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So after my brief stint on Paleo last year, I have decided to give it a go again with a shift in my focus. Instead of doing paleo for acne, I will do it to get control of my blood sugar levels, weight and overall health. Maybe i'll get lucky and it'll help my acne. We'll see. I ordered the book 'Well Fed' by Melissa Joulwan in the hopes that it will keep my meals exciting. I'll update once i officially start!

New Year....New attitude.

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WEEK 1 : DAY 1

I just went shopping and i am all set to give paleo a 30 day trial (at least). I have begun to feel the effects of too much carbs and too much sugar so its time to get my shit together and get back in gear. I have studied the book 'Well Fed' inside and out and i am truly excited to try out all these wonderful recipes.

In addition to eating better, i will dedicate myself to exercising a little bit at least 3-4 times a week for 30-45 minutes.

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I just went shopping and i am all set to give paleo a 30 day trial (at least). I have begun to feel the effects of too much carbs and too much sugar so its time to get my shit together and get back in gear. I have studied the book 'Well Fed' inside and out and i am truly excited to try out all these wonderful recipes.

In addition to eating better, i will dedicate myself to exercising a little bit at least 3-4 times a week for 30-45 minutes.

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Here is an example of what I eat everyday and I workout 3-5 times a week and this is enough to recover and make it through my workouts.

8:00 AM - 3 Eggs, 1 square of dark chocolate 85-90%, 3-4 cups of kale blended with 10 strawberries, 1 spoonful of coconut oil (on eggs)

11:00 AM - Ground Turkey/Chicken Breast with avocado oil on top, 1 avocado

2:00 pm - Ground Turkey/Chicken Breast with 2-3 cups of broccoli with spoonful of coconut oil or avocado oil, 1 square dark chocolate 85-90%

4:00 PM - Apple with spoonful of coconut oil, mixed pecans, cashews, almonds, pistachios ( about 2 handfuls)

5:30 PM - (Snack) Epic Bar. Not 100% paleo but very close. Look them up they are very good. Expensive though.

8:00 PM - (Post Workout) Sweet Potato, Ground Turkey/Chicken Breast/Baked Salmon, A few blueberries, Spoonful coconut oil, A few pumpkin seeds

10:00 PM (Tiny snack) Pumpkin seeds, Handful of mixed nuts (Pumpkin seeds help me sleep)

You can be paleo and have a lot of carbs like above. Just make sure you get a lot of fat. Avocado oil, coconut oil, and nuts. My skin is clearing up very well from following this diet. I feel greater then ever before and after workouts. On my non workout days I tend to drop some carbs though. Either an apple or sweet potato. You can always tweak some foods too for different times. Whether these foods are really "paleo" or not does not really matter I think. They are all very healthy unless you have an intolerance to certain nuts, eggs, and maybe apples. I am still uncertain on apples myself but I will do some tests.

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Here is an example of what I eat everyday and I workout 3-5 times a week and this is enough to recover and make it through my workouts.

8:00 AM - 3 Eggs, 1 square of dark chocolate 85-90%, 3-4 cups of kale blended with 10 strawberries, 1 spoonful of coconut oil (on eggs)

11:00 AM - Ground Turkey/Chicken Breast with avocado oil on top, 1 avocado

2:00 pm - Ground Turkey/Chicken Breast with 2-3 cups of broccoli with spoonful of coconut oil or avocado oil, 1 square dark chocolate 85-90%

4:00 PM - Apple with spoonful of coconut oil, mixed pecans, cashews, almonds, pistachios ( about 2 handfuls)

5:30 PM - (Snack) Epic Bar. Not 100% paleo but very close. Look them up they are very good. Expensive though.

8:00 PM - (Post Workout) Sweet Potato, Ground Turkey/Chicken Breast/Baked Salmon, A few blueberries, Spoonful coconut oil, A few pumpkin seeds

10:00 PM (Tiny snack) Pumpkin seeds, Handful of mixed nuts (Pumpkin seeds help me sleep)

You can be paleo and have a lot of carbs like above. Just make sure you get a lot of fat. Avocado oil, coconut oil, and nuts. My skin is clearing up very well from following this diet. I feel greater then ever before and after workouts. On my non workout days I tend to drop some carbs though. Either an apple or sweet potato. You can always tweak some foods too for different times. Whether these foods are really "paleo" or not does not really matter I think. They are all very healthy unless you have an intolerance to certain nuts, eggs, and maybe apples. I am still uncertain on apples myself but I will do some tests.

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Eggs are organic, cage free, vegetarian fed 200mg omega 3 per egg. Meats are grass fed, no hormones, antibiotics stuff like that. I have been on this diet for about a month and am seeing great results. I feel clean inside, its a weird feeling. I don't really look to see where the food is from btw. You have to understand you may not notice results for about 3 weeks. It might get worse at first. Look up on google; paleo first two weeks and you will see what to expect from your body. I say give it a shot and stick with it for atleast a month before you decide whether or not you should continue. I will let you know in another 2 weeks what results I get.

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Eggs are organic, cage free, vegetarian fed 200mg omega 3 per egg. Meats are grass fed, no hormones, antibiotics stuff like that. I have been on this diet for about a month and am seeing great results. I feel clean inside, its a weird feeling. I don't really look to see where the food is from btw. You have to understand you may not notice results for about 3 weeks. It might get worse at first. Look up on google; paleo first two weeks and you will see what to expect from your body. I say give it a shot and stick with it for atleast a month before you decide whether or not you should continue. I will let you know in another 2 weeks what results I get.

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I just went shopping and i am all set to give paleo a 30 day trial (at least). I have begun to feel the effects of too much carbs and too much sugar so its time to get my shit together and get back in gear. I have studied the book 'Well Fed' inside and out and i am truly excited to try out all these wonderful recipes.

In addition to eating better, i will dedicate myself to exercising a little bit at least 3-4 times a week for 30-45 minutes.

Hi Sasch,

I'm experimenting with various diets in an effort to cure my acne. I believe that acne is caused by diet. I'm curious about your stint with a Pescetarian diet. When you went Pescetarian, what did your 3 meals a day look like throughout the week? Also what kind of fish did you consume? Were you conscientious of whether the fish was wild-caught or farm raised? Did you also give up milk, sugars, breads, alcohols, and coffee during this Pescetarian trial?

I have also researched the Paleo diet and do not believe that it perfectly epitomizes the type of diet upon which humans evolved. Most people that subscribe to a Paleo diet are not conscientious of the type of beef, chicken, or fish they are eating. And Paleo people eat eggs, nuts, and avocado freely and I believe these foods would only have been a very, very small part of the diet upon which humans evolved.

I'm curious of your take on this. I know you are attempting Paleo as a means to control blood sugar and are hoping that it helps with your complexion as a side effect. But I'd still be interested in your analysis of the Paleo diet as it relates to acne.

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I just went shopping and i am all set to give paleo a 30 day trial (at least). I have begun to feel the effects of too much carbs and too much sugar so its time to get my shit together and get back in gear. I have studied the book 'Well Fed' inside and out and i am truly excited to try out all these wonderful recipes.

In addition to eating better, i will dedicate myself to exercising a little bit at least 3-4 times a week for 30-45 minutes.

Hi Sasch,

I'm experimenting with various diets in an effort to cure my acne. I believe that acne is caused by diet. I'm curious about your stint with a Pescetarian diet. When you went Pescetarian, what did your 3 meals a day look like throughout the week? Also what kind of fish did you consume? Were you conscientious of whether the fish was wild-caught or farm raised? Did you also give up milk, sugars, breads, alcohols, and coffee during this Pescetarian trial?

I have also researched the Paleo diet and do not believe that it perfectly epitomizes the type of diet upon which humans evolved. Most people that subscribe to a Paleo diet are not conscientious of the type of beef, chicken, or fish they are eating. And Paleo people eat eggs, nuts, and avocado freely and I believe these foods would only have been a very, very small part of the diet upon which humans evolved.

I'm curious of your take on this. I know you are attempting Paleo as a means to control blood sugar and are hoping that it helps with your complexion as a side effect. But I'd still be interested in your analysis of the Paleo diet as it relates to acne.

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Although nuts like pecans, almonds, walnuts, and so on are high in omega 6s, they also contain important vitamins and minerals your body needs. Like the post said above, a handful or two a day is all you need and macadamia nuts are great but they don't contain as many vitamins and minerals as some other nuts like almonds. They are a great o3 to o6 ratio though.

What does your diet consist of exactly if you are reducing omega 6?

Question: Are pumpkin seeds healthy? I heard they help you go to sleep which is why I am eating them but read somewhere they are inflammatory?

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Although nuts like pecans, almonds, walnuts, and so on are high in omega 6s, they also contain important vitamins and minerals your body needs. Like the post said above, a handful or two a day is all you need and macadamia nuts are great but they don't contain as many vitamins and minerals as some other nuts like almonds. They are a great o3 to o6 ratio though.

What does your diet consist of exactly if you are reducing omega 6?

Question: Are pumpkin seeds healthy? I heard they help you go to sleep which is why I am eating them but read somewhere they are inflammatory?

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Celloislove, i like your post. I find that things can get very technical on paleo if you let it. As you said, buying as high of a quality protein as you can, lot and lots and lots of greens and other vegetables and of course healthy oils and nuts and eating when you're hungry will make it that much easier. Also, i find that getting up and moving and making exercise a priority helps a ton.

WEEK 2

It's been 1 week down and i feel better than i did last week. I made a green smoothie everyday this week. One thing i will have to cut back on though is my almond consumption - i didn't realize how calorie dense those were. Gonna stick with the almond butter once in a while and only a bit.

BTW, i got the T25 exercise DVD's by Shaun T and i start Monday. Wish me luck.

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In regards to the paleo diet today vs the paleo diet years ago, i honestly dont think people can say with 100% accuracy in what amounts the cavemen consumed certain things. I will agree though that from MY own personal experience, i am not always able to buy organic meats . I do however think that this lifestyle is much better than the standard American diet so in my book, even if i don't get it 100% right, i'm going in the right direction.

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dylonspythotfyre, it is very surprising to me that the sources you have investigated have not emphasized meat source. I have been Paleo and part of the Paleo community for 2 years and have found very few sources that do not emphasize this, other than uninformed mass media articles. This is a huge misconception with the Paleo diet among popular culture, but most legitimate sources emphasize meat source and quality to be just as important as the components of the diet itself.

Keep us updated with your experiment. I feel that a 1:1 3-6 ratio is not necessary, however if it works for you and makes you feel well without obsessing over your diet, then I will be glad for you :]

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dylonspythotfyre, it is very surprising to me that the sources you have investigated have not emphasized meat source. I have been Paleo and part of the Paleo community for 2 years and have found very few sources that do not emphasize this, other than uninformed mass media articles. This is a huge misconception with the Paleo diet among popular culture, but most legitimate sources emphasize meat source and quality to be just as important as the components of the diet itself.

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dylonspythotfyre, it is very surprising to me that the sources you have investigated have not emphasized meat source. I have been Paleo and part of the Paleo community for 2 years and have found very few sources that do not emphasize this, other than uninformed mass media articles. This is a huge misconception with the Paleo diet among popular culture, but most legitimate sources emphasize meat source and quality to be just as important as the components of the diet itself.

Keep us updated with your experiment. I feel that a 1:1 3-6 ratio is not necessary, however if it works for you and makes you feel well without obsessing over your diet, then I will be glad for you :]

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I agree. Almost all paleo or primal sites, blogs forums, and people in this forum emphasize products from pastured animals.

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WEEK 3

I have taken to the paleo way of life much better than i did previously and i do feel better. I am also one week down on my T25 journey and that workout is kicking my ass BIG TIME. I have a long way to go but i am excited that i am getting my workouts in (keep in mind that I've been inactive for over a year). For anyone who struggles to find the time to go to the gym, i definitely recommend working out at home.

Some musings on my paleo diet so far:

  • i need to cut back on my paleo treats as it is hindering my weight loss progress so starting monday, I am shelving my almond flour
  • i need to be aware of my portion sizes. I realize that i am an emotional eater and that it is possible to overdo it, even on paleo. As of Monday i will be documenting for myself what and when i am eating.
  • i need to divorce my scale....even for a bit. I tend to be obsessed with the numbers on the scale but i realize that weight can fluctuate throughout the day and that those 3 little numbers are not a good indicator of health
  • i need to eat more fish and lean meats

I plan to schedule my annual checkup in a few months so hopefully my way of living will have showed improvements.

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Week 5

Stress is my biggest enemy at this point. I am doing everything right but stress is what is leading me astray. I stress, i over eat, i stress, i don't want to exercise, i stress, i feel out of control. I am at a redo point as i feel as if i have allowed my stress to break me down. Last week, my car got broken into and its been a week that has gone downhill since then. My weigh in was dismal at best and of course, i ate as a comfort which in reality was no comfort. This entire weekend was a pig out fest on almond butter and dairy free chocolate (AKA sugar) as well as some non paleo treats. It's over though and the slate is wiped clean. Tomorrow is another day and so begins another week. Back to 100% paleo and working out daily.

This week will be better.

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