8.22.2012

I'M ALL ABOUT THAT (PALEO) LIFE.

I've been keeping a bit of a secret. I stumbled upon a Paleo diet a few weeks ago and have become slightly obsessed. What is Paleo?, you may ask? You can read more here, but the basics are:

No:
grains, dairy, legumes, processed foods, refined sugar, corn, alcohol, & certain starches.
Yes:
fruit, poultry, game, seafood, veggies, healthy fats, nuts & seeds

For me it all started with Danielle's post where she mentioned a new client who got her hooked on Crossfit (Cf). Of course I venture over to check out said new client's blog (River North Paleo Girl) and find she's some kind of "Paleo girl". Didn't know what that meant, but I was definitely NOT interested after reading on her site about all the things you couldn't eat. Still, I spent some time perusing her blog and everything she was cooking looked delicious...seriously. Especially this Ginger Lime Grilled Shrimp & Strawberry Cabbage Salad.

I started doing a little more research of my own and found out that this Paleo lifestyle was not a new thing and I was not, in fact, the third person to find out about it.  People have doing it for years and are loving it. And a little more research brought me to Robb Wolf's site which gave me all the 4-1-1 on Paleo. Sure, it sounded a tad difficult for a girl known for never meeting a loaf of sourdough or pint of Haagen Daaz she didn't like, but I was intrigued.  I decided to start with the Whole 30 which, for me, would be a little more difficult than Paleo alone, but I knew it would be great for my bod. Believe it or not, I found that I actually loved it. Part of the reason it was easy to start is that I have Vitiligo, which is an Autoimmune disease, and Paleo is said to ease AI symptoms with specific modifications including no eggs or tomatoes. I was interested in it for general health reasons but knew if it could help my V, it would be an added bonus.

Crossfit Rancho Santa Margarita

So I started paying a lot of attention to what I was eating, making all (99.999%) of my meals at home, and even looking into Cf (pretty major for the girl who hasn't worked out in...quite awhile and hates to sweat). Started a new Pinterest board for Paleo foods (which gained 700+ followers in 2 days!) and found a ton of new blogs, a few of which I've added to my blogroll.  Fast forward to last week & I was all Paleo'd down, attending CF in my new sports bras when I fell off the wagon Friday night. After a hard workout and being caught at home & unprepared with grub, I did the unthinkable. First I stepped off the wagon, then this weekend I apparently turned around and pushed the wagon over with both hands...so you know what that means.  I've been feeling kind of guilty, knowing that I only had 1 more week to go to make my 30 days(!!!). Still, this week I'm getting back on the wagon & trying again! I'm currently debating between doing Whole 30 again or just Paleo, but I'd love to hear from any of you who may be
Paleo-phytes or Cf freaks. I'll take all the encouragement I can get & would love if you shared any new recipes or fave blogs I may be missing. And if you're interested in learning more about Paleo, let me know & I'll share my experiences. I felt great, BTW, and definitely noticed a difference in body. Had a few headaches weaning myself from the sugar, but was pleasantly surprised to find that I was NEVER hungry...at all. And totally got back into breakfast, which I've been missing out on for years. If you've been thinking about it, I would definitely recommend you give it a try!

source

In the meantime, check out some of my favorite new Paleo-friendly sites:

Robb Wolf
Whole 9
Elana's Pantry
Cupcakes OMG
Against All Grain
Paleo Project
And if you have an iPhone or Android, check out The Food Lover's Kitchen, a great app that lets you meal plan on the go with over 400 Paleo, Primal & Gluten-free recipes. I love it! 

4 comments:

pve design said...

Great! I am going to do this Starting September!
pve

HandbagReport.com said...

Hi Dayka, I love checking your blog for design inspiration. I was especially fascinated with your post on Paleo. I'm to the point of wanting to change my diet and lifestyle to be healthier. Thanks for the additional resources!

Talk soon,
Staci

Dayka said...

Hey Staci,

Thank you! I would definitely encourage you to try it, or at least try a few recipes. What I've loved about it is that I'm never hungry, and though I'm not doing it solely to loose weight, it's definitely happening. I just made some blueberry muffins & a Pork tenderloin roast today, Paleo of course, and both were delish. I'm not a pro, but let me know if you have any questions!

Bernadette @B3HD said...

I've seen a lot of pinned recipes for Paleo and I too thought "that looks so good". I thought it was a food movement but anytime I read up on something that is all about the "absolutely no x", then I move on. As a girl who doesn't eat meat, doesn't like the texture of most tofu, but loves her veggies AND fruits (and basically lives off of them), it gets tough to follow through on any diet/lifestyle change/food program that leaves me hungry because all I can eat is a plate of family style carrots (which looked totally yummy, by the way).

All said, just like in everything else in life, I mix and match to get to me. LOTS of great recipes that I use to prepare the stuff I already eat. Without angrily restricting myself from all the rest of the stuff too.

Figure, if I can just prepare my food better, that's already a step ahead of the game. Perhaps, one day when I want to be the sexy Janet/Oprah, I'll work it out. But for now, just need energy to fuel the day.

Hard for me to realize that I don't have to do everything in life perfectly and full out.

Looking forward to seeing your journey. Love how informative you made this post. I clicked through many links to get my pinterest on (smile).

Related Posts with Thumbnails