Also...I could be wrong, but I also think going too low of carbs can be problematic for anyone with thyroid or adrenal issues. Not sure if you are dealing with any of that, but it is something t keep in mind. I know that what weight I have gained back this last year are strictly stress related. Not that I'm obese, but I have gained some. The only thing that changed in the last year and a half was the stress of dealing with what life has been throwing at me. I can only imagine how much I would have gained if I hadn't been still trying to eat clean. I can say that right now I am gaining weight, but the waist is staying the same. Shirts are getting tighter in the back, shoulders, and arms, but I'm OK with that. I don't mind that weight.
No thyroid or adrenal problems here and maybe I have fixed myself enough over three years Primal to make higher carb okay for me. My issue is hormonal. Once a month I fight a binge beast. Some months I win, most I don't.
I gave VLC a very good run a year ago. after about 2 months, I developed severe mood issues. The day I thought, "They'd all be better off without me." was the day I dumped VLC for good. I scared the hell out of myself. I am adding back my 1 potato and 2 fruits per day. I work out 5 days a week. It is better for me to lose slower, but feel better and binge less.
My main reason for going Paleo is to force myself to dump dairy and artificial sweeteners due to hormonal response.
Thanks for the input.
I think Mark Sisson should be marketing these.
Oh, that's excellent! I want one!
And just think of the possibilities... in the winter, you could make it of ice, and go ice skating! Use snow, and cross-country ski!
So, today at work a co-worker asked me for fitness advice. Basically, she is going on vacation in the spring and wants to look better in her bathing suit. She's very over weight(obese to be honest). She wanted to know if I thought she could exercise to "tone up" in a few weeks. My short answer was "No." I tried explaining that her body composition, especially early on, will depend more on what she eats than what she does. My advice was to stop eating crap and focus on REAL food. And yes, in the beginning limiting crabs, especially the refined grain based ones(she eats a lot of pasta and pizza). I recommended that she baby step her way in if going cold turkey on all her favorite foods was intimidating. As far as activity goes, I said she should start by trying to take her dog for a long walk every day. I didn't figure it was a good idea to tell someone to go from zero activity to trying to kill it in the gym over night.
I've never actually mentioned "Paleo" or "Primal" to her, but she does know my stance on gluten. I'll ease everyone into full-blown paleo. So...was this decent advice to get someone pointed in the right direction?
I'd also like to say that remembering where I was when I first started this whole Paleo/Primal thing, it is a little strange being the guy people now turn to for this kind of advice.
That was well done. It probably took a lot of courage for her to ask for advice. I hope she takes it.
Dave, it sounds like perfect advice to me. You might also want to point her to a couple of helpful web sites that don't say "paleo", like westonaprice.org which for some reason is not loading on my computer at the moment... And of course Mark's blog and the "Start Here" link. The success stories might help convince her, too.
And if she's a pizza addict, give her this link: Pepperoni Meatza Recipe - Allrecipes.com
And tell her about spaghetti squash if she wants pasta! Pasta was the last thing my Sweetie gave up, but once I started using spaghetti squash and making zoodles, he's a convert!
My youngest daugher gave me a spiralizer for Christmas, and I love it! Makes great zoodles out of zucchini, and it wasn't very expensive.
Goldie...how could I have forgotten about MEATZA!!!
5 rounds as fast as possible of -
20 push-ups, 10 pull-ups, 30 squats
I was going to go in to the gym, but home stuff had to come first. I did want to get something in, and this was pretty tough.
I really miss kettlebells, and can't wait for spring