Week 2 Of Following Paleo

And I’ve become rather obsessed with the scale! It’s been 10 days now since we started following the Paleo diet and I am thrilled with my results… 3.3kg’s down! That’s like almost 7 x 500 g’s tubs of lard melting off of my body in less than two weeks. I’m still feeling really fantastic and my body seems to be functioning better than it has in years!

benefits

These are the changes I’ve noticed this week:

  • Digestion is still better than it has ever been. I always thought I had IBT but I’m more convinced than ever that I’ve had undiagnosed wheat intolerance, the lack of wheat in my diet has made a huge difference to my feeling of well being.
  • I have much more energy during the day and don’t experience that mid afternoon slump but I do find by the evenings I’m tired but sleeping like a log, this is huge for me as I’ve always been a bad sleeper. I ate two cupcakes and a hotdog at a party last weekend and had the worst nights sleep I’ve had in two weeks, I think this somehow relates to elevated insulin levels.
  • My skin looks different. The colour and texture seems to have changed, it’s not as oily as it used to be and looks more hydrated giving it a healthy glow.
  • My  portion sizes are reducing. I’m finding myself needing less food to feel satisfied and can go for longer stretches in-between meals without needing to snack – this obviously relates back to better insulin control. The portion control I’ve really had to work at. It’s been so indoctrinated into me to finish the food on my plate that when I do sit down to eat, I have to remind myself  constantly that when I’ve had enough, it’s ok to leave what’s on my plate.
  • I’m NEVER hungry.

Walter has not faired as well, he has actually gained 1.5kg’s in the last 10 days. But after some research this morning, it would seem he is way more sensitive to hidden carbs in certain fruits and we’re going to have to watch his fruit intake a little more closely. He can still eat fruit but he needs to make better fruit choices.

Many of you have emailed me asking about a diet plan. Well, there isn’t one. You need to read up as much as you can, google Paleo diets, follow some Paleo related Twitter handles and find what works best for you. We have chosen to follow a modified version of Paleo which does include dairy but I though I’d give you some idea’s of what I’m eating in an average day:

Breakfast:

Fruit salad (papaya, pomegranate, blue berries, strawberries) with a handful of raw almonds and a table spoon of full cream Greek yoghurt

Or

An omelette with tomato and cheese filling

Or

Scrambled or boiled eggs with cold meat

Snack:

Biltong

Lunch:

Usually left overs from the night before

Dinner:

Meat (chicken, steak, fish) all uncrumbed but cooked in the method of our choice – usually roasted or grilled. Salad with feta cheese and Avo or Olives or Roasted butternut and beetroot salad served on a bed of spinach, or any veggies, aside from potatoes, rice etc.

Tea/Coffee: served with full cream milk and no sugar

Sometimes if I’m feeling like something nice to eat after dinner while watching TV I’ll eat a spoon of Woolies no sugar added peanutbutter.

You can also download this free e-book which contains a Paleo shopping list to help get you started – Paleo Shopping List

I’ve also cut back on my wine intake and am not only enjoying a couple of glasses bottles over the weekends and not drinking during the week, I’m pretty sure that this has also impacted on my weight loss.

I measured my BMI this morning… I’m officially obese! But I’m feeling so motivated at the moment and I have set myself a goal of trying to drop another 14kg’s by Christmas…. wish me luck!

September 28, 2012
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8 Comments

  • Reply blackhuff

    I’m thrilled for your part as well. There’s nothing that makes one feel so good about yourself, than dropping those kilos.
    We’re here to support you till you drop those 14kgs.
    Well done on what you’ve done so far.

    September 28, 2012 at 10:53 am
  • Reply NickiD

    Totally following it now too … need to be bikini-ready for Mauritius!!!

    September 28, 2012 at 11:02 am
  • Reply CharlieW

    Well done! 3.3 is awesome!

    September 28, 2012 at 11:03 am
  • Reply Tash

    I need to lose 9kg but every time I get into a gym routine I get sick! Will research Paleo over the weekend and start on Monday!

    And well done for the fantastic start!!! 🙂

    September 28, 2012 at 11:25 am
  • Reply Juanita

    Well done! 3.3 kg in 10 days is awesome, you can be very proud of yourself!!

    September 28, 2012 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply Kathy

    Well done Sharon! All the best for losing the next 14k’gs. You have inspired many women!

    September 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply Sian

    Thats awesome. Well done!!

    September 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm
  • Reply TJ

    Well Done, Sharon! May you get those 14kgs down by Christmas. If my current plan of action doesn’t work, I may opt for your choice of diet and see if it works. My body seems to be on strike and nothing seems to be working.

    September 29, 2012 at 7:29 pm
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