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Paleo diet

Whilst the physique of the characters above don’t really represent the idea behind the Paleo diet, I enjoyed the joke and felt the ‘hunter-gatherer’ nature thing was relevant for the diet, as it is based upon more natural ways of eating (long before agriculture became the norm).

Whilst out on a walk recently, I was talking to my boyfriend about how annoying it was that I felt I was working out and eating fairly cleanly but not really seeing any results.

Now firstly I need to explain that I’m definitely an instant results kind of person. I throw myself into a plan, be it for a couple of weeks, a month and a half, and when I don’t instantly see mega changes I become disheartened and disillusioned. I imagine I’m not the only one that feels this way though….

As a result of one of these conversations, my long-suffering and ever-awesome boyfriend suggested that I try some weight training if I wanted to see quicker results, and pointed me towards the following article on Nerd Fitness.

I read through, was inspired by Staci‘s story, and thought, ‘what the heck’ I’ll give it a try. If you want to know more about my journey into strength training, read here.

If you take the time to read through some of Nerd Fitness, you’ll also see that they’re very pro-Paleo, so, after doing a bit of research and looking into my options I decided to give it a bash. In very simple terms, this is the gist of my understanding of the allowed and not allowed.

In fitting with natural eating from yonder years, you should eat:

-Protein

-Vegetables

-Fruits

-Nuts

As they are a less natural (and less beneficial to your body) source of energy, only developed after agriculture and convenience food commenced, you should avoid:

Refined produce of any kind (including but not exclusive to; sweets, crisps, donuts, cereal bars, pizza, fizzy drinks etc.)

Grains

Dairy (other than in infancy)

(If you want a more in-depth explanation, which I’d highly recommened if you were considering taking this on yourself, I’d suggest reading The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson or The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet by Robb Wolf.) I’m right at the start of this, but I’ll keep you updated on the progress. Here are some of the things I’ve been eating.

Breakfast: Pepper and onion omelette– clean and dice 2 peppers (I used green and red) and 2 red onions (you could use  spring, white…whatever you fancy) and chuck in the pan with a little olive oil. Cook off until slightly soft (about 5 mins) then add 6 eggs. Cook untill the egg has set at the bottom, then grill on top until the top and all the way through is set (about 5 mins each). I then cut into three portions; one for my boyfriend and I to eat and one for tomorrow.

Snacks: Carrot sticks, handful almonds (with the skin on!), fruit, fruit smoothie (we buy frozen fruit, add a combination to a container, fill with water and whizz up in the blender), boiled eggs.

Just as a note, these are potential snacks that I have had some of and may have in the future,  haven’t nommed them all down in one day 😉 Not that I couldn’t if I was going to the gym too!

Main Meals:

Quorn sausage, avocado, sugar snap peas, spring onion and ‘sweet and crunchy’ salad mix. (I’m not sure if the Quorn produce is strictly Paleo-approved, please let me know if you’re clearer, but this is how I get some of my protein and so that’s what I’m sticking with!)

Roasted Salmon, mashed sweet potato and runner beans. (whenever I’m cooking Salmon, I wrap it in a little foil parcel and bake for 20 minutes or 25 if it’s frozen, I’ve found that it keeps it really moist and stops it drying out that way! It’s also nice to put baby sweetcorn, mangetout and chilli in as the steam from the salmon cooks the veg and it’s all juicy and delicious.)

These are some ideas that I’ve had and tried so far, I’ll add another post when I have some other inspiration.

 

 

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