Weigh In: May 15th W#1

75.9 kg (0.6 kg less than my original starting weight)

I signed up to a new gym yesterday, after moving house almost 4 months ago my only exercise has been biking to work and back each day, so I’m looking forward to getting back into exercise. 

Diet wise I will be trying a Paleo/Clean eating system. With varying degrees of strictness to keep it achievable and interesting over the long term.

I’m back… (cringe)

So, it has been over 6 months since my last post and I hate to say I have gone right back to where I started. I have absolutely no good excuses.

The long term problem I seem to face is the combination of these three factors:

1) I enjoy food and eating

2) Most of my socialising is done over food and drink

3) My motivation to prioritise being slim fluctuates

When I choose to I can diet and lose weight with the best of them, however it is the above factors and my longterm health which I really need to tackle and find a solution to. I’m not sure what that looks like yet but I am once again on the warpath to discover it.

May 2014 weigh in to be uploaded tomorrow.

24 Mistakes People Make on a Paleo Diet


Are you making any of these Paleo Diet Mistakes?


1. Increase Fruit Intake

When starting any “healthy eating” regime, so many people seem to make mistakes, like replace the junk food with endless fruit salads, fruit smoothies and snacks of whole fruit. Just because it’s natural, it doesn’t mean it’s a good choice. Fruit is very high in fructose, something that should be minimised to prevent inflammation, insulin response and ultimately conversion into fat storage.

2. Failing to Make Time to Get Organised

If you’re organised, eating healthily doesn’t have to take much time, but prior planning is essential. Being organised and having the ingredients you need at hand, meals planned and contingency plans in place for tricky situations (such as social events) is essential for success. If you find yourself hungry at a party you knew you were going to, you haven’t set yourself up to make the right food choices. I’ve just finished my first book, the Paleo Breakfast Recipe Book – the aim of this book is to make delicious Paleo Breakfast’s possible and easy with a bit of organisation. I’d love to hear what you think of it!

The Paleo Diet 24 Mistakes People Make Common Fail

3. Expect to Lose 20kg/ Gain an Athletic Body Composition in 7 Days

I read about a lot of people who are disappointed that they’ve been following a Paleo eating plan for a week and have not lost any weight/ changed their body composition yet. This isn’t “a diet” for short term cosmetic benefits – it’s a lifestyle you can follow for the rest of your life, leading to long-term health benefits. If you’re looking for a diet to get into your bikini in 4-days time (before returning to your previous way of eating and exercising), you’ve come to the wrong place!

4. Try to do Junk Food Paleo

It’s not realistic to expect to replace a junk food diet with paleo equivalents. Whilst you might be able to find packages food that are broadly Paleo these are no substitute for properly prepared foods – with good quality ingredients. There is a place for packaged “Paleo” foods, such as when on the road – but these times should make the exception, rather than the rule.

5. Keep Old SAD Foods in the Pantry

There might be hundreds of dollars worth of pasta, packet meals and bread-making ingredients in the pantry. It might seem wasteful to throw it away – but to really commit to a better way of eating, there is no place for this in your kitchen. Donate it or throw it away, but don’t “use it up” first, or hang on to it “just in case”. Commit. Get rid. Restock.

6. Overdoing Nuts

Nuts are Paleo, but they are calories too, lots of them. It’s all too easy to snack on a few too many nuts. Some nuts also don’t have favourable Omega 3/ Omega 6 ratios – another reason to go easy and limit the nuts to no more than a very small handful each day.

7. Being Scared of Fat

It’s probably not surprising, but after years of being told about the evils of fat, many people are scared of it. Despite reading and understanding the Paleo concepts, when it comes to eating, some people are still wary – and may cut the fat off meat, or cook in as little coconut oil as possible. I think it just takes time and reinforcement – make sure your diet contains adequate fat.

8. Ignoring Portion Control

Calories do matter. I read so many comments where people have been strictly Paleo, but are not losing (or are even putting on) weight. It’s not a correct assumption that you can eat whatever you like – certainly not when you are overweight.

The Paleo Diet Mistakes Portion Sizes DO Matter

9. Become Fixated with a Certain “Brand” of Paleo

There are lots of different ways of eating, within the Paleo spectrum. Some people may do very low carb for instance, and others may follow an auto-immune protocol. If it isn’t working, move on and try something new. To stick to a set prescription, which clearly isn’t working for you, makes no sense. Experiment. Find what works.

10. Let one Slip Ruin the Day/ Week/ Month

Sometimes things do go wrong. You ate something that wasn’t Paleo, by any stretch of the imagination. Instead of using this as an excuse to eat more SAD food, it is the perfect opportunity to start fresh and move on. There is nothing wrong with occasionally having non-Paleo food, providing it isn’t allowed to ruin the rest of your efforts.

11. It’s a Science not a Renactment

You hear people who start to question everything through Paleo lenses. Computers and modern medicine weren’t around in the Paleolithic era – so we shouldn’t use them? This may be true, but we have the benefit of modern science and research to combine with Paleo, to get the best possible results – it would be foolish not to take advantage.

12. Don’t Sleep Properly

Sleep is such an important part of a healthy lifestyle. I’d argue it’s actually the most important factor. Without sleep, you might be eating a perfect Paleo diet and have a great fitness regime, but you won’t be in the best possible health. Without adequate sleep your body mechanisms won’t function efficiently, you won’t recover properly from exercise – and you won’t deal with stress as well. Working out why you aren’t sleeping properly and taking steps to resolve it will work with your Paleo lifestyle to bring your health forward in leaps and bounds.

13. Trying to Make Things Fit

You know your morning skinny latte or daily glass of wine isn’t in the spirit of Paleo, but you try to make it fit (all those antioxidants must be Paleo, right?). If you have to justify it, you probably shouldn’t have it – at least not so often.

14. Avoid the Sun

There seem to be more studies every week showing us just how crucial Vitamin D is – yet so many people still avoid the sun and cover themselves in sunscreen at the mere mention of the word “sun”. Even in Australia, at the right time of day, for the right duration sun exposure is a good thing.

The Paleo Diet Primal Blueprint Mistakes Get Outdoors and Get Some Sunshine!

15. Refuse to Cook

Not cooking seriously limits eating choices and will makes it so much harder to eat well. Cooking doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming – it can actually be relaxing, fast and very rewarding.

16. Turn a Blind Eye to Social Occasions and Restaurants

It’s all too easy to let a few poor choices slip in when eating out socially – but these can really add up. With steps such as finding out the food options in advance and not going out hungry, you can make good choices and minimise the damage. If it’s too hard to eat differently to everyone else, perhaps arrangingsocial events that aren’t food based – or offering to cook for friends will be a better alternative.

17. Obsessing on a Weekly Cheat

Paleo should not be boring or restrictive – if it is, you need to introduce more variety and try new recipes. When a planned weekly cheat becomes the focus of your week, it’s time to address what isn’t working and fix it. With a varied Paleo diet thoughts of SAD food should be very few and far between.

18. Don’t Move

Fitness is an important part of a Paleo lifestyle. Whilst nutrition is a huge part, the importance of being active and lifting heavy things once in a while should not be ignored. Paleo doesn’t begin & end with food tweet this quote

19. Don’t Take Measurements

When you feel well, it’s hard to remember how you felt before. If you have blood tests and take a note of your measurements and how you feel every few months, it will be obvious how well Paleo is working for you and what you can improve on.

20. Listen to Conventional Wisdom

Following Conventional Wisdom often isn’t very compatible with a Paleo diet and could get very confusing. Once you decide to stick to Paleo, it’s helpful to filter out many of the health stories in mainstream media, or just read them for entertainment value.

21. Fail to Read and Research

Those who stick to a healthy lifestyle seem to be those who understand the impact it has on their health. The more you read and research, the more you can tweek your lifestyle and improve your health. Following a lifestyle based on someone else’s example, without an understanding of the principles, will be very hard to stick to and follow properly.

22. Don’t Tell Others

In any change, it’s really important to have support. Family and friends will (hopefully) accommodate your nutritional wishes and may even follow your example. If you’re finding it difficult, having a support network is invaluable. Finding others following Paleo is great way of building a support network of people going through the same as you.

23. Not Persevering

Changing diet can be hard. Carb flu is a distinct possibility when moving from a SAD diet, to a Paleo diet. It might feel all too easy to give up at this point – when in reality a bit of perseverance will see this stage end and everything will get easier. Sticking with it, however hard it feels, however many mistakes you make, will be so worthwhile.

24. Hanging onto an Old Favourite

Diet Coke immediately springs to mind as something people often struggle to give up. Products like this seem extremely addictive, but certainly aren’t working with your Paleo nutrition towards your health goals. Whether it’s changing routine, finding an alternative – or going cold turkey, it’s time to let go.

I found this great little list at: http://paleo.com.au/2012/03/paleo-mistakes/

Moving forward

New rules:

– No eating after 7.30 on weeknights

– Allow a small portion of carbs once a day (but not for dinner)

– Cutout gluten

– Add back one portion of diary per week (preferably natural yoghurt)

– Decrease portion sizes.

– Chew more gum, drink more water.

– Record what I eat.

The point of these rules is to change things up a bit, allow some diversity and flexibility in what I eat and try to minimise cravings. 


the #1 Habit You Need to Break to lose weight (or so I’ve been told)

sneaky snacks

 There are few absolutes in weight loss science. High-carb versus low-carb diets are still the subject of endless debate. Whether snacks make you slimmer or fatter is an argument for the ages. The evidence for calories-in versus calories-burned is even being questioned.

Amid this dissonant squabbling a clarion truth emerges: Eating at night is strongly associated with being overweight and obese. That after-dark nibbling makes you fat seems to be true for people of all ages.

Two new studies ad, ahem, weight to this consensus and offer some insight into why night snacking can make you overweight.

The first measured the effects of nighttime snacking on energy metabolism. The researchers looked at 11 healthy women, who either consumed a 210-calorie snack at 10 am or 11 pm over 13 days. After the 13-day period, researchers measured the basil metabolic rate for each group.

The conclusion: eating at night changes your metabolism for the worst. Eating the snack at night decreased fat oxidation (the rate at which fat is metabolized into energy and not stored as excess flab) and boosted total and LDL, aka “bad” cholesterol.

similar study looked at 52 volunteers with the goal of understanding how sleep timing affects weight. The result: Eating in the evening or before sleeping seems to predispose individuals to weight gain because they consumed more calories at night (a phenomenon familiar to anyone who mindlessly munches brownie bites during Homeland).

The best advice: Don’t snack after 6 pm, or—if you are a night owl—after 8 pm. And make sure the snacks you choose after dark are healthy and low-cal.


Week 6 Weigh in

-0.8 =72.6kg

I have not been following my diet plan at all the past 2 weeks now. I have no excuse. Thankfully I have been really enjoying the gym and have that to thank for the continuing weight loss.

I think I might re-evalute my eating plan to include more grains and maybe even a small treat every 2nd or 3rd day.. Just to make it slightly more sustainable.

Update coming soon.

bordom eating…

Are you really hungry? Or just bored? At times, we eat because we have nothing better to do. It’s something a lot of us do without thinking. Here are a few tips to help you establish a new routine and new habits:


  1. 1

    Make a hunger diary. Record your daily intake. Include a list of calories, if desired.

  2. Recognize patterns of eating. Do they coincide with boredom? Is there a time of day when you are more likely to be bored?

  3. 3

    Identify if you are actually hungry. Ask yourself, on a scale of one to ten, how hungry you feel. If the answer is seven or more, you should probably eat something. Otherwise, refrain from eating until you reach this point of actual hunger.

  4. 4

    Satisfy feelings with other interests. Find other interests that are just as rewarding.Have fun with a friend.

  5. 5

    Make an activity hat. Fill the hat with different activities and pull one out to do. This should relieve your boredom and the urge to eat.

  6. 6

    Find an activity that occupies your hands. Try a manicure, needlework, typing or if you do play an instrument this is a good time for practicing. You can only do one activity at a time.

  7. 7

    Concentrate on what you are doing. Force yourself to become preoccupied until the hunger subsides.

  8. 8

    Go for a walk. This will take you away from the kitchen. Once your scene has changed, your cravings should subside.

  9. 9

    Avoid buying certain foods. Identify the foods that you most commonly reach for and avoid having them in your home.

  10. 10

    Avoid having food in your bedroom. Eat only at the dining room table. Stashed snackscan be a big temptation.

  11. 11

    Choose nutritious food. Choose replenishing whole foods. Processed foods are deprived of natural vitamins and nutrients.

  12. 12

    Schedule a small nutritious snack between meals. This may keep you from indulging at meals.

  13. 13

    Eat celery or watermelon. They are mostly water, low in calories and can quench your thirst. You may burn as many calories as the celery contains just by chewing it. The sweetness of watermelon is very satisfying. They’re both pretty healthy.

  14. 14

    Drink a glass of waterWater is filling and may satisfy you for a period of time.

  15. 15

    Never Eat Artificial Sweetener. They are no better for you than sugar and actually increase cravings.

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    Chew a piece of gum. It’s refreshing and low in calories. It may help to curb your appetite and actually burn a few calories.

  • Enjoy eating. Savor your food.
  • Do something that entertains you besides eating.
  • Periodically adjust to a more realistic diet routine throughout your life:
    • Give yourself a little freedom to indulge once a day or once a week. Try a small piece ofchocolate or a smoothie.
    • Exercise may require an extra snack or a few more calories.
    • Calories may need to be limited later in life to prevent weight gain from a slowermetabolism.
  • Forming healthy eating habits takes time, planning and discipline.
  • Get a hobby. Find something you’d like to do and get started!
  • If this is really hard for you, switch the junk food out for gum. Gum only has around 5 calories a stick and chewing it burns 11 calories an hour.(Nothing to be excited about, but still pretty cool.) Just don’t chew too much, because gum costs can add up and it can actually make you (more) hungry as it teases your stomach.
  • Consult with a dietitian to formulate a plan suitable to your needs. Everyone needs professional direction now and then.
  • Overeating can be a symptom of underlying stress. Eating releases endorphins and provides for needed comfort. Weight gain and lack of control can lead to depression. Seek the help of a psychiatrist, if needed.
  • Consult your physician with binge eating and other eating disorders.
  • Consult your physician with weight gain before it becomes a more serious detriment to your health.