Here I am again, attempting to guide my whole family to a feel- good way of eating. I don’t want to say healthier because let’s face it – everyone has their own idea of healthy!
If you don’t know what the Paleo diet looks like, in short -it is eating mostly only eggs, meats (especially those like organ meats), nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits and spices. No white flours, very specific sugars like coconut sugar or raw honey, no dairy 😭 and *ALMOST* nothing packaged (since this way of eating has become so popular in the past years, more packaged items have become paleo friendly) . Obviously it gets more complex and there are some exceptions here and there.
Paleo for me is not just a fad – it’s a way of eating that helps ME to feel good. A few years ago I found out I have an auto-immune disease and it all made sense! Why I always feel junky, cant loose weight, crappy moods, low energy, etc. Plus, I just had the Mirena IUD for 9 months and I felt all the above x300 with it. But that’s a story for another day! It was time for a change, I wanted to feel better, look less like I was 6 months pregnant (from bloat) and I wanted to share all this with my family too.
Looking back, I’m able to realize that my biggest mistake was trying to go paleo cold-turkey. Most books that I’d read in regards to being completely Paleo will tell you to raid your pantry and toss EVERYTHING that doesn’t meet Paleo standards, but if you’re on a low budget like me, that’s just not happening!
After reading Real Life Paleo, I felt even more confident to do this long term because Stacy tells you to throw out the biggest offenders (in my case that would be milk, cereal, tortillas 😖 and beans) and simply just stop buying the stuff that isn’t Paleo! So thats the part that I am on, I’m going to make a separate post next for my most recent grocery haul & my favorite snacks.