• ChickWhitt

    As a pregnant mama, I almost cried at the idea of no potatoes. The baby is apparently carb-tastic.

    But I am so glad that you have found something that works for you! And that you aren’t the crazy “I can’t have anything but purified air for dinner” person either!

  • alanmill

    Nothing wrong with that diet. It sounds tough to maintain for those of us who eat out a LOT, but sounds balanced, and good for you.

  • Truthful Mommy

    YOU GO GIRL! I wish I had the will power. I am a self diagnosed carboholic.I’d rather work out 23 hours a day than give up carbs. It’s my sickness. Hell, at one point I even had a pretty extreme eating disorder because I’d rather taste the carb and promptly get rid of it rather than simply not eat it. I am proud of you.I don’t know why anyone would talk shit about it. You are the one who is adhering to the strict diet.It;s not hurting anyone and you sound like you look and feel absolutely fab! BRAVO MAMA!!!

  • writtendad

    But cheese? CHEESE? Oh, okay, I could go without the cookies and candy and bread and pasta (though pasta would be a really big struggle), but cheese is . . . well, it’s cheese!

    However, I’m both impressed and intrigued. I currently sport a keg in place of a six-pack (a small one, like one of those small Heineken things, but a keg none the less) so this may be an option that would work for me. I’ll just need to eat blocks of cheese every waking moment as my way of bidding it farewell.

  • Hippittee

    so glad that you’ve found something that works…many of my friends (who are tremendously cut) swear by this diet as well. hope you’ll consider sharing some before and after photos.

  • MadelaK

    good for you! i was going to comment on your last post about how great your arm looks!….minus the enormous bruise. i think this diet sounds a lot more sane than, well, anything else. kudos, lady.

  • napangel

    That diet makes complete and total sense to me. Your approach sounds super smart. Off to read more about the Paleo diet. I could do with a lot less bloating.

  • beezilla

    Good for you. Wheat is nasty, nasty crap. Every single person out there could trace their illnesses to wheat I’m sure. Okay, so that’s maybe reaching – given the U.S. penchant for corn syrup – but it’s nasty nasty crap and it does create havoc with the body. It just blows me away that whole wheat is touted as the EAT TONS OF THIS STUFF TO BE HEALTHY food. Oy.

    There’s a reason all the 30+ and 40+ year olds are getting all the illnesses that used to plague the 60+ year olds. Yep, wheat and processed food.

    You go… looks good on ya. I did all of what you did, in stages starting in 2006, and went from 180 lbs to 115 1bs. Now I’m trying to bulk it up and actually have to strive to keep the weight on.

    Here’s a lovely link about gluten (with an even lovelier title!) for the naysayers: How to Keep Feces Out of Your Bloodstream (or Lose 10 Pounds in 14 Days)

    For those who want the carbs and gluten, please prepare them properly, the way we did for centuries. See Sally Fallon’s “Nourishing Traditions” cookbook, and check out the Weston Price Foundation website.

    Kudos Heather.

  • HungryGrad

    In a perfect world, I’d eat nothing but fresh meat, fruit, and vegetables; I’m one of the few people I know who specifically craves red meat. I don’t care about processed carbs (actually I’d miss dessert and mayyybe potatoes, but that’s it), and I’d be totally high-fiving you around the chunks of flesh and heap of leafy greens on my plate, but… like… how is the meat we have access to now anything like the meat peeps of the paleolithic ate?

    Do you just eat pasture-raised beef?

    Do you not bother?

    Does it matter?

    Am I just ignoring my body telling me what it wants because I’ve succumbed to the fad-du-jour of overeducated yuppie-ass hipsters?

    Has your increased strength from your diet and chasing Marlo made you able to run down and wrestle the shit out of wild game?

    Do you charge admission? Because I’d totally pay to see that!

    Anyway, I guess no one really knows anything about this stuff… nutrition and environmentalism are hazy disciplines, and it’s good that you’ve got something that works for you. The paleo diet strikes me as completely impossible for the vast majority of the world’s population, but then, the guy who thought we’d all have starved to death by 2000 was wrong, too. :)

  • cris

    You’re lying. You’d never tell Leta she’d have to sleep with the slab of tuna. You know full well she’d never let you throw it away after the first night, and then the bobcat wouldn’t be mythical.

    Also, how, how, HOW on earth and skies and everything in between and above and below and in a galaxy far far away would you ever be able to give up on donettes, lil’ or not? Those are 25% of your diet (okay, two dogs, my math is bad, but, still, I’m thinking, with the daily coffee, it’s more than 10%). No.freaking.way ;)

  • arielsara

    Good job on doing what works for YOU! I actually do something similar called the “Body Ecology Diet,” and it sounds like a lot of rules are the same. I, too, thought I would not be able to ever give up cheese and I don’t even miss it. Although, I cut out a bunch of that shit and realized, “Whoops! I’m allergic! That’s why I’ve been feeling like crap.” So there’s no going back for me. Except for on the wine. There is no holding me back from that.

  • slapper

    I think this calls for before and after pics! ;-)

  • Sivy

    My family has been Paleo for a year – and we have never felt (or looked) better! Turns out all my “belly issues” were a result of a gluten intolerance. Welcome to the crazy Paleo family!

  • dooce

    @HungryGrad, I buy organic, free-range chicken and organic, grass fed beef as much as possible. It’s really about avoiding the hormones, that’s the difference. It’s not perfect, no, and I guess if I wanted to do it down to the absolute letter I’d go hunt my own meat. But since that’s not realistic, avoiding hormones takes me far enough.

  • Chrysalis

    You’ll have to do better than that if you want to offend people. Paleo is old news. Everyone’s doing it. Maybe become obsessed with Rebecca Black or something…

  • angelle321

    I imagine you probably already read Mark’s Daily Apple, but just in case you don’t, you totally should!

    I dream of being able to stick with primal/paleo eating but I keep falling off the wagon for dessert.

  • haspotential

    OH, MAN, I wish you had posted about this when you first started. I was exclusively breastfeeding my baby when she started showing signs of milk protein allergy. Okay, no dairy (or whey, casein, milk solids, etcetera). The signs (bloody diarrhea, I know you’ll appreciate) continued. So I cut out wheat, soy, corn, eggs, nuts, peanuts, citrus, shellfish, onions, and a jillion other things that she seemed to be allergic to. Paleo is the closest thing I could find to what I was eating, so paleo-friendly restaurants were my savior. Once you give up dairy, the rest is… cake. (PS, the pediatric GI finally told me to cut it out and put her on prescription formula. I had already lost 30 lbs… off my pre-pregnancy weight, so 60 lbs since giving birth).

  • haspotential

    PS, Austin, TX is THE place to travel and eat any weird-ass thing you could think of. They are SO accommodating of strange food preferences.

  • Square Peaches

    Good for you; my husband and I have actually been talking about doing this. I went the Atkins route 3 years ago, cutting out processed food & sugar and sticking to lean protein, veggies, fruits, and nuts. I did keep low-fat dairy (Cheese!). (Atkins actually was preaching the evils of processed foods/carbs 10 years ago, but all anyone could concentrate on was The Fat! THE FAT!!) I lost 30 lbs and have kept it off. Oh, and my cholesterol went down to 165.

    However, the crappy food has started seeping back into my diet, and I can tell the difference. Diabetes runs in my family, and I surely do not want to go that route.

    And kudos for allowing yourself that 10%. Even my doctor told me that life is meant to be enjoyed, and that what we do 80% of the time is what counts; so I made sure to allow myself the occasional indulgence.

    Question: how did you feel after that tostada? I noticed that after I cleaned up my eating, some of those indulgences made me feel like CRAP. I found it actually went a long way in helping to not miss the stuff I gave up.

  • Nhiro

    I’m jealous! I’ve contemplated making the switch to a keto diet for a long time, but I’m on a tight (non-existent) budget right now and carbs are cheap. And being Asian, rice makes up about, oh, 90% of what I eat. :/

  • lilrilly

    I get so much enjoyment out of your posts. Heather, YOU’RE DOING IT RIGHT. I haven’t read any comments above as it’s 9am here, I haven’t had my coffee yet and I don’t want an aneurisym. I will never understand why you get so much venom. It’s f’d up. Thanks for giving me a laugh all through my PND.

  • apanda

    Sounds great! I have not heard of a “diet” for this until now, but my interest has been sparked behind the whole eating how we did before we started farming thing since I watched Meat Head. That was a little bit of an eye opener in terms of putting things into a historical prospective.

  • Jennine

    Love you, Heather… but I couldn’t care less about your diet. Sorry to disappoint!

  • ReneeD

    My husband has been doing Paleo for a while as a result of a challenge at the gym he goes to (Girl, if you want *crush* things, take up CrossFit! The 2011 Games were just last weekend. http://games.crossfit.com/features/videos/champions ) It has definitely been good for him.

    I don’t buy all of the supposed science behind the Paleo diet, and I don’t believe that one diet is going to be optimal for all people, but it’s hard to argue too much with a diet that promotes giving up/reducing processed foods and eating lean protein and lots of fruits and veggies. I just gave birth and may do the Whole30 challenge ( http://whole9life.com/2011/06/whole-30-v4/ ) when I decide it’s time to attack the baby weight. We’ll see.

  • Juliejules

    Not many feathers getting ruffled–maybe you should have driven home the child eating a little more.

    Good for you. I gave up dairy early (okay, f it…I’ve slipped a few times) in the spring and I’ve never felt better. I thought the cheese thing would do me in, but I’m still here and I haven’t killed anyone.

    Happy eating

  • wilberfan

    Yay! Since Heather is Oprah of the Internet, the Good Paleo News will only spread faster.

    I was vegan for 18 years, until last October, when I kept encountering this Paleo Diet stuff. Almost made my head explode trying to comprehend that I’d been (literally) doing it wrong for almost 2 decades.

    I second the Mark’s Daily Apple suggestion. WELCOME TO THE FOLD, DARLIN’!

  • KarenN

    Good for you!

  • rpgoodwin

    Heather, I’m glad you found something that works for you. I’ve tried to go no-carbs and have found the initial week of headaches and grouchiness and cravings to be insurmountable, but I know it’s effective and I’m currently trying to dial way back on packaged foods and sugar. My question is this: what do you eat before working out? I have found that without some cereal or granola in my tummy I don’t have the energy or stamina for an effective workout. Eating protein before I exercise makes me burpy and queasy and fruit doesn’t stay with me long enough. What do you eat to fuel up? Thanks.

  • MrsIngie

    I have been eating Paleo since November 1 and it is fantastic. I feel great and have lost 30 pounds. It has helped (not cured) a lot of my autoimmune issues. We can’t get much grass fed beef or butter in Canada, so I just try and get the hormone-free stuff. To say it has changed my life is a complete understatement, I am a zealot :)

  • mama without instructions

    I agree that paleo is the way to go as much as possible. I am also happy you are getting the word out. I get fanatical about where our food comes from, buy directly from farmers and ranchers, etc. It’s been really good for my whole family. Our Dr. is very supportive but thinks (and I agree) that kids need some carbs until they are maybe 10. Not necessarily grain but in our case the kids are super active/athletic and thin and I just can’t pull them totally off whole grain bread yet.

  • lifeinflux

    I second (or third?) the comment about subscribing to Mark’s Daily Apple and I highly recommend reading The Primal Blueprint (http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-book/the-primal-blueprint/) if you haven’t already. Going Paleo is helping me lose weight, stabilize my and my daughter’s ADHD and we feel, in general, healthier. We get plenty of carbs (50-100 grams per day) via vegetables, yogurt, cheese (just the full fat, raw, no processed kind!!) and fruit, all of which is allowable via the Paleo way of eating. As for folks who say they cannot give up dessert, nothing beats peaches and mangos hot off the grill with a little heavy cream! Yum! Good for you, Heather, for trying out a healthier, grain-free, no processed way of eating!

  • Aura

    Hrrrrthuurr, I am so happy you mentioned this because I have been doing low-carb for the past three months and it has also been a life-changing experience. And completely agree on the big burst in energy! I am a college student, and by the end of last semester I was sleeping until 1 or 2 PM, missing classes and napping all the time — all the while inhaling chinese food and any carb I could get my hands on. I would also recommend reading anything by Gary Taubes, although he doesn’t touch on Paleo, I’m sure he agrees with it fully. For me, it would be a struggle to lay off the cheese and dairy – greek yogurt is great (and also has been the #1 food linked to weight loss) and I have a borderline-inappropriate relationship with feta and goat cheese. Share some recipes!

  • Naomi.de.plume

    Okay Heather, you’re like person 1000 to tell me how great this diet is, but where can I find good information on it? Did you read a book? Work with a nutritionist? I can find the broad outlines on the web, and a few very infomercial-esque websites, but I’d like something that outlines all the dos and don’ts, like a complete plan.

  • cinddmel

    Oh My Gosh!!!!!! I have just recently heard about the Paleo Diet – actually I saw the book on my aunt’s coffee table on a recent trip to the East Coast. I thought it all sounded really good and was wondering if it really worked, and now….. you’re telling me that it does!!!!!! I’m getting a book for myself and then giving it a try.

  • lifediving

    I’ve been reading your blog since I was 14 (I’m 21 now), and you totally just blew my mind. For 30 solid seconds I thought my internet was broken and I was on the wrong blog.

    My brother started doing Paleo two years ago and hasn’t looked back; these days, he spends his spare time reading about evolutionary nutrition and sending our family email treatises on fish oil and vitamin D and grassfed meat and oh god so many things. I’m totally on the intellectual Paleo bandwagon, but it was hard to follow through as a college student. Now that I’ve graduated, I plan to follow Paleo guidelines much more closely.

    Conclusions: Thanks for wielding your mighty internet power to bring awareness to evolutionary nutrition. Keep on keepin’ on, because Paleo is the shit.

    P.S. Mark’s Daily Apple is a must, but I also recently discovered this fantastic food blog. Her recipes are gluten-free for medical reasons, and she posts mouth-watering photos.

  • JuliaDil

    Hey Heather –
    I’ve been doing Paleo for the last month and I’m really loving it so far.
    What do you usually eat for breakfast? I have such a sweet tooth and can’t seem to get over it in the morning. My breakfast is usually half a cantaloupe and 1/8 cup raw almonds. I’d be interested in what your mornings look like as far as food goes.
    Also – almond milk is really lovely in coffee :)
    Keep it up! My 10% is the mocha frap light from Starbucks… 150 calories of incredible.

  • Ajmac

    I am also curious how you felt after the tostada. I’ve cleaned up my diet recently and even a small splurge on baked chips can leave me with a bellyache!

  • Bratfink

    If you are happy and you’re healthy, then it’s all good as far as I am concerned. Keep up the good work!

  • whurlgurl

    Good for you! *toast’s you with my liter of Dr Pepper* I am sure that they had Dr Pepper before the Agricultural Revolution!!! No?

  • lml45

    I feel like all the good things in my world have collided! It was the weirdest thing ever to see one of my favorite mainstream bloggers saying that they follow the Paleo diet and that it works for them!

    This seriously made my day. I’ve been following a Paleo/Primal approach for over a year now. For those of you wanting some more information, Mark’s Daily Apple is great, as is The Perfect Health Diet (http://perfecthealthdiet.com/) and PaleoHacks (http://paleohacks.com/) for added info. I personally avoid all grains, but eat relatively high carb (sweet potatoes mostly) and fat, and have some high fat dairy like yogurt and cheese.

    I’ve never felt better in my life, and it’s all I can do to keep from spreading the good word amongst friends, family, people on the subway…

    Thanks Heather!!!

  • gavintiegirl

    I have been gluten free, eating clean and off red meat now for almost two years. I eat mostly fruits, veggies, organic chicken, tuna…I make a lot of homemade soups with fresh veggies. My health has never been better.

    Last week while on vacation, I tried something someone else was eating not realizing it had gluten in it and I had a belly ache for days. That stuff is nasty.

    Good for you for trying something new and sticking to it. So many people today are moving towards eating healthier and moving away from processed foods. It’s a good thing for the future of our children and their children…..

    I am always happy when I realize that we are evolving and sharing our evolution with others.

    Good for you Heather!!!! Thanks for sharing your new diet. :) PEACE!

    P.S. Just from this post…your commenters shared some great links to certain sites…Marks Daily Apple is a SCORE and some of the other gluten free recipe sites. I love to visit Gluten Free Girl’s site for recipes and tips on how to cook and bake gluten free. ;)

  • Kellye

    So is there a limitation on the amount of foods that you can eat on the Paleo diet?

    I think this is something that I could actually follow, but I’d really like to not have to count out exactly 10 strawberries or risk having my head explode.

  • karkle

    I started low-carb April 2010 and haven’t looked back. I lost over 30 lbs and am now off all prescription medications except the good ol’ birth control!

    My husband and I have been watching lots of documentaries about the food industry and one idea really stuck with me. All the while watching FOOD, INC I was in horror at what I saw but at the same time couldn’t fathom the possibility of changing the industry full of these huge companies. But then the guy made a comparison to the booming tobacco industry and how it was brought down and reigned in because of the actions taken by passionate, driven, determined people.

    If we all start making smart decisions about what we eat – grass-fed beef, free range chicken, seasonal fruits & vegetables – we can make an impact. It’s exciting! I’m happy to see this post from you. Sure maybe you got under the skin of some stupid trolls, but it’s quite difficult to combat the huge benefits of smart, healthy eating.

  • caitlinrenee

    Wow – this is super exciting

    My doctor (Dr Hugo Rodier – Heather he is in Draper if you are interested) put me on this diet about 6 weeks ago and I havent looked back.

    The muffin top and gut that I couldnt get rid of no matter what is disappearing. Dr Rodier said not to weigh myself so I have no idea if I have lost weight, but I do know I barely fit in to 30 inch jeans and I am now comfortably in 28 inch jeans :) happy happy days.

    I eat a frittata (2 eggs) loaded up with sauteed peppers, grated sweet potatoes, grated carrot, grated zucchini topped with a little low fat feta, half and avocado and loads of fresh basil every morning for breakfast. This breakfast is not only divine it gives me soo much energy and keeps me full for way longer than anything else I have ever tried.

    On a side note – I have celiac disease and so I was only eating gluten free baked goods etc, and I thought I was doing ok, but my body was not happy.

    I feel like the Paleo diet is a gift from God :) – heres to boat loads of energy and skinny jeans :)

  • ShainaLoves

    Oh, I wish I could do a diet like that. But since I don’t eat red meat or vegetables…I would die. Woman can not subsist on fruit and nuts alone.

    Ah, well. I’ll just have to muddle along eating my carbo-centric diet and hope that someday I’ll learn how to be healthy, and in the meantime, i both admire and envy people who have the willpower to stick to something like Paleo/vegan.

  • Miss Bits

    Awesome. I bet you’re not bloated. It’s the carbs, every time. Funny you mentioned your diet- I’m starting a juice fast on Friday of this week. I’ve never done anything like this before. I mean, I’ve tried different diets, but never a juice fast. I was inspired by Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, did some research and I’m going to be juicing come Friday. Wish me luck!!

  • addie877

    Paleo is awesome! Did a challenge at our gym (CrossFit) for 9 weeks. amazing how good I felt after the initial withdraw symptoms the first week or two. It actually made me sick to eat non-paleo…Needless to say, with a move and such, I’ve strayed, but you might have given me the nudge to get back on it.

    Ditto previous commenter about checking out Crossfit!! They are an amazing gym. Very supportive, leave your ego at the door. I love working out with my hubby. We are on completely different levels physically, but we can still do the same workout classes and have a blast doing it-good stuff!!

  • uvula_envy

    I’ve had a friend do this diet because he was part of CrossFit. He raves about it. I am over Weight Watchers, so maybe this is the way to go.

    I am constantly on the go. How did you manage this in Bangladesh? If you could do that there, then I need to suck up on that my constantly on the go mantra won’t work. :)

  • Christina_MT

    Good for you! I started The Primal Blueprint last year but got away from it once I got pregnant. Now that I’m nursing my appetite is even more insane so I still haven’t gotten back to it. I would really love to soon though. Maybe I should take this post as a sign to refocus on my health. ;)

  • paulam

    I thought I noticed some good definition in your “insurance” arm. Way to go!