- Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:55 am
I have a friend who is currently doing the Paleo diet, which basically reasons that since the introduction of agriculture we have based our diet on cultivated grains which we aren't designed to eat, and that it is healthier to take the approach of the earlier paleolithic hunter-gatherers as a diet model.
Its not dissimilar to Atkins in that it removes all processed carbs (bread, cereals, rice, pasta and especially refined sugar) from the diet but it differs in that it doesn't restrict fruit, seeds, nuts, potatos etc. As it is based on a hunter-gatherer idea, obviously it includes meat and fish, and the creators of the diet also specify grass-fed meat but I can't help thinking this is just getting picky. In another similarity to Atkins it emphasises the importance of eggs, and underlines the myth that eating food which contains cholesterol impacts on the amount of cholesterol in your blood (it doesn't - your body makes its own cholesterol, the only dietary influence on it is again to do with processed carbohydrates so removing them is what helps to lower your cholesterol).
My friend said that the first week of the diet felt strange, but she is used to it now and feeling great. She also became UK Women's Racketball champion and UK Mixed Doubles Racketball champion at the weekend, so it hasn't hurt her energy levels.
Years ago Mr Yudster and I did Atkins and I have to say it was brilliant, especially for him. He lost loads of weight and was the fittest he has ever been probably. The problem with it is the cost - all that meat doesn't come cheap. I am planning to reinstigate maybe a combination of Atkins and Paleo after Christmas, see what happens.
Charlalottie on Twitter wrote:Just remembered that I played pool with a satanist last night. Really should go out on a Friday more often.
Charlalottie wrote:Had a good night last night. We lost the pub quiz but had my hair plaited by a viking.