Today is day 7 of my week of Paleo eating and I'm ready to change it up. I actually didn't find it challenging to avoid grains, legumes, and sugar, and I had good energy levels all week. That said, I'm excited to go back to where it all began and eat nutritarian for the next week. What is nutritarian? Well, I'll get to that, but first I want to talk about my week living as a caveman.
I kept it simple this week and pretty much had eggs, bacon, and greens for breakfast or skipped breakfast altogether and did the whole bulletproof coffee thing. Lunch was always a medium size salad with either a couple of hard-boiled eggs, some sardines, or some egg/asparagus/bacon cup things I made. And for dinner, Hubbie made lamb stew, this amazing chicken thing with mashed cauliflower, and his famous brisket with some pumpkin seed/green beans on the side. I even made a treat called Phat Fudge that was a pretty amazing addition to the coffee yesterday. Overall, this way of eating was easier than raw vegan, not in terms of planning and cooking but in terms of the mental/emotional challenge. I didn't get sick of what we were eating like I did of salads, and the variety was such that I wasn't bored and desperate to get to the end of the week. Plus? I was able to eat out twice this week and find things that were on the menu that I could eat. (Burger with a lettuce bun!)
So, are you ready for the results? I just stepped on the scale this morning and I've lost..... Zero pounds. This is with exercising every day and eating super clean by most standards. So that's one week of eating raw vegan with no weight loss and one week of Paleo with no weight loss. Am I frustrated? A little, but this appears to be the new norm of my body. And this is the place I was after my son was born over 12 years ago: completely confused as to why I couldn't lose weight when I was "doing everything right." And that's when I read Eat to Live by Dr. Fuhrman and the weight loss was effortless. Plus, I felt amazing.
Originally, the plan was to go back to this way of eating this week, where the focus is on veggies, fruits, legumes, nuts, and seeds. It's called eating like a 'nutritarian.' But I was remembering back to last spring when I did the 6-week plan again and I actually gained about 5 pounds, even though I followed it to the letter. I felt good and had energy, which is awesome, but I am not someone that doesn't have any weight to lose. So I'm going to try something radically different than I've tried before. Because someone once said the definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Hubbie and I have decided to try a new style of eating that I see as a mix between Paleo and Nutritarian called The Wild Diet. This way of eating comes from Abel James, aka Fat Burning Man, and I finished reading his book by the same name this week. He has a 40 day challenge and we've decided this is something we'd like to try. Why? It seems sustainable long term for one (combines the kind of food I love and the food my Texas born and bred Hubbie loves) and I need to try something new. You see, I've eaten pretty much the same way for a decade and more and managed to put on 30 pounds over the past few years. I've done various things to lose the weight with various measures of success, but it's always come back. And my body has adapted to be incredibly good at holding onto this extra fat. Thus, I've determined I need to try something new. My only stipulation is that I will not sacrifice my health to do so, which brings me to the Wild Diet. The people who have followed Abel's diet have not only been able to shed the weight, but lower their blood sugar, blood pressure, go off their various medications, and gain lean muscle. I've tried every vegan diet imaginable over the years, but I have yet to try something like this for as long as 40 days, so I'm excited to see if this will be the thing that resets my body.
Looking forward to this journey and sharing the outcomes, good, bad, and ugly with you all.
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