn't ruin that feeling.
traineo Team
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Posted: August 11, 2010
Since my meals are higher in protein and fat I have been noticing that I don't get hungry between meals anymore



THANK YOU!! I have been preaching this point for the last 2 years, tee hee. I wonder if anyone ever listens? So much easier to restrict calories and eat for health when you're not hungry.
traineo Guru
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Posted: August 11, 2010
If you can, go for grass fed meats. More expensive, but the Omega 3 and 6 ratios are much better.

Very true about the protein and fats. Trying to lose weight by restricting fats AND carbs is a recipe for failure. I'll take the fats and eat a limited amount of carbs in the form of veggies and fruits.
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Posted: August 11, 2010
Any luck on the cow-pooling?

Are you having trouble getting people to pool with or finding the cattle?

Maybe if you call some small butchers they can hook you up we people.

When we lived in Quebec, we used a butcher from Calumet Island (we lived in Campbell's Bay). I know my dad would always talk to the butcher and see if anyone would be interested in part of our half of the steer. My grandparents would take half, and we had half to do with as we wanted.

My aunt works in Ottawa, but lives on an (almost) all natural farm in Quebec. She might know some people who are interested or might be able to help (depending on your answer to the first question )
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Posted: August 12, 2010
Hmm.. I wonder if your aunt is the one I talked to. I'm signed up for a cow, just waiting for other people to buy other parts of the cow. The farmer won't take his cow to the butcher until it's completely sold. Shouldn't be long.

On another note I made my third batch of energy bars. I changed my recipe again. I really liked the coconut so I added some shredded coconut into the mix again. I replaced the sesame seeds with sunflower seeds. I subbed in some unsalted dry roasted almonds instead of cashews. I love the flavour of dry roasted almonds. I decided to not add coffee beans or chocolate this time around. I found the coffee kind of overpowered the flavour of the bar. I also made the bars smaller. I didn't really weight them before but I found they were too much. I'd actually feel full after eating a bar and it's only supposed to be a little snack. This time around I yielded 41 bars for $25 so my cost keeps going down. I would like to try to find a substitute for the dates but I think they might be the glue in this recipe. Dates have a very high GI (103) so I'm not crazy about adding them in.

On yet another note, I weighed myself yesterday morning just to see how I'm progressing so far. I was mostly expecting to be at the same weight or possibly gain since I'm assuming it takes awhile for your body to adjust and start releasing nutrients from fat cells. At first I stared in horror as I had gained another 2 pounds. But then I thought maybe I threw my scale off my bending forward to pet my cat as she walked by. I weighed again and actually lost 3 pounds... what a difference a shift in weight can be. I noticed the same thing at the gym scale, if I lean forward my weight goes up and if I lean back it goes down.. I can actually change my weight by 10 pounds doing this so I try to take my standing straight weight. I wonder how many people lean forward to read small numbers only to increase their weight a little :P
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