I’ve made no secret of the fact that my diet is less than wholesome and I am constantly on the search for ‘the’ plan that is going to revolutionise my eating, my weight and my health.
Since the beginning of the year, I have felt really under par which may have something to do with the fact that I have been diagnosed with an underactive thyroid.
For many years I stuck faithfully to the Rosemary Conley Low Fat Eating Plan, the merits of which have recently been questioned, not least due to the amount of sugar and bad fats which seem to abound in low-fat foods.
I had heard of the Paleo diet and knew it was based on what we used to eat when we still lived in caves but, it transpires, it is so much more than that.
I was recently given a copy of Rebecca Field’s Paleo 12 Weeks To Change Your Life – Achieve The Ultimate Transformation” which is a great introduction to the Paleo lifestyle.
Paleo 12 weeks to change your life contains a 3 month Paleo Plan which shows you how you to take control of your life and change your eating habits and your health forever.
It’s not just about losing weight but also about adopting a healthier lifestyle and the book gives you all the information you need on how to introduce these changes into your life.
Rebecca helps you to understand how your body works and interacts with the food you eat and her book includes 200 recipes as well as weekly meal plans and shopping lists. Basically, all you have to do is follow and cook!
If, on the other hand, you are a bit like me and start and stop with your diet choices, you can use the book as a cookery book and enjoy the recipes.
The book is very comprehensive and contains sections on how to build your Paleo store cupboard, incorporating exercise and avoiding toxins, and also general health advice such as how to prioritise quality sleep and manage your stress.
|Granola is a healthier choice for breakfast|
There are lots of really helpful and honest case studies from people who have successfully adopted the plan, including the difficulties they faced – because this is about adopting a lifestyle. It’s not a quick diet fix.
Paleo 12 weeks to change your life also contains clear charts which tell you what you can and cannot eat. Be warned. Lots of your favourite foods will be banned but Rebecca shows you have to replace bad choices with foods that work with your body, rather than against.
The recipes are all in UK measurements which I prefer and the shopping lists are for 2 people so are easily doubled.
You’ll find you’ll be eating lots of meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds, and will be cooking most foods from scratch. The recipes in this book do not contain gluten or any grains, dairy, soya, legumes and peanuts. There are a few recipes with egg in but mainly in the breakfast section.
Devotees have reported that the Paleo diet helps to alleviate depression & anxiety, gives a lot more energy and helps tackle fatigue and brain fog. In fact, losing weight is a side benefit to adopting this way of eating.
I am at the start of my Paleo journey and at the very least will be trying some of these recipes – for example, “Sharp Asian Slaw”, Pear & Walnut Waldorf Salad, Salmon with Tomato & Caper Dressing and Coconut Mango Sorbet.
You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to cook these recipes (which is handy for me!). This is simple, easy to prepare, delicious food.
|Rebecca Field – #1 Amazon Best Selling Author|
I would love to hear from you if you have adopted the Paleo diet. How has it changed your health? How easy was it to incorporate into your lifestyle?