Aug 18, 2014

Paleo

paleo book

I have been quite busy the last few weeks totally overhauling my family's diet and turning what can probably be best described as Paleo.  You see, despite my supposedly 'healthy' diet and active lifestyle, I have been having some ongoing health problems for quite a while now including an inflamed gallbladder, some serious skin issues and a very low immune system.  Despite my best efforts to get and stay healthy, it all just seemed to be getting worse.  Then a dear friend of mine recommended that I read a book called Hard To Swallow by Julie Van Eps.  This book changed, and possibly saved, my life.  You see, all the things I had learned about Nutrition while at University - for instance, staying away from animal fats, using vegetable oils instead of animal fats, and eating a healthy amount of calcium from dairy daily, they are most likely the very reason my health has been so bad.

If you have any niggling health concerns, I really recommend reading Hard to Swallow, and another fabulous book with information and recipes called I Quit Sugar for Life by Sarah Wilson.  After reading these books, I have had to make huge changes to the way I buy and cook food.  I didn't set out to become Paleo - I am usually the type to steer well clear of fad diets and I thought this whole Paleo 'thing' was probably just another fad.  However, I have always loved the idea of eating natural, healthy foods and after eating our new diet for a few weeks, I am feeling a lot better than I have in a long time. I have also noticed that my skin is improving, I am sleeping better and I am not getting as fatigued as I usually do.  So I started researching my new diet a little more and I have realised that I am actually following most of the rules of a Paleo diet, so I have kind of become a Paleo advocate by default I suppose!

The good news is that you get to come along for the journey with me, as I find great new recipes, I'll be sure to share them with you so stay tuned.. Oh and I'd love to hear about your own experiences about becoming Paleo.  If you have any great resources/recipe books please share them below!