To Paleo or Not To Paleo??

So… the wife and I aren’t what we used to be.  After 20 years of military service for me, and a major abdominal surgery for her, we ain’t exactly in the best shape of our lives.  We have made the decision to try to improve, we go to the gym about 4 nights a week doing both cardio and weight training.  Then I found this “Paleo Diet” thing.  This page has is a good beginners guide.  Basically it’s about seriously reducing your carb intake, eating more meats and veggies. I don’t have a real problem with that until you get into the nitty-gritty.  No legumes (beans and peanuts), no white potatoes, no rice, no dairy.  And hardest for me, NO BEER!!!!  Good god!  What will I drink all weekend???

We’ve been at it about 2 weeks now, and haven’t seen much changes physically (although my blood pressure dropped to 80/50, causing me to have to wear a heart monitor for a day – I do have a history of afib).  I went so far as to order some “paleo acceptable” cheese, rice and bread.  Don’t bother, some the worst tasting stuff I have ever put in my mouth (and that includes Army food).

So we came to a decision.  We are watching the carbs very closely.  No potato chips, no white rice and very little breads (I’ll switch to a healthier wrap to make my sandwiches).  But, we’re not throwing stuff away just because it’s not the “allowed” list.  I still have a red rice mix that we all enjoy, so we will continue to use that.  And I am doing my best to cut my beer intake down.  Honestly you just can’t take a twenty year six-pack a day habit and just drop it over night.  Right now I’m at the two to three each weekday evening level.  Weekends are still tough.

Some of my favorite places to get ideas for paleo recipes:

  • Stupid Easy Paleo  Steph Gaudreau hs some the easiest and best recipes around.  You can find her on Twitter here.
  • The Paleo Babe  Her Twitter account is here.
  • Mel Joulwn – Well Fed  This is one that started it for.  We have all three of her cookbooks.  We use them all the time and make our own variations and substitutions as needed.  A big plus is she answers her emails and contact form from her page! She also has a Twitter account here.

There are many more resources available on line as well.  Just Google whatever protein you have and add paleo recipe (for example “paleo shrimp recipe”).  I did that last night and found a great coconut shrimp dish.  There were no leftovers.

So all in all, we’re still not 100% sure about paleo. We’re working th best we can and set a 30 day trial period to see what happens.  Even if we don’t stay completely on the paleo track, I think we’ll keep some of the habits and eventually get healthier.

Hope you enjoyed this ramblin’ post.  Lunch time is over so back to work.



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