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Caveman Dieting News

February 2, 2010

What if I told you there was a revolutionary new diet or product out guaranteed to make you lose weight? Do you wanna know about it?? It’s so simple yet so effective I don’t think you can handle it! Still wanna know? Are you just dying to know? Is it a new magic pill? A fad book claiming veganism is the way to go, or even a new take on an old spin saying to avoid fat at all costs? Still curious?? Alright, here it is. I promise if you obey this one rule, you will lose weight, and lose it fast! DON’T drink any water (or any other fluids for that matter)! That’s it!

Now hopefully after telling you that yes, water weighs 8 lbs a gallon and you could easily lose that in a day or two and indeed drop weight, your common sense would also tell you that this isn’t the healthiest way to lose weight. Why then do so many people turn to these ‘magic pills’ or “fat loss secrets” or accelerated programs or whatever the latest and greatest flashy infocomercial product is to lose weight? You might as well not be drinking water. Wanna look great? Wanna feel great? Do it the right way. There are no secrets. Only eat things that you can kill or pick from a plant or tree in the wild (minus a few toxic wild edibles). Long term satisfaction comes only with long term dedication. If you would like to speed it up a bit, follow the 3 Primal Fitness Laws: Move frequently at a slow pace (walking or very easy bike riding), lift heavy things (squats, lunges, pull-ups, push-ups, chair dips, etc. are just fine) and sprint once in a while. Consider the Tabata protocols which can be structured to fulfill both #2 and #3 here. Get in touch with me if you have any questions about any of the Primal content on the site.

Dairy-It’s Back On The Menu- Sort of…

Now, to backtrack a bit on everything I just said, here is something that you can’t kill or pick from a plant that I now consider to be ok to eat, in moderation. I know a lot of you will have a hard time giving up some of those old staples, most notably bread and dairy. Well good news for those of you who just can’t live without dairy. My findings and experiments have allowed a few items back on the menu, even though they are not paleo approved. I wouldn’t say they are paleo unapproved though. Nutritionally, there are two things that led me to let these items sneak back into my diet: 1. HIGH in fat and protein  2. low in carbohydrates. The products I speak of are cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese, heavy cream, plain yogurt, and butter. All of these either involve separating the fat and protein from the sugars (lactose) or having the lactose fermented into a protein. Milk is still a no-no, unless you can find it raw, which is pretty unlikely. If you do decide to include these items in your diet, make sure to look for minimally processed, whole milk derivatives, and NO additives. That great dairy flavor we all like comes from Fat, so when you take the fat away you’re not only negating the dietary benefits of it but replacing it with something else to make up for the flavor, most usually sugar, artificial flavors, or who knows what else? Stay away from flavored yogurts and processed cheeses. Plain, real yogurt like Greek or Bulgarian yogurt can be pretty sour, so I like to add berries, vanilla extract, and sometimes honey. Recently for breakfast, when I feel like cooked eggs over raw, I smother ‘em with Daisy brand all natural sour cream! This is of course after cooking them in the leftover bacon grease from a few strips of bacon (uncured-no nitrates or nitrites, and low sodium!). I also add a small avocado. Talk about guilt free flavor to the max! Bacon makes everything better! Fat-protein-and little more fat to top things off!

I still advise eating such dairy products in moderation, much like dark chocolate or red wine should you choose to consume these. Remember, fat is not the enemy, high glycemic carbs are. I’ve got the race results, health markers, and a lean, athletic body to prove it. Start eating better-stop wasting your money and precious health on junk food and products that don’t help you thrive. To your health,
Caveman

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Thommy permalink
    February 12, 2010 7:21 pm

    I love me some Bacon and Avocado breakfast!

  2. Laura permalink
    October 29, 2010 3:07 pm

    Hey,

    I came across your blog and have enjoyed reading it. Paleo makes a lot of sense to me, but to be honest, I kind of feel like I haven’t eaten if a meal doesn’t include rice or bread or some other forbidden form of carb. Any thoughts?

    Keep on posting too!

    • aardvark102431 permalink
      November 4, 2010 5:07 pm

      Laura,
      It’s tough to break the habit for about a month. After you do, though, it’s much easier to avoid the “forbidden” carbs. You will learn to be very satisfied with a nice salad and healthy protein and maybe some trail mix or fruit for desert. Every now and then you might actually give in to a donut or bread or some other highly processed carb, but if you’ve been consistent with the Paleo diet for long enough, such a thing will likely make you a little sick. My wife can’t eat anything with gluten anymore (most people are gluten intolerant to a degree anyways, they just don’t realize it because they’ve consumed it their whole lives) and she ate bread for 30 years! You should at least give it a try and see if your thoughts change after 4-6 weeks. Grok on,
      Greg

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