Insipired by my super fit, lithe and lovely friend Becky and desperate to lose the headache I had for 3 weeks I’ve given the Paleo diet a go. It’s basically lots of meat, veg and fat and no sugar, grains, pulses, wheat diary or gluten. No potatos! So my normal, mostly vegi diet based around pasta, bread, potatos and pulses with very little meat has radically changed over the last week. I’ve been eating lots of eggs and chicken, some steak, some nuts and more fruit than Paleo people would probably say is right.
I’m getting loads of information about this from The Whole 30 Program who have the most wonderful graphics on their site. They have loads of very helpful information and free printouts to get you started if you want to try it.
I’ve lost 3lb’s in a week which is about as much as I’d lose if I gave up cake and bread for a week anyway. My skin has gone a bit weird, not spotty it just feels weird. I have had no headaches, even the next day after half a bottle of wine which would normally floor me. I feel good in myself, feel sort of clean inside and I haven’t had those desparate blood sugar drops when I’m hungry. I also don’t feel like I’m lugging round bodyfat, even though I’m about the same size as I was this time last week which is about half a stone over what I’d like to be.
A typical days food looks like this: Breakfast; eggs, spinach, beetroot. Lunch; chicken, green leafy veg, sweet potatos. Dinner; steak, kale, avocado and spinach salad. I’m snacking on nuts, eggs and leftover meals but I’m not snacking as much as I used to.
After a week of it I have I lost interest in food. I’m a good cook, I enjoy cooking a lot but the life and soul has been kicked out of it for me with the Paleo diet. I’m not sure why, tonight I had salmon, king prawns, spring greens, courgette and carrots with a sprinking of sesame seeds, it sounds lovely but I was bored of it half way through. Now I just think of this lovely food as fuel. I also feel like I’m forcing down the protein when I’m not actually hungry because I know if I eat a reasonable amount of it, I won’t be hungry in an hour. I don’t miss sugar, I miss bread a bit, I miss mostly the fun of cooking, rolling pasty, kneading dough, even boiling shop bought pasta is more fun than eggs. I am so so bored of eggs.
It’s not a sustainable diet for me, not financially as all this meat is doubling my shopping bills. And I just don’t like meat that much. It used to be a treat for me and now it’s a chore. And I have the guilt that comes from my vegan family who I know would be just disgusted with me eating this quantity of dead stuff. I do feel better for cutting out the bread and pasta though and I’ll consider them as treats when I reintroduce them, something for now and then not everyday.
I’ve promised my friend Becky I’d do this for a whole month. I’ll give it another week but if I slip and have the odd potato it won’t be the end of the world for me, or for another pig heading to be bacon.
some time later….
I gave up at 10 days with a grinding stomach ache and the taste of death in my mouth. Not for me.