As the holiday season approaches, many people start crazy diets in order to prevent the holiday weight creep. Every single health magazine right now has some kind of article spouting “Easy Holiday Diets.” I have one word for this: Lame.
Wouldn’t it be so much easier to simply clean up your eating and make it a lifestyle change, instead of going on a crazy diet? Honestly, weight, calories, and portion sizes are the LAST things I want to be thinking about, especially at this time of year. Isn’t this the month of thanks?! I feel like a much better idea is to begin deleting the processed junk from your eating, and start eating WHOLE, REAL foods so we can all stop obsessing about something so insignificant as “calories.”
Don’t worry, this does not mean deprivation! Does this look like deprivation:
The Recipe for Amazing Paleo Chili is HERE.
Since becoming Paleo, my focus on eating and health has shifted completely. I now view food as a tool for achieving overall health. Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking and eating yummy food. It is my friend, not my foe, and it should be enjoyable, and simple! Seriously people, don’t you want to stop counting calories or analyzing your food?!
For those of you unfamiliar with Paleo, my diet is comprised of fruits, vegetables, meat and poultry (preferably grass-fed/free-range, eggs, nuts, seeds and healthy fats (in the form of coconut, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado, and grass-fed butter). This eating style is ideal for me because I have many allergies, and a sorted history with digestive issues.
Some of my favorite “Clean” and Paleo Eats are:
Frozen banana, coconut milk, and cinnamon smoothies:
Apples with almond butter:
Roasted Chicken with herbs
And tons of veggies, including Kale Chips!
The things I do not eat are: Gluten (white and wheat flour, rye, barley), grains (quinoa, buckwheat, rice), corn, soy, legumes (beans and peanuts) and dairy. I also avoid artificial sugars and added sugars.
If you have food allergies, stomach issues, or just desire to eat a more clean diet, I urge you to try Paleo, or at least integrate some of its ideas.
The thing I love about being Paleo is that there is science and logic behind each and every aspect of this eating style. Gluten is avoided because many people (including myself!) are unable to digest gluten.
Legumes, Grains, and dairy are avoided because they each contain lectins which create inflammation in the body. For many people, this creates bloating, stomach irritation, and immune disorders. If you want more info, this article is great.
Soy is avoided because of its estrogenic properties. Soy can wreak havoc on hormone levels for many people (including myself). Also, soy is often highly processed. Not to mention the fact that the rate of people with soy intolerance and allergies is increasing because soy products are in EVERY processed food. Our immune systems are becoming overwhelmed!
I do not think I need to tell you why avoiding artificial sugars, trans-fats, and added sugar is a good idea. 🙂
Am I trying to convert you to Pale0–heck no! It works for me, but that doesn’t mean that is the way you need to eat. However, if you are having stomach issues, hormone or thyroid problems, immune-system issues, skin problems–it is worth a try–right? I mean how can eating more veggies, fruits, and healthy fats and protein a bad idea? A
Also, if you are concerned about your weight, or have problems overeating, it is REALLY hard to “binge” on vegetables or chicken. In contrast, bread, grains, popcorn, corn chips–you can totally binge on!
I mean how can you just eat one bite of these:
So here is where I need your help. What would you like to see in the upcoming holiday months on my blog? Do you want “Clean Eating” recipes? Do you want to see meal plans? Do you want to see healthy holiday recipe alternatives? How can we all have a healthy, no diet holiday season?!