Food is one of my favorite topics of conversation. I spend a lot of time thinking about food, enjoying food, reading about food, and trying new foods. Food is not only the fuel for our bodies, it is also a source of comfort and enjoyment.
In February, 2012, I started following the Paleo Diet. Unlike a lot of people who turn to the Paleo Diet, I was not looking to alleviate any sort of disease that is diet-related. In fact, when I first heard of the Paleo Diet, I thought it was ridiculous. But the more I read about it and researched it, the more it made sense. So I thought the best way to debunk it was to give it a try. For the first few days, my carb-dependent body had to detox from its years of dependence on pasta, cereals, bagels, bread, etc., for fuel and learn to fuel itself without those quick sugar-boosts. When I came out of my “carb flu” I felt more energetic and clear-headed than I had ever felt before! Now I feel 10 years younger!
But this is what I eat:
meats (including beef, pork, poultry)
fish & seafood
nuts & seeds
healthful fats like olive oil, coconut oil, avocados
What I don’t eat:
commercial seed oils
Why do I eat the way I do? Because it makes me feel better. Because I am consuming more high-quality nutrients rather than fairly empty calories. Because I have a lot less gastrointestinal distress than I did before.
Is it difficult? Yes and no.
Yes: It can be difficult in the beginning to figure out how to replace staples like pasta, rice, bread, and cereal with Paleo options. It takes more planning, both with shopping and preparing meals. It’s difficult when you are away from home and have to figure out how to find paleo-compliant choices at a pizza party. It’s difficult to explain to friends, relatives, and strangers why you’re not eating the things you used to or the things that everyone else doesn’t think twice about eating.
No: The template for meal-planning is pretty simple really. A palm to palm-and-a-half sized serving of protein, along with lots and lots of vegetables, a thumb-sized version of a healthy fat, and a couple of fruit servings a day. That’s pretty simple! And there are lots and lots of great recipes like those at http://www.thefoodee.com.