Paleo Diet

By Alexsmom3105 Latest Reply 2013-12-23 08:56:22 -0600
Started 2013-04-13 17:41:42 -0500

So i was just wondering if anyone is living this way. I was just put on insulin a few weeks ago and now I have found out I am allergic to wheat and corn. So the health food lady suggested that I try this diet, which can be a way of living.

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Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2013-04-16 11:21:13 -0500 Report

There are better choices for diabetics than wheat or corn for cereals/grain. What I mean better choice is having a lower glycemic index (GI). Whole-grain oats and rye are good examples.

For breakfast I eat 40 g of a mixed-grain muesli mainly containing oat flakes. Corn flakes is a bad choice due to its high GI. If you eat cereal for breakfast, make sure that it does not have added sugar.

I like crunchy whole-grain rye bread as well. A slice is small (read: few calories), it has a low GI, and it doesn't spoil quickly.

I follow a Mediterranean diet and use extra-virgin olive oil almost exclusively. For snacks I have started having an ounce of nuts and legumes along with fresh fruit. I really like the crunch of toasted garbanzo beans (a legume).

GabbyPA 2013-04-16 15:53:11 -0500 Report

How do you toast garbanzo beans? I have dry roasted lintels, but I cook them after. I am curious about that because I like garbanzos very much.

elba237 2013-04-16 18:51:18 -0500 Report

I love hummus either, a lot !!! try to use toasted sesame seeds or if you can't found the seeds u can put a touch of sesame oil. This ingredient is part of the original recipe and it gave the hummus a really good touch. Enjoy!!!

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2013-04-16 16:12:09 -0500 Report

I buy toasted garbanzo beans in bags sold as snacks. I have seen some snack mixes that also include lentils as well as other types of beans.

A recent article in the "New England Journal of Medicine" claims that following a Mediterranean diet supplemented with a handful of nuts and legumes, reduces risk of cardiovascular disease. As you know, DM II is often associated with obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Diet can be important in controlling these.

You might also consider hummus which is made with garbanzos, sesame seeds and olive oil. It makes a nice dip to have with fresh vegetables. (Use in place of high-calorie ranch dressing made with hydrogenated vegetable oil and HFCS.)

GabbyPA 2013-04-16 17:17:20 -0500 Report

I love hummus and make my own. I use garbanzo, olive oil, garlic and parsley or cilantro. YUMMY. I have never seen toasted garbanzos for sale..I need to go to and see if they sell them. Thanks

elba237 2013-04-16 19:03:43 -0500 Report

This is the way I toast my garbanzos or chickpeas…

1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss 2 cups cooked, rinsed chickpeas. In the original recipe people use to put up to 3 tbsp of oil but I recomend not to do and the taste will not change. 2 . Season your chickpeas with a little salt and cumin. I use to do in the original way using only salt and cumin but some people use a basic seasoning that can be salt, pepper, garlic powder, lemon juice and cumin. Start with light seasonings, then taste a chickpea and adjust. Remember that the chickpeas' flavors will concentrate during roasting, so be careful and not over season the chickpeas . You can always add more to the final product.
3 . Spread chickpeas in a single layer on the cookie sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chickpeas are golden brown. Cool, taste and add seasoning as needed.
I hope you like it…

Nick1962 2013-04-14 18:55:59 -0500 Report

Tracy, I've been doing this in a modified way for several years now, and yes it can work. I say "modified" because I found for myself that my food needs have changed frequently due to health and other factors, but the basis of the Paleo diet is very rewarding.

theladyiscrazy 2013-12-22 20:25:03 -0600 Report

Could you explain what you have modified? Thank you.

Nick1962 2013-12-23 08:46:12 -0600 Report

The strict “old school” Paleo diet is pretty restrictive and hard to follow unless you are really dedicated to that way of life.
The modifications we make allow for small amounts of dairy, legumes, and carbs if the form of whole grains (such as breads, etc.) but only as an “assist” when we can’t find other options to get the necessary nutrition.
We will consume bread, but at best two servings per week, and beans being a good source of fiber and protein keep us from eating too much fatty meat. Base diet is still protein, fruits, vegetables, and nuts though.
Kind of hard to follow a strict anything diet - Paleo, vegan or what have you - and still be an active part of society.

theladyiscrazy 2013-12-23 08:56:22 -0600 Report

Thank you Nick. I have been trying Paleo and find it very restrictive and difficult to manuever sometimes. It appears you do more "whole foods" mentality as well. That greatly helps.

Scarlet03 2013-04-14 15:21:48 -0500 Report

Im allergic to anything with wheat, oats and some dairy…witnin the last year..and I take insulin, I admit I slip up… but I can eat some white flour and corn tortillias…but having diverticulitus. I have to becareful of some veggies I eat

GabbyPA 2013-04-14 12:40:45 -0500 Report

I have been very curious about this and trying to figure a way to get the whole family on board. Wheat products make my joints hurt (I am discovering) and this diet seems to really fit the bill...for me. It's the rest of the family that will give me issues.

Anyway, here are some books on it and cookbooks as well.

Nick1962 2013-04-15 11:01:13 -0500 Report

Gabby, getting the whole family on board might not be hard, especially living in the south, as long as you don’t call it a Paleo diet. You’re familiar with the southern lunch concept of “Meat and Three” right? You basically pick a meat/protein and then 3 sides.
Well, I tend to do the same, just with healthier choices. It keeps the variety we’re all used to and can be very cost effective. Since sides like slaw, bean salads, raw vegetables and such usually make a ton and keep fairly well, we usually have enough left over from the weekend’s cooking. Tonight I might just grill up a hamburger (no bun) and pick from the leftover sides with a bit of broccoli salad, calico black bean salad, and I think I may still have some chili in the freezer I could top a burger with.
OK so things like mayo and tomato sauce aren’t “paleo” but I do make some concessions to modern times. Technically, depending on where your personal caveman lived, broccoli or the peppers in my bean salad might not make the list either. Point is it’s all mainly whole foods, and each family member can eat as much or as little as they want. Most often the amounts consumed are less than 1 serving per side because the variety is there. You really end up creating a “salad bar”, and tomorrow night might just be yesterday’s leftover chicken cut up with the bean salad on some shredded lettuce for a little southwestern chicken salad. It is an unorthodox change if you came from a protein/starch/veg based meal plan like I was familiar with, but I’m liking it.

GabbyPA 2013-04-15 17:34:38 -0500 Report

Perhaps I need to approach it that way. I am such a casserole sucks.

Nick1962 2013-04-16 09:11:26 -0500 Report

Yeah, the conversion is going to be tough for you. Casseroles may just have to be relegated to a once a week treat, but honestly, after eating “paleo” for a while you do actually feel better and may not go back to them if you can manage the switch. A lot of inflammatory foods don’t exist in the paleo diet, which is partly why the hunter/gatherers managed to stay healthy. Their baseline nutritional needs were met without the excesses of things like pasta, gravy, sauce, etc. These things later became “foods of the affluent”, and just like the western diet, you can pretty well track affluence and illness.
Thankfully, after growing up in the Midwest, casseroles are something that I’m glad to be shed of. In fact they’re grounds for divorce in my house.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-16 09:22:01 -0500 Report

My great aunt used to make a hamburger or sometimes she used lamb and vegetable casserole which would possibly pass the personal caveman test. She used the canned veg-al. But if you subbed with fresh carrots, peas, and green beans and left out the spuds, Gabby would have a casserole that has the Protein plus 3 sides inside one dish.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-16 09:25:32 -0500 Report

Also shepherds pie, replacing the smashed tater topping with Gabby's smashed spud/cauliflower blend, or just straight smashed cauliflower.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-15 12:16:06 -0500 Report

Thanks for explaining, Nick. I really like "your personal caveman". My confusion with many paleo bloggers was they would get bogged down in details like "plums are out because they were not around during the paleo period." Like herfords or angus were?

Nick1962 2013-04-15 13:54:18 -0500 Report

I treat the Paleo diet more as a concept. If you can’t grow it or kill it, you shouldn’t eat it. There was a program on National Geographic recently called Warrior Graveyard that showed you could tell what region ancient people were from by doing chemical testing on their bones. Different chemical make up in things like proteins, iron, calcium even tannins (basically what you ate and drank) remain in your bones like a geographical marker. When ancient battlefields were dug up, this is how they could tell who were locals and who were the invaders (I have a passing interest in archeology). Eating true “paleo” might be near impossible because some fruits and vegetables didn’t even exist then, and like you say, we might be limited to bison.

KG66 2013-04-14 10:47:19 -0500 Report

My family is doing this diet and they all love it! They feel fuller faster and have very good weight loss results. They haven't been on it for long but within the first week they all seemed to lose about 5lbs. Everyone says they feel a lot better too!

adamr1989 2013-04-14 09:28:43 -0500 Report

I am on the Paleo Diet. It's basically going back to the way cavemen use to eat. There are some Paleo cookbooks that have really good recipes and they have some bread recipes. I'll get you the name of the two cookbooks we have. But, definitely look it up. It works for me.

jayabee52 2013-04-14 15:09:29 -0500 Report

Bread recipes? In a Paleo cookbook? (irony font /on) Didn't know cavemen baked bread. Learn something every day! (irony font \off)

jayabee52 2013-04-14 00:54:13 -0500 Report

I am not that "well informed member to which Jigsaw referred either!

The best I could perhaps claim is semi-paleo, kinda.

But there is seems to be a whole movement in that "Paleo" eating direction.
A whole website of Paleo eaters may be found at a site called "Nerd Fitness" (sounds wierd to me) but they promote that way of eating. You may wish to look them up here ~

Yes it is a way of living. The way we were and are living is a way of living.


Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-13 19:26:29 -0500 Report

Disclaimer: am not the well informed member Jigsaw referenced.
However, most grains give me problems. If I avoid/limit them I feel better and my BG stays better.
I don't follow paleo as it has to many confusing rules as to what foods count as paleo.
I do understand the meat is good for you part and whole heartedly follow that part of paleo eating

jigsaw 2013-04-13 17:56:45 -0500 Report

There is a member that is well informed and utilizes the Paleo diet. Unfortunately I am not that member, but maybe he will respond!

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