A Diet That Really Isn't A Diet

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and if you were dreaming of a white Christmas here in Montana your dream sure came true. 

With the new year looming large just a few days away it's the time of year where everyone starts thinking about New year's resolutions. I don't know about you but one of mine each year seems to be losing weight. 

I have always been terrible when it comes to maintaining weight. Each year I start off great. I get down to the weight I want to be, I exercise on a regular basis and everything goes well until about September. Then the Holidays hit and before I know it I've put on 20 pounds of unwanted flab and I start the whole cycle all over again. Sound familiar to anyone?

This year I decide to do something about it before the first of the year and do a little more research into dieting options that won't starve you to death and leave you feeling more miserable than being fat. So in late October the journey began. 

I had heard about the Caveman diet or Paleo so I decided to check it out. It sounded like something I could really wrap my head around, well at least my mouth.

So what is the Caveman diet you ask, well the Daily Burn Blog describes it as this. ( http://dailyburn.com/life/health/what-is-paleo-diet-food-list/ )

"While this ancient nutrition style has been around for (literally) ages, it wasn’t until 2002 that Loren Cordain, PhD, popularized the caveman plan when he published his book, The Paleo Diet. “It really isn’t a diet, but rather a lifetime program of eating to improve health and well-being and minimize the risk of chronic diseases that plague the Western world,” explains Dr. Cordain. According to a recent nationwide analysis of U.S. grocery purchases, processed foods make up more than 60 percent of the calories in food we buy. By replacing packaged goods with nutrient-rich, whole, fresh foods, Dr. Cordain, his mentors and other Paleo followers believe a person’s health will improve."

"Back in the day, cavemen stuck to a fairly basic menu — after all, they could only eat what they could catch. “Evolution through natural selection formed the organizing template not only for all of biology but also for nutrition,” says Cordain. Paleo-era humans consumed a diet high in protein and fiber but devoid of refined sugar and highly processed foods. “We can’t fully mimic the exact foods that our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate, but we don’t have to in order to make improvements in our general health and well-being,” says Dr. Cordain. He explains that contemporary paleo diets emulate the fare of our pre-agricultural predecessors — using everyday food available at supermarkets today."

Here is a short list of what you can eat on this diet. 

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So in short on this diet in which you are really not dieting I have been eating a lot of meat from beef to fish, most nuts with the exception of peanuts, fresh organic fruits and lots of vegetables. I have cut out all dairy except for grass fed butter which I use in my Bullet Proof Coffee and all grains, believe it or not I really cant say I've missed any of it but I'm not going to lie the first couple of weeks were hell.

When you cut out the grains you go through whats called the carb flu. For me personally I experienced fatigue, headaches and brain fog but day by day these symptoms decreased as I became fat adapted. 

Being fat adapted is probably the greatest thing about this way of eating. When your not getting your energy from sugary sources and carbs it has to come from somewhere so it comes from your fat stores. When this happens your appetite decreases, you have steady energy through out the day and you actually feel more alert and sharper.  No longer do I feel famished all the time, I can actually go hours without thinking about my next meal and there is no need to carbo load before a workout.

When I started this right before Halloween I weighed 203.5 pounds my BMI tells me I should be around 185 to 145 for my height. I have been through Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas and I now weigh 190 and all without starving and minimal exercise (I go to the doctors this week and I will hopefully find out exactly whats wrong with my knee). 

So this has been my experience as of today. I didn't want to bore everyone with a lot of scientific facts but if you are curious there are a few links in this article and I would be more than happy to discuss this in more detail with anyone who is interested. I plan on sticking with this until I reach the weight and look I want but I also want to see if this is a sustainable way of life. I really want to see what the benefits are long term. All I can say is as I sit here and write this drinking my Bullet Proof Coffee I feel really good. 

In a couple of months I'll check back in on this topic and give you all an update on how things are going. Right now I'm going to check on my maternity session and make sure we are still on for this week. Watch for that blog in the next couple of weeks. Next week, unless something more exciting happens I hope to have more info on my knee. Maybe I'll write something about coping with injury. The nice thing about having a blog is I can write about whatever is on my mind besides photography and hopefully touch on things you want to hear about or learn. 

I would love to hear from you, please feel free to comment if even just to say hi. I kind of like to talk hence the blog. Until next week I'll sign off with a joke. 

DOC: Your fat and you need to go on a diet. I'm not going to sugarcoat it because you'll eat that too.

 

Happy New Year

Scott