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Clean Eating/Paleo Eating/Allergy-Free Eating

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:

Source

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?!

 

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About paleorunnergirl

I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

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  1. My roommate and I had this mantra we would say to each other “Nobody ever got fat by eating produce!!” I love the healthy living approach although there definitely times when I “focus harder” on clean eating. I’m trying to do some holiday pre-emptive strike right now! 🙂

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    • Dude, you, your roommate and I are produce soul-mates! How can one eat too many fresh apples or crisp greens–not possible! 🙂 Also, I totally plan to enjoy some yummy, delicious holiday treats–they just are not going to come in the form of artificially colored oreos–they are going to be homemade peanut-butter balls. Real food all the way. 🙂

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  2. Wonderful post!!! If I didn’t already eat this way, you would totally have me converted by this post! 🙂

    I would love to see more recipes as I am always looking to try new things! Also, holiday recipes would be great too – I’m definitely planning on making some paleo dish’s for the holidays. I want to make sure there will be food I can eat and if the family happens to like it, well that is great too! Looking forward to your future clean eating/recipe posts!

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    • I am really excited to do more recipe posts! I really want to show how you can take almost any recipe in any cookbook and easily make it paleo! I feel like paleo seems SO hard on the outside, but it really is SO stinking easy and delicious!

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  3. Lovely post and so true about meat and veggies being difficult to overdo! Its just a shame I love my treat desserts way too much to ever give them up right!? 🙂
    One question though – why do Paleo diets avoid quinoa!? I thought quinoa was a seed (or that was the cloest descrip) and defintiely not a grain?? Dont Paleo eat seeds? I do know that you are totally right though and most Paleo do tend to avoid quinoa… do you know why that is??
    I’d love to see some healthy holiday recipe alternatives!! xox

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    • Hello dear Emmy!

      What a lovely question about Quinoa. I was rather confused by the anti-quinoa stance as well. However, the outer coating is rather difficult for people with intestinal issues to digest. Also, it often produces a positive gluten response for people with celiac disease (even though it is not technically “gluten”). I put quinoa in the “corn” category–I do not eat it every day, but it is SO not a big deal (digestively speaking) if I have a bit here and there! For me, it is the gluten food and too many legumes that killllll me! I love beans, but they do NOT love me. Booooo.

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  4. Amen! You go girl! I totally agree! ….People think the food I eat must taste yucky but I swear it taste better than the food they are eating. I swear I’m the one person who overdoes it on veggies, but I’m okay with that. I love every single minute! 🙂

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  5. This is such an awesome post! I would love to see clean eating recipes, because this shows that eating like this is not deprivation! You are right, it is hard to go overboard on chicken and veggies… and that is a good thing of course, as they are amazing for you!

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    • Thanks, Tessa! I just like not fearing food and recognizing that it is GOOD! And needed! However, I am not about to say no to Real! Fresh! Full-Fat ice cream here and there! 🙂 No deprivation here!

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  6. I would love to see some holiday recipe ideas. I want to go to parties prepared with healthy foods I can eat that other people won’t think are totally weird lol!

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  7. I am SO over stupid diet ideas! When I finally started concentrating on eating healthy food (& not necessarily how much fat & calories I was taking in), I actually lost wait! Imagine that!

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  8. I hate to admit it, but my stomach could handle 1 qrt of Windex and then follow it up with a full bag of double stuffed frosted oreos!! (just like your hubby!)
    BUT, I do try to eat healthy and yet still enjoy some small doses of delight every now and then. So what I’d like to see over the holiday’s is exactly what Katie@KatieDid suggested. (Does it make me odd to say that I like it best when you show the prepared dishes on those pretty green placemats we bought?)

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  9. As a paleo eater (most of the time) since January, I would love to see some recipes (esp holiday) to help us get through this time of year! 🙂

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  10. I am enthralled with your paleo eating habits. recipes please!

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