A lot has been said on how to eat to lose weight (even though we prefer to measure in inches). There are plenty of shows and books and articles about it. So, we don’t want to tote ourselves as experts in the science of weight loss. We are just two moms who care deeply about being healthy for our kids, our husbands, but mostly for ourselves, and who want to share our journey with all y’all. So, how do we eat? One answer: we eat often. Like 5 times a day to be exact. Seriously, we don’t go hungry. Secondly: we eat smart & sustainably.
Here’s the Smart part:
[we’re going to write our thoughts on this, but if you want something a little more… official and probably better written click here]
Okay friends, the first thing we had to do is get conscious about what we were putting in our bodies. We are convinced that our bodies are machines. And, like all machines we require specific fuels in order to run right, and loading up on lesser fuels will cause internal corrosion, decreased performance and eventually death (gasp). So, we researched and talked and researched and tested and researched some more, and what we found was: Paleo. The Paleo lifestyle has gotten a lot of press. And while Paleolithic man went the way of dinosaur their digestive inheritance is ours. Here’s the thing: today we aren’t running around with a bow and arrow hunting bison or rejoicing over that awesome blueberry bush we bumped into on the way to the water hole, BUT we do have choices when we head down the grocery aisle. In short Paleo is eating things with faces & things you could find ready-to-eat from the earth. There are a fair amount of no-no’s but far more YES’s.
YES’s: Below is a ‘primal food pyramid’ found on paleo-project
You may have noticed that there is no dairy, no grains, no alcohol, no caffeine and no sugars, so you may be thinking NO FUN! That is why we eat sustainably and Paleoish!
The hardest part of weightloss is “keeping it off”. Shrinking is simple, staying fit is the challenge (so we hear). Therefore, we wanted to do something we could keep doing… forever. Now, you may be saying “what the ef? these girls aren’t going to eat another cookie or drink another ‘real’ latte for the rest of their lives?!? that sounds crazy-nuts.” And you would be right, that would be crazy-nuts. That’s why we eat like the modern evolved cavewomen we are.
Here is a list of our allowable paleo deviant foods and bevies.
1. Coffee and Espresso. An addiction worth having. We just don’t dress it up with milk and sugar. Try almond milk. Or a splash of cream if you must.
2. Peanuts and Peanut Butter. This is America. Give me Peanut Butter or Give me Death.
3. Wine wine wine. why? because it’s delicious and good for you in moderation.
4. Legumes, you know, beans. (technically not paleo – we just don’t get it. toxins shmoxins)
5. Whiskey and Vodka. Put on your big girl pants and drink it neat or with soda water. No sugary mixers.
6. Little bits of dairy. Organic greek yogurt, grassfed butter, ghee, & some cheese (i.e. goat cheese on a salad).
7. Protein Powder. We stick to paleo friendly or gluten free varieties. Perfect in smoothies and as a waffle base.
8. Rice. It’s gluten free. We keep consumption very infrequent but having just a little in your Panang Curry is a delight.
9. Dark Chocolate. No explanation needed.
10. Salad Dressing. We enjoy all types in moderation. These can really pack a calorie punch so stir clear of slathering your lettuce in ranch.
Celebratory Foods for Celebratory Events
Eat Thanksgiving Dinner with your family. Have some of your kids cake on their Birthday.
Date Night is Sacred
If you are going to cheat. Cheat with your husband. If you want really want tortilla chips with your salsa this is the time to do it. if you are dying for that chesse plate go for it. But only on date night and don’t go crazy.
Remember, sustainability means flexibility. We are open to adjusting the way we eat and learning more about how to best fuel our bodies. With two babies at home we have no choice but to keep as healthy and energized as possible for as long as possible. But, being a parent also means being willing to change and flex with situations as they arise. Like sometimes a friend is going to have a bad day and the only remedy is gonna be a gooey chocolate chip cookie – and that’s okay.
E & J