Do you want to look and feel great this Christmas? Why not take on a new lifestyle that will help you not only feel better and healthier, but will help you loose weight and improve your body image at the same time?
But before you consider this, please consider this -what I speak of is NOT a diet! It is not a 6 week detox after which you binge on all the bad foods again, because obviously doing so will undo all that good work!
The Paleo Diet is a lifestyle that mimics the eating habits and hunter gather ways of our ancestors -
it is a commitment to a new healthier lifestyle and way of life where grains, dairy, legumes, sugar and processed foods are restricted, and real, whole foods are eaten in abundance.
Now, before you loose your head and think "WTF WILL I eat"? The answer is unlimited amounts of beautiful healthy foods like red meat, fish and chicken ,veggies, fruit, nuts and good fats is what!
If you are new to Paleo it CAN be overwhelming and confusing. I myself am reasonably new to it too, having only started my new way of eating in July - but I already feel brilliant, have lost 12lbs, almost 6 inches from my waist and a better outlook on diet and nutrition. And I truly believe YOU can do it too!
The best way to start Paleo is to do as much research as possible for a couple of weeks prior to starting and then do a Whole30 challenge - Whole9's original program designed to change your life in 30 days.
Check out their website on www.whole9life.com where they describe their plan as ;
"Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, calm systemic inflammation and put an end to unhealthy cravings, habits, and relationships with food and eating".
The plan is a strict 30 day kick start to Paleo and helps prepare your gut for longterm Paleo ways.
So the basic fundamentals of the diet are to NOT eat the following foods:
- Grains; including wheat, rye, spelt, corn, millet, rice and quinoa
- Dairy: including cows, goats or milk's milk, cheese, cream, yogurts or sour cream
- No sugars, processed or otherwise including honey, maple syrup or stevia. (once the Whole30 is over you may use these in moderation, but for this challenge they are not allowed)
- No legumes including beans of all types (black, baked, kidney) or peas, lentils and peanuts. No peanut butter either or soy sauce and products.
- No alcohol (you may decide to reintroduce this after the Whole30)
- No White Potatoes.
Also two other points:
1. Do not try to create Paleoised versions of your old favourites. Many people make Paleo pizza, paleo bread etc, and these are all fine in moderation after the Whole30, but not during. They are seen as a bad replacement, and not real foods in the grand scheme of things.
2. No stepping on the scales - AT ALL for the 30 days!!
So, are you ready to try this 30 day challenge and stepping stone towards a new outlook on food and life?
Join me from 1st to 30th November and do one thing to finish 2011 feeling and looking great while eating delicious foods!
Email me if you think you might want to join in or contact me on facebook!
I am by no means an expert but I will help in any way I can!