The paleo way, right or wrong?
Why am I sticking with the paleo Diet?
Is the paleo diet good for me?
Has it changed my life?
Why I Am Sticking To The Paleo Diet!
Before I started the paleo diet my blood sugars were all over the place! My readings could be anywhere from 8.0 to 20.0mml/L (174 to 360mg/dL). Yes not a very good place to be at anytime.
Having had my medications increased by my physician I decided it was time I also helped in the battle with type 2 diabetes.
I kept reading about the amount of harm that was being done by the carbohydrates I was ingesting, as they were turning into sugars when the body processed them. The same happens with everyone but not everyone has the blood sugar problems that affects diabetics. I had heard of the paleo diet before and thought about what they were telling me not to eat and also what foods they were saying I should eat.
As I have said previously I have also looked at my metabolic body typing which is firmly in the protein bracket. As the paleo diet is heavily based on proteins and I love proteins for me it was an easy decision. I cut out potatoes all wheat and wheat products as well as barley, oats and maize. No more pasta or rice for me either.
It is surprising what difference you can make by just changing what you eat. When I started I didn’t realize there were so many flavors available.
Herbs and spices can make a fantastic difference to the foods we eat. Spicy food doesn’t have to be hot! Cut down on the chilies and use the herbs and spices to give you a new taste sensation. Meat and fish dishes can be turned into something wonderful with the additions of herbs, spices and vegetables.
I have found substitutes for fries, pasta, rice and white potatoes. I make a paleo bread and treats so I know exactly what goes in them and how good they are for me. I eat dark chocolate, (at least 70% cocoa), which I prefer to the milk chocolate anyway.
Do I miss some of the foods I used to eat? Of course I do, but not as much as I used to. As I have learned new cooking skills I have learned new flavors and so I am training my taste buds to like some new flavors.
Is The Paleo Diet Good For Me
Going paleo can be awkward when you visit friends or relatives. It can be even more awkward in the UK when it comes to eating out. Restaurant and cafe owners in the UK seem oblivious to the paleo diet. But I am persevering and generally sticking to the diet.
I do have the odd occasion when I eat out and I have to compromise but that is becoming rarer as I work out what I can eat.
I am eating protein in the way of meat, fish and eggs. I am eating copious amounts of vegetables, nuts and fruit. This last one is a sticking point for my weight loss which is much slower than I would like but that is mainly due to the amount of fruit I am eating.
I do like experimenting in the kitchen and so I find more tastes and flavors that work together. I find ways to spice up vegetables to make them more interesting and also to give me a far larger range of foods than I used to have. It is surprising how much difference a little bit of flavor can make to some dishes.
With all the new taste sensations I am getting, through developing new eating habits and in some cases new foods, I am enjoying life again. I am feeling better than I have felt for many years. Even my tiredness is waning and this is allowing me to do more things than other people of my age.
No longer do I have food going into my body that it wasn’t designed to process! Everything I am eating is fresh, no more processed foods. The only processing is that which I do in my preparation of my meals, and that is done with paleo ingredients. My bread, cakes, snacks and meals are all wholesome and paleo listed foods.
I feel much less tired and more active. OK I am in my mid 70s so for me active is a gentle walk without getting out of breath.
Something I couldn’t do before. I am loosing inches around the waist but not loosing weight to any great amount so the fat must be turning to muscle which of course is more dense and heavier than the equivalent fat mass. I do feel more trim although I am still overweight. My energy levels have improved and I don’t tire so easily and spend more time with my partner enjoying life again.
What about my blood sugars? they are now generally in the range of 4.5 to 6.9mml/L (81 to 124.2mg/dL) so I am still working on them. I won’t be satisfied until they are always below 6mml/L (108mg/dL). My ultimate aim is to get them down below diabetic level, although I will have to keep to the diet to keep them there.
For me the Paleo Diet has proved its worth. Yes I pay out more for my food especially the bread I make, (all paleo allowed foods), which to me is more like a savory cake than bread but it does taste nice when I make a sandwich with it. So to my questions in the introduction the answers are, right, because it works for me, yes and yes.
For me the paleo diet has been a life saver. I am sure it has saved me from going into a diabetes downturn. My diabetes is under better control now than it has been in the 13 or so years I have had it. There is no way I am going back to my old eating habits.