When I remember the person I used to be it all feels like a horrible dream. And today seems a dream too good to be true! I have been in that dream and this is to tell you exactly what following a cavewoman diet all is about 😉
To begin with Paleo follows the ground line of consumption of food that is based on what Paleolithic era ancestors would have eaten. The rapid change in our spectrum of diet consisting of processed food, highly saturated fats, unchecked alcohol consumption, toxic carbs, absence of fruits or fresh vegetables have all lead us to be under the grip of maladapted lifestyle.
My story begins seven months back when I weighed 210.2 pounds, and found out I had Type 2 Diabetes mellitus, my blood triglycerides were exceptionally high and my doctor warned me about cardiac diseases I was on threat under. I never saw that coming! I was young, big time foodie, and loved my easy life. Little did I know I was building a tough way when I thought I eased all those years. After doing a refined expanse of research and contacting all my family and friends who followed it, I decided to go for Paleo and would advise you to take it up too!
Paleo diet includes acid base balanced, nutritionally absolute, evolutionally and genetically conversant food. As promising as it sounds, Paleo is surprisingly lucid to follow. Although I had various phases before I perfected in it! There certainly shall be glitches, but, what good is a ship that stays in harbored?!
So off set my voyage of the cavewoman diet!
I started with the basic scheme of what to eat and what not to.
Paleo Eats’ :>
- Grass-produced meats
- Fresh fruits and veggies
- Nuts and seeds
- Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)
Paleo Avoids :>
- Cereal grains
- Legumes (including peanuts)
- Refined sugar
- Processed foods
- Refined vegetable oils
# Welcome to Paleo and stick to it!
Breakfasts consisted of eggs, fresh vegetable, fruits, and nuts and seasoned with healthy oils. Few recipes I followed were Easy onion and spinach omelets, Bowl of berries with coconut milk, Sautéed onion, peppers, mushrooms, and broccoli in olive oil, Tomato and egg stir-fry, omega-3-enriched or free-range eggs and diced turkey or chicken breast and pieces of fruits.
For lunch, I made a crisp salad with my choice of combinations. Starting with mixed greens, carrots, radishes and fresh farm veggies, grape & broccoli, cherry tomatoes & olive oil/lemon juice vinaigrette, wraps of leafy vegetables, nuts and sliced fruits. The salad is then mixed in meat (Beef, chicken, pork, etc.) or seafood of choice (salmon, shrimp, tuna or seafood rich in DHA and EPA omega 3 fatty acids.)
Paleo dinners can be creative! I tried trout, beef, roasted chicken, salmon or other fresh fish filets, stews, roasts tossed with olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and white wine. Paleo Spaghetti topped with pesto, marinara and meatballs are my favorite!
#Ruling on with it!
I gave up corns, whole wheat, soy, dried beans, chickpeas, artificially sweetened drinks in the beginning. Slowly I increased my protein and vegetable intake. Fast and processed foods were a strict no-no.
By the end of two months I was always full after my meals, in sync with my body, my workouts went well and to top that my blood TAG and glucose levels came down rapidly. I am 130.4 pounds right now. I sure will stick to it!! Long live Paleo!! Gracias!!