My little family and I just dove into primal living and eating Paleo in 2012. We turned Primal “on a dime”, if you will.
We are starting to eat Paleo, lead a primal lifestyle and share this information with people we know and care about because we have seen the health benefits in our life in such a short time and want to help spread the word.
The benefits for me include finally being done with eczema (which I have had as long as I can remember), increased, steady energy and little to no allergies in my hometown – something that I’ve dealt with since college.
My better half has experienced an increase in energy, a disappearance of adult acne and weight loss. Prior to making the switch to Paleo he was doing 3 hours per week of Kenpo and lost just a few pounds in a little less than one month. After 3 months of eating Paleo he lost 30 pounds without insane cravings or a loss of energy. Crazy. (or is it?)
We both also aren’t ravenous any more between meals. We eat healthy fats, protein and veggies until we’re full and normally don’t need anything else until our next meal, about 4-6 hours later.
The transition for our son was pretty easy, although we aren’t perfect and he isn’t 100% Paleo all the time. It has been much harder getting him away from cookies when we are at family gatherings, for instance. I think once he is old enough to understand why he shouldn’t eat things containing gluten – because they make him sick, or irritate his skin – it will be an easier conversation. For now, we control what he eats 90% of the time, so we are happy with that.
Our health problems are seemingly pesky issues, I know. I also have learned that the long-term benefits and disappearance of more serious health conditions (like diabetes, high blood pressure, autoimmune diseases, heart disease, cancer and others) have been observed by people following a Paleo-like diet and lifestyle by the 10,000s.
Paleo/primal for us is about refocusing our energy first towards knowing and understanding where and how our food is made (ahem, grown) and second by staying active, laughing more often and enjoying the simple things life has to offer. I know that might sound a little crunchy, but whatever, the more my husband and I learn about Paleo and nutrition, the better we feel, and the more we are sold on the idea of eating REAL food. For life.
What I am:
I am a full-time professional, have an adorable, loving toddler and wonderful husband – so they take priority over blogging.
I am straightforward, honest and don’t take myself too seriously.
I am obsessed with learning about nutrition and holistic living, soaking up as much information as I can.
What I am not:
I am not a writer so pardon the grammar/spelling mistakes (I could really use a proofreader, I’m sure).
I am not a doctor or nutritionist so don’t take anything I write as medical advice*.
I am not perfect, but I’ll be the first one to admit my mistakes or misinterpretations.