If it’s not already obvious by today’s post title, I’m experimenting with the paleo diet. Thirty days of it, to be exact. I really hesitated to label what I’m doing because paleo gets so much hate for being restrictive. However, the diet definitely has its merits: it encourages eating lots of vegetables, fruits, proteins, and an abundance of healthy fats. I don’t *need* to throw a label on what I’m doing but I want to keep things simple for me and anyone reading this.
So, why paleo?
My main reason for going paleo, at least for the next 30-days, is totally vain and I DON’T CARE WHO KNOWS IT.
- Clearer skin: I’ve struggled with acne for as long as I can remember. I was clear for a while (age ~22-25) thanks to the acne miracle drug, Accutane, and it’s gotten bad again. With paleo being an elimination diet, I hope to figure out what, if any, foods are causing my bad skin.
- Gut issues: Stomach issues should not be a way of life but for me? They often are. Again, I hope this elimination diet helps to figure out what foods (or food groups or ingredients in foods) are causing my stomach issues.
- More energy, better sleep: It’s no surprise that when you’re eating better, you’ve got more energy throughout the day. And typically (not always), your sleep improves as well. My sleep hygiene is already pretty good but I will admit that sometimes I experience that 2PM post-lunch-omg-I-need-a-nap-crash.
- Weight loss: Yeah, well, this is an added bonus.
Now, I’ve done my research on paleo – and lots of it! There are so many excellent resources and below, I’ll list some of my favorites! Whether you’re looking for information or recipes, but you’re not sure where to start, take a look at any of the resources below:
It Starts With Food – This book is the first book I turned to when I wanted to more about the paleo diet. The book goes into detail all of the benefits you may see when you begin a Whole30 (which is essentially a diet reset) and it contains all of the science behind it, as well. If you’re looking for a great overview, I highly recommend you get this book (either on Amazon or your library).
The Paleo Coach – Another great book about the benefits of living the diet. I enjoy this book because the author really simplifies the diet. And bonus? It’s like you have your own personal coach along the way!
Nom Nom Paleo – Nom Nom Paleo is like, the most popular paleo recipe blog on the planet. The creator, Michelle, has about a zillion and one recipes that all look (and taste!) amazing. She also has a cookbook with over 150 paleo recipes not seen on her blog! You can get her book here: Ready or Not!: 150+ Make-Ahead, Make-Over, and Make-Now Recipes by Nom Nom Paleo.
Do you follow the paleo diet? What are some of your staples?!