Seems like an ideal way to eat and live.
The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet
Chris Jaronsky @ 2010-12-24
The Paleo Solution is a no-brainer for me, after all I have been called a "caveman" at different times in my life. I also had to write a 1,000 word essay when I was 10 years old because my mother said I ate like a neanderthal. And my mother still likes to break out that essay around holiday time when she has a large audience. But I am getting off topic here, the point of this book is we evolved a certain way, so we need to live a life that is similar to the way we evolved.
I have always believed we need to eat the way we evolved. Eat the way your ancestors ate and you should be fine, right? So I was looking for some guidance, and found this book. I also came across
Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss
by Dr Joel Fuhrman. I read both books together and they worked very well for me explaining why my current diet was bad for my health. Dr Furhman talks more along the lines of extreme protection and reversing heart disease, and Robb Wolf talks more along the lines of the diet and exercise program you should follow if you are not "one cheeseburger away from a heart attack"
Both of these books explain why a wheat and grain based diet will cause problems for your health. Both encourage the eating of veggies and fruits, and get you to avoid sugar, rice, and processed food. Imagine that, processed food is bad for us? That certainly can explain all the overweight and unhealthy people I come across every day. Basically the plan is to eat lean meats, lots of veggies, some fruit, nuts, and exercise regularly. The exercise program is more based on how we evolved, lots of relaxing down-time peppered with bouts of sprinting and weight-bearing exercises. That is how the cavemen did it, and that sounds good to me because running on pavement for hours at a time does not even remotely sound like fun to me. Plus when is the last time you saw a marathoner that actually looked healthy? Is it just me or do those people look like they just stepped out of a cancer ward?
The two books compliment each other very well. If you are having major challenges in the heart disease area, get both books. Eat Dr Furhmans diet and do the Paleo exercises. Once you get to a more stable place use both books for food recommendations. Both books together is the way to go for me, because they explained similar things from different angles and I was able to understand them much better.
Ok, now for the results portion. I followed the diets of both books and cut out all processed sugar, wheat products, and everything processed. let me tell you the first three days were brutal. I had headaches and I never get headaches. I felt tired and just overall felt very run-down. I guess my body was adjusting to not having those foods in it anymore. Then the morning of the fourth day I woke up feeling fantastic! I was exploding with energy. This went on for about two weeks. It was great, I was getting plenty of exercise and even sleeping much better. Then I got very busy at work, was out of town for a few days and slipped back to my old diet. I could notice a difference, I did not feel as good and had less energy.
Currently I am sometimes eating wheat products. But for the most part I eat a lot of veggies and lean meats. I have been exercising a lot and I really feel good. The diets are not restrictive, and once you get used to it they are pretty easy to follow.
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