Hello ericscofield.wordpress.com blog followers and friends! Today I have one of my best friends in the world who is going to be interviewed about the infamous: Going Paleo! Two years ago Jamie convinced me to go Paleo for 30 days. It made a HUGE difference in many of my lifestyle choices today. I didn’t need to be convinced — I just looked at Jamie’s life. Here is a before and after Jamie went Paleo:
Q 1: “Jamie, I have never even heard of Paleo, can you tell me quickly what it is?”
The Paleo diet is a way of eating based on what our hunter and gatherer ancestors would have eaten. It is pretty clear that our modern diet which is full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar is causing our country to be FAT and is likely the root cause of many degenerative diseases. For me, going Gluten free was not enough to get rid of my chronic gut issues, and getting ‘un-stuck’ at the weight plateau I was at. I had to remove sugar and ALL grains, and grain based foods. The ‘Paleo’ name gives this diet a bad rap so let me make it really easy (and for the record I actually call it ‘slow carb’, rather than Paleo) DO: Eat lean proteins, lots of vegetables, some fruit, and health fats (nuts, avocado’s, olive oil). Don’t eat: Sugar, Dairy, Grains, Legumes.
Q2: “What are the benefits?”
Other than losing weight, feeling immensely better, illuminating gut irritation, and actually GAINING muscle?? The deal sealer for me (and my wife)…..My blood lipids were completely reversed in 6 months!! I had high cholesterol, super high triglycerides before. Now – they are all in range and improving at every 6 month check. Crazy!
Q3: “What happened in the first month, because you did a 30 day challenge to start right?”
I was pretty skeptical but I figured – what the heck it can’t hurt me to eat meat, more vegetables and cut out sugar and pasta for 30 days…right? So I took the 30 day challenge. The first few days I was hungry and cranky, and then I experienced what I now call a ‘Carb Flu’. I basically had flu like symptoms as my body experienced withdrawals from sugar and carbs. It was crazy. Once past the first 2 weeks it got easier and by months end I had lost 10lbs, felt clean, energized, was rarely hungry as I had good snack options, and had started working out. In the end it did take me almost a year to lose my ‘addiction’ to sugar.
Q4: “Any closing thoughts or resource recommendations you would have for me/us?”
After 2 years of this lifestyle, I don’t call it a diet anymore because this is just the way I eat and live now, I have seen incredible TRANSFORMATION. I have dropped 30 pounds of fat, gained 10lbs of muscle (30% body fat to 15%). I am not a zealot, I have a little cheat from time to time…but honestly I really don’t desire candy bars, pizza, pasta, and sugary treats anymore.
Q5: ” Any books or links that you found super helpful for folks out there that are looking for helps?”
- The Paleo Solution by Rob Wolf: Helps understand the science behind why grains and gluten are basically killing us: http://www.amazon.com/The-Paleo-Solution-Original-Human/dp/0982565844/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343347459&sr=8-1&keywords=paleo+solution
- Also Rob’s blog and web site: http://robbwolf.com/what-is-the-paleo-diet/
- Marks Daily Apple, Great day to day how to, testimonies, and recipes: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/welcome-to-marks-daily-apple/#axzz21gVj7ZiW
- Every Day Paleo – Unlimited recipes that fit this lifestyle: http://everydaypaleo.com/
Questions for Jamie?
Hope this helps! Sure appreciate our guest and person willing to be interviewed! Hope this helps!