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Going Paleo for 30 Days

I completed the 28 Fast Metabolism Diet and did not cheat at all. It was not the most pleasant experience, dieting never is. But I walked away from it 10 lbs. lighter. So to me, it was worth it.

Oh No, Not Again
I then attempted the maintenance stage. However, the scale started tipping in the wrong direction almost immediately. Grrrr.... What is a woman who still has 30 lbs. to go supposed to do? I can tell you for sure it isn't staying on the FMD long term. I did mention it wasn't the best experience for me, right?

Now What?
So I decided to do some self reflection and think about what has helped me with weight loss in the past. Trust me, I am an experienced dieter. And therein lies the problem. I desperately need to get off the diet train. I have no problem losing weight. I also have no problem gaining it all back, plus some.

But one lifestyle change did help me significantly before and didn't feel like a diet - eating Paleo. I pondered that for a few days, switched to 99% …

Eating Several Small Meals a Day

For years I have heard that it is better to eat several small meals a day than it is to eat 3 big meals. But that has always seemed so contrary to what I've always done. So, I never really gave it a try.

But since I completed my fast I have decided that just because something is conventional doesn't mean it's right. It's not conventional to only consume liquids for 30 days. But I did it and the Lord blessed me tremendously.

I have often gotten into trouble with the 3 meals a day deal. A lot of times I would eat breakfast so late that I'd overeat the entire rest of day. Also, I felt OK about putting a large amount of food on my plate because I figured I wasn't going to be eating again for several hours. Not good at all!

So since Feb. 1, I have been eating 5 or 6 small, balanced meals a day. I really just cook three meals but then I split them in half. That way I don't have to do any additional prep work. Actually what I do is split my protein and grains in half but I have a full serving of fruits or vegetables with each meal. Plus I usually have some fruits or veggies in with the protein and grain as well.

I got this idea from the new Choose My Plate initiative.
I really try to make sure that my plate looks like this - minus the dairy. I don't care about the ratio of fruits and vegetables as long as they cover about half of my plate.

I thought it would be time consuming to eat this way but it hasn't been at all. I think that's mainly because I'm not picky about what foods I put together. As long as all of the food groups are covered I'm good. I've had some pretty interesting food combinations lately but it's all tasted good to me. For example, this morning I had egg, black bean, chicken, brown rice, and broccoli stir fry (seasoned with some spicy mustard) with a strawberry, apple, and grape fruit salad on the side. It may sound odd but it tasted delicious!

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