What does eating Paleo mean?
First things first I am not a doctor or a health practitioner so please consult a health practitioner before making any major changes to your diet. I am studying to be a primal health coach and holistic nutritionist – so then I will have more qualifications, but in the meantime I am just passionate about food.
So back to Paleo – to me Paleo means eating real whole foods. So if you can pronounce it, you know where it was grown/raised, or how it was made, eat it! For me this means meat and fish, fruit and veggies, nuts and seeds, and good fats. There is a lot of science behind all this that I am constantly learning and if you have specific questions I would be happy to try and answer them. But if you really want to just know it all I would suggest you check out the Paleo masters: Diane Sanfilippo’s Practical Paleo, Liz Wolfe’s Eat the Yolks, Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint, and Robb Wolf.
The biggest thing about Paleo for me is eating food that makes me feel good. Grains, dairy and sugar just don’t make me feel good. So I don’t eat them.
What foods do I avoid and what do I eat?
- Grains (lots of Paleo people eat white rice with no issues)
- Vegetable oils
- Refined Sugar
- Processed food like items
- Dairy (this depends on how it makes you feel, and if you can get good quality, raw, full fat dairy)
- I also unfortunately cant eat eggs very often :(. Sigh.
- Meat: I do my best to eat good quality animal products such as: grass fed beef, organic pork, pastured chicken, and wild fish
- Veggies: ALL THE VEGGIES. Organic when possible. Local when possible.
- Fruit: I eat fruit in moderation, I try to eat what is in season.
- Starches: winter squash, sweet potatoes and plantains. I friggen LOVE plantains. Obsessed.
- Fats: avocado oil, coconut oil, olive oil, duck fat, bacon fat, tallow
- Nuts and seeds: I eat these in moderation
- Other things: I eat these things in moderation – honey, maple syrup, coconut milk, dried fruit, Paleo flours (cassava, coconut, almond, arrowroot starch), coffee, dark chocolate, coconut butter, dried seaweed, fermented foods.
Trust me you can make AMAZING food with these simple ingredients.
Another important note is that I am not dogmatic about being Paleo and I don’t recommend being so strict that your life is miserable. If I really desperately want pizza I am going to eat it – probably gluten free because I don’t want to deal with a migraine. If I want a full fat latte I am going to have it. I have to admit it is not very often that I crave these things because of the way I feel afterwards. But you do you – see how food makes your feel and be honest with yourself. Eat what makes you feel good. End of story.