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My Paleo Manila Diet: Week 13

A lot of people have been sending me inquiries about Paleo Manila. I know that some of you would love to subscribe, but are financially constrained to do so. Luckily for us, it’s the age of digital media and technology. We have so many sources & resources to help us achieve our goals without breaking our backs, or the bank. So there’s really no excuse for us to keep putting it off. Health IS wealth.

With that in mind, here are some PALEO websites with recipes that can help you make your own PALEO meals to get you started.

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FULL WEEK PALEO MEAL PLAN

* Elena’s Pantry

* Wellness Mama

* Paleo Grubs

* Crossfit

* Body & Soul

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You will probably need to adjust/tweak the recipes a bit because we may not have all the ingredients in the Philippines (since all of the meal plans linked above are coming from other countries). But ultimately, the results will be more or less the same. As long as you remain carb-free & gluten-free, you’ll be okay. :)

Why not try PALEO for a week & tell me if it you don’t reap some benefits off it. I guarantee you that you’ll feel lighter without the gluten, and find that you have more energy throughout the day even without the carbs.

To be honest though, I think that the cost will come out the same. But in the slim chance that you do get to make a PALEO-friendly menu with costing that comes to less than 650 php/day, I hope you can share it with our reader friends so they too may benefit from it. <3

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BENEFITS OF LOSING WEIGHT

– Health benefits

Losing weight can improve our health in many ways. Just losing 10% of our current weight can make a difference in the way we feel on a daily basis. Here are some other ways losing weight will benefit our health:

  • Increased energy level
  • Lower our cholesterol levels
  • Reduce our blood pressure
  • Reduced aches and pains
  • Improved mobility
  • Improve our breathing
  • Help us sleep better and wake more rested
  • Prevention of angina, chest pain caused by decreased oxygen to the heart
  • Decreases our risk of sudden death from heart disease or stroke
  • Prevention of Type 2 diabetes
  • Improved blood sugar levels

– Emotional benefits

While losing weight has obvious physical health benefits, losing weight has emotional benefits that we should consider as we begin our weight loss journey. All the feelings that we’ve kept hidden because we are overweight won’t just miraculously disappear overnight, but as we learn our own worth through diet, yes -a bot of exercise, and lots n lots of perseverance, our attitude will take a turn for the better. In losing weight, we not only lose the pounds, but the emotional baggage as well.

– Physical benefits

Aside from visibly shrinking & being able to buy prettier clothes without always heading to the “plus-size section” (but again, I reiterate that there is NO SHAME there), we get to do more physical activities with our loved ones. Things that we couldn’t do before because our weight or body type restrained us, we can do more when we are in a much better shape (NOT THINNER, but BETTER, meaning more conditioned).

– Psychological benefits

Our self-esteem starts to rise once our weight goes down. We start feeling better about our body in general and the way others view us. Once we lose the excess weight, a new zest for life starts to come into play and we become this go-getter who is into achieving bigger goals and capable of greater things.

– Social benefits

Let’s talk about the confidence that losing weight can bring us. Gone are the days that we’re constantly putting ourselves down to make up for being overweight. Gone are the days of feeling self-conscious when we’re in a group of people sized 8 or 10’s, always terrified that we’ll be the fattest person there. Losing the weight can give us the confidence to love our body, stop putting ourselves down and enjoy social interaction again. Suddenly, it’s a whole new world out there that we are raring to conquer.

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My Week 13 Paleo Manila Meal Diary:

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Day 1. Clockwise from left: Strawberry banana chia breakfast bars (omg YUM!), Peruvian chicken leg quarter with roasted grapes & sweet potato mash (good), Spiced pumpkin bread (omg YUM!) & Cabbage, jicama & cashew salad (meh), and Grilled pesto tuna fillet with toasted cauliflower popcorn (yum!).

 

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Day 2. Clockwise from left: The Butchery’s saffron sausage & sweet potato breakfast casserole (yum), Honey chipotle chops with roasted tomatoes (ok), zero-guilt protein muffins (meh) & Squash chicken fritters with lemon basil iolo (meh), and Slow-cooked gunless french dip beef with sweet onion glaze (sorry I ate it before realising I haven’t taken a photo yet! :P Btw, it was YUM!)

 

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Day 3. Clockwise from left: Apple cinnamon french toast casserole (omg YUM!), Sweet & Sour fish with wok-fried asian caulirice (omg YUM!), Chinese tea eggs salad (ok) & Black velvet cupcake (omg YUM!), and Moroccan beef kofta & eggplant pomodoro with squasgetti (ok).

 

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Day 4. Clockwise from left: Chicken adobo flakes with pinot style salted egg salad (good), Mexican taco salad with cilantro lime dressing (YUM!), Chunky banana tapioca crepe (yum!) & Citrus lemon chia seed cupcake (omg YUM!), and Slow-roasted pork belly with loaded sweet potatoes (yum!).

 

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Day 5. Clockwise from left: Maple & bacon pancakes with maligns dark chocolate sundae (yum!), Spinach-stuffed chicken breast with “pale” cheese (good), Buffalo chicken coleslaw (ok) & Carrot pineapple upside-down cake (omg YUM!), and Naked pork & fennel burgers with yuca fries (good).

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And that’s it for now. Another week of healthy Paleo Manila meals, another week closer to my goal! ;)

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