For those of you not aware of what Paleo is, here is a list of no nos:
- Processed meats ( hot dogs, bacon, sausage, and lunch meats)
- Dairy (milk, butter, cream, yogurt, ice cream, cheese, etc.)
- Legumes (Beans, Peas, and Peanuts)
- Nightshades (chili pepper, eggplant, huckleberry, Goji berry, ground cherry, sweet pepper, tamarillo, tomatillo, tomato)
- Starchy tubers (potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, cassava, manioc, and beets)
- Grain (including corn)
- Refined Sugars
Grains- I have found through trial and error, that my body does not like various types of grain. Barley is the worst offender. My body hates barley. If I ever try to drink more than 2 beers in front of you, Stop Me! Seriously, stop me. I will develop flu like symptoms that will plague me for days. I am not being dramatic. I get very ill. It is not a hangover; hangovers are downright refreshing in comparison. I will never drink whiskey. Whiskey and I are not friends. Whiskey tried to kill me once and we are no longer on speaking terms. (Wow, that was a tangent.)
I stopped eating grains successfully for 10 days before my birthday. I could see a noticeable difference in my mid section. I did not feel bloated or sick. I am very aware that I should not eat grains. However, I do love pizza and good bread, so this is a tough sell to my cravings. I highlight the "I" because I know everyone is different and this is an issue I have with my body.
Starchy Tubers- When I do not have grains I rely heavily on starchy tubers. It becomes okay with me to eat french fries at every meal. French fries are a sometimes food that I have very little will power to keep in that category (yes, I did quote Cookie Monster just then) . When I was in boarding school, I ate very little else other than mashed potatoes and soft rolls. Oh, it was joyous time. A time when I went from weighing 98 lbs to weighing 110 lbs. That should have clued me in at 16 that carbs make you fat but I blindly followed what was the strongly held misbelief at the time.
Refined Sugars- Do I really need to explain this one? Everyone has always known that sugar is not something you should eat when it is not in its original packaging (i.e. fruit).
I had a very interesting discussion with a friend yesterday about all of this. She said a few things that really struck me. She made a comment on the slow creep of pounds. Lets be honest, we did not wake up one day and suddenly we were fat. She said "I am getting fat 5 lbs at a time" She was quoting someone else, but it still rang true. She also said she believes that it is not just a high carbohydrate diet that does it to you. It is a high carbohydrate, high fat, and high calorie diet that does it to you. I think she is right. I am going to try to stop continuing this trajectory towards obesity that I am on.