So, what is Paleo?
The word Paleo is a shortened word coming from the anthropological term Paleolithic Era. Commonly thought of as a time when cavemen roamed the earth.
I personally believe in Creation, and the Garden of Eden. Paleo to me is just a shorter way to say “gluten free, wheat free, grain free, dairy free, legume free, corn free, refined sugar free, less refined, more natural way of eating.” Because that my friends is a mouthful!
Essentially eating Paleo meals means that you are eating meat that comes from animals living the way that they were intended to live in nature. For instance, if you eat beef, you eat grass fed, hormone free, antibiotic free beef. If you eat fish, you eat wild caught fish rather than farmed fish. When you eat eggs, eat hormone and antibiotic free, free-range eggs.
When you chose foods, make the beat choice possible. Choose unrefined food in its natural state rather than opening a package.
Eat vegetables and fruits, seeds and nuts. Eat more vegetables! Take it easy on the nuts, too – just because they come in a bag, don’t eat them by that handfuls. Eat a few at a time.
Eat fat! Yep, fat. Good fat. Full fat coconut milk, coconut oil, avocados, seeds, nuts, ghee are some great choices.
When you eat this way, there are many benefits! I have so many testimonies of how eating this way has helped me and others I know. Eating Paleo, helps reduce inflammation in your body, improves digestion, helps you lose weight, helps you build muscle, and generally makes you feel great!
This blog is not intended to provide all of the scientific information behind the Paleo diet. There are many blogs, books and other articles that offer a more scientific approach. This blog is just intended for encouragement and to create a place for people to have a shared experience and to walk out these next 60 days together.
If you are interested in knowing more about the science behind Paleo, I would encourage you to pick up one of my favorite books called It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. Their book focuses on the Whole30 approach. they also have a great website loaded with information.Robb Wolf’s book called the Paleo Solution is another great book. Sarah Fragoso has a blog called Everyday Paleo (as well as a cook book – one of my faves!), and Danielle Walker also has an amazing blog and cookbook called Against All Grains. Google any of these guys and you will be gaining great information!
Once you start looking for Paleo information and blogs, you will find so much information you will have more than enough reading to keep you busy for the next 60 days! Rather than make it complicated I suggest that you pick some simple meals, following the simple guidelines for the next sixty days. Unclutter your dinner plate, and unclutter your mind! Relax, enjoy good food in its natural state the way God intended it to be.
Set yourself up for success, ready to experience transformation!
Many of us reading this could testify that we have completed many fasts, diets, cleanses, eating plans… They last for 21 days, 30 days, 10 days, a week. 60 days will give us the opportunity to see real change in our bodies, our emotions, our attitudes, and our ability to break bad eating habits. 60 days will also give us the opportunity to set great fitness goals in motion and keep them going.
Let’s do this!