Carb Counters - Paleo Diet anyone?

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07-20-2011, 02:12 PM
Hello. I am new to this board, but am not new to the low carb way of eating. I have done Atkins in the past and really liked it, and honestly know that this lifestyle of eating is the best for me. I fell off the wagon though over the winter/spring and gained back about ten pounds. I need to get focused again and my goal is to lose at least another 25 lbs.

I have been reading about the Paleo diet. Can you give me your thoughts and experiences for those that have tried and liked it and even those that have not? Thanks a ton!

07-21-2011, 01:40 PM
This is day 2 of my low carb paleo plan. So far so good. I don't know much more about it, except I've read that this way of eating is better for you. I think processed food just makes you crave more processed foods. And since I've been eating protein and a few healthy carbs (like veggies and fruit), I feel back in control of things.

Let me know if you continue this plan. It always helps to have more people doing it together.

07-21-2011, 07:34 PM
It is great I highly recommend it. I miss some foods and do allow them on a cheat day.

07-22-2011, 02:13 PM
Day 3 of low carbing it, and feeling great!

Celrae, love your avatar!

07-22-2011, 02:49 PM
Well this is day 6 of being OP for Paleo and I am really liking it. Day 3-5 I felt drained, very tired, and have heard that is expected. I have followed a low carb plan before, but never felt that drained. I agree that the processed foods are just no good for you. When I heard about this diet it just made sense to me. I actually have show dogs and have always fed them a "natural" diet of nothing but meat and veggies, etc. So it makes sense for me to eat that way as well!
I definitely want to keep this thread going. Would love to share ideas, experiences, etc on this plan. I have not weighed in yet since my first initial weigh in and first day OP. I will try to just weigh once a week for a while and am sure crossing my fingers that I see some improvement!

07-22-2011, 04:01 PM
Just to let you know, I have energy, Thank God. I'm not sure if it's the Vitamin B pill I take every morning or a small cup of coffee that I've had. But I do feel great. I'm a little nervous about my birthday next Wed. We're spending the night in a hotel (combining my birthday with our anniversary), and I may have birthday cake. But other than that, I'm going to try my darndest to be good. I really want to get this weight off!

Peaches, tell me more about your show dogs. Are they the ones in your avatar? What exactly is invoved in showing your dogs? I think this is fascinating! I love dogs. All the best to you!

07-25-2011, 01:21 PM
Well after one week of eating Paleo and adding running/walking to my routine, I have gained a pound. Very frustrated, very depressed. Will keep plugging along and hoping it pays off, but was really, really hoping to see some sort of a drop this week.

Tyla, yes the dogs in my Avatar are my two babies. They are BullMastiffs. Rosie, on the right, is my girl, she is going to be 8 years old. She was an awesome show dog in her prime and has since been retired. Stanley, the one on the left is going to be 4. He was shown quite bit, has his Champion title and even got invited to Westminster and Eukenuba while he was showing. I still hit a show with him every now and then but for the most part they are just my spoiled pets now. Have you ever seen the shows on TV? That is what we do.

07-25-2011, 02:55 PM
Peaches, keep going! To heck with the scale. If you feel better and you probablly look better, too, then keep going.

Thanks for the info re: your dogs. Congrats to you and them!

I'm a little more flexible about this paleo diet. I'm eating meat, veggies, fruit and Dairy. Have to have my yogurt! So, I'm not expecting a big drop. Just happy if I can eat less processed foods and heavier carbs.

07-25-2011, 07:36 PM
Tyla, have you been doing Paleo the entire time you have been losing weight? I just noticed your ticker, you are totally my inspiration! You started at what I weigh now and are down where I would give just about anything to be! Please share more with me and tell me what you are doing, etc. And thanks so much for the words of encouragement. I will stick with it, just frustrated at the moment.

07-25-2011, 10:56 PM
Peaches, I have been counting calories the whole time. I've been eating approximately 1400 cals. I also exercise everyday and drink at least 8 glasses or more of water. I actually reached my goal last year, and then I started to fool around. What a mistake! Now I'm trying to mix things up a bit, so I'll start dropping lbs. again. They want to hang on for some reason. (I guess the reason is that I screw up every-once-in-a-while.)

I thought a lower carb plan might help. It seems to make me feel fuller and in control. I'll keep that up for a while. I did great today!! I'm a very slow loser, so it's all about patience with me. I only try to get on the scale once a week, sometimes less. I, too, get frustrated when I work so hard not to see much of a change on the scale.

I know you will reach your goal. You just have to hang in there and keep at it. I tell you when I reached my goal, there was nothing like it. So, I wish you the best of luck. You will get there!


07-29-2011, 10:58 AM
I went Primal (Paleo's cousin!) a couple of months ago and have never looked back. I started exercising 11 weeks ago, lost 7 lb in 5 weeks, then went Primal and have lost a further 15 lbs. So, 22lbs in 11 weeks so far. Feeling (and looking) better than ever!

There is plenty of science to back Paleo/Primal up and it's all down to nasty carbohydrates. The body doesn't NEED them in the same way the body needs protein and fat. When we eat carbs they are turned to glucose (sugar) by our body, which then pushes the sugar into the bloodstream for distribution around the body. What can't be stored in muscles and the liver is stored in fat cells. So, quite simply, CARBS = FAT STORAGE.

Keep up the good work with Paleo and maybe take a look at going Primal, which involves a whole lifestyle shift rather than just diet.

07-29-2011, 12:14 PM
I am going back to paleo eating starting today. I have always felt my best on this plan and it works with calorie counting which I also love.
Heading to the kitchen now for a big glass of water and I am tossing out whatever grains (and other crap) is in there (the kitchen).

07-29-2011, 06:44 PM
Hi Peaches,

Welcome and don't give up! If you want to read more, you could check out some of the links in my sig. We used to have a really active primal/paleo thread, but I think many of us migrated over to Mark's Daily Apple forum (at least that's what happened to me).

I feel 100% sure that the way I'm eating is the healthiest way to eat ... I'm about 16 months in now. Like I said, don't give up. Sounds like you have a yucky case of low carb flu going on which many people get.

Would you consider posting a typical day's meal plan so we can see what you are actually eating? That might help as far as giving you suggestions. I haven't been on 3FC at all this summer, but I am planning to check in more frequently.

Good luck!

07-29-2011, 09:03 PM
I'm working my way up to it, at least for a month. I want to do the Whole30 challenge starting September first so I'm trying to practice and eat two paleo meals a day for now.

I'm finding that I really really need to expand my ideas of what to eat and pan better or I fail miserably.

08-01-2011, 04:22 PM
I follow the primal blueprint and also frequent the marks daily apple forum. I did a strict 30 days in June, but fell off the wagon in July. I did lose 9 lbs in June and have kept it off. I'm starting back on today. I went to a primal/paleo potluck last night. It was a lot of fun and really good food.

It took me a couple weeks to really get in the habit of what to eat everyday and to start feeling the positive health effects.

08-01-2011, 11:30 PM
Hello. I am new to this board, but am not new to the low carb way of eating. I have done Atkins in the past and really liked it, and honestly know that this lifestyle of eating is the best for me. I fell off the wagon though over the winter/spring and gained back about ten pounds. I need to get focused again and my goal is to lose at least another 25 lbs.

I have been reading about the Paleo diet. Can you give me your thoughts and experiences for those that have tried and liked it and even those that have not? Thanks a ton!

I enjoyed being on the paleo diet but I found that I had to keep fruits to a bare minimum in order to lose weight. Cutting out dairy was hard to do at first but my skin looked so much nicer without it in my diet.

I need to get back to eating that way. I should start tomorrow.:)

08-17-2011, 03:00 PM
I'm a fan of Mark Sisson and Primal as well. It's basically what I've been doing for the last month, with a few slip-ups here and there, and I've lost 15 lbs since getting back from my vacation at the beginning of July.

I'm not really eating a lot of fruit, though I don't avoid it. I mainly avoid grains and veggie oils, and I've found that potatoes are a problem (mainly because they're hard to stop eating!). I have not given up dairy - I am most likely lactase-persistent (based on my genotype) and I really don't want to have to figure out a way to eat without dairy.

I haven't been exercising, and I probably won't until my company gets the company gym finished. *shrug*

09-18-2011, 02:27 AM
Primal/Paleo eating transformed my health. Really helps to avoid excess cardio. Strength training with Kettlebells has also helped me as well as a weekly sprint or two.

Really encouraged by my experiments with Jack Kruse's Leptin Reset plan which other Primal and Paleo folk shared with me. Can be found with your favorite search engine.

09-25-2011, 12:33 AM
Yay for primal/paleo way of life! Great to see so many interested and/or already eating this way.

10-07-2011, 12:25 AM
I just found the primal blueprint website and am seriously thinking I should do the 30 day challenge. I did Ideal Protein last year and lost 26 lbs and then immediately gained it back after going off and I can't bear the thought of going back on again...I want to lose 25 lbs and realize I can't do that in isolation so I hope other primals will chime in and we can keep each other going.

10-07-2011, 12:41 AM
hey sydneydaffodil,

I, too, did ideal protein almost a year ago now and lost around 15 lbs, but didn't stick to it. I have been attempting to eat primarily paleo, and more primal lately, since I quit ideal protein, but just cannot quit having my little cheats- which have resulted in no more weight loss, and 3 lbs shy of my starting weight when I first began ideal protein. I logged onto here tonight wanting to find others who were looking for accountability in their paleo/primal journey as well! Glad to find your comment!

One of my best friends began eating a paleo/primal diet last November right after Thanksgiving. Her starting weight was around 175, and she now weighs 125. She stuck to a strict paleo diet and never cheated in the first few months, until she had lost a significant amount of her goal weight loss. She suffered from numerous allergies, anxiety, and other chronic illnesses, and now, has only caught a cold maybe 2 times since going paleo. She is a huge support and role model for me in my journey! I also read the success stories on Mark's Daily Apple for motivation. His primal blueprint- quick & easy meals in 30 minutes is great as well for good, easy recipes!

I suffer from a horrible upset stomach and headaches, and have found that when I stick to the diet strictly, I feel significantly better, and my symptoms go away.

Good luck!

10-17-2011, 10:46 AM
wow sarahlace, the story about your friend is definately an inspiration!

I'm starting robbwolf's paleo solution today!

yay Day 1!

10-19-2011, 05:17 PM
Hi all,

I started out Paleo (and still fully believe in a Paleo template for health), but right now to help some IBS issues I've been doing Dukan for a week. It seems when I was doing high-fat Paleo my stomach was going nuts!!! I was so sick. I totally understand animal fat is healthy but I guess my body can't handle it. Anyway, my plan is to regroup with Dukan for a few weeks, keep up with the Paleo lifestyle and community, and instead of incorporating "all foods" in Dukan's 3rd stage of the diet, I'll incorporate the Paleo "carbs" like yams, squashes, and more veggies. So I'd love to keep up with this thread! It's amazing how good I felt once I ditched the grains!

10-19-2011, 09:37 PM
I'm not following Paleo per se, but I was strongly influenced by Paleo authors of books like Neanderthin, The Paleo Diet, The Paleolithic Prescription, and Primal Blueprint.

I do use artificial sweeteners (though less and less of them) and I haven't given up dairy (though that's not necesarilly unpaleo. Many of the paleo authors disagree on the appropriateness of some modern foods).

For example many paleo authors argue against dairy, because it's not a paleo food (in a paleo world, milk is only for babies), but others argue that dairy is a necessary evil unless we're willing we're willing to eat the paleolithich high-calcium foods (I don't remember the whole list but it was all unpalatable, and included insects, animal and fish bones, scales and shells).

Overall, I try to make more and more paleo-friendly choices. I use an exchange plan, and try to use paleo principles in choosing most of the foods I eat. The exchange plan is my basic plan, and paleo is a guideline I try to use as often as possible.

I'm moving towards a more and more paleo diet, but like all of the changes I've made, I seem to succeed much better with gradual changes than lifestyle overhauls.

11-05-2011, 12:55 AM
I've been eating Paleo for 5 days now and I've already lost 8 lbs. The first 2 months a counted calories and ate super clean, but after the first month had barely lost anything.

I'm loving Paleo so far, I feel like I have more energy and I'm droppin' those lbs again!! It's a great plan so far!!