When is the last time you really thought about the food you eat and how it makes you feel? Most of the time, we’re so busy that we barely have time to eat, let alone analyze what we’ve eaten. I won’t bore you with all the scientific data (you can find all that on the web). But stay with me for just a bit.I want to share some food-for-thought (pun intended!) on a diet plan that gives me a great deal of energy. And it allowed me to drop 30 pounds in just a few months.
The Early Days
When I was a kid, I was a big eater. I could eat all day and night and never gain a pound. My grandma would always say to me, “Where do you put all that food? You must have a hollow leg!”I’m about 5’9” tall. When I started college (back in 1980) I weighed 140 pounds. Seven years later, when I got married, I was at 145. Oh, the magic of a high metabolism.
Fast-forward at forty-eight years old, my metabolism was supported by a daily dose of Synthroid. I have an enlarged Thyroid gland that doesn’t work very well. Even with the help of modern medicine, I had ballooned to what the BMI chart indicated was in the ‘obese’ area. Pathetic. I weighed in at 225 pounds. It was August when I reconnected with a friend of mine. He had suffered from weight gain issues for several years and had tried ALL the diets out there. Ed recently started the Paleo diet and was having great success. He said he had high energy levels and could eat some really good food. It was a high-protein, low-carb diet. Ed suggested I do some research and gave me the titles of a couple books and websites to check out. I did my homework and was very impressed with what I learned. I decided to give it a shot. Diet plans? Yes, I’ve tried many of them: The Atkins Diet, Weight Watchers, and Nutri System to name just a few. And frankly, they all work – as long as you follow the plan and STAY on the plan.
My New Food Plan
In summary, the Paleo diet is easy, tasty and it works for me. There are a ton of food choices allowed on the plan: lean meats, eggs, most fruits and vegetables, and oils (in moderation). The restrictions are these: no bread, pasta, sugar, potatoes, legumes (beans and peas) or processed food. No dairy products, corn, or rice. No foods containing salt (like hot dogs, bacon, and ketchup). You can find a comprehensive list of approved and non-approved foods on this website.Within just a few days of following the plan, I honestly felt better than I had in a long time. My energy level was much higher and I dropped three pounds. All within the first week. Over the next few months, I lost a total of 30 pounds. I began a running program and that helped too. I wasn’t training for a 5K or anything, but it felt good to get outside and exercise. Even with food-filled Thanksgiving and Christmas tossed in, I was able to behave and kept the weight off. Then, it happened.I got lazy. I simply went back to my old ways. And gained almost all the weight back that I’d lost.
Taking my own advice, it’s time to get back on track. I just returned from vacation. My family spent last week in Carolina Beach, North Carolina. We had a fantastic time. Those North Carolinians can sure cook up a great barbeque (pork). Their hush puppies and coleslaw are worth writing home about, too. On one of our long walks into town, we stopped at used book store and I bought Holy Smoke – The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue. Along with the food-facts and lore, the book includes lots of recipes. Okay, I digress. Sorry about that. While vacation time has ended, the return to the Paleo diet is just beginning. It’s time to get back on the wagon. I’m ready for high-energy and weight loss.
It’s All About Choices
I’m not a doctor and I’m not preaching a diet sermon here. I simply want to share my experience with you. Perhaps you’re looking for some help with your food plan. If so, I challenge you to check out the Paleo plan. It might be a good choice for you.