Daren and I have been reading this book called
This post is NOT sponsored by anyone. Hippie swear.
We both need to lose weight, I want to sleep better, have more energy, lower my blood pressure, & kick the Ativan.
Paleo is short for Paleolithic. Basically, this is a good explanation of the history of it:
Learn more about the Paleo Diet.
The day we got back from Granny & Papa’s after Christmas, we dove into this book, and have been making huge changes. We thought we were eating healthy before. We thought wrong. This book has transformed our lives and I can’t see going back to the way things were. I feel SO good. Normally I would be a bundle of knots before clinicals began, and I was cool as a cucumber all the days leading up to and including day one (yesterday) and day two (today). It’s amazing. It’s only been 10 days or so and I feel like I’m 20 again.
This is a huge learning curve. We weren’t much for processed foods before, but we are scrutinizing packages even more now. For example, Daren likes a certain brand of greek yogurt. And hey, greek yogurt is all the rage, and he thought the one he picked was healthy. Upon further investigation, we found that it had corn starch in it, as well as processed sweeteners, & chemicals.
Basically Paleo is this: you eat meat, fish, fruits & vegetables, nuts & seeds, healthy fats (butter, even!), herbs & spices. You avoid wheat, corn, grains of any kind, sugar, and processed food. That’s it in a nutshell. Sounds simple, but we had to figure out what to put in our coffee. Yes, you can still have coffee.
We discovered Kefir! I have been on probiotics for over a year, in pill form, but kefir tastes a heck of a lot better. And I plan on making our own, as well as our own yogurt, and spice blends from the book. I love trying all these new recipes. Just the other day, I made 72 muffins from the Practical Paleo book for quick grab-and-go breakfasts.
42 eggs were required for this process. 42 freaking grass fed organic eggs full of good protein and vitamins. I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome this has been. The kids are loving this AND they are fighting less, sleeping better, and in amazing moods – well, until you have to bargain with them to eat their veggies. We’re working on that.
We still have so much to learn, but we’re really enjoying this new journey together and cooking new recipes that taste so rich and colourful. Have you ever roasted sweet potato with Brussels sprouts and onions in coconut oil and topped it with spices? Heaven. And the prime rib roast Daren made on Sunday made me nearly cry.
On top of all of this, Daren and I started running TOGETHER. I have tried a couple of times to get him to run with me, but he didn’t like it. Well on this new way of life, he is not only running with me, he bought running gear from Sport Chek, AND he lost 9 freaking pounds in the first week! NINE POUNDS! I was jealous! I lost nothing – but have lost 5 since so I’m cool now. Heh.
Anyway, I’m sure I could go on and on and ON about this stuff – but like I said, we’re learning. I sure don’t know everything, but there’s a ton of info online, and amazing recipes and info in this book that we’ve been reading, so there’s definitely no shortage of resources on the subject.
There’s one thing about paleo that really threw us both – this idea of squatting while pooping. There’s even a product called the Squatty Potty that made us giggle. I mean, it makes total sense, and after seeing that video, I had a dream I was squatting on our toilet and it was the best thing ever. Oh brain, you are hilarious sometimes. I’m not totally opposed to the idea, I just think I’d need something sturdy to really get down with this aspect of paleo. See what I did there?
Ah what the heck. Maybe I’ll order it.
UPDATE: BOUGHT A SQUATTY POTTY. OMG.
Disclaimer: I was not paid/compensated to talk about any of this stuff. All opinions are mine, all mine!