Sunday, March 25, 2012

WHY I EAT PALEO

Why I'm Paleo



So a couple of years ago, I stopped taking my ADD medicine. I didn't need it after all; I took it mostly to keep my energy up. Any time I tried to get off it, I would barely be able to get up in the morning.  I took Concerta for 9 years and the whole time it was masking that I have hypothyroidism. When I got off it, I just fell asleep, literally. I had digestive issues, chronic fatigue, which turned into depression. I visited many doctors, one who put me back on Concerta, one who put me on antidepressants, and one who put me on a thyroid replacement. None of those things solved my exhaustion. I struggled to keep my weight down, but last summer, I was saved by my paleo diet. Paleo is the same thing as the caveman diet, so I only eat meat, fish, poultry, vegetables, nuts, seeds, healthy fats (avocado, coconut oil, etc.), and a little fruit. I will occasionally eat goat cheese, but not every day. I do drink wine and clear liquor. I've eliminated anything processed, gluten, dairy, grains, soy, sugar and legumes. It sounds crazy, but after a year long rollercoaster of trying to improve my health, this was it. It works for me. Not only did it improve my weight, energy, mood, and digestion, but I feel younger and stronger than ever. I have not been sick at all since I started in July. I was so attracted to this diet (its really a lifestyle to be honest) because of all the diseases it has been proven to eliminate : cancer, diabetes, obesity, depression, alztheimers, autism, acne, thyroid issues, digestive issues-- the list goes on and on. Anyways, thats my story and I'm sticking with it. I feel great. 

So now my personal health philosophy goes something like this: Fix your body with food, fitness and good sleep, not pills. God I hate how there is a pill to "fix" everything. When you are "fixing" one ailment with a pill, what else are you harming? Probably more than you are helping. 
I work out an average of 4 days a week. Being active is very important to me. Even when I'm pressed for time or feeling totally unmotivated, I work it in. An easy way for me is this: bodyrock.tv. Other than that, go for hike, a zumba class, spin, the gym, play with your kids-- just get off your butt. I haven't subscribed to the crossfit craze alot of other paleoists have latched onto-- but I live in an area where there is not such thing as a crossfit gym. I have to admit, I am interested. Though, I am very happy with my current routine.


Here are some resources on what the Paleo diet is and how it works:


http://everydaypaleo.com/faq/


http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/paleo-101/

http://whole9life.com/2011/10/whole-30-v5/

Why my family Isn't

My husband and son do not eat the way I do. They eat oatmeal, cereal and yogurt for breakfast. I ate steak this morning. Their approach to healthy eating is the standard low-fat, high fiber, lean protein portion-controlled diet we are used to. It works for them. It does not work for me. That is all there is to it. I'm not going to push them into something else when they are happy and healthy with their current approach. You'll notice a lot of sneaky veggies going into my dinners. Those are for all of us, but especially my son. He has such a vegetable aversion that you would think he is allergic to anything green. He throws up on the kitchen floor just at the smell of broccoli. He won't spit out a vegetable he tries--he will project it across the table, along with the rest of his dinner. He won't willingly touch a veggie and its a battle to which I have surrendered. So I hide his vegetables DEEP into food.  So I came up with a few tricks to incorporate all of our diets into one meal. And that is how threedietsonedinner was born. 





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