We Put On Weight Eating Paleo.

We put on weight eating paleo.

It’s true…! We both lost about 10 kgs each following a paleo lifestyle but 6 months later we put about 5 kgs back on.

Ok, so firstly, an increase in kilos can definitely be a good thing! Especially when muscle weighs more than fat and looks like a billion times better. But this time it was the unhealthy fat kind (bugger, oops, sh!t).

Looking back it is oh so clear why we put some fat back on even though we were still 100% eating paleo. You see, there are definitely paleo mistakes, but hey, mistakes are how you learn! It seems we made every paleo mistake possible!

Here’s a run down of the mistakes we made that led us to put on weight while eating paleo, so you guys can avoid them!

Going overboard with nuts. This is our epic paleo fail! We went nuts about nuts. They were on the ‘PALEO YES’ list so we ate them… we ate a lot of them! We’re talking a kilo a day (not kidding). Ever noticed what happens after too many nuts? Sinus problems, itchy throat, sick tummies and if you eat a kilo a day  you will put on weight, the fat kind! Remember, moderation is key and listen to your body! A serving of nuts is around 30 grams, this is like 20 almonds. So how did we overcome our nut addiction? Well now, we only eat nuts once a day. For example, we have a handful of almonds OR granola for brekky OR have a paleo sesame snack (after all, they’re made from almond meal… which is made of almonds… light bulb moment!).

Too much meat. Media portrays a paleo lifestyle to be a heavily meat based diet and it’s easy to hop on this bandwagon (meat is delicious after all). Remember to eat a stack of vegetables as well! In fact, you’re not doing paleo ‘right’ if you’re not eating as many vegetables as a vegetarian (or MORE because us paleo-peeps don’t eat grains… is another light bulb switching on?).  There are heaps of benefits and reasons to up your veggies too! They’re delish, packed with vitamins, minerals, fibre, antioxidants and they’re cleansing. Be adventurous with veggies! #MeatFreeMonday anyone? To help get you started, why not try our caramelised pumpkin… yum!

Breakfast. Everyone we speak to has had issues with paleo breakfasts! Mix up your brekkies! We got addicted to paleo granola and were having about 2 bowls a day. We highly recommend: DO NOT DO THIS (again with the nut issue!). Swap between eggs, granola, smoothies, paleo porridge, leftover dinner, broth and fasting. Forget the rules of breakfast and make up your own!

Paleo sweet treats. Say it out loud: THEY. ARE. STILL. TREATS. Bloody awesome treats but note to merrymakers: don’t eat the whole cake in one sitting!

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Overeating. This is a serious issue amongst western civilization and as you’ve just read we’ve definitely been there! When you feel full, put the food away and save it for leftovers. It’s not only good for your health but good for your pocket and the world!  Overeating can cause a bunch of health issues other than weight gain… like depression and other mental health problems! So now we think twice about thirds and fourths.

To sum it all up, the lesson we’ve learnt through all this is that there’s not a one size fits all with paleo. Every single body is different. We recommend to trial, test and find what works for you and what makes you feel good!

Number 1: listen to your body, it’ll usually tell you what it needs (or  what it doesn’t need!).

Surely we’re not the only one’s that have been through these food issues. Can anyone relate to these paleo mistakes? Or do you have some advice to add to the list? We’d love to hear from you! Just leave a comment below!

Always merrymaking,

e + c

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  1. You insights and honesty are refreshing and encouraging. Sounds like its a work in progress, a journey sorting out what works for you. But looks like you’ve got lots of good ideas based on your experience.

  2. Thank you for posting this girls.

    I LOVE a Paleo treat as much as the next Paleo person, but we must remember that a caveman just didn’t have enough time in one day to forage for and collect the amount of nuts we put into ONE paleo cake/slice recipe!

    Love your work!


  3. Oh, I can definitely relate to eating too many nuts. I find them so addictive, I have to pack away my big jars of them to stop myself constantly grazing! Same with “healthy” treats too, often packed with nuts, once again!
    And definitely agree with eating more vegetables too – nearly everyone can do with including more fresh veggies in their diet.
    Great post ladies! x

  4. I can relate to so many of these points it’s not even funny 😛 I’m slowly finding my happy place though, a way of eating that works for me and doesn’t cause me stress. It’s not any easy process, but it gets easier as I progress 😀

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    Hi Michele! That’s exactly what it is, so many lessons and trying of new things! It’s all part of the process 🙂 Thanks so much for your comment! e + c

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    Hi Meg! It’s great to know many of us go through the same things! It’s all about trial and error, figuring out what works best for YOU! 🙂 e + c

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    Hi Minky! That’s our pleasure! It’s been a long time coming 😉 lots of lessons to learn! 🙂 e + c

  8. I’ve been eating Paleo for about two years now and I agree with your points and I have made all the same mistakes. One thing I need to be careful with is fruit. I can easily overeat it, especially the dried variety like mejool dates and turkish apricots. I can chug down a fresh juice quite easily too. Now I try to limit my fruit intake to no more than 2-3 small serves per day.

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    Hi Kelli! It’s great that you’ve worked out what works for you! It’s all about trial and error! We don’t eat too much fruit either and when we do we make sure they are of the low fructose variety 🙂 e + c

  10. Hi!
    What are your go-to snacks when u’re in a hurry? We snack a lot on nuts and would like to cut back a bit.

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    Hi Kaela! Oh the story of our lives! We’re actually working on a post all about this so watch this space! But just off the top of our heads some of our fave snacks include: piece of paleo bread (so yum!), boiled egg, vegetable crudités (carrots, cucumber etc), roast sweet potato (or sweet potato chippies), for on the go – we like to make up some of our raw bites (just use coconut rather than nuts)! Hopefully this helps a little and then we’ll have loads more in our post 🙂 🙂 e + c

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  18. I hear you girls. My body has told me the exact same thing this week.
    Onwards and upwards with (even more) veggies, listening and forever learning.

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    Exactly! No point in looking back, all we have is NOW so lets all do what’s right for our health now 🙂 YAY! Ps. love your site name! xx

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    Hehe we know! Fruit is the best! We actually went the other way and got obsessed with staying away from fruit so it has been a lot of fun bringing it back in our lives! YUM! HAHA.

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  22. Have been there. Have done that. Still there. Still doing that 🙂 It is a work in progress:) Thanks ladies!

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    Of course it’s ok 🙂 We just try to limit our treat/nut intake. We know that if we up our nuts and treats we put on weight. Even though they are healthier they are still treats. It’s totally up to you but we find one treat a week: Sweet Treat Sunday is a fun thing!

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