Have you ever started a project with high expectations, only to find out over time you have lost focus and are no longer close to finishing. I am sure you have, so have I. I started this peleo weight journey with a lot of gusto. The main reason is that I know deep down that the caveman diet is the proper way for us too eat. However sometimes life gets in the way. If you are not careful you can get way off track. My work takes me on the road for at least 2 nights a week sometimes 4. I started out with great weight loss intentions but no concrete plan. Not having a plan is the same as starting a trip without a road map or GPS you may reach your destination but you will probably end up lost. Before I knew it I had already regained several pounds and felt like crap. So the question is how do you stay focused on your weight loss goals.
The best way to stay focused on your weight loss goals is to write it down and review it when you wake up and before you go to bed. Tell a friend that you trust to hold your feet to the fire and to not let you off the hook. Make sure before you go to bed each night that you have a plan for exercise and what you will be eating the next day. If you will be traveling decide where you will eat in advance. Most restaurants menus are available online you can review them and pick out the best foods for you. You can also just stop in a grocery store and grab an apple and some nitrate free luncheon meat and a bottle of water. Keep a log of what you eat and review it once a week so you can monitor your progress.
For those of you who have been reading my site, I apologize for not updating the site in over a month. For some reason I fell off of the blog wagon and for a little while the paleo way of eating. Yep apathy and laziness caught up with me. However I am done with that way of living for good. From hear on out I will blog regularly and stay focused on the paleo lifestyle. One good thing about stopping the cave man diet for a while is that it reminded me of how crappy it feels to eat the Standard American Diet (SAD). I put on a few pounds and became more and more lethargic. However once I started eating the correct way again my energy came quickly back to a much better level. Since I have more energy and a few pounds to lose I decided to follow the 60 day insanity workout to get in great shape.
I just completed day 2 of the Insanity workout and it is a butt kicker, but I know that it will be worth the effort in the end. Being 45 years makes it a little harder to do but I am committed to completing the complete challenge. I used to watch the workout infomercial and think they must be in a hot gym to be sweating that much, however after doing the workout in an air conditioned room I can assure you that it will make you sweat.
The Insanity workout comes with a meal plan, which I do not follow. I will stick with the paleo diet and see what results I get at the end of the program. I have so much more energy while following the cave man diet I don’t want to change to a new eating plan because I know eating real food works.
Looking at it the Insanity workout plan from the caveman view it makes sense that a lot of what you do during the workout is what the caveman had to do to survive. Caveman had to run from bigger animals to survive , he had to be able to jump over obstacles and he did all of this without a gym membership . Insanity has you doing all of this and more in a quick less than an hour workout. I will follow the plan for the full 60 days and let you know how it works out. I will periodically update the blog with my weight loss progress and share my views on the Insanity program.
Whenever we hear the word diet, we have a tendency to think of starvation or restriction. Most of us start a diet with a sense of dread. Life is way to short to approach a diet with this attitude. Besides eating paleo is not really a diet it is more of a lifestyle change. When people start a diet it is for a specific period of time, or until they have dropped a certain amount of weight. Then they go back to their old eating habits and regain the weight.We have to have a paradigm shift and quit thinking that we need all of the non caveman diet foods. Instead of starting the paleo diet with dread why not go into it with a great attitude and make it fun. Below are some ways that work for me.
- Trying new foods and recipes. If you are like most people who eat the S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) you are probably not eating a lot of different foods. More than likely you are eating a lot of sandwiches, potatoes, pastas and other unhealthy foods. When you start paleo it can seem impossible to come up with new meals, but once you start to explore you will be amazed at the number of different vegetables, fruit and even meats that you may have not considered before. If you like to cook this can be extremely fun.
- Introduce the diet to your friends. There is a good chance that once you start the caveman diet some of your friends and family will probably make fun of you and try to tell you reasons why the diet is stupid. You can either get mad and defend yourself or you can continue your diet and set the example. once they see the amazing results and health benefits you receive, many will seek out advice from you and improve their health. What can be more fun than helping others achieve their fitness goals?
- Make new friends. Seek out others in your area who are doing paleo. If you can not find anyone in your area, maybe you could start a group. I just typed Paleo and my city into google and several groups popped up. A great place to find paleo eaters is in the crossfit community. Speaking of crossfit this is a great workout program to get you in the best shape of your life.
These are just a few suggestions, there are many more ways to make your paleo journey fun and exciting. The main point is not to go into this way of eating with dread. Instead look at it as a wonderful new journey that will change your health and life for the better.
There is no better time than right this moment to start transforming your life with the caveman diet. Instinctively I think we all know that the paleo eating plan is what our bodies crave. Healthy vegetables and fruit, lean meats good fats, nuts and berries. What more could you ask for? Unfortunately there is a fine line between knowing what we should be doing and actually doing it. A very small percentage of people actually take any responsibility for their health. It is much easier to blame bad genes, our parents, fast food corporations and numerous other excuses. I have decided that the person responsible for my health and overall success in life, is me. I have decided to take charge of my overall fitness and commit to paleo eating at least 80% of the time. I hope you will also take the challenge to regain your health and overall fitness levels.
So what is the best way to go about switching over to the caveman diet? Do you gradually start implementing it or do you go all in? I am very interested to hear your opinion on this. For myself in particular I have to go all in. I quit eating all grains, cut out all soda’s and sweetened drinks and just plunged in. I know of others who gradually wean themselves off of the junk food and that works best for them.
A good tip for those who are just starting to eat Paleo, is to have a written plan. Just like writing down your goals on paper significantly increases your chances of reaching them, writing out your meal plan will help ensure you stick to the plan and succeed. Make your plan detailed as possible. What works best for me is to set down with my wife on Sunday or Saturday and write out every meal we will eat for the following 7 days. That way we can buy exactly what we need and we are prepared for the week. You may be surprised how easy it is to stick to the caveman diet when you are prepared.
Another tip that works great is to not get t0o far off track when you slip up. Let’s face it we are human and from time to time we will eat non paleo foods. The key is to not go hog wild. Have that snack or whatever it is, then at the next meal get back to the correct foods.
However you decide to go about starting your paleo diet there is no time like the present to get started. I look forward to hearing your success stories.
Do you need to lose fat fast? While it is not ideal to drop weight too quickly, there are times when it becomes a necessity. A lot of people would like to get in shape before their vacation, high school reunion or a wedding. The ideal plan would be to start preparing at least six months in advance. The problem is most of us tend to put things off until it becomes a self induced crisis. If you fall into that category these two tips will help you shed some weight quickly and in a healthy way.
1. Completely alter your diet: You need to cut out all processed foods. No sugar period. Sugar spikes your insulin which is counterproductive to weight loss, plus it causes you to be hungry. That is definitely not a good combination if you are trying to lose weight. Cut out all wheat products to include whole grain products. That means no bread of any type. The consumption of wheat products will make some people have inflammation problems because of the gluten. Even if you are not intolerant of gluten cutting out wheat will help you drop the weight more quickly. Monitor your salt intake for best results do not add any salt to your meals, but if you must, use sea salt instead of regular table salt. No Alcohol of any type for the duration of your diet. Not only does alcohol add unnecessary calories but it will also alter your judgment making it easier for you to give into temptations. Eat lots of vegetables, fruits; lean meats to include fish and drink lots of water at least eight glasses a day.Also be sure to get good fats into your system from such foods as olive oil and avocados.
2. Change your workout plan: That is if you have a workout plan at all. Instead of running for hours on end do high intensity cardio. What do mean by high intensity cardio? Instead of long jogs on the treadmill run as fast as you can for thirty seconds followed by one minute at a comfortable pace. Do this for a total of twenty to thirty minutes. Do your cardio in the morning before eating. If you must eat just grab a piece of fruit then hit the treadmill. If you do not have a treadmill then run sprints outside, in fact sprints will probably give you better results. You can adapt almost any cardio to this plan. Try to do the cardio at least five days a week. Be sure to have at least one day of rest in between. Also try to add two or three days of weight lifting into the routine also.
You will be amazed at how quickly you will drop the weight. I just want to warn you that this program is not easy but it does work. As with all workout and diet plans you should consult a physician before beginning, to make sure that your body will be able to handle the program. Good luck on your weight loss journey.
I am dedicated to helping anyone who wants to lose weight. I hope you will start the Paleo diet and improve your health.
Do you realize how much TV the average American watches every week? The numbers I have found according to Neilson is 34 hours a week. What a waste. Do you realize how much better our life’s could be if we decided to do something more productive with this time?
Now before I go any further, I want you to know that I am not preaching. I would be a hypocrite if I did so and I hate hypocrites. For most of my life I have blown that average of 34 hours a week out of the water. I watched at least 5 hours a day on weekdays and probably 8 or more on weekends. All the TV viewing will definitely compromise your weight loss goals. It is hard to amp up your metabolism when you are in a lethargic state.
It is very easy to get lost surfing from one channel to another for hours on end. Have you ever noticed that as soon as you turn on the TV it seems like all of your motivation is just immediately sucked out of you. Sometimes I will set down to watch a show with every intention of finishing it and then going on to a more productive task. Of course after the first show I will watch something else and put off my project till tomorrow. This all comes back to self discipline on my part and for some reason TV always wins.
So what is the solution? For me it is not to cut out TV completely. I really am not at that point yet. What I have found that works best is to have a plan. I will pick out shows that I absolutely want to watch and record them. Before I allow myself to watch them I make sure that I have accomplished all of my goals for the day. That way I can sit down and watch my shows without guilt. I can fast forward so that I generally get all of my viewing done in less than 2 hours. My goal is to cut back even more. After all 2 hours a day works out to 14 hours a week. A lot of things can be achieved if you commit 14 hour a week to it.
I would really enjoy getting some feed back from my readers on this. What do you do in place of TV? How many of you have completely gotten rid of the boob tube? I know a couple of people who have and they do not seem to miss it at all. Not sure if I will ever get to that point.
I started my Paleo journey a little over 6 weeks ago, with the last 4 weeks being fairly strict. I sat down today and thought I would share some of the benefits that I have received so far.
- Lost 18lbs. Yep that is correct 18lbs down in six weeks. For a long time I was stuck at 243lbs. The caveman diet finally got me out of the 240′s and 230′s. I am currently at 225lbs and dropping rapidly. 185lbs here I come.
- New foods. I have always been a picky eater. Actually picky eater would be a major understatement. All I ate throughout my 20′s and most of my 30′s was meat, potatoes and sandwiches. I used to eat bread with everything. So my first thought when I considered the Paleo diet was all of the foods I would have to give up. What I have discovered however is that there are so many new and tasty foods to try and I love it.
- Improved health. Not only has the diet made me feel better but it has helped my family also. My wife and oldest daughter both have psoriasis which is a skin condition that causes red patches and flaking. Once we cut out the wheat products both of their conditions started to improve. However when my mother in law visited we went out for pasta. Within 30 minutes my daughter’s skin began to itch the next day she had a complete break out. That was 3 weeks ago, we have fully committed back to the Paleo way of eating and her skin is almost back to normal. That by far is my number one motivator for continuing the caveman diet.
- Being different is fun. Most people are scared to be different. I look at it in another way. I could follow the standard American diet and be overweight and sick (by the way I did for many years) or I could step it up take charge of my health and set an example for my family at the same time. Besides the Paleo community is growing rapidly so we are not completely on our own.
- Have too plan. Like most people I have drifted through life with out a plan. I would just do the same thing day after day with no regards to where I was going. The motivational speaker Jim Rohn said the problem with drifting is you can’t drift to the top of the mountain, you always drift down. What I have learned while eating the Caveman diet is that I need to have a plan out what I will eat. This has spilled over into other areas of my life, now I plan my day and week ahead of time now so that I know where I am going , this has greatly improved my chances of reaching my goals.
My Paleo journey is still in the infant stages but I plan on following it well into old age. I would love to hear your stories of how the diet has improved your life. Please share in the comments section.
One of my favorite meals is schnitzel. Every since I was stationed in Germany in the 1980′s, I have always loved it. The traditional schnitzel is made with veal, but I have always preferred the pork version. Unfortunately the original recipe calls for flour and bread crumbs. Of course that is not very paleo friendly. Below is a recipe for a paleo friendly version of schnitzel. I hope you enjoy it. Be sure to leave a comment and let me know how your turns out.
The ingredients are simple:
Boneless pork loin chops
Salt and Pepper
The first thing you will need to do is to grind up the pecans in a food processor.
Once you have the nuts ground set them to the side. Next you will hammer the pork until it is fairly thin, using a meat tenderizer mallet. I recommend putting the meat into a ziploc bag before pounding.
Before you tenderize the meat heat a skillet over med high and add enough coconut oil to cover the bottom of the pan and about a 1/4 inch high.You will need to beat the eggs and put them in a container large enough to fit the meat. Also pour a portion of the ground pecan onto a plate. After the meat is tenderized dip it in the beaten eggs and hake off excess moisture. Next dip the meat into the pecans making sure to coat both sides and add to the pan. Fry on both sides until it is golden brown and cooked all the way through.
Remove from pan and let it drain on a plate with paper towels for a minute or two. Squeeze some lemon juice on the top and serve with German mustard. I usually have it with a salad. Enjoy!
I have read and watched many articles and videos explaining the benefits of the Paleo diet. But this video by Dr. Terry Wahls should be enough to convince anyone to give the Paleo diet a shot. This is a very short post because I think the video says it all. She went from MS to healthy in a very short time. Watch the video and let me know what you think. Just click the link below.
Let’s face it we all love to have a snack from time to time. When you eat the S.A.D (standard American diet) it is easy to grab a snack. Just go into any gas station or grocery store and grab one of the sugar laden over processed food products. I did this for years and wondered why I had medical issues and felt lousy all of the time. Now that I have fully committed to the caveman diet those snack options are no longer an option, I can truthfully say that I hardly miss them at all. After eating Paleo for a little over a month my blood sugar is stable and I really do not get periods of intense cravings very often. Of course from time to time I have a snack attack and it is pivotal to have a Paleo friendly snack on hand to keep from cheating. So what are some good go to Paleo friendly snacks, below are some of my favorites.
- Almonds or other nuts. I like to roast raw almonds. To do this I take a pound of raw almonds add 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil and spread them out on a baking sheet. I bake them at 375 degrees for 10 to15 minutes I remove them once they start to darken. Once removed I add a little sea salt. I let them cool and then I portion them out in 1/4 cup portions and place them in ziploc snack bags.
- Boiled eggs. What can be more simple. Just boil some eggs for 10 minutes remove from water and peel. Add a little sea salt or the spices of your choice what ever works for you. A little hot sauce really kicks it up. Once the eggs cool place them in a storage container and refrigerate. If you are on the go place some eggs in a ziploc bag put them in a cooler. You can not get much more primal than eggs, they have tons of protien plus vitamin A and calcium.
- Cut up vegetables. You can not go wrong here just pick some of your favorite vegetables slice them up and take them with you in a plastic container. Many people including myself need something to dip our vegetables in. Some Paleo choices for this are salsa, guacamole, and nut butters.
- Leftovers. If you are making Paleo meals just make bigger portions so that you can portion it out to have quick on the go snacks. For example if you have chicken the night before cook some extra and cut some up for a handful of meat on the go. Nothing will satisfy your appetite longer than a good portion of protein.
Once you develop the habit of preparing Paleo friendly snacks in advance you will not be lost for what to grab on the go.