- Diet & Weight Loss
A Paleo Diet Plan with Crossfit Workout for Healthy Weight Loss
It all began with addressing the postpartum problem of "baby fat"
Following childbirth a young friend found herself in a dilemma. During her pregnancy she'd suffered with gestational diabetes and was placed on a very strict diet by her physician. With the pregnancy, the necessity of altering her daily routine and juggling work at the office and at home was difficult. In following doctor's orders she found herself thinking constantly about her diet and the health of her unborn child. Having gained weight prior to the pregnancy she'd controlled it well during the term. Her choice in breastfeeding the child to provide him with proper nutrients took its toll as was during this period that her weight sky-rocketed and she found herself carrying an extra fifty pounds.
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With an effective exercise program came the introduction of the Paleo Diet
Depressed about the added weight and her inability to lose it she examined various methods in losing it wanting as healthy a weight-loss plan as possible. Her body's build is one of an athlete, a mesomorphic style and metabolism which has to burn calories to maintain proper weight. She realized she would have to become physically active as she'd been all her life and committed time to a local gym. She found a CrossFit gym with a program perfect for her situation and physical goals. Committing herself to at least an hour-per-day workout she vowed to stick to the plan.
Paleo: Stone Age cuisine 21st century style
In the midst of working out at the gym she learned about the “Paleo Diet.” For me, it took several months of hearing about the “paleo diet” for it to sink in to my brain–– this was a diet that emulates the eating habits of prehistoric man. This diet is comparable the eating patterns during a time when human beings were foraging for berries, grasses, leaves, roots and hunting for meats. The Paleolithic era is basically the Stone Age period spanning from 10,000 years ago to 2.6 million years ago. This diet is from a time long before the age of granulated sugars and processed foods.
The more she spoke of the diet, the more curious it became. She could eat all the meat she wanted, and all the vegetables she wanted–– except potatoes. I still was a little confused. (Aren't potatoes vegetables?)
The Paleo Diet is one of limited carbs and potatoes are carbohydrates. In following the diet she avoided beans (legumes) and rice (carbs.) The diet limits sugary fruits, depending on the dieter. Prehistoric and paleolithic fruits weren't as sweet as they've been engineered to be in recent centuries. Thousands of years ago fruits and berries were actually quite tart. And my friend altered the official paleo diet a little to include a limited amount of dairy products in her personal program.
Compared to flour, the prices of some of these ingredients seemed so expensive I jokingly suggested she store them in a vault instead of a canister. We made a Paleo Pizza with a recipe found online and it was pretty tasty.
Being an old fossil myself, I was able to toss in a few "old-hand" recipes and tricks like my naturally paleo ancient beef stew recipe and the secret passed down from my grandmother of thickening sauces with an egg. It was rough at first figuring out how to make some of my own favorites and get the taste and something close to the consistency without the gluten and starch. Mixing the old and the new together makes Paleolithic cuisine more realistic and reasonable for those of us ancient homo sapiens who've lived beyond 1/2 century.
Paleo Means Meats and Foraging for Veggies, Fruits and Nuts
Meats, nuts, vegetables and fresh fruits is the main paleo diet. Some folks choose to customize the diet to suit their needs by adding dairy products or allowing sweeter fruits.
Strict in avoiding legumes, grains, carbs, sweet fruits, and avoiding breads, rice, cereals, noodles and anything with starchy flour, gluten or wheat she substituted noodles with cauliflower, to enjoy dishes like cauliflower spaghetti for dinner. She purchases staples like almond meal, coconut flour, for breading and pastries. Agave nectar is the natural sweetner choice.
With the Paleo Diet there are no limits with meats. Eggs, fish, hot dogs, sausage, steak, shellfish, bacon and no matter how much fat and cholesterol is involved, meat is completely acceptable. There is no concern for high cholesterol, possibly because of her extremely active lifestyle and daily workouts at the CrossFit gym.
The results were stunning. Over the course of about a year, the extra pounds were gone, and she went from size 14-16- to size 4-6. Filled with energy, a smile and confidence she hadn't felt in a couple years, she began a new life healthier and happier. I felt a tinge of ancient jealousy and began to read more about the Paleo Diet for myself.