Thanks to everyone who came out to learn more about paleo! We had an evening packed with great people, great paleo food, and great information.
A big question for those thinking about paleo is “what exactly is paleo? How do I start this? What can I have? What do I skip?”
The Paleo Diet is based upon every day, modern foods that mimic the food groups of our pre-agricultural, hunter-gatherer ancestors.
Mark Sisson, from Mark’s Daily Apple, stated it quite simply: “I follow a diet based on an understanding of evolutionary science. I think it’s more important to eat, move, and live according to how humans are designed and not according to society’s artificial developments of the last 100 years.”
During modern times, advances in technology have made other forms of food available which are not as easy on our bodies.
“The healthiest foods for us don’t have a label.” –Joe Vennare, The Hybrid Athlete
Foods we encourage on paleo include:
• High quality fresh meats
• fresh fruits
• seeds, nuts
• healthy oils (olive, avocado, etc.)
One thing I feel strongly about regarding paleo – paleo is not a YES/NO, black/white way of eating. There are shades of paleo that will apply to each and every person. Each person may have a different shade of paleo they will stick with because it works for them and it works for their bodies.
Paleo is not about what you can and can’t have, it’s about finding a balance that works for you.
My biggest suggestion is to start your paleo journey with a 30 day reset. During this 30 days we don’t eat any dairy, grains (this includes seed-type grains, i.e. quinoa), legumes, sugar, alcohol and any processed foods.
What happens during the 30 days is we clean out our systems, reset our taste buds and monitor how we feel during the process. How we feel as these foods we are normally accustomed to eating now move out of our bodies. The 30 days gives our bodies a chance to heal from any inflammatory damage that might have been done and gives us a fresh place to start. It truly is a ‘reset’ for our body.
Once those 30 days are done, we can start adding back in foods we used to eat. One at a time, NOT all at once. See how you feel for 3-7 days. What did you notice? How did your body react? How do you feel? Sluggish? Energy crash? Energy high? Bloating? Headaches? Skin issues? Note your bowel movements – they say a lot!
My own personal outcomes with resetting my body is that I sleep better, I think clearer, my skin clears up, and I have more consistent energy throughout the day. It’s absolutely amazing.
I hope your journey is amazing too!