I suppose it had to happen. Tradition has to be dragged into 2015 - kicking and screaming if necessary. You can only hear how bad sugar and flour are for you so many times
and ignore it. You turn 56 and realize that it doesn't matter if you work out seven days a week. You see Suzanne Somers on tv and she says that everything you like eating is toxic. You want to be skinny... well skinny-ish anyway. And
of course, healthy.
It's called compromise. Luckily, I have had personal and positive experiences with three different diet plans so when my husband's doctor recommended
the Paleo Diet and I looked it over, many things about it seemed familiar and doable. I have lost 30 plus pounds three times in my adult life. Once using LA Weightloss, once with WeightWatchers online, and once doing the Atkins Diet on my
own. I love losing weight! It gives me such a feeling of accomplishment. I loved how I looked in clothes. I loved the compliments. It just gets so darned hard the older I get.
I don't eat a lot but I do like to cook. I love baking bread and cookies and cakes, especially for special occasions, and I have been known to frequent Starbucks and order mochas. I am fully aware of what I need
to change in order to lose weight. It looks like this time I will be doing it while using the Paleo Diet as a guide.
After a cursory look at the recipes in Paleo for Beginners, it became obvious to me that the Paleo plan and the Atkins diet were very similar with a few key differences. Both do not contain sugar or carbs in the form of baked goods or pasta. Actually,
you can eat limited whole grain items later in the Atkins diet and the Paleo has you use glutin-free foods or foods made with coconut or almond flour if you are going to eat any baked goods. The Paleo diet does include fruit, which is generally
not allowed in the Atkins until you have been on it for awhild. Neither diet includes legumes. The Paleo does not include high-salt meats like deli meats or bacon. The Atkins plan does not recommend deli-meat but does include bacon.
In both eggs and various nuts are included. And finally, cheese and cream are allowed in the Atkins and no dairy in the Paleo, even though I have decided to use unsweetened almond milk in coffee and cooking.
The Paleo for Beginners book contains 99 easy recipes. I was really excited to see a Paleo chocolate chip cookie. Forget the main dishes or delicious vegetable
side dishes... THEY HAVE COOKIES!! My bubble was burst a bit when I mentioned this with enthusiasm to my daughter on the phone and she said, "Mommy, you are not going to lose weight by eating chocolate chip cookies." After thinking up a snarky
retort like, "Go eat some quinoa," I thought about her comment and had to admit that she was right. I always try to find the cheats on a diet, like eating Chicharrones when I was on the Atkins because they were like chips, salty, and had no carbohydrates.
I know I will do the same thing this time but I have promised myself that it will be in moderation.
My plan is to adhere to a low-carb plan using what I know about the
Adkins diet and incorporating recipes from the Paleo diet. I'm not going to include fruit until I lose at least 10 pounds, but I am going to use cheese as a protein source. No yogurt though. I will eat various meats and include carbs in the
form of green veggies. I will not eat wheat or baked goods or pasta unless I have made something for a special occasion and hopefully have modified it using almond or coconut flour. I will be using artificial sweeteners such as Splenda.
You can substitute it cup for cup instead of sugar in baking. I will also use unsweetened almond milk and stay away from soy products. I will allow myself one diet soda per day and will not drink wine. I might have a Bud Light with Lime once
a week and make myself an iced-coffee using unsweetened almond milk and sugar-free creamer.
My goal is 20 pounds at about 2 pounds per week. I will weigh myself once
a week and exercise however and whenever I feel like it. For me, it is about what I eat and not how hard I exercise. I'm on day 5 as I write this post, and will be weighing myself every Monday morning. I'll keep you posted.
My new mission: turn those traditional recipes that I know and love into Paleo ones using new ingredients. I recently read that if you really love your friends and family you won't
serve them sugary cakes, cookies, etc. I've been thinking about that. I think one can exhibit self control when eating special desserts. I think that I can try to use ingredients that are healthier when baking. I also went out and invested
in mini-sized glass dessert cups. I can have my cake and eat it too!
Along that vein, here is a recipe for 3 ingredient coconut macaroons that I found on Pinterest.
Most of the macaroon recipes included flour or sweetened condensed milk. This one did not, and I substituted Splenda for the sugar. They turned out scrumptious! Crisp on the outside and goey on the inside. Realistically, on a diet I
should only have one or two of these not more than once a week. The unsweetened coconut has 7 carbs per quarter cup, so one cookie probably has 3 carbs or so. I did, however, decide to dip the bottom of each cookie in chocolate. I'M SORRY.
I couldn't help myself. I did use 60% cacao chips with a splash of unsweetened almond milk.
3 Ingredient Coconut Macaroons
By: Give Recipe
3 egg whites
2 cups shredded unsweetened organic coconut
1/2 cup sugar