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PALEO FOR BEGINNERS

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. 

Paleo for beginners

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
-Fruits
-Vegetables
-Nuts
-Healthy Fats
-Coconut and Almond Flour
-Honey and Maple Syrup

What to avoid on the Paleo diet:

-All Processed Food and Sugar
-Grains
-Dairy
-Legumes
-White Potatoes

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
Improved sleep
Healthier skin, nails and hair
Improved mood and attitude
Improvement in those suffering from depression
Decrease in bloating
Weight loss
Lowers your risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer
Stronger immune system
Controlled blood sugar levels
Better absorption of nutrients from food
Reduced allergies
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!

Pinterest:
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.

PaleOMG:
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!

PALEO PAN FRIED BANANAS WITH HONEY “CARAMEL” SAUCE

Delicious, quick and easy, four ingredient dessert: paleo pan fried cinnamon bananas with honey “caramel” sauce.  Could make vegan by substituting earth balance spread or coconut oil for butter.

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Sometimes you want dessert but the only sweet thing in the house is an over ripe banana. But desperate times call for desperate measures, and so the Paleo pan fried banana was born!

Now, I think there are two types of people in the world: people who like under ripe bananas and people who like over ripe bananas; I am an under ripe banana kind of girl. My bananas have to still be light green at the top, any riper than that and it’s going in my husband’s smoothie. However, after I sampled a life changing course of cinnamon sugar sautéed bananas at a Brazilian Steakhouse, I would like to amend my over ripe banana rule: I only eat under ripe bananas unless they are cooked and covered in sweetness. I came up with this paleo version one night to curb a sweet tooth and I have to say that I think they might be better than the Brazilian Steakhouses’ (my husband agrees). They are so rich they might ask you to sign a prenup before you eat them!

Ingredients:
2 Bananas; sliced lengthwise
2 Tbsp butter or ghee
1 Tbsp honey
A sprinkling of ground cinnamon

*Serves two

In a sauté pan, heat butter and honey on medium-high until melted. Add bananas, cook for about 1-2 minutes each side (I like my bananas to still be firm in the middle, but if you like them more done, cook each side a little longer). Remove and place on a plate, allow the liquid in the pan to bubble and thicken up a bit. Pour the sauce over the bananas and dust with cinnamon. Enjoy!

PALEO SPICY KALE AND ANDOUILLE SAUSAGE SOUP

Paleo spicy kale and andouille sausage soup, a comforting gluten free/dairy free/grain free one pot meal, or it can be made in the crockpot, just brown the sausage first! 

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Below zero weather in Ohio and a stuffy nose calls for soup, and this paleo spicy kale and andouille sausage soup is just what the doctor ordered! (Actually the doctor would probably order rest and antibiotics, but I don’t have time for that nonsense, so soup will have to do!).

This recipe was inspired by a version from a local Columbus bakery, Sassafras, except they do it with collard greens and black eyed peas. It is delicious! (And while you’re there you might as well pick up a flourless coconut truffle, because you deserve it!) I was craving the original, but I started another round of Whole 30 so I needed to paleo-fy it! I took the black eyed peas out, doubled the sausage, replaced the collard greens with the kale I had on hand, and used homemade nourishing bone broth as the base. It’s close enough to the original, so it satisfies my craving and they only make it every once in awhile, so I highly recommend having this recipe on hand to get you through your own Sassafras withdrawals!

Ingredients:

4 ounces andouille sausage; chopped
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion; diced
1 and 1/2 quarts organic chicken stock (or homemade bone broth)
5 stalks of kale; chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

In a Dutch oven or stock pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat; add andouille sausage and cook until brown, stirring occasionally. Add onions and sauté until translucent. Turn stovetop down to a simmer, add the chicken stock and cover for 20 minutes. Place the kale in the pot (it looks like a lot but it cooks down quite a bit) cover and allow to cook for another 5 minutes; or until kale is tender but still bright green. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Enjoy!