Over the past few months, Matt and I have switched over to the Paleo diet. Have you heard of it? If you haven’t, you’re not alone. Most people we’ve talked to about it haven’t heard of it and think we’re crazy for trying it. The basic idea of the Paleo diet is to avoid all grains, dairy, and legumes, along with refined sugars, processed foods, and starches. So, if we can’t eat bread, dairy, rice, or beans, what do we eat? The answer is simple in theory, but more difficult in practice – lean meats, vegetables, nuts/seeds, and fruit. Easy, right? We’ve had great success with sticking to this diet at home, even though it takes a bit more planning and effort than the traditional American diet. I am still planning out my meals, either weekly or monthly, depending on how much time I have. The planning allows us to have complete control over everything we eat at home. We always have healthy snacks and filling meals. But, the difficulty lies in eating out or in someone else’s home. While we are pretty dedicated and convicted about this new way of eating, that does NOT mean that we don’t miss bread. Or rice. Or sweet treats. So, we’ve chosen to stick to this diet about 90% at home and then we give ourselves a little leeway when are not eating at home. We still try to make smart decisions about our food, but we indulge a little. That’s what has made it possible for us to remain committed. We can’t beat ourselves up or feel guilty about eating non-Paleo food occasionally, as long as we are sticking with the plan the majority of the time.
So, why are we doing this crazy diet? For us, the most simple reason is that it was recommended by the physician I see. He also eats Paleo and knows personally and professionally that the health benefits of eliminating grains, dairy, and legumes are huge. After being on the diet for a few days, I could already notice a change in my energy levels. And I can definitely tell that my body does not work as properly when I eat the “avoided” foods. Especially pizza. Yikes.
Anywho, I know this sounds like a giant push for a diet that sounds like a fad. But, we’ve decided to stick with it and you all know I love talking about food on the blog. So, my food posts will be a bit different from here on out. No more pasta dishes or homemade bread. I do want to share with you the recipe resources that I have found helpful. I want to share our meal plans and the ups and downs of this journey. So, please stick with us, and maybe even give cauliflower rice a try. What do you think?
So, next week, I’ll share our meal plan for March. Until then, check out my two go-to sources for online recipes:
Have a great weekend!