Paleo 101

A couple of months ago, I posted that I was going paleo, maybe forever, but definitely for 30 days. That was over 2 months ago, and I’m still going strong. My whole 30 has turned into a whole 60+. It seems my body (and my lifestyle) absolutely loves paleo.

So, the biggest question I get from people asking about this crazy foodie lifestyle is….drumroll please….what exactly can you eat?

In order to get to what I can eat, I’ll go over a bit about what I do not eat. I don’t use the word can’t because that would mean I’m sacrificing and I seriously don’t feel I’m sacrificing by eating this way. I’m choosing to eat foods my body loves, and I’m choosing to not eat things that will eventually cause my body to not work well. It might take awhile, but eventually the body stops working well when it’s not fueled properly. I’ve seen it happen time and time again with my family members, and friends, and the patients I take care of. And crappy food might taste amazing going down, but it doesn’t feel amazing when it makes my body wonky (yes, wonky is a word.)

So, on to what I don’t eat.

I don’t eat grains. That includes wheat, rice, corn, buckwheat, rye, barley, millet, bulgur, sorghum, sprouted or cultured grains, quinoa,  or anything created with them like bread, pasta, cookies, baked goods, etc.

I don’t eat legumes. That includes beans, lentils, peas, chickpeas, peanuts, as well as peanut butter, soy or anything created with soy.

I don’t eat dairy. I don’t eat cow, goat or sheep’s milk products. That includes milk, cream, cheese, yogurt, sour cream.

I don’t eat sugar of any kind, real or fake. I don’t eat sugar, maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, splenda, equal, NutraSweet, xylotiol, stevia, etc. I read my labels and don’t buy products containing them, either.

I don’t eat carrageenan, MSG, or added sulfites.

I don’t re-create baked goods, treats or junk foods with approved ingredients. I don’t make paleo bread or coconut milk ice cream, or paleo pancakes, or almond flour muffins.

So, returning to the original question.  What do you eat????

Well, I eat lots of amazing food. I eat yummy free range organic (ish) meats like fish, and chicken and beef and lamb. I eat crazy amounts of vegetables, like greens, and Brussels sprouts, and carrots, and celery and beets. I eat a regular amount of higher carb veggies like potatoes and sweet potatoes. I eat plenty of fruits. I eat seeds and tree nuts. I eat coconut oil and olive oil and olives and avocados.

And what I drink? I have a plethora of tasty drinks to fill my tank. I drink water, and I drink kombucha, and I drink kefir, and I drink tea, and I make all kinds of delish combinations of said fluids to sate my palate.

So, that’s it in a nutshell. What I eat, what I don’t eat, with a tiny bit of the why.

And I know that a lot of these foods can be healthy. I’ve sprouted grains and legumes, and fermented just about everything. But the super cool thing, is that now I only ferment and sprout a few things, and leave the rest be, and I still feel super healthy. I eat plenty of carbs, just not ones related to grains or legumes. And my body thanks me for it.

I wasn’t sure I would be able to make it through a full 30 days of this. Maybe you don’t think you can, either. I not only made it through the full 30 days, but am thriving 60+ days later. And for those of you who are hard gainers, or big exercisers, know you won’t lose weight. For those of you who want to lose weight, you will be shocked at how much you lose in that 30 days. Don’t ask me why, but it’s true. I didn’t need to lose weight, and I haven’t. My groupies who wanted to lose weight, lost weight. And even though I didn’t really have any health challenges, I feel better overall. I’m less grumpy. My skin is prettier and clearer. My moods are even keeled. And some health challenges that were overcome by the groupies….arthritis cleared up, tummy issues felt better, weight was lost….everyone had at least one positive outcome from taking this 30 day challenge.

It’s not January 1, but there is still a month coming up in the next 30 days. Are you willing to take that challenge? Are you willing to give up 30 days to see how food affects you?  Have you done a 30 day challenge?  Post on my facebook page.  Share your stories!!