I love the way I feel when I eat paleo, and how great my blood sugars are, but I’m a type 1 diabetic and am not sure what would be good to eat when my blood sugars get too low. (I’m talking just before I hit hypoglycemia, not full hypoglycemia, just when they’re low enough for me to notice that probably need to eat something).
The Paleo diet consists of “wild foods” – foods that would have been eaten by hunter-gatherer tribes. This means fish, grass-fed meats and game meats are all acceptable, but farm-raised animals should be excluded. Vegetables and fruits are also acceptable, but there are variations on which ones are acceptable – some versions of the Paleo diet say you’re only allowed “wild fruits” such as berries, while others make more concessions. Some versions of the Paleo diet recommend raw eating, but cooking your foods is perfectly acceptable. Eggs, nuts, seeds and anything else you could pick up (gather), such as roots and fungi, are also acceptable foods in the Paleo diet.
The Paleo Diet, the world’s healthiest diet, is based upon the fundamental concept that the optimal diet is the one to which we are genetically adapted. The therapeutic effect of The Paleo Diet is supported by both randomized controlled human trials and real-life success stories.
I am super nervous. I have been on this website 3 different times today. I am a medical professional. I am a super busy mom. I am a full-time student nearing graduation from a Doctorate program. However, I am at least 100 pounds over weight. I have not started the Paleo plan yet but am seriously considering it.
The Paleo diet is also high in fiber, thanks to the many fruits, vegetables and nuts present in it. Fiber is great for weight loss because it contains very few calories but it can fill you up, helping control hunger and cravings. Fiber also helps balance your blood sugar – and when your blood sugar is stable, you don’t experience ups and downs in energy or that desperate need to eat sugars or white flours, which is common among people who eat lots of processed foods.
Meatball Sandwich – You may get a bit messy with this meatball sandwich which gets rid of the bread and uses zucchini instead. Be sure to have a supply of napkins on hand. This meaty midday reprieve will make you feel like you’re not on a diet at all, and without the grain and gluten from a regular sandwich, you’ll be able to get stuff done after lunch.
I have to confess, the soup gets a little boring after a while. I took 1/4 of it and pureed it in a food processor, then added curry to that batch to create a completely different soup to help me get through the week. The soup is full of vegetables, so I don’t think there is any risk to this diet. I drank lots of water and herbal tea as well. I felt satisfied and was very motivated to complete the week.
4. Whole grain is not recommended on this diet, due to high caloric content and generally high glycemic index. I challenge you to find one that is not “enriched” (it is bleached, then vitamins, etc. are added back in) or that doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup in its first five ingredients (the ingredients of the “ingredients” listing on all food products are listed in descending order of quantity). It is tempting but not good for fat loss. True whole-grain bread is better than white bread and actually tastes pretty rough, but if you’re serious about fat-loss, I discourage consuming it. Saturdays allow you to go nuts, so be strict otherwise.
“Spaghetti” with Meat Sauce – No traditional spaghetti here, just a serving of meat and veggies that leave you caveman trim. It’s amazing how many “traditional” meals are ones that lead to weight gain. It’s no wonder that following the Standard American Diet leaves so many people overweight and in need of medical assistance. Flip the script and enjoy these classic dishes without jeopardizing your health.
There’s a camp fond of (very vociferously) claiming that weight loss is a simple math equation: calories in vs. calories out. Just eat less, and move more, and you’ll be all set: if it doesn’t work, you’re just not cutting calories hard enough. It’s technically true that calories determine weight gain or loss. But in the real world, the way to achieve sustainable, long-term weight loss is not to start cutting or counting calories.
As for the week smoking, just be careful as it works kind of like sugar in your body, creating high blood sugar then a blood sugar crash, hence the munchies. So make sure you have good Paleo snacks on hand when you’re smoking so that you don’t make bad decisions while you’re high. Other than that, I don’t know why it would affect your weight loss goals, but I’m not a weed expert by any means. As for flabby skin, that really depends on the person. 60 pounds doesn’t seem like enough to cause permanently flabby skin, but who knows? I wouldn’t worry too much about it – just try to do some work with weights and strength gaining in general so you have less of a chance of that happening. And thanks for your kind words 🙂
1 Reference for 5%: Blackburn G. (1995). Effect of degree of weight loss on health benefits. Obesity Research 3: 211S-216S. Reference for 10%: NIH, NHLBI Obesity Education Initiative. Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults. Available online: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/ob_gdlns.pdf [PDF-1.25MB]
Can you get used to the idea of breadless sandwiches? Or having your milk and cookies without either milk or cookies? Diets that restrict entire food groups are difficult to follow. On the flip side, you can determine how primal you want to be, working in some cheat meals if you like.