Since I completed The 21 Day Sugar Detox back in January, I have felt so much better about the paleo lifestyle. I want to issue a challenge to anyone that is up for it! From May 1 through May 31, 2013, I am going to go totally paleo in my way of eating. If you’re in, please check out my Facebook Group to chat with others, or feel free to follow along in the comments and upcoming blog posts!
What is Paleo?
The Paleo, or Paleolithic diet, is a diet where people have a goal to eat like our ancestors ate as hunter-gatherers long ago. Now the actual science and history behind this is controversial, so I really am not basing my own diet on a caveman diet at all. Essentially, Paleo is cutting out all grains, legumes (including peanuts), dairy, refined sweeteners, processed oils and most vegetable oils, juice, sodas, etc. Processed, packaged foods are out!
So What Can I Eat on the Paleo Diet?
The best part of the Paleo diet (or lifestyle if you keep with it!) is the vast amount of food you do have to choose from. Examples of foods you’ll find on the Paleo diet:
- Vegetables (Fresh, Frozen, Canned)
- Meat (Your best bet is local, grass-fed, pasture-raised without all the bad stuff in them!)
- Nuts (Except peanuts – those are actually legumes)
- Eggs (Again, your best bet is local, grass-fed, and pasture raised.)
- Healthy fats (avocados, coconut oil, lard, coconut milk)
- Flours such as almond flour or coconut flour
- Beverages such as coconut juice (coconut water), herbal tea, and kombucha
Why Bother Going Paleo at All??
I originally began eating in a new way because I wanted to lose some extra weight and to kick my addiction to carbs and sugar. I would find myself needing my next fix within an hour of gobbling the stuff down. Instead of just going low carb, I chose to turn to more healthy, wholesome foods and cutting out the processed junk that has been shown to cause inflammation, bloat, and a whole host of other problems.
Even if you have to do Poor Man’s Paleo, I feel like it is better to eat cheap eggs, cheap meat, and cheap produce if it means you are cutting out processed foods, flours, oils, and sugars. Do what you can. Everyone has to start somewhere!
I chose this for my long-term health. This is a way of life, not a fad diet. When I eat this way, I feel SO much better and the stubborn pounds started to melt off without any calorie counting (in fact, I get to eat a TON because there are no empty filler calories via carbs!) or any other restrictions besides the list of “no” foods. Eat until you are full and fill up on good nutrition.
What about you?
Are you interested in giving this a shot? It’s just one month, and you can see how it makes you feel.
We’ll start May 1, 2013 and go until May 31st. I will be sharing more ideas and tips with you as well. For example – what do you need to do to prepare your home for this challenge? I’ll address this tomorrow!
Join the Facebook group for some extra accountability! Comment here and let me know you’re in this challenge and tell me why! 🙂