A beginners guide to starting the paleo diet, full of my some of my favorite resources, helpful tips for getting started and succeeding, and the benefits of following the paleo lifestyle.
You may have noticed that I recently started following the Paleo diet. If you guys have been with me awhile, you know I am constantly on the quest to feel better. I’ve been gluten free, vegan, tried acupuncture, went on a strict digestive system healing diet, researched Eastern Medicine’s Spleen Qi Deficiency, done juice cleanses, and given up all together and ate whatever I wanted since I was just going to feel like shit anyways. But after four months on the Paleo diet I am happy to report that for the first time since I can remember, I feel like the best version of myself! My stomach is no longer inflamed and sore, I’m no longer bloated, I have tons of energy (I wake before my alarm clock! Who am I!?), and my favorite side effect is how it has effected my mood! I have felt so happy and positive lately! Not only have I noticed a change in my mood and energy level, people around me have been noticing too! I’ve had clients asking what I have been doing differently and I have even inspired a few people to try it with me!
So what is the Paleo diet? I’ve had so many people ask if I just eat like a cave man, and that’s not too far off, but not the whole picture!
Basically the Paleo diet is an anti-inflammatory diet that mimics the food groups that our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have eaten. Like any diet, this way of eating may not be for you, I believe in bio individuality, meaning even though I thrive eating this way, you may not! But it’s worth a try if you felt anything like I did!
What you can have on the Paleo diet:
-High quality, organic meat
-Wild caught sea food
-Coconut and Almond Flour
-Honey and Maple Syrup
What to avoid on the Paleo diet:
-All Processed Food and Sugar
I know it sounds limiting, but if you want to know the reasoning behind everything, I can’t explain it better than Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, the authors of “It Starts With Food”; I highly recommend this book to anyone curious about the Paleo diet!
What are the benefits to following the paleo diet?
Increased energy levels
Healthier skin, nails and hair
Improved mood and attitude
Improvement in those suffering from depression
Decrease in bloating
Lowers your risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer
Stronger immune system
Controlled blood sugar levels
Better absorption of nutrients from food
Reduction of pain and inflammation
Improvements in those with respiratory issues
Here are some other resources I’ve found really helpful as a Paleo newbie:
Danielle Walker of Against All Grain:
Her story is so inspirational and her blog and two cookbooks are full of delicious recipes, her freezer waffles from “Meals Made Simple” are a gift from the Paleo gods!
If you don’t have a Pinterest account your are probably much more productive than I am, however, it is a wealth of Paleo recipes and tips!
Nom Nom Paleo:
Another great blog with a hard copy cookbook, my personal favorite recipe is the salmon patties.
Juli writes in a super relatable way, and has a great sense of humor! Her entire crockpot section is incredibly “stay at work” friendly!
These are just a handful of the sites and cookbooks I use, there is an endless amount of information out there; I recommend finding someone you feel like you can relate to and going from there! Look out for more Paleo recipes to be added on this blog too!