Kombucha and Paleo and other beginner questions.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 10, 2013 at 4:46 PM

I am on day 1 of Paleo today. I want to try to do it with intermittent fasting but want to get through the initial misery of detoxing first.

A little background about me. I am 37 years old and weight roughly 200 pounds at five feet seven and a half inches tall. I am a very busy mother of three teenage boys. I feel like CRAP most of the time. I smoke, drink, eat little debbies and pizza, all of the bad stuff I shouldn't.

I have been researching Paleo for some time and just decided to just jump in with both feet.

I got turned on to home brewing Kombucha a few months ago. I LOVE the stuff. Almost more than coffee.

So, here are my questions:

Can I replace my coffee each morning with 6-8 ounces of home brewed Kombucha and still be considered Paleo?

How long should I wait after being on Paleo before I attempt to add in the Intermittent Fasting?

How long will it take for me to start to feel better and see weightloss after beginning the paleo program?


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on April 10, 2013
at 06:16 PM

Yay, you go girl! I'm 38, have 4 kids, been paleo for 3 years. I can finally keep up with my kids. :)

Here is how my intro to paleo went:

Day 1 -awesome

Day 2 - headache

Day 3-5 - I think I'm going to die

Day 6 - feeling better!

Day 7-60ish - HUNGRY!

After those first 2 months, where I ate more than 3000 cal a day, my appetite tapered off. I don't think I could have done IF in that time. You could just start not eating breakfast first thing. Go ahead and make it, but don't eat it until you are hungry. Then don't eat after dinner (which is better for you anyway). You probably won't want to. One of the awesome things about paleo is never getting the munchies at night.

I felt awesome by the end of the first week. I didn't start seeing weight loss for about 2 weeks, and then it literally peeled off. I wasn't even 100% paleo, but I lost 30 lb in those first 2 months. (Went from 190 to 160, I'm 5'5"). I'm stuck at 160, which is a little heavier than I want to be, but I've been crossfitting and just started intermittent fasting; trying to be patient.



on April 10, 2013
at 05:28 PM

Kombucha is Paleo... many of the Paleo "gurus" recommened it for your gut health. You don't have to stop drinking coffee to do paleo, just drink it black- or with full fat coconut milk or heavy whipping cream. In fact it might be rough to kick coffee during the 'carb flu" phase.

As for Intermittent Fasting, you might not want to do it right away. Or just don't do it consciously. Skip breakfast if you aren't hungry yet. But fasting according to a schedule might backfire and cause you to binge, especially on the SAD foods you are trying to get away from. Just eat when you feel hunger and don't eat when you aren't truly feeling physical hunger.

Personally, I started feeeling good after a week after starting paleo. I noticed I wasn't feeling bloated after evey meal even if was a pretty large meal. That's also when I started losing weight. I was 212lbs at 5'3" and started losing about 3 lbs a week. A couple months later I was down 25lbs and amazingly- my anxiety (bordering on paranoia) had significantly lessened. I am so thankful for the better mental health and improved energy that even a 75/ 25% paleo diet has given me.


on April 10, 2013
at 05:56 PM

For me I find I do intermittent fasting all the time. I've been going 90% (I've had 2 slpis so far) I tend to not eat breakfast, I'll have my coffee with coconut creamer I make and then don't really eat until lunch. I think the best thing is just eat when your hungry, and eat until your not hungry. But you may want to wait 15 min between serving to make sure you are hungry.

I've noticed a massive improvement 10 days in, and and a pretty big improvement 3 days in. I didn't have the 'carb flu' though so that may be why. I haven't seen a huge weight loss, I'm 6ft and around 250 ish. I drooped maybe 4cpounds but I've lost a solid inch from hips, waist, arms, and thighs so I'm just happy with that. Also I'm sure someone will say this, but if you do weights, which you should cause it's good for you and can be really fun, you could go up or stay the same weight wise for a little while but be dropping inches.

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