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Old 06-05-2011, 08:00 AM   #1
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10lb in 36 days Paleo... I'm sold!

So I told myself to do a 30 day paleo challenge. I gave up everything dairy, no grains, no legumes, nothing pre-packaged, NO DAIRY! no sweetners (real or af) no soda, no juice.

Was it hard? ehh well figuring if I was going from the regular american diet to paleo, yes that would be hard. But giving up a few more things to try out this wol, wasn't so hard.
What was great was after giving birth I was up to 212lbs, 2 weeks after giving birth I was only down to 195. I couldnt lose weight, I wasn't losing weight. Eventually I went back to strict induction for 2 weeks (this was after eating horribly during a pregnancy and gaining 77lbs) I lost 5lbs. WOW A WHOLE 5 lbs during 2 weeks of induction oh yay lol.. So I inducted another 2 weeks and got down to about 188. From 188 to 179(my starting weight for paleo) I struggled trying to lose weight, I'd lose fat fasting, then gain during induction.. I finally after about 3 months of doing that got myself down to 175 to only gain and stay around 179. Sometimes I'd go up to 180-181 back down to 177 back up to 179 etc..

I figured let me try paleo, really what do I have to lose? If I gain a few pounds and its not working, and I don't feel better I will just go back to induction.
So I jumped in head first, grabbed a couple of books, read some webpages and loaded my head with knoweldge. I know we don't have the money to go 100% with the grass fed meat and such, but we get it when we can.

Sooooooooo after 36 days of doing paleo i'm down to 169lbs. I feel great, I'm so proud of myself. I wasn't even exercising besides what I do already like walk to the subway, walk to the bus stop or stores. (I live in brooklyn and we don't own a car) My only real exercise is I make sure every day I get my 10000 steps on my pedometer/bodybugg. Even with out the exercise I could feel myself get stronger, and my bodyfat % is going down on the scale! I can't even imagine how amazing my losses and transformation is going to be once I devote myself to exercise again.

Now occasionally I get to have an orange, apple, cherries, banana. I enjoy large black ice coffee. I don't even miss the cream in my coffee or artifical sweetners. I don't even miss cheese (and I couldnt portion it out for crap I could add cheese to anything literally)
I'll go for fresh fruit any day over grains or dairy. There is nothing better then a half a banana with some almond butter..

I'm sold, I wish I would have found this so much sooner. Paleo is amazing.. hands down.. The funny thing is in the books they all speaking of eating on plan 80% or 75% etc.. and I have been on 100% the whole time, and can't figure for the life of me why I would want to be off plan when I feel so great, and am having such great results.. If you enjoy reading diet/way of life eating books.. I have to reccomend "The Paleo Solution the original human diet" by Robb Wolf. It's a great read and its so much fun to read. get it!

I would have never heard about paleo if it wasn't for the other section of this board.. I hope others find out about this and have an amazing time transforming there life for the better also..
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Old 06-05-2011, 08:06 AM   #2
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Great job! Maybe I need to try something new, going to look into it.

Does it put you into ketosis? What website would you recommend?

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Old 06-05-2011, 08:21 AM   #5
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Great job! Maybe I need to try something new, going to look into it.

Does it put you into ketosis? What website would you recommend?

Honestly I don't even know if i'm in ketosis. I gave the strips up when I started paleo. I wanted to give it a shot with out worrying about that. I imagine I am in ketosis sometimes

my menu usually looks like this

B: steak and 2 eggs with some sauteed spinich in olive oil or avocado oil

Lunch : salad greens, peppers, onions, carrots, celery, tomatos etc with olive oil and balsamic vinegar topped with tuna

dinner: chicken with skin on, bok choi fried with some toasted sesame oil and red pepper flakes

Snack : piece of fruit and some nuts, or piece of fruit with some nut butter

I drink tons of water and black iced coffee (nothing in it but ice lol)


Some good websites is google Robb Wolf, or Marks Daily apple
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Awesome! I am going to read the book. I have to say that the thought of giving up dairy is a bit intimidating but maybe, baby steps?
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Great job Kerry & Thanks for sharing your success

I'm still holding on to that dairy & hearing your success is alerting me to
rethink the dairy thing. I'm a cheese fiend big time forget portion here too

I'm glad this worked for you!!!
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Hi Kerry,
I had the same experience with Paleo! It really helped me drop weight. In fact, when I went back to basic low carb (I missed dairy and nuts) I never regained that weight, and lost a bit more.

I felt better physically, also. I plan to go back to it very soon to get rid of a couple nagging symptoms that cropped up (mainly, digestive) since I went back to dairy and nuts...
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This is all kinds of awesome!!

Understood, it's hard to give up dairy, but? If it's working for you, then that's wonderful.

And fried bok choy with sesame seeds?? yummy!! that I have to try.
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I had the same experience with Paleo! It really helped me drop weight. In fact, when I went back to basic low carb (I missed dairy and nuts) I never regained that weight, and lost a bit more.

I felt better physically, also. I plan to go back to it very soon to get rid of a couple nagging symptoms that cropped up (mainly, digestive) since I went back to dairy and nuts...
You can eat nuts on paleo, just not peanuts since they're legumes.
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That's so inspiring and great to hear! Congratulations!!!

Incidentally, I JUST finished this book today, and I am SO PUMPED to start!! I've been AS and (almost...except cream) dairy free for 3 days. No fruit for me...yet. I sure hope it can break my 3 month stall!!!
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Yay, you!

Reading this is perfect timing for me. I am seriously considering a 30 day Paleo challenge. I've been on plan for Atkins/low carb and stalled for a month.

I think it's dairy (and middle aged female).
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What great success Kerry! Congrats!

I do paleo + kerrygold and HWC and it works well. I might have a little feta or raw cheese every once in a great while.....
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Thanks for sharing your successes, Kerry.

I introduced my brother to LC around Christmas and he jumped in with both feet. He's a better lowcarber than I am, and I've been doing it for years now! Anyway, he recently found paleo and is definitely moving in that direction. It does seem like a very smart way to eat.

The website Mark's Daily Apple does seem to be the place to go online to get good info.
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That's awesome, Kerry. Congrats!

I like *** too and they have a nice forum.

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In my opinion Paleo is probably the best way to eat. I want to give it a try sometime but I don't think i'll stay on it. I don't think I could give up dairy and artifical sweeteners all together. lol
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Can someone tell me why it is that dairy is excluded on paleo? It just doesn't make sense to me. Wouldn't they have used everything from an animal including the milk of a lactating one? Surely they would have recognized the benefits of milk????
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Can someone tell me why it is that dairy is excluded on paleo? It just doesn't make sense to me. Wouldn't they have used everything from an animal including the milk of a lactating one? Surely they would have recognized the benefits of milk????
I'm wondering this myself.
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Paleolithic is a pre-agriculture and neolithic is post as I have heard it. It was probably more about logistics.....attack or be attacked

The processing of dairy is what makes it so undesirable really.

I have heard out of all paleo experts except Cordain, "If you can tolerate dairy go for it"
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Can someone tell me why it is that dairy is excluded on paleo? It just doesn't make sense to me. Wouldn't they have used everything from an animal including the milk of a lactating one? Surely they would have recognized the benefits of milk????
I don't think I can link, but there are some articles on the whole 90 site that may help you with the reasons.

I'm not saying I agree, but I do suspect dairy is an issue *for me*.
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I excluded dairy and nuts because I suspected I had either allergy or food intolerance.

I'm finding more digestive problems (reflux, etc) since adding them back in.

For me I see them as newer foods with possible problems...many have lactose intolerance or increased mucus, bloating or cravings with dairy, and nuts have lectins which a certain percentage of folks will react to.

I see Paleo as a way to cleanse the body of irritants that may or may not have been regular parts of our natural diet.

I lost weight rapidly and easily with these foods omitted.

These foods are addictive to me though, and I am now drinking coffee with half and half! Hard to give them up.
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I think that the issue with dairy is the pasteurization/homogenization process plus the confinement & poor feed of the cows, and not the milk itself. Raw milk from pastured cows is a wonderful whole food, in my opinion. Conventional dairy gives me a stomach ache from the lactose, but raw milk does not. So in my paleo opinion, raw dairy is acceptable, conventional confinement dairy is the bad stuff when they say no grains or dairy.
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Great job Kerry & Thanks for sharing your success

I'm still holding on to that dairy & hearing your success is alerting me to
rethink the dairy thing. I'm a cheese fiend big time forget portion here too

I'm glad this worked for you!!!
Do you have any issues with inflammation? I recently found out that dairy is an inflammatory food.
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I have switched to almond milk in my coffee and am limiting hard cheese & AS without much issue. What I haven't cut the ties on yet is Greek yogurt and cottage cheese.

I had a yummy grassfed steak tonight. Mmmm.
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Hi Kerry,
I had the same experience with Paleo! It really helped me drop weight. In fact, when I went back to basic low carb (I missed dairy and nuts) I never regained that weight, and lost a bit more.

I felt better physically, also. I plan to go back to it very soon to get rid of a couple nagging symptoms that cropped up (mainly, digestive) since I went back to dairy and nuts...

Have you tried a Probiotic for your digestive stuff? I use the Acidolphilus Pearls and it's worked wonders for me - I'm also lactose intolerant so don't eat much yogurt. Just a thought.
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Do you have any issues with inflammation? I recently found out that dairy is an inflammatory food.
Is raw dairy inflammatory?
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To the best of my knowledge, not in my experience.
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Have you tried a Probiotic for your digestive stuff? I use the Acidolphilus Pearls and it's worked wonders for me - I'm also lactose intolerant so don't eat much yogurt. Just a thought.
Where in the heck do I find probiotics? Weirdly, I've looked and have trouble finding it. So instead, I go buy the strongest, sourest yogurts I can find (I found one with only 8 carbs a cup! White Mountain) to get probiotics in me, and I have found them to be helpful.

The strange thing is, while yogurt helps my digestion and my heartburn, it ALSO slows my weight loss. Or maybe I'm imagining that?
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