What is the Paleo Diet? Well, for starters, I don’t like to refer to it as a diet because many relate the word diet to some sort of short-term process you follow to lose weight. When I refer to the Paleo diet, I’m using the term ‘diet’ as what you eat, or I’ll just refer to it as the Paleo lifestyle because Paleo is not just about the food you eat but also how you exercise and treat your body (sleep, nutrition, exercise). While some may consider this a fad, the science behind this movement resonates with me, however, I encourage all of you to do your own research and find what resonates with you. My switch to Paleo eating is not driven by superficial goals, although weight loss is a side-effect of this change. My focus is more so on health and nutrition, putting good foods in my body so my systems function as they should.
There are so many books and resources out there on Paleo that I would rather just refer you to those than to try to recreate the research for you. One of the best resources I like to refer to is the Paleo for Beginners guide by Nerd Fitness. He gives an excellent breakdown of the research behind Paleo from experts like Robb Wolf, Loren Cordain, and Mark Sisson.
The infographic below, from Paleo Magazine, breaks down the Do’s and Don’ts of Paleo eating:
You see, the focus here is on good, wholesome food. What you won’t find here is the drudgery of having to count calories or macros (which is why you don’t find these counts with most of my recipes). You also won’t find inflammatory foods such as most processed foods, grains, and vegetable oils, or foods laden with chemicals and ingredients you cannot pronounce.
So, when you see me repeatedly refer to a recipe as Paleo, Paleo-friendly, or Paleo-approved, it means it contains only ingredients that support a healthy digestive system. Don’t be deterred by this name, instead focus on the nutritional value and the overall health benefits of the recipes I offer.
When I first transitioned to Paleo I had so many questions and panicked when thinking about how I could make the change; How can I buy all of these groceries and not go broke? How can I make time to cook when I’m so busy? How can I get my family onboard? These are all questions that ran through my head but I did my research and, by trial and error, I figured out how to make it work for us. Next month I’m going to offer a free, 5 day workshop that will help you ease into making the transition into the Paleo lifestyle. In this group I’ll offer up free resources such as a common food/grocery list, sample weekly meal plan, and additional tips on how to baby step your way into making the Paleo leap. Interested? Sign up here.