In My Kitchen
In 2008, I became very sick. Doctors were perplexed. MY illness took me on a 3 year journey to finding a way to get better. i realized what i ate played a huge part.
You can learn more about my health journey here, suffice it to say, I figured out that my diet played a huge role in how I was feeling. This discovery led me to begin eating Paleo. This way of eating drastically improved my health. Once I began eating Paleo, I started writing my own recipes and cooking them for my family.
For me, eating Paleo means eating food that my body recognizes as real. Unprocessed ingredients are key. The more pure the ingredients the better I feel & the healthier I become. Pure food is like fuel to my body. Eating processed packaged food really slows down the nourishing ability & creates internal problems that often don't get recognized until external symptoms appear. If a food is created in a laboratory, then we shouldn't eat it!
here are some basic guidelines for eating paleo...
- Eat grass-fed, pastured meat & wild caught seafood
- Eat healthy fats, such as avocados, nuts, seeds, olives, coconut oil & olive oil
- Eat free-range, organic eggs
- Eat tons of vegetables
- Eat a couple of fruits per day
- Eat organic as much as possible, it really does make a difference in your body
- Eat Paleo treats made with natural sweetens such as honey, maple syrup, stevia, coconut sugar, date syrup & fruit - keep in mind, treats should be an occasional enjoyment
What should i avoid?
- Avoid all grains
- Avoid refined sugars
- Avoid processed meats
- Avoid Legumes, Soy & Corn
- Avoid Dairy
- Avoid refined processed foods, especially those made with GMO ingredients
- Avoid peanuts & peanut butter
Is Paleo difficult to follow?
The answer is simple. NO. Many people think it will be difficult to follow a Paleo lifestyle in a modern, fast paced world, but the truth is that it is easy & frankly, it is getting easier. With many more companies creating Paleo foods that are made in small batch quantities with quality, organic ingredients, it is becoming much easier to follow an "ancient" way of eating.
Choosing to eat Paleo consistently, takes a decision & a determination. Start off slow by removing processed ingredients, grains & dairy. Then refine your new lifestyle by removing any fluff items that may contain some of the Paleo no-no's such as soy & sugar. Make a goal to eat 5 vegetables per day, 2 fruits per day & a serving of quality protein at each meal. Add in healthy fats at each meal as well. As you become more comfortable with your Paleo decision you will also become more comfortable with what you can eat.