Hi Andy, I've just finished a 30 day paleo food and fitness challenge. I've lost 6 kilos of fat and gained 4 kilos of muscle. I know loosing 2 kilos in a month isn't miraculous, but loosing 6 kilos of fat is remarkable. It is basically about eating well and moving more which is what you are doing. Now I'm into the sustain bit which is living 'clean' 80% of the time and being more relaxed 20%. I only mention it because of your post about being hungry today. I haven't been hungry, I haven't wanted to snack, and some days I have struggled to eat 3 meals. Here's a link - I hope it is useful. Keep up the good work
The Paleogrubs website describes the Paleo diet like this...
The Paleo Diet is short for the Paleolithic Diet and involves mimicking the eating lifestyle of our ancient ancestors, the ones that roamed the earth 10,000 years ago. It’s all about eating foods that a caveman might have eaten, back before the days of agriculture made it so he didn’t have to go very far for his next meal
The idea is that if you eat the way the cavemen did, you’ll end up looking like the cavemen did, with lean, muscular physiques and not much fat to speak of. Testing to see if something is Paleo-approved or not is as easy as trying to determine if they would have been able to eat it before agriculture started. You’re basically trying to replicate their diet, even though it’s not really possible where everything you find at the store has come from a farm and was not grown in the wild.
But as modern humans we have to give it our best shot, buying organic meats, fruits, and vegetables whenever possible. This is one way to get back to an earlier time, when food was simply grown from the ground and farmers didn’t use pesticides and herbicides and GMOs. Agriculture wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the profit motive involved, where foods are grown with the bottom dollar in mind and conventional farmers try to get the most yield from their fields as possible.
The Paleolithic diet, also popularly referred to as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is a modern nutritional diet designed to emulate, insofar as possible using modern foods, the diet of wild plants and animals eaten by humans during the Paleolithic era. Proponents of the diet therefore recommend avoiding any foods that they claim were not available to humans at that time, including dairy products, grains, legumes, processed oils, and refined sugar. The Paleolithic diet is a fad diet that has gained popularity in the 21st century
I guessed, before reading about the diet, that it would involve nuts in a fairly major way. This is what my friend told me...
It is basically meat and veg. And fruit. Nothing that has been too mucked about with. I have done a home made version of nutella with almonds, cocoa powder and honey but that didn't last long. I thought I would miss potatoes and rice and pasta but I don't. I've been asked to write a paleo recipe book because my trainer says I am devious - I think imaginative is a better description - she's just jealous because she didn't think about having ice cream for breakfast :o)