No book review this week as I haven’t yet decided what to read next. I just hope I can keep the habit up because it’s a good habit to have. So instead you’ll have to make do with what this blog is supposed to be about in the first place – dieting!
I have gone back to Paleo since the beginning of the month but I’m not exactly being overly strict on it. Who can resist ice-cream in this weather? Only a saint. And my application to the Pope has to wait till I die, apparently. Also I’m not a catholic so I’m going to eat ice-cream while the weather is warm. But I’ve found a way to get round this and still stick to Paleo.
No, I haven’t found a shop that sells Paleo ice-cream in Stoke-on-Trent – that surprises you doesn’t it? I am told it exists – Paleo ice-cream, that is. Not Stoke-on-Trent – that I KNOW exists. And I guess I could make my own but for now, I shall eat it a few times a day. I mean week! Obviously. Few times a week.
Instead of having a Paleo life I am having Paleo Days. So some days I will eat Paleo and nothing else, ie high protein, as much fat as I want and no or very few carbs. Other days I do the carbs but try to limit them and always have some fat and/or protein with them so the old blood sugar doesn’t go crazy.
We like ice-cream because it’s that fatal combination of fat and sugar that doesn’t occur naturally. And because it doesn’t occur naturally our brains haven’t developed to deal with it. It sends us ever so slightly off our heads. Bit like drugs. Gives us a buzz, a warm fuzzy feeling.
Fat and sugar
Which is fine so long as you recognise this and limit it. Other combinations of fat and sugar that we tend to love are cereals – when served with milk – cake – obviously! – croissants and other diet-destroying pastries, chocolate bars, puddings of most kinds, milkshakes, burgers, pizzas… you get it, the whole catastrophe. The entire panoply of fast-food outlets. This is no accident. They know we love all that stuff and they know it’s a bit addictive.
Whether you accept the premise that food can be addictive or not, there is no doubt fat and sugar combinations are extremely moreish. So the best way to lose weight the Paleo way without really noticing or even thinking of yourself as being on a diet is try to restrict the number of times you eat food that combines fat and sugar. Restrict sugar as much as you can but don’t worry about the fat. That oughta do it.
And that’s exactly what they used to tell you to do in the Sixties! Cut out biscuits, cakes, crisps, sweets and chocolates! Everything that’s fattening went the thought process then. Till the whole low-fat rubbish came in and it all changed the results of which we see all around us. But low-carb was the way to go in the 50s and 60s and in fact WeightWatchers first diet plan was very much of this ilk. Though it changed later to fit with fashion.
Anyway that’s me for now. I’ll stick to it as much as I can but I’ve given myself a special dispensation to eat ice-cream while the weather remains this warm. It’s got to be done! Have a great week and enjoy the sun if you can…