Now that I’ve explained what Paleo is, I thought I’d take this opportunity to explain what Paleo isn’t. Here are just a few of the things I came up with:
1. PALEO PEOPLE DON'T ONLY EAT MEAT
While it may seem like Paleo people eat a lot of meat (which is actually pretty true), we don’t only eat meat. Actually, our diet is mostly vegetables! (See previous post) And don’t forget about healthy fats! Fats have been demonized in the mainstream, but fat is necessary to help our bodies process food correctly and - most importantly - to help us feel full. So eat up, and give your body the nutrition it needs - with a good mix of meat/protein, lots of vegetables, and a healthy amount of safe fats and fruits. Your body will thank you.
2. PALEO ISN'T A QUICK FIX
Once you understand the basics (more to come on that), Paleo is a simple diet. There are a few foods to avoid (believe me, you’ll be better off) and some excellent foods to focus on, but it is understandable for the average person. That being said, however, implementing and following a Paleo diet can be complicated. But don’t let that scare you! We are here to help and answer any questions you may have - and there are so many others out there that want to help you, too! Never be afraid to ask.
Also, Paleo usually helps most people lose weight, but that’s not the primary goal. The goal is to get your body working optimally. A lot of people, myself included, came to the Paleo diet with health challenges and have found relief in following its tenets. But, as you can imagine, getting your body working well and starting to heal takes some time and patience. It will pay off in the long run, and you’ll see results, but give it some time to work.
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort.” - Theodore Roosevelt [TWEET THIS]
3. PALEO PEOPLE DON'T EAT "LIKE A CAVEMAN"
Okay, so some people refer to Paleo (pronounced PAY-lee-oh) as the “Caveman Diet” and I suppose that’s where it originated. The Paleo Diet seeks to get back to the way the “cavemen” ate, focusing on whole foods straight from nature. But that doesn’t mean we have to cook over a campfire in the backyard, either.
Real talk. This may be because I ate delicious baked goods and desserts for the first 28 years of my life, but sometimes a girl’s just gotta have a chocolate chip cookie, right? I’m not saying it’s all the time, and my cravings are mostly under control, but what’s life without a little fun? So I see no problem with buying some almond flour and dairy-free chocolate chips and making up a batch of Paleo chocolate chip cookies, or a Paleo chocolate cake (I make one annually for my birthday. YUM). The ingredients are clean, but sugar is sugar is sugar (again, more on this later), so moderation is key.
Well, that’s what I have for what Paleo isn’t. The next post will cover what Paleo can do for you; I’m excited about that one! Hope you’ll enjoy it.
In the meantime, feel free to ask any questions you may have for me about the Paleo diet. Hopefully these last few posts have gotten your brain going, and you’re bound to have questions or comments! Sound off below!