Friday, April 19, 2013

Relaxed Paleo Diet

Dr. Oz will be discussing the Paleo diet on his show on Monday April 22nd!

That's what I'm calling it anyway :)

Have you heard of the Paleo Diet? It is the way our Paleolithic friends ate back in the day. They ate lean meats, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats. No grains or carbs were eaten back then. No corn, no beans, no peanuts/peanut butter. No rice, bread or potatoes.

I have adapted this way of eating. I was really good for 3 weeks straight. I wasn't stressing over added sugar and salts in food (like condiments), but was doing really good about eating this way and only had a couple cheats along the way (and it didn't even really taste that good). But after 3 weeks I wanted nothing more than a burger. I know it wasn't the meat I was craving since I'd been eating plenty of that, it was the bread. So we had Red Robin for dinner and I had a burger with fries. I ALMOST ordered the burger wrapped in lettuce instead, but knew I wanted that bread.

After that I decided I was going to give in when I wanted something, not to stress over cutting it all out cold turkey and go from there. It's now been 3 weeks of eating paleo and 1 week of relaxed paleo and I'm finally feeling better.

When I was 100% paleo I was hungry, had a lot of headaches and felt very tired. I was feeling worse as opposed to feeling better so I'm going to allow myself these 'cheats' (although I won't be calling them that) and I am feeling better now that I've added a FEW carbs back into my life.
I'm not super strict about it, but I've found that I'm reaching for healthier options anyway, but knowing that I CAN have something any time I want makes this less stressful and more relaxed.

So I'm eating the relaxed paleo diet!!
I have 2 Pinterest Boards dedicated to Paleo (here and here) and have made a few things off them already and they are TASTY!!

Have you considered going paleo and cutting out carbs?