Why I follow the Paleo lifestyle (mostly)

I thought it would be a good idea to share with you all why I live a mostly Paleo lifestyle. First, let me explain the basics of what the Paleo lifestyle consists of. Eating this way means not eating rice, bread, white potatoes, or pasta. It also means abstaining from dairy, corn, and beans. (Here is a list of foods that are considered Paleo.) The way I think of it is that I am eating a lot less processed food and am focusing on a whole foods diet.

I began eating Paleo in 2010 after graduating from Georgetown Law. Law school was hard on my figure to put it mildly. I was a pescatarian at the time, and was pretty convinced that I had a healthy diet. But like others, I fell into the trap of eating a lot of starchy food in place of my eating chicken etc. Add that to a sedentary lifestyle due to the insane amount of reading in cafes (where I also indulged in yummy sugary drinks) and you have a recipe for physical disaster.

When my husband (then friend) told me about eating Paleo, I was quite skeptical. Give up bread!? Are you crazy? I love bread. No rice? Ummmm… But, feeling very uncomfortable in my new super chunky body, I decided to give it a try. The results were fantastic. I dropped at least 20 pounds, I had more energy, and I was eating more vegetables than I really ever had.

I decided to commit to eating this way for the rest of my life as I learned more about eating Paleo, and how certain foods breakdown in your body. In particular, I was interested in the fact that many of the foods that I loved to eat so much before, broke down into sugar. Since the age of 18, I have been very serious about living in a way that would help me avoid developing diabetes. A great deal of my family suffers/suffered from diabetes, and I’m very serious about avoiding that. Not only does eating Paleo help me keep my weight at a more optimal level, but I am also avoiding a lot of sugary foods.

Do I eat Paleo 100% of the time? Heck no. I don’t operate that way. If I say I will never eat bread etc again, I will feel suffocated, sneak away to buy some kind of delicious bread, and hide in my car to enjoy it. But if I give myself the wiggle room to eat mostly Paleo, with the occasional “cheat” day, I am able to stick to my regimen. (Basically, it’s a mental thing for me.) So yes, I sometimes have pizza, a sandwhich, rice, pancakes, fries…you get the drift. But you won’t find me eating that food on a regular basis.

Now that I am a mother, and am continuing to work on shedding those extra pounds (more on that later) I am back to my Paleo lifestyle. I am VERY picky about my food. I like to eat well, and I like to think of myself as an amateur paleo chef. I’ll be sharing recipes that are worthy of sharing, and invite you to try out this Paleo thing with me. If you have any questions, feel free to comment! Are you Paleo?

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