Back to Basics

So as mentioned yesterday, today is the first day of change. Somehow right after saying this the though of “Yes We Can!” came to mind (thanks Obama), and oh look …  a little image to go along with this feeling:

Yes We Can

I am so ready to get back to the routine and especially down to a weight that is sustainable for me. Looking online for different motivational pep talks,  I came across this weight-loss calendar that I will most likely do tonight and post up on my bare wall in our bedroom. That way I see it every morning when I wake up, and every night when I go to bed.

My Future Workout Calendar

I will also be posting up every Saturday, the meal plan for the next week. Since I spend most of the week looking through a variety of Paleo blogs, Saturdays are usually the days I make up my mind of what we will be eating for the next 7 days, and when I have time to go to the store.

So you might be asking yourself what the hell is this chick talking about when she says she is going to star the Paleolithic diet. Well, here is my take on the Paleo diet. Please note, that all my information comes from reading Dr. Cordain’s The Paleo Diet book and a variety of Paleo blogs that are out there.

Important information to know about going Paleo

According to Dr. Cordain, following the the paleolithic diet, once you get the hang of things, is quite simple. Notice I say, once you get the hang of things. If you are used to eating pasta and rice in all of your meals, it might be super hard for you to just quit cold turkey. I really don´t care if it’s hard … this is something I NEED to do for me and my health.

This being said lets start with the no-nos:

  • Processed foods
  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Soy
  • Added sugar
  • Dairy
  • Alcohol
  • Potatoes
  • Vegetable oil

So what is left to eat then?

  • Meat (chicken, beef, etc)
  • Fish and seafood
  • Eggs
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts and seeds

What To Eat

These are the things I will be avoiding/eating until I get back to my ideal weight of 68,2 kilos (150 pounds). Once I hit this mark, maybe I will incorporate back in some pasta, rice, and sweets (aka chocolate) to my weekly menus (maybe once or twice a week and only for lunch). Who knows?

Benefits

So you might be asking yourself WHY put myself through all of these changes in diet? Well here is a list of health benefits that are associated with this diet:

  • Weight loss
  • Higher insulin sensitivity
  • Lowered Blood Pressure
  • High cardiovascular health
  • Improved glucose tolerance
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Cures Acne
  • Increased life span
  • Reduction in infectious diseases

All of this sounds perfect to me. I am so excited and ready to start it’s not even funny.

So that’s that for today. Hope you found it informational today. I will start with the food posts tomorrow (including today’s lunch and the menu for the rest of the week).

Stay tuned … and have a wonderful day!

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