Monday, May 27, 2013

What is the Paleo Diet?

What is the Paleo Diet?

Paleo is grounded in the theory that humans haven't acclimated fully to an agricultural lifestyle in the present day.  This means that grain crops which are relatively new inventions don't agree with our bodies.  There's all sorts of science and logic behind the theory and I encourage you to click the heading link to Robb Wolf's explanation.  He is much more thorough and concise than I could ever be on the subject matter.  

That said, Paleo to me means eating for the sake of energy.  I'm constantly asking myself the questions, "Am I getting nutrition out of this?" and "How is what I'm about to eat going to make me feel?"  When you start exploring the community, you'll often see citing of "n=1" in reference to that fact that every person is different.  In my n=1, this lifestyle has changed everything for me.  I wake up in the morning clear headed, bright eyed, and encouraged to start the day.  Don't roll your eyes at my doctrine.  I'm being completely honesty here.  This from a girl who only two years ago purposefully set her alarm an hour before needing to wake up so that she could press snooze 6 times and then would still be 15 minutes late everywhere she went.  Ultimately, the lifestyle is just that. It's not a diet for me.  It effected change in me psychologically for the better more so than physically even if losing weight was the original goal.  It's a way of life.  One morning I woke up and decided it was time to start caring for myself.  You deserve it too, you know.

Sorry... I got a little self righteous there.  Here are the do's and don'ts of Paleo (thanks, Robb Wolf!):  

Okay To Eat
Avoid
Fruits
Dairy
Vegetables
Grains
Lean Meats
Processed Food & Sugars
Seafood
Legumes
Nuts &Seeds
Starches
Healthy Fats
Alcohol

Please explore my resource links on the left side of your screen.  I've also listed some perfect starting places if you're a research hound like me.  When I first joined the community, Mark's Daily Apple was my bible.  

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