Monthly Archives: April 2013

Want to lose weight? Avoid these foods.

Are you lacking the practical knowledge of the foods that are sabotaging your weight loss efforts? If you are serious about shedding the flab without feeling deprived or hungry or if you are tired of feeling tired all the time then this is the post to read to get you motivated and started on the path to better health. Read the rest of this entry

Get over your fat phobia if you want to lose weight

avosFor decades fat has been my enemy – and I am not just referring to the fat that I carry around under my skin every day. I am also referring to the fat in my diet. Low-fat and fat-free is how I have lived for most of my life. What did I achieve? Absolutely nothing –  nada, neinte, niks!

If anything I have managed to slowly but surely get fatter. How is that possible?  For years I could never understand what the problem was. I was doing everything I was supposed to do. I watched my calories, ate low-fat, had phases of exercising like a demon  – but real results always eluded me. Hunger, frustration and feelings of deprivation and failure were my constant companions.

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Not yet convinced to give up grains?

I have just finished watching this quirky and very informative 33 minute video on You Tube called Get Out of the Gluten Glut. The video (see link below) features Anne Buzzelli who is a Registered Dietitian with a Masters in Nutrition from Bastyr University in Seattle. She has a private nutrition practice in Staunton, Virginia called BuzzNutrition.

She presents some fascinating facts about  grains (especially wheat) such as:

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The low carb flu

english-bulldog-feeling-sickWhen first embarking on a paleo, primal or high fat/low carb eating approach, you can expect to feel awful!  This phenomenon is called, “the low carb flu”.

Symptoms include:

  • headaches
  • nausea
  • upset stomach
  • brain fog
  • sleepiness
  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • chills

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Do you find the paleo diet confusing?

confusedSo many people just don’t know what they should and shouldn’t be eating on a Paleo diet.

  • Is the Paleo diet low-carb or low-fat? Is saturated fat permitted?
  • How much protein should someone eat on a Paleo diet?
  • Does the Paleo diet include dairy products – or not? Which kinds of dairy?
  • Are any grains permitted?

These questions and the varied answers one can find on the internet or in books cause confusion for many of us. I have just finished reading a very interesting article by Dr. Chris Kresser titled, “Moving from a paleo diet to a paleo template”.  It really made sense to me. Here are some of his and my own ideas around this concept. Read the rest of this entry