My sister has been getting in to Paleo and I have been attempting recipes here and there for the past few months, but haven’t adopted it as a lifestyle or even a partial lifestyle yet. I don’t do well with diets, I do better with lifestyles. I have selected a few elements of the lifestyle I would like to adopt and found a good site to help me get some answers on paleo!
Why this and why now? This is what I have to answer first to keep focused. Why this? I like many of the concepts within the diet but I also like many of the concepts in the Dukan diet as well so what I would like to do is streamline them both but for now, I am working with investigating Paleo. Why now? That is a bit easier and straightforward, I have gained a great deal of weight and don’t want to quit drinking all of the great local beer that surrounds me.
So here is my variation for now and may have to adjust after I combine it with Dukan.
The plan: I am cutting out the following ingredients 4 days a week, not 7 I can’t do 7 long term. The other reason for 4 days a week? Well, my mom is coming to visit, which always means lots of starch and cheese and then we have more friends coming to town, etc… The bottom line is there is always a reason to cheat so I am creating cheat days ahead of time. When I use them is up to me.
So for 4 days a week I will not have any of the following in my diet:
NO cereal grains and legumes: wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, brown rice, soy, peanuts, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans and black eyed peas.
NO vegetable oil, hydrogenated/partly-hydrogenated oils: margarines, soybean oil, corn oil, crisco, peanut oil, canola oil, safflower oil and sunflower oil. (Small amount allowed of coconut oil for cooking and olive or avocado oil for seasoning/dressing)
NO sugar, soft drinks, etc… (Fresh fruit is ok)
NO dairy products other than butter and maybe heavy cream !YIKES!
Where will I focus? Well, it is easier to eat fresh and raw ingredients in the spring and summer. Fall we start to loose momentum in our gardens and moving in to winter we have to adjust to frozen vegetables.
Broccoli, Squash, Spaghetti Squash, Brussel Sprouts, Spinach, Leafy Greens, Asparagus and Protein, eggs for breakfast, Chicken, Steak, Tuna for dinner.
Wish me luck, I really would like to do 5 days but I know that I like wheat, oats and cereal, I love cheese and dairy. What will I do with all the yogurt in my fridge if I give it all up? And what about all that incredible cheese? Am I just supposed to watch others eat my good cheese? No way that’s expensive (and delicious cheese!)