Almost daily, I receive some sort of inquiry into what I eat, what I don’t eat, why I eat what I eat or don’t, recipe and cooking questions, how it affects my type 1 diabetes, etc. so, here is the simplified version for you:
I do eat:
- Dark chocolate
- Almond/coconut milk
- Almond butter
- Almond/coconut flour
- Raw butter/Ghee
- Fresh herbs
- Agave/Stevia in the Raw/Raw Turbinado
I don’t eat:
- Canola/corn/rapeseed oils
- Yogurt/Cottage Cheese
- Grain (no wheat, bulgur, rye, oats, etc.)
- Refined flours/sugars
- Nothing in a box or with an ingredient list
Simply put, I live the paleo lifestyle. It has been a very slow progression of change over the last year or so, so as not to feel deprived when I remove/eliminate/substitute food. I do not diet. It is a lifestyle. My sister shared this link with me and it is an excellent resource in easily understanding the Paleo lifestyle: http://greatist.com/health/the-ultimate-guide-to-eating-paleo-022012/
What have I learned? What food does to my body, my skin, my hair, my digestive system, my weight, my type 1 diabetes, on and on. It has been fascinating and I’m really passionate about it. I read A LOT, and am always trying to educate myself on how I can be healthier and feel better.
I eat more food than I ever have in my life, I’m constantly eating, and I am the leanest and most fulfilled I have ever been, but more important I feel the best I ever have. I am in no way starving, and while I eat a pretty “small” group of food, the options are endless. A lot of the comments and questions I’ve gotten have been, “wow, that’s an awful lot of food you’ve removed,” or, “what DO you eat?” Individuals seem to get overwhelmed by what I don’t eat, but I try to focus on what I do, and have taken it one step at a time. The first thing I eliminated was black beans-which I ate a lot of before. Then I moved on to corn, dairy, etc. Much to my surprise, the foods I thought would be most difficult, weren’t, and ones I thought wouldn’t be, were. Another learning experience!
Do I splurge? Absolutely. What I splurge on now is a little different than what I splurged on before. Are there times when I cave and eat something I don’t normally, of course! Am I 100% Paleo, 100% of the time? No. But I sure try and I think that counts for a lot.
Real calories are different.