Embarking on the Paleo Diet – Day 1

Starting Weight:  231lbs (I must be crazy to post this!)   Dress size: 18

Hello.  Well, today I start the Paleo Lifestyle.  For those who don’t know what a Paleo Diet is, I would recommend you read the book The Paleo Diet Solution by Robb Wolf and go to his website:  http://www.robbwolf.com

A little bit about me:  Despite spearheading the girl’s weightlifting team and being a decorated athlete in high school, and then later serving as a US Army soldier, I have struggled with my weight my entire life.  It has been a constant source of embarrassment, frustration and sadness.  My body image is in the gutter, and my health is probably not far behind.  My doctors would always say, “Wow, you’re really healthy, but you need to lose weight.”  It’s obvious that sooner or later, I’ll be facing diabetes or heart disease, and if nothing else, achy joints from all of the extra pounds I’m carrying around.  I’ve already had to overcome back surgery at age 28 due to herniated discs, and now, at age 36, my feet and ankles are killing me… surely my knees will follow.

I have tried just about everything to lose it.  I’m not kidding–I’ve tried Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, Atkins, Cabbage Soup, boot camps, personal trainers, and yes, even medical weight loss clinics who give you protein supplements and magical weightloss pills.  The only method that ever made much sense to me was working out with personal trainers.  I would work out really hard, harder than most women in the gym half my size, but never really saw great results.  It had to be what I was putting in my body!  Surprisingly, the personal trainers I had never really talked about nutrition other than to tell me to cut back my calories, or they’d put me on a “food is fuel” diet that consisted of nothing but oatmeal, eggs, tuna, chicken and romaine lettuce, oh and you can’t forget protein powder.  Yes, food is fuel, but that’s no way to live!

Robb Wolf’s book, detailing how eating a diet of lean protein, vegetables, and fresh fruit, along with some fats like olive oil, coconut oil and nuts, seemed very natural to me–and delicious!  And it should, that is what our ancestors ate–our Paleolithic ancestors.  Did you know that our ancestors showed no signs of obesity, heart disease, cancer, gum disease, osteoporosis, infant mortality, and other ailments that are common today?  Not to mention, most of them were 6′ tall or taller and built like Olympic athletes–yep, even the women!  Here’s the best part, they ate great nutrient-rich foods and only worked about 15 hours a week.  The rest of their time was spent visiting family, playing games, or relaxing.  And, if they were built like Olympic athletes, they had to be SEXY, with their libidos through the roof.  I don’t know about you, but that sounds like the life to me!  It was only when the agricultural revolution began that we (humans) started to get sick.  We are not meant to eat grains or consume dairy products, and we certainly aren’t supposed to consume processed foods–food is supposed to have an expiration date, folks!

So if they didn’t have gyms, and all of the great technological advances in athletic training available to them, how were they built like Olympic athletes?  Well, their diet was essential, but just as important was the way they exercised.  They had to be strong and fast–there were SCARY predators back then, not to mention tribal wars.  Explosive movements such as sprints, jumping, and weight resistance (pushing and pulling heavy weight) made them phenomenal athletes.  Running for endurance would have seemed STUPID to our Paleolithic ancestors… You run to get away from something.  If you run long distances, it just makes you tired–not to mention, depletes your muscles reserves, which in turn, depletes your strength.  I have a friend who’s been spouting weight training to me for months now, and one of his favorite sayings is, “No matter how good you are at something, you’d be even better if you were stronger.”  Okay, okay, I finally get it, Ryan!

But didn’t our paleolithic ancestors die at young ages?  No, not really.  Actually, there were many who lived into old age.  If they died it was probably due to the things I alluded to earlier (predator & rival tribes), but also viruses–the #1 killer today, heart disease, was virtually non-existent.

Where do you get all your data?  Well, I’m not in college doing a research paper, and I’m not trying to publish a book, so I’m not going to list my sources, but Robb Wolf does in HIS book.  If you don’t believe me, read his book first and then go on to his sourced material.

So, why make this blog?  The primary reason for this blog is to chronicle my journey; keep myself accountable; and just get out some of the food and emotional demons that have been keeping me imprisoned in this fat-ass body.  Also, as I learn more about the Paleo lifestyle and navigate my way through it, I’d like my blog to inspire and motivate others.  I love to cook, so I’ll be posting some of my very own Paleo recipes–of course, that will all come with time.

So, for breakfast I had:

3 eggs with 2 thin slices of low sodium ham (protein)
1 small apple (carb)
1/3 c macadamia nuts (fat)

Lunch:

Chicken Breast seasoned with oregano & cumin
Mixed Greens
Bell peppers & Onions
1/2 sliced avocado

Projected Dinner:

Pecan crusted salmon filet cooked in coconut oil
Roasted Green Beans
Mixed Berries drizzled with honey

I am committed and I will make this happen.  I know I can–especially with all of the tools Robb Wolf has given me in his book, and the support, love and coaching I’ve gotten from my buddy, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Ryan Whittemore (BeerMuscles Weightlifting on Facebook).  Oh, and I can’t forget my husband (who is always my biggest supporter) and my children who will have to deal with their dietary changes as well. 🙂

Let’s get Fat 2 Fit – Cavewoman Style!  Hooah!

Teri

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One response to “Embarking on the Paleo Diet – Day 1

  1. Teri, I really enjoy reading whatever you write! So many of my Hiram buddies have the ability to write so eloquently. Girl, you are one of them!!
    Keep it up and good luck on your journey. I will be rooting for you.

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