I had to examine myself very thoroughly to find the right path personally.
Many years ago I followed the Atkins low carb plan and had good success with it. The science behind the diet made sense to me. The problem I had with the Atkins diet was that low carb treat foods were allowed. Most of these foods were highly processed and ultimately unsatisfying to me.
This summer, when I began my journey to health I looked at low carb as an option again. I decided to do a real food low carb approach, avoiding low carb candy, syrups, and artificial sweeteners. I did continue to eat “healthy” whole grain low carb tortillas.
One of the first things I did was find a low carb forum to hang out on. I ended up on The Livin’ La Vida Low Carb Forum On the forum, I learned about Gary Taubes and his book, Why We get Fat and What to Do About It I found the book fascinating. It piqued my interest and I began to read everything I could find on Nutrition and Metabolism. If this is a topic you are interested in, here’s the web site for the Nutrition and Metabolism Society
I also heard about Jimmy Moore’s podcast. The Livin’ La Vida Low Carb Show . This podcast has an array of guests in the low carb, Paleo, nutrition and fitness areas. It’s very professionally done. Listening to some of the guests focused my interest on the Paleo Solution and Primal Blueprint .
Both of these books discuss the growing Ancestral Health movement. They prescribe a method of health optimization by changing dietary and lifestyle habits to approximate those of our hunter/gatherer forebears. The two suggested programs are very similar, and I felt they had a lot of merit.
On August 15th, I began the 30 Day Paleo Challenge. I have been steadily losing weight, and looking and feeling better. I don’t generally tell people I am eating Paleo. It’s not a diet that is well understood by many. It goes against the conventional wisdom (CW) of eating low-fat, with lot’s of “healthy” whole grains. The CW didn’t work for me, and clearly it’s not working for a lot of Americans. If I get asked about the dietary changes I have made, I tell people that I am trying to eat locally grown meats and produce, and avoiding processed foods. There’s not a lot in that description that people can pick apart and argue with.
I am very curious to see how far I can go with improving my body composition and my health by following this lifestyle. I’ve seen a lot of good results for men, and younger women. I’ve not seen many for women in my 50-something age group. I’m sure they are out there, but I have not located them yet. My life is busy and my research time is limited. For now, I’ll be conducting my n=1 study of the effects of the Paleo lifestyle on this post-menopausal woman..
Coming Tomorrow: My recipe for Paleo Thai Curry