I tried the Paleo diet for about three months to improve my health. It was difficult to embrace parts of the diet, such as eating insects when the closest I came to that was drinking grasshopper ice cream cocktails. Of course, eating insects wasn’t a mandatory rule of the diet. I liked other aspects. Since I can’t tolerate wheat found in bread and pasta, I wanted to make my Paleolithic or “Caveman Diet” dishes gluten-free. It was easy to go gluten-free on the Paleo Diet since wheat didn’t arrive on the scene until the dawn of agriculture. (And the Paleo Diet is all about the way people ate in the Paleolithic era). Although I grew weary of the Caveman Diet, I am happy to have lost 10 pounds.
Growing weary of the diet
After three months, I realized I needed to evolve from the Paleolithic era of about 15,000 years ago. While I’m not going back to eating wheat products, I am embracing some taboo foods such as potatoes, dairy and rice. I know part of the reason I lost 10 pounds is because I gave up refined sugar, but I’d like to occasionally be able to have a cupcake. By occasional I mean once a week as opposed to on my birthday. I also couldn’t wait to have sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes again.
Learning the diet
I’m sure everyone takes a different approach to the Paleo Diet. I don’t like sushi or raw foods other than carrots so I cooked most of my meals. I drank tea since that wasn’t forbidden, but had to give up m favorite Zevia natural diet soda with stevia. I did grow stevia, however, which I could use when juicing. For the most part, the diet was really simple. I just ate grass-fed beef and meets, eggs, fish, vegetables, nuts, seeds and fruits.
Hunting for my breakfast
The philosophy behind the Paleo Diet is that humans are carnivorous animals. I had trouble eating dinner with my vegetarian friends and family members. However, I focused on eating what could be fished and hunted. For breakfast, I typically enjoyed eggs, vegetables and meat. Now I simply get to add the addition of potatoes. I sometimes eat sprouted grain toast.
Gathering up my supper
The Paleo Diet also incorporates foods that can be gathered, such as fruits eggs, insects, nuts, mushrooms, seeds, herbs, spices, and vegetables. I was able to make a lot of tasty dishes on the Paleo Diet. I made turkey meatballs with spinach in a fruit glaze on a bed of spaghetti squash. In the end, it just wasn’t satisfying to take the potatoes out of the “meat and potatoes” meals.
I would definitely try the Paleo Diet again if I wanted to lose a few quick pounds. However, as a permanent lifestyle the Caveman Diet didn’t work for me as a modern woman.
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