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!
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!