A late reply to a wayy old post but from experience I’ve noticed that you really have to have, (at least in my case), been on your diet for at least two weeks. I’ve tried the once per week cheat day and strictly gone right back to business the following six days and found that my weight loss stalled. However, I’ve stuck to the diet for 14 days straight, then massive cheat day, then 14 days etc and the weight has tumbled off.
It starts by having an actual plan of attack and following it! We know everybody is at a different point in their life, so we created a 10-Level Nerd Fitness Diet that allows you to slowly change your nutritional strategy over time so you can have permanent success.
The obstacle to cooking with raw foods is learning how to cook. Many bookstores will sell really great bargain basement cook books for less than $10. The best cookbooks will have nice colored pictures of the cuisine to be cooked along with nice print. They will even have pictures of the ingredient and an explanation on how to use them. They will have them on sale on and off so you have to check the bookstores intermittently. The hardest place to get find recipes is on the internet. It requires knowledge and experience to find the correct recipe. I watch the cooking shows on TV with the good chefs also. There are only a few items that really can’t be made well at home like high quality fried chicken since it requires a commercial fryer to be done well. I braise all my meats.
Just surfin’ and found this site. I wanted to post that I’ve been losing weight with no exercise since late January. Due to fibromyalgia, my pain levels skyrocket when I exercise and I end up in worse health than if I do nothing to begin with. Exercise is my nemesis! 😉 Since January, I’m down 11 pounds while still being able to eat the foods I like and prepare for my family. I use http://www.fitday.com to record my calorie intake (the key = be HONEST in recording your food intake…no matter how many mistakes you make!!!). Check it out…it’s awesome. You can do an online search to find calculators for learning your BMI, BMR, and the Harris-Benedict Equation. These calculators will tell you what you need to know. Losing weight with no exercise is a SLOW process…don’t get discouraged! It works though. This is first time in my adult life that I’ve tried to lose weight and am succeeding. I’m 37 years old and now weigh 231 lbs. after losing 11 lbs.
Don’t believe the conventional wisdom that says you will have to suffer from this for your entire life OR that these issues can be solved by taking a pill. There is a very simple solution to these medical issues and that is get your hormones in balance. And you do that by changing your diet. If the issue is severe enough or impacts your life in a negative way, for instance not being able to get pregnant or being in constant pain, you will be fairly motivated to do something about it. A nutritional intervention is going to work way better than any pill. Plus it’s free and doesn’t have any negative side effects. I tried all the pills, trust me. They just don’t work. There is no easy way out of this one, you’re going to have to take a long, hard look at your diet and your life and make some changes.
I think it’s great that you are committing to the paleo lifestyle for bettering you and your family’s health. We are also just starting this journey. We have an 80/20 lifestyle right now for no processed foods, which I thought was a good step towards health but decided the paleo lifestyle, after a bunch of reading, was actually way healthier. The downer for us is dairy……we are committed to doing the paleo on an 80/20 scale also. We will do paleo 80% of the time and the no processed foods the other 20%. We are cutting processed foods out completely. Hope your journey goes well and you can always look me up on FB if you have it and we can help support each other. I don’t know to many people personally that agree with my way of eating so therefore online friends are my go to for helping the motivation. 🙂
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler’s educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
Fill your plate with vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains and add a little fish, white meat or dairy on the side. The Mediterranean diet derives from the idyllic countries surrounding the ocean which favours healthy fats and fresh produce.
My husband and child joined the strict Paleo ( no grains, no processed foods, only good fats, lots of organic veggies, limited fruits etc) diet over a year ago based on Ramiel Nagel, author Cure Tooth Decay ideas ( so we added raw goat milk and raw milk kefir and lots of bone broth).
Staci – Yes, it’s a lot, but I don’t know if it’s too much for your particular situation, having so little to go on. But yes, if you ask most people how often they work out, it’s not 5 days a week. So compared to the general population (which isn’t saying that much), it’s a lot.
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The Paleo Diet does NOT revolve around meat and little else! Plenty of Fresh Organic Vegetables should be 3/4 of your meal every time. The mainstay of the Paleo Diet is the elimination of all processed foods, grains, sugar, and legumes. I’ve been on the diet for 8 months and lost over 25 lbs, and I’m NEVER hungry. Do I crave foods I can’t have, or ‘fall off the wagon’ now and then? Of course I do, but I get back on track ASAP!
The only exceptions that are allowable on most Paleo diets are butter and ghee. However, these should still only be consumed if you know you’re not sensitive to them. If you’re brand new to Paleo, we recommend at least 30 days away from all forms of dairy, including butter and ghee.
Despite what the Paleo community says, calories do matter and you do have to count your calories if it is your intention to lose weight. This is even more so the case if you’ve already lose a lot of weight. Being that you’re on your last 10 lbs., it could be that even though you’re eating as you always have, you might be eating at what is now your calorie maintenance level.