Have you ever heard of the Paleo diet?
Essentially, it’s a means of eating similar to what a caveman would have eaten.
It’s also been called the caveman diet or hunter-gatherer diet. It’s based around foods you can find in the wild – meats, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, and nuts, and it excludes dairy, grains, potatoes, refined sugar, processed foods, and alcohol.
I’ve never been one to follow a “diet” (except while competing) but I do like to eat healthy and know what I’m fueling my body with. It’s taken me about two whole years to give up processed foods. I generally stick to whole, natural foods with the exception of peanut butter, ezekiel bread, and pre-chopped frozen veggies – which in all three cases, someone has just done the work for me. Now I won’t lie, you’ve seen some of my cheat meals. I’ll indulge every now in then but as for the standard American diet (SAD) of cereal for breakfast, deli sandwiches for lunch (or fast food) and meat and starch for dinner – I’m no where near that.
I say this because, in a way, I find myself eating similar to the Paleo trend but not to a T, ie – one example, they don’t allow peanut butter in their lifestyle. #bahumbug
But, check out the other foods I eat:
And yes, even dessert can be made Paleo.
It’s easy to eat wholesome nutritious foods. This isn’t a post to rave about Paleo or sell you on the trend. But, in part, I think they’re on to something by getting folks to switch over to healthier foods.
I will probably never give up grains. I love my ezekiel bread. But for those of you who have a gluten intolerance or simply don’t feel good after you eat grains, try eliminating them from your diet.
One huge tip I tell my clients on getting away from processed foods, and what finally got me away from them after all these years – look at the ingredients list.
What in the hell are you eating?!? (excuse my language) The last thing I want to put in my body is some chemical that a) I don’t know how to pronounce and b) I have no idea the effect it will produce on my insides or outsides.
Fuel your body with wholesome nutritious foods. Your insides will thank you and your outside will prove it to you.
I know, I know. There are a lot of confusing articles out there. What’s healthy? What’s not healthy? How many carbs should I have? What’s good fats?
Listen. Don’t complicate it.
I gave you a list of healthy groceries the other day. Print it out. Bring it to the store with you. But if all else fails, stick to the outside ring of the grocery store.
You can do this! Start eating healthy today!