Paleo Say What?
So people are always confused when I say I eat paleo. Although a lot of people are starting to hear about paleo it is still not very well known compared to other ways of eating. I typically just tell people I eat meat, veggies, fruit and fat but then people start asking about all the stuff I CAN’T eat. Have there been some tough things to give up…absolutely. After reading studies and information about how all those things affect my body do I want to start eating them…no way. Sure I don’t eat grains, legumes, processed junk and most dairy but really I’ve never had more variation in my diet. It has inspired me to try other things that I typically would turn my nose up at and has always greatly improved my cooking skills. Nonetheless, I still get alot of concern about not getting calcium from milk (there are much better sources than milk), and carbohydrates from bread, pasta, ect (again there are just different providers of carbs for me). A blog I follow put it in the greatest quote I have yet to hear. Whole 9 says…
“I eat real food – fresh, natural food like meat, vegetables and fruit. I choose foods that are nutrient-dense, with lots of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, over foods that have more calories but less nutrition. And food quality is important – I’m careful about where my meat, seafood and eggs come from, and buy organic local produce as often as possible.
This is not a “diet” – I eat as much as I need to maintain strength, energy, activity levels and a healthy body weight. I aim for well-balanced nutrition, so I eat both animals and a significant amount of plants. I’m not lacking carbohydrates – I just get them from vegetables and fruits instead of bread, cereal or pasta. And my meals are probably higher in fat than you’d imagine, but fat is a healthy source of energy when it comes from high-quality foods like avocado, coconut and grass-fed beef.
Eating like this is ideal for maintaining a healthy metabolism and reducing inflammation within the body. It’s good for body composition, energy levels, sleep quality, mental attitude and quality of life. It helps eliminate sugar cravings and reestablishes a healthy relationship with food. It also works to minimize your risk for a whole host of lifestyle diseases and conditions, like diabetes, heart attack, stroke and autoimmune.”
Sounds brillant right? I think so too.