Friday, December 30, 2011


The Teen wants to lose weight and get in shape.

Starting next week he will have basketball twice a week and lacrosse conditioning three times a week, including two sessions per week with a guy named "Sarge" who comes highly recommended.

He has also agreed to reconsider his diet.

A month or two ago, we had this talk and I told him I would support whatever weight control plan he chose, as long as he chose one. 

He chose Slim Fast shakes.

And then he gained 15 pounds.

I was skeptical of the idea that drinking milkshakes was going to do much to help him lose weight, but I never thought they'd make him gain so much.  I think he was drinking them with meals instead of in the place of meals. 

So we're back to the drawing board.  And right now, on the drawing board is the Paleo Diet.

I've heard good things.  It make intuitive sense.  And unlike Atkins and other low-carb diets, you can eat sweets - as long as the sweets we're talking about are fruit.

That's basically the diet - fruit, veggies, eggs, meat, nuts.  No dairy, no grains, no beans or legumes.  No chemicals or added sugar.  (Alas, no Cake Pops.)

I like it!

Tonight, the whole family went to the gym.  Then the boys and I went to the grocery store. 

Let me tell you, it wasn't easy.  Cheese went in the cart.  Cheese came out of the cart.  That kind of thing. 

On the other hand, it was nice to spend so much time in the produce aisle, letting the kids pick anything they wanted.  (Expensive, but nice.)  We also picked up coconut milk and more almond milk, and some juice to add to smoothies.  We never used to buy juice becuase of the high sugar content, so this was a treat.  Not sure if it's actually part of the diet, but a little added to a fruit smoothie probably won't hurt as long as they don't go wild with it.

Going to take the Paleo Diet book upstairs and soak my tired bones in the tub.


Tracy's corner said...

I hope your diet works for your family. I do weight watchers and I'm teaching the family too.

It's Not Like a Cat said...

Interesting. Our sitter is Paleo. I joke that it means you can only eat dinosaurs that you yourself kill (yeah, I'm sure THAT joke doesn't get old). ;)

So Paleo was his idea? Is the whole family going Paleo?