One of the biggest myths that drives me crazy is that the Paleo diet/Primal meal plan is a high protein diet, or that all you eat is meat. In fact, eating too much protein causes the same insulin response in our bodies we are trying to avoid altogether, so it’s not that, but that deserves a whole blog post in itself. What we really focus on is less (or no) processed food, and more fat!
For me, the reasons I choose to eat Primal are twofold:
1. To avoid processed food – JERF (Just Eat Real Food).
2. To decrease sugar intake.
We generally like foods that have either fat, sugar, or both, because that is what tastes good. Some processed foods claim to have neither, which scares me, and should scare you too!
In order to eat less sugar, but still be satiated, one must eat more of something else. So if I am not eating bread or pasta, I need SOMETHING to make me feel full! That’s where fat comes into play. Bread makes people feel full because it expands in our stomachs and generally takes up a lot of space.
Fat works a little differently, in that it tells our brains we are satiated! While carbohydrates burn quickly, causing our blood sugar to spike and then crash, fat burns as energy slowly, keeping your blood sugar steady. That’s the idea behind Primal eating, at least as I understand and follow it!
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I don’t claim to be a nutritionist or dietician – I am just a person who cares about my body and what I put into it, and for that reason, reads a lot about nutrition. That being said, I have a few book recommendations for you, in case you want to learn more, and learn from people who have more appropriate letters after their names. 😜
There are a couple more suggestions here, too, where I explain my nutrition journey from fast food and canned/boxed foods to eating organ meat from the farmer’s market – and almost entirely locally-grown/raised organic foods!
So, next time you are considering a snack, think about what your body needs. We must learn to retrain our bodies to stop craving chemicals, so we can eat more intuitively.
I have a couple groups coming up that can help with decreasing sugar and giving our bodies more of what they need.
One is starting tomorrow, and goes for a week. In it, we are focusing on why you should swap water for soda this Summer. We’ll be educating you about why, and supporting and encouraging each other to make the right call when we’re thirsty. It’s free, and lasts a week. Click here to join!
After that, another coach on my team and I are doing “Shake Up July,” where from July 10th-16th, we are all going to be encouraging each other to eat clean and work out, with the option to try Shakeology for 7 days.
This blog post has more details about Shakeology, and if you’re interested, there are a few purchasing options!
1. This is the link to purchase a 7-Day Sampler with all of the flavors!
2. If you’re vegan, here’s the vegan sampler!
3. If you don’t need to do samples, and are ready to commit, message me here so that you can get the best possible deal!
I hope you take the opportunity to educate yourself, and/or that you join us in our groups!
What was the most recent thing you learned about nutrition?
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