Family Fitness: Deconstructing Diets, Paleo Edition!

Posted by Bert on 6/13/2013 to Family Fitness
Welcome to week 1 of our Deconstructing Diets series! My hope for this series is to give you the easy, 1-2-3 basics of a few of the paleo,diet,fitness,healthpopular diets that are out there. I'll try not to get too scientific or wordy with these posts; I know I hate reading lengthy explanations and medical jargon.

We're looking at the Paleo Diet today and I have to admit it's a favorite of mine. Why?

It's really pretty easy to follow when you keep this in mind: Did a caveman eat this?

That's right; the Paleo Diet is also known as the "Caveman Diet" because it's all about eating the foods that cavemen ate. That means no processed goodies, very little to no carbohydrates (only those found in fruit and vegetables are okay), no grains (good bye bread!), no dairy, no legumes and most definitely no refined sugars. The claim is that our bodies are wired to eat this way since it's how things were done before the agricultural revolution. I'm not sure if I buy into the science part of this with our genetics handling this way of eating better than others but I do think that because of its low carb nature the possibility of losing weight is very high.

One of our Diaper Junction fans, wanted to know if this diet was safe to do while breastfeeding. I'm not a Paleo dietician (nor am I any kind of dietician) so here's the link to the article that I found answering this question. Paleo Plan - Q & A Breastfeeding While Starting Paleo

I found some great sites about the Paleo Diet, as well as awesome well-researched articles, on it.

Paleo Plan: Paleo Plan Food Guide

US News: Best Diets - Paleo - This is an overview, quick read on eating Paleo, as well as a few reviews from those who have done it.

Web MD: Review of the Paleo Diet

Paleolithic Diet: Infographic - DJ fan, Jillian, sent me this easy to read and fun to look at infographic on the premise of the Paleo Diet.

Balanced Bites: Practical Paleo Tear Out Guides - Jillian also said that she and her husband printed these guides out so that they could use them as quick references.

They Call Me Oystergirl: What Paleo Means to Me - Our pal, Julie, found this gem of inspiration.

So after a quick read through, what do you think about the Paleo Diet? Have you ever followed the Paleo Diet or are you currently doing so? If so, tell us your tips!

Bio: Bert is a stay at home mom of two, wife to college sweetheart, and what she calls a "semi-crunchy" mama. After four years of being overweight related to pregnancies, Bert submitted a video entry into a local Biggest Loser type of fitness challenge; she was chosen and lost 25% of her body weight in 90 days. She blogs at FirstTimeMom about everything from cloth diapers, parenting, life and her recent passion with health and fitness.

Comments

Date 6/14/2013
Kaitie Donahue
I've always been intrigued by the Paleo diet, I might have to try it to help loose this baby weight!
Date 6/16/2013
Lily Ivey
This diet makes complete sense to me. We are just having a difficult time implementing it. We can't seem to give up the grains. I just need to sit down and make a menu to really get us started. Thanks for the links!
Date 6/20/2013
Kim Hendricks
Thanks for all the info & links! I am trying to get a plan together for after baby #2 arrives this fall & hadn't heard of this one before. I will be reading more into it!
Date 6/23/2013
Sarah Jane
I have not followed this diet myself, but know several people who do and have great success in shedding weight. Those who do follow it, tend to maintain eating this way, so they don't seem to gain much {if any} weight.
Date 6/26/2013
sophia gugliemelli
I love the paleo diet...I love it so much I don't even consider it a diet. My whole house is pretty much on the paleo except occasionally having something with gf grains. I chose paleo because we pretty much are all paleo anyways..my daughter and I can only eat gluten free, my husband loves steak, my son is not even a year and I don't believe in giving cereals or grains until over a year because of lack of enzymes to digest. Other than eating all organic paleo has been the best choice for my bod

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