So, we started the Paleo eating plan (I refuse to use the word diet), about three weeks ago. Surprisingly there has been very little change. We did at the beginning state they would not be following the plan 100%. There were just too many changes to make all at once. Chances are our biggest problems have been too many carbs (see picture above) and not enough fats. But with all dairy products removed from our eating habits we found it almost impossible to get enough fat.
After some more research, I believe we were actually following the Keto plan a bit closer. Click here for more info on what Keto is. Of course our biggest problem is going to be carbs. Since diary is allowed on this plan, it will be easier to get the fats to close to the proper proportions. Fruit will an issue. Blending the several “Keto Friendly” charts I’ve found, the only true fruit you can anytime is avocado. Not my favorite. I can hide it dishes and be OK with it, but I can’t just eat a slice of it. It’s a texture thing. I’m sure you understand. Berries are acceptable occasionally, but that doesn’t matter since I really don’t care for most berries (strawberries and raspberries are just plain evil to me). And worst of all? No tropical fruits. Dude! I live in Florida! All the stuff I like the best are out! Mangoes? Nope! Pineapple? Nope! Bananas? Nope! And I need the potassium to help with night-time leg cramps. Papayas? Nope! Damn I have a nice papaya tree in my yard too. Not even cherries?!?!? So I don’t even get fruit the one month each year it’s available. This just plain sucks.
What about carbs? The plan says to limit your carb intake to about 20g a day. Well, I’ve already drank my allotment for today. And maybe the month. But none the less, I plan on ramping up my exercise routine to help compensate. Hopefully I can build some muscle on this scrawny body and increase my metabolism some. Doubtful, but I’m going for it anyway.
And in case you’re wondering, when I retired from the Army in 1995 I weighed about 165 with an approximation 15% body fat. Now I’m about 210 with roughly 30% body fat (and that’s a conservative estimate).
I have an app on my phone to help calculate macros and exercise and track my progress. If all goes well, next month will be a good follow-up. But don’t be surprised if I haven’t made much progress. I don;t have much will power.
Feel free to share your weight/exercise thoughts below. I welcome your comments.