I was inspired by a friend to try Paleo, and 30 days in I was completely inspired, obsessed and I felt great! Here I will share my Paleo journey with you. I hope you find some inspiration too!
So What is Paleo?
My interpretation of paleo, since I’m not a doctor or nutritionist, just a mom who wants to have a healthy family, is:
A diet of clean, raw foods. Anything that could be hunted or gathered, i.e. meats, seeds, nuts, fruits, and veggies.
No processed foods. So no chips, candy, pasta, cereal etc.
No sugar unless it comes from fruit. (some great alternative would also be: natural raw honey, 100% pure maple syrup, and stevia)
No grains because they contain gluten and lectins. There are plenty of paleo recipes out there for baked goods, breads, and even tortillas that are made with grain-free flours, that I will share on My Favorite Recipes page.
Dairy is a Paleo wild card. Some diehards say no way. As a mom, I feel that some dairy is important, especially in the growing stages of life, because of the calcium that dairy provides. Calcium can be found in many whole foods including kale, almonds, spinach, broccoli, sweet potato and tomatoes, but I do allow my son to occasionally have whole milk and full fat yogurts. My husband and I occasionally have cheese, but I prefer imported high quality cheeses that are from grass-fed animals and that are non-gmo.
I promise there are lots of yummy foods that are allowed with paleo! Sweet potatoes and yams, almost all veggies (excluding beans and legumes), all fruits, nuts and seeds, eggs, grass-fed meats, including bacon, chicken, turkey, duck, and fish, natural oils such as avocado, olive, and coconut. Even clarified butter can be used for cooking and baking. There are also many types of flours to bake with, such as coconut, hazelnut, almond, cashew, and tapioca. Organic red wine and 72% and higher cacao chocolate is also okay in moderation, which I love!
There are many great websites and blogs out there that explain the science behind all of the do’s and don’ts if you are interested. I have found the science very interesting, and love reading how our bodies process and digest different foods. Some of my favorites sites are: http://nerdfitness.com http://nomnompaleo.com and even Doctor Oz has a “Paleo Diet Playbook” on his website at http://doctoroz.com.