Did you know that there is MORE sugar in a bowl of Special K than there is in a 90% cocoa solid bar of Lindt dark chocolate? Stunning. Truly stunning. I always thought eating dark chocolate was okay on Paleo because the sugar content is so low while the fat content is high so that’s fine for Paleo. Also chocolate is good for you. In fairly small moderate quantities. Whereas cereal is REALLY bad for you! What more do you need to know?
I got this from the man who made the documentary film Cereal Killers which I plan to buy just as soon as I’ve stopped typing this. I always knew cereal was loaded with sugar and that it isn’t a good breakfast – or indeed a good anything. But I had no idea that wholemeal break can elevate blood sugar levels! (See link at top of this post for more on that).
I’ve proved Paleo works
For most of my adult life I have eaten wholemeal bread. Usually the granary kind loaded with lovely nuts and seeds. Crackling when it toasts, delicious with thick thick butter spread on it. I thought I would miss it dearly on Paleo. Turns out, I really don’t. I can have the nuts and seeds still just not the wheat and flour element which causes the damage. My blood sugar levels were lower than they’ve been for ages after just under a year on Paleo. And no wholemeal bread!
It’s incredibly hard to get across to people that wholemeal bread isn’t good for them. After all it’s the message we’ve been bombarded with literally for decades. And changing a culture ain’t easy.
Aerobics and high carbs
Like many people, in the early 80s I bought into the whole aerobics and dance craze. Exercise aerobically and eat lots of complex carbs was the message. So I did. And guess what happened? I gained two stone! Made no sense. I was doing 12 hours of dance classes a week at one time – I’m a pretty obsessive person and I don’t just get into things I get INTO THINGS when I’m into them.
For years I just assumed I wasn’t exercising enough so I exercised some more and I ate plenty complex carbs afterwards to keep me going. You are looking at a person who GAINED WEIGHT while training for and running a marathon.
Anecdotal evidence only
I realise this entire blog and experiment on myself is merely anecdotal and won’t stand the test of science. But you know what? I really don’t care. All I set out to do was prove that you can’t lose weight unless you cut calories and fat content and eat complex carbs. Another words I was trying to prove that Paleo doesn’t work because I couldn’t believe that it did well it does! And that is how proper science does tests. Sets out to prove the opposite.
Freedom from calorie counts!
You can lose weight on Paleo without counting calories!
Freedom from tyranny of the scales
You can lose weight on Paleo without weighing every day or week.
Freedom from hunger
You can lose weight on Paleo without ever feeling hungry.
Freedom from exercise!
Best of all, you can lose weight on Paleo without exercising! Do by all means take regular exercise if you want to. It’s good for the head. But alls you need is a brisk walk every day for about half an hour, if that. There’s really no need to go to gyms or take part in punishing exercise regimes that you hate.
Paleo also boosts your energy like no other diet can – or has for me. I feel healthier, happier, fitter and a sense of a real achievement. All from changing the way I eat! For this is NOT just a diet, it’s a new way of living.
Have a good Thursday. Much thanks for reading this post.