Paleo Pickings, The Diet That Doesn't Make Me Want to Die
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When I started eating Paleo, I thought that my biggest issues would be that I would eat too much animal protein because I wrongly presumed, like many, that Paleo is all about bacon, eggs and steak. It turns out that my biggest hurdle is trying not to be that person (you know that person, the one who makes a note card to hand to the server, as if their diet is a life-threatening allergy, and it's everyone's obligation to ensure that a taste of soy never touches the broccolini) at restaurants, and I've eaten as many fruits and vegetables as I did when I spent three weeks eating only raw foods. The difference is that I am not starving or moody.
In the morning, I normally like to have toast with honey and butter with my coffee. Now, I have a date, followed by eggs and a side of vegetables, such as sauteed spinach and avocado. The other morning I discovered gluten-free banana pancakes that are made of eggs, banana and coconut flour that really satisfy that morning sweet tooth. Thank goodness for fire. For a snack, I have an almond, kale and banana smoothie. For lunch, a chicken salad, or a tuna salad. And for dinner, I usually have chicken with vegetables or on a bed of spinach.
The odd thing is that I don't get hungry. I thought it was a Paleo myth that once you stop eating carbs and processed foods, you simply stop craving them and better yet, that you don't get the munchies. But it's true, and now I'm one of these people that eat grapes, cashews and a couple of hard boiled eggs for breakfast, then forgets to eat lunch.
I started to realize that I must not be eating many calories, although I was consuming a glut of vegetables, with my fish or chicken. I started to record the food I was eating just for the heck of it. Normally, I have to try pretty hard to hit a weight loss goal, ringing in around 1,900 calories a week to lose half a pound. How's it been on paleo? I've shed 5 pounds in 7 days. OK, secrets out, I ate a lot of carbs before.