Benefits of Olives!

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Green or black, olives are great for you! Just keep in mind moderation is key with them because they are higher in fats

  • Some key things that olives help with that they are very rich in mineral content. (phosphorus, iron, magnesium, iodine.. to name a few)
  • They also oleic acid which is beneficial to helping the heart.
  • They provide essential amino acids and vitamins.
  • Cancer Fighting Properties – particularly colon, breast and skin cancer. They are higher in monounsaturated fats, which can help reduce inflammation.
  • Good source of fiber
  • They are known to act as a pain reliever, mimicking the same affect ibuprofen would have on your body. A compound called oleocanthal is what causes this, lowering any inflammation.

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Things to put olives on or add with:

  • In a salad
  • In scrambles egg whites or an omelet
  • Add into burritos or any Mexican dish (my fav is fajitas!!)
  • Have plain as a snack
  • Cut up and put into hummus
  • Take a piece of toast put some guacamole or hummus on it and top with sliced olives
  • Put on top of a potato

Ps Olives are my favorite food, a get a case of them every Christmas! =)

Sunwarrior Protein Powder Review

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So, I love protein powders, they keep you full for a long time, they are easy to make and take with you when you’re in a rush and they usually are very easy to drink pretty fast if you have somewhere to be. And they aren’t just for bodybuilders or gym goers, anyone can use them and reap from the benefits.

Protein in general is important to have in your diet because it helps with hunger (you stay fuller longer), energy, getting vital nutrients, helps with insulin control, helps form muscle and lean out, digestion and can also help with weight management.

So Sunwarrior is the brand I’m going to talk about today. The company has many other products like multi vitamins for him and her, a green mix, immunity boosters and of course protein.

The two proteins I have personally tried were the warrior blend chocolate and vanilla flavor. I am lactose intolerant and I have a hard time finding protein powders in general so when I saw that this was vegan I was all over it. The only problem with vegan protein powders is that they either have a shit ton of sugar in it, or they taste like dirt. . . .

When I tried this, I’m not gonna lie, I was scared, I’m always kinda nervous/excited to try new things. But surprisingly it wasn’t bad ! YAY!!

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So here is why I love it!

  • Organic, Gluten free, dairy free, Non-GMO, Hypo-allergenic, Soy free, Vegan.
  • Its a raw protein (not heated over 90 degrees)
  • Not grainy or chalky
  • Since its made out of with rice protein, pea, hemp seed and cranberry seed protein, its very easily digested and absorbed through the body .
  • Naturally rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and other nutrients like iron, calcium, potassium and more.
  • No artificial crap! … and I mean nothing!!!
  • Grain free so people with a  gluten intolerance can have this.
  • Nutrient Dense
  • Improves cardiovascular functions
  • Increases metabolism
  • Builds muscle/ helps with weight loss
  • Great energy source
  • Helps with kidney functions
  • Lowers LDL (bad cholesterol ) and raises HDL (good cholesterol)

*Note: Make sure you mix this with milk, or a milk substitute, not very tasty when mixed with water. (learned that that hard way)

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Clean Eating 101 – Its a Lifestyle not a Diet!

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So some of you might not know what I mean when I speak of “clean eating”, so here I’m going to kind of go through what it entails and what it all means to “eat a clean diet”. (basically my diet- give or take some cheats here and their =))

What is Clean Eating??

  • Clean Eating is based off of eating whole and natural foods. It cuts out all processes man made products for the most part and focuses eating mainly things that come from the Earth to feed your body. (Nuts, Fruit, Veggies, Lean cuts of meat, and Legumes). It gives your optimal nutrition to function property and when done correctly can leave your feeling amazing!
  • Realistically there really isn’t fitness or weight loss goals that can be achieved without it. Its the basics of most nutrition and diets (with out cutting out natural sources) and it doesn’t leave you feeling deprived or hungry.
  • Feeling health, being healthy and loosing weight or maintaining a good weight is mainly based around nutrition. People seem to think that weight loss ideally comes from working out and spending hours at the gym, yes it does help but nutrition is about 80% of the battle, whereas, fitness and physical activity is 20%

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What are the basic Principles?

  • Avoid all processed food. Whole grain bread and natural cheeses are ok, its the stuff with 80 ingredients that you cant even pronounce.
  • Eat Whole Foods. Things that haven’t been messed with like veggies, fruits, grass-fed meats, natural nut butters and milk, and unsalted and processed nuts and seeds. Herbs and Spices will become your best friend, so will natural oils.
  • Get used to cooking your own food! This way you know what’s in it, how it was prepared and you don’t have to second guess whether or not its healthy or not. Makes it SO much easier! Pre-made meals does not count as “clean eating” even if its a lean cuisine meal haha.
  • Eliminate the sugar! sugar and fake sugar really isn’t good for us. You will use very little natural sugars in  this diet because you wont need them! (stevia, honey and agave nectar are some you can use)
  • Include Protein, Carbohydrate and fat within every meal- Your diet will mainly consist of lean meats, a healthy starch (such as a sweet potatoes or brown rice), a ton of veggies and fruit here and there. You’ll fell more satisfied with this way of eating because you will be eating for optimum nutrition. You’re giving your body what it needs and once you get past the food addictions (things like craving sugar and bad carbs) you wont really have any trouble eating this way for the rest of your life.
  • Eating 6 smaller meals a day! – eating 6 smaller meals revs up your metabolism because your constantly giving it healthy foods, therefore its receiving its proper nutrition, but then again your pretty much eating every 3 hours so there is either no time to even get hungry or have your body “feel” hungry because you wont be going hors without eating.
  • Drinking Calories is a Big Fat NO- sugary drinks are obviously a no-go. Make water your first choice by far (if it get boring you can add fruits to it) but you can also have unsweetened tea, and coffee with little skin milk and stevia, low-fat milk, and nut milks.
  • Physical Activity becomes apart of your day- yes just like any other diet you read or see, you have to ideally get moving. No it doesn’t have to be 3 hours at the gym everyday but even a walk around the block is better than nothing.

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What to Expect from Eating Clean:

  • More energy and alertness
  • Clearer skin, whiter eyes, and stronger hair and nails
  • Provides a natural detox
  • Weight loss (if there is weight to loose)
  • Leaner body
  • Motivation and a sped up metabolism
  • Feeling more healthy all around and more happy as well.

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Tip of the Week #12 Eat 6 Smaller meals a day!

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So some people swore by it, some people are totally against it. So let me tell you how it can be amazing and work and you will never be hungry again and then I’m going to tell you in return, how it can have a negative effect and honestly probably hurt you.

The Good :

It is known that frequent smaller meals can not only curb those hunger pains we often get in between our average “3 meals a day” but also speed up your metabolism. Eating more foods (ideally cleaner foods) helps get you the nutrients you need and keeps your energy levels up as well . Here are some examples of how to do this correctly, and what is considered a “small meal”. Each meal (of the 6) should consist of a lean protein, Lower carbohydrate, high fiber, and low fat snack/meal. Always include veggies and fruits in at least 4 if not all your meals.

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Some examples:

  • Half of turkey sandwich on 100% Whole Wheat bread with light mayo or mustard. Side of Veggies and hummus.
  • Big Spinach Salad with fruit and a tablespoon of almond butter on the side.
  • Grilled chicken breast with steamed veggies
  • Protein shake
  • Lean meat with sweet potato and veggie
  • Medium apple with string cheese
  • Hardboiled egg on a slice of whole wheat bread. 1 half of grapefruit
  • Lean meat with 1 cup brown rice and steamed broccoli and cauliflower

Key pointers: Make sure you keep your portion control in check and make sure you aren’t only eating a lot of one key nutrient (i.e.. Grains)

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The Bad:

Eating 6 smaller meals can go back when you either don’t watch your portions (this isn’t grazing all day kind of diet its a cut your meals in half and eat them every 3 hours). Also, it can go back when you aren’t getting a balanced meal every time you eat. Make sure your getting the cleanest forms of foods ideally. You don’t want to have every snack you have to be a protein or granola bar, you need to mix it up.

Also if your eating out all the time. (cheeseburgers, fast foods and processed foods, ) these are not considered cleaner foods… If your eating these at every 3 hours, this will not work either.

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Some examples of how this Wont work:

  • Cheeseburgers all the time. With fries
  • Granola bars and fruit bars for every snack
  • Foods with too much sugar constantly throughout the day (gummy snacks, too much fruits with added sugar)
  • Not a balance of nutrients  (of anything)
  • Too many sandwiches throughout the day or week. (mix it up!)
  • Prepared Salads and meals at fast food chains (sorry but they are ideally not the best but ok when only in a time crunch or you drop your prepared meal or something.)
  • Energy bars and drinks. Some are ok, but usually the ones everyone likes have more sugar than a snickers bar!
  • Pre-made smoothies – your better off making your own.

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How to Read Nutrition Labels

So reading nutrition labels can be scary, its ok to admit it. Half the time all I see when I pick up a product I have never heard of it looks like “kjsdkfbsjdfbosb” is in it… sometimes I can pick out what I think that could possibly be and other times I don’t even try because its obviously something insane!

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Here are some of the things that are a basic that I think everyone should know just in general but also know to kind of look out for when purchasing foods for themselves and family. I’m going to give your the basics of what everything means as well! =)

** Basic things I check is first what’s in it? How many ingredients are in it ? Carbs, protein, sugar and then calories… ***

  1. What’s the serving size? (go look at the serving size of your saltines, I bet its around 3-4 crackers. Do you eat that many.. honestly? No you eat like 10. Been there done that! Make sure you look at the serving size, say the labels says 4 crackers and that there are 3g sugar in 2 crackers (that means there are 15 g sugar in those 10 crackers). This goes for calories and everything else too, not just sugar. Keeps you eating the right proportions is knowing the serving sizes to begin with! =)
  2. Ingredients: They are labeled in order of quantity and volume, meaning that if sugar is like the second thing on the list don’t bring it home! The higher up whatever ingredient is in the list, the more the product contains of it and the lower the ingredient on the list the least of it. Watch out of hidden words like “dextrose, glucose High fructose Corn Syrup, Syrups, Aspartame.” These are still sugars you want to avoid. They put these ingredients as different names in hope of people not knowing what they are so they will buy more of it. Even when looking at the actual grams of sugar it contains, they don’t split it up and say where the sugar is coming from (like fructose comes naturally through fruit) So be sure to look at the actual ingredient list and know where your “sugar” form is coming from. Not all sugars are bad, its the syrups and fake sugars to watch out for!
  3. Calorie Count- How many calories does it contain per serving? This is where people can get confused when it comes to nutrition. Usually people just look and see if it contains a lot of calories or not, not even looking at the nutrients. In example something that contains a high amount of calories doesn’t necessarily mean its a bad food- it may contain a lot of nutrients. So don’t just look and see that it has 400 calories and then put it back onto the shelf, look and see where those calories may be coming from. Also don’t go after every food you can find that has little to no calories either. Just because it has 0 calories doesn’t mean its a healthy for you option. There are lots of things (unless its like fruits and veggies) contain 0 calories that have a million ingredients and fake sugar galore!!! Quality Vs. Quantity is a good example here.
  4. Where are your Vitamins, Minerals and Nutrients at? – (DV) Daily Value is considered ideal and most sufficient when it comes to a basic diet. If it contains anywhere from 10-15% of your DV, its usually a better choice! The higher the better! You need all those nutrients to sustain energy, and keep your metabolism up and running good!!
  5. Sodium -When you’ve had too much sodium it raises your blood pressure. Also some foods have more than 3,000 milligrams alone in one serving when your daily amount is 2,300 (which I still think is too high personally- I would shoot for no more than 1500 ). The way I look at it too, the more sodium usually means its highly processed and should ideally stay away from. Things like frozen premade dinners have around 800 or more….. where as a green bell pepper has 4mg pepper.
  6. Carbohydrate- Here’s something tricky when reading carbohydrate on the label, it also includes complex carbs, fiber and sugar… I know how annoying?! So ideally shot for around 150-300 carbs a day at MOST! (keep in mind, depending on your level of physical activity could very with this and what kind of a diet your on as well. ) Some people go to extremes and do very low carb diets (which I’m not a huge fan of- because your body uses carbs as fuel) *note: I mean you should eat “good carbs and not “bad carbs” when I state that you should eat them. Some examples of good carbs include: Fruit, Veggies, 100% Whole Grains.. Bad carbs include: Refined grains and sweets with way too much sugar or fake sugar.
  7. Protein –  Depends on if your trying to build muscle, but usually shoot for around 40-50g a day. 35% of your calories should come from a clean protein source.
  8. What Kinds of Fats? – There are many types of fat and not all fat is bad for you. Your body needs fat to survive and function properly. The ideal type of fat is (Unsaturated fat), your usually clear if it doesn’t contain too much and/or (monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fats) These come from oils and other foods like olives, avocado, nuts, seeds and natural butter spreads (like almond butter or peanut butter) and fish . The ones you want to stay away from are the… (trans fat and saturated fats) If your food contains lots of this type of fat, just put it back and don’t even try to justify it. Its not healthy and not worth it! This usually comes from animal sources whether that be from the animal meat itself or something that comes from the animal, like dairy or eggs.
  9. Fiber- Always look for high fiber in anything, not if your eating enough veggies and fruits (which you know if you are because you will be eating them all the time..right?! ) then you don’t really need to worry about getting enough fiber, but always good to look for (shoot fore 3g or more)
  10. Sugar- The lower the better, but make sure your making sure there is “fake sugar” in it because that even worse! Shoot for natural sugars from things like fruit, veggies and some whole grains rather than the sugars in pre-packaged and processed foods. Your tummy will thank you! Try not to consume more than 30g sugars a day (Which is still kinda high)

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Whats up with High Fructose Corn Syrup ?

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Oh HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) … what’s the deal with it? Well within the past year we have heard a lot of crap about it through the media. Some say its ok to eat, others say its the same as sugar, and then some say to stay away… so what the heck is going on? And which is it? Here are my thoughts on HFCS!!!

So is it bad for you? Yes, I would say yes it is. Here is why… Its hidden in sooo many foods that we either commonly eat, or in foods that you wouldn’t even think that have it, so technically we are eating more than were aware of. Its also processed and “man made” – being chemically modified into the “syrup”.

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So when they say its the same as sugar or honey for example, yes sure it may be the same amount of calories.. (around 4 grams). But how they are metabolized and processed through the body are very different. HFCS is basically glucose that they treat with certain enzymes that help it convert into fructose. Since its 45-55 ratio and they are artificially generated, that makes them unstable. There are many studies out there saying that fructose can only be broken down by the liver as well. That being the case, making your HDL the “good cholesterol” lower and your LDL “Bad cholesterol” rising. ….. So  needless to say that its a “natural” sugar like they claim is like saying cigarettes are a form of herbal medicine lol.

So here is the main problem and WHY we are in such a huge obesity epidemic (if you ask me)… Pretty much everything (that’s processed in a way) has some form of corn in it, whether it be corn syrup, corn ingredients or corn sugar. Some foods you wouldn’t even think of it being in include: Cottage Cheese, Salad Dressings, Chocolate, Granola Bars, Waffles, Oatmeal, Pastries, Jelly and Jams, Yogurt, Cereal and the list can go on and on. …. Since its hidden in so many foods as Fruit fructose, Iso Glucose, chicory, Inulin and Glucose-Fructose Syrup people don’t realize how much they are actually consuming.  Personally I don’t even consider corn to even be a veggie, I consider it as a starch because when entered your body it basically turns into sugar right away, rising your blood sugar. No matter how much fiber it has, I can find better starches to eat.

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Good News though! Companies are wising up, America is wising up and people are starting to be concerned with what actually goes into their foods nowadays! YAY! So a lot of companies are actually banning high fructose corn syrup from their products, they are making packaged goods without it and the more we don’t buy products because of it, the less it will be around! So be a smart cookie and read your labels!! =D

And this picture is brought to you by me being a  smart ass … lmao!

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Tip of the Week # 11 Play with Your Food

Yup! You read that right! Play with your food! LOL.

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Ok, ok, … I don’t really mean it literately.. but what I do man is get creative, have fun coming up with your own recipes, or finding new ones online! I personally like to get inspired through blog, pinterest, instagram and do my own “twist” on it! (usually making it healthier!)

When it comes to changing your lifestyle, eating better or eating clean it can either get boring (because you feel like you eat that same thing over and over all the time) or it can be overwhelming because you don’t know where to start. Hell, you may even feel like you have to follow a specific plan to the T to get any results. (which usually isn’t the case).

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when it comes to clean eating, its all about using food for fuel. Your body needs food to keep it running just as a car needs gas to keep it running. A car that has premium gas, frequent oil changes and is taken good care of it lasts longer and runs better. Same thing with your body. A body that is fed a healthy balance of the nutrients it needs and is taken care of it functions better than a different body that is fed fast foods and processed crap all day.

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So when you look at foods and what “healthy” and not, think of it as fuel.

Is this going to keep me energized and going all day or am I going to experience a sugar crash at noon?

Is something or someone influencing this food choice? Is it good or bad?

Am I eating a lot of one food group (ex. Carbs/grains) and not getting enough of another (fruits/veggies)?

Am I actually hungry, or an I bored or stressed?

Am I feeling full and satisfied after one meal or do I feel like I constantly need a second helping?

All of these questions are something that you should be naturally asking in the back of your mind when you either are making a meal, planning one, or even considering eating something you know you probably shouldn’t be.4

And like I said, find new recipes and HAVE FUN WITH IT!!!

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Going Gluten Free! (How to, What to buy)

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So a lot of people are currently already gluten free or going gluten free. Here is a shopping list for all the things you CAN eat when going gluten free so it doesn’t seem so scary and overwhelming! =) Enjoy!

Also here are some things “gluten” is otherwise called on labels. Read them!! So these are the “no-goes”. Also I listed some basics that are a “No” as well. . . . .

  • Wheat, Barley and Rye
  • Brewers yeast
  • Kamut
  • Malted milk (or virtually any thing with the work “malt” in it.)
  • Oats (there are gluten free oats now, just have to find them)
  • Spelt
  • Wheat bran
  • Flour
  • Gravy’s
  • Some crackers

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Here are some things you might want to check out before buying, they or may not contain gluten depending on the product and brand:

  • Oatmeal
  • Beer
  • Bread and Pastas
  • Noodles
  • Cereals, cereal bars
  • protein bars and powders
  • Some flavored coffees and teas
  • Seasonings and sauces
  • Salad dressings.

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So what the hell can I eat, You maybe be asking? …

  1. Produce! Any fruits, veggies and all the above! lol
  2. Herbs and Spices (be sure to look at some marinades and rubs, some contain gluten!)
  3. Meats and Fish (beef, chicken, fish… check the package for additives, and if you can buy grass fed you’re better off)
  4. Oils, Mayo, Mustard, salad dressings (check labels) .
  5. Dairy products like milk, cheese, yogurts, sour cream, cottage cheese, butter.. A lot of non-dairy as well like Almond milks and yogurts
  6. Eggs, egg whites, and tofu
  7. Rice cakes, pop chips, rice crackers, jello, chocolates, dried fruits (check labels) .
  8. Quinoa, buckwheat, flax, seeds, almond flour, there are even pre-packages brownies!! Yum
  9. Peanuts and almond butters, nuts
  10. Juice, coffee, teas
  11. Puffed rice cereal, Chex mix cereal, there are special gluten free cereals too.
  12. Look for special “gluten free ” foods too! There are more options now!!

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Here are some Awesome “gluten- free products” that are already out there. Most of them you can find at your local supermarket, Whole foods or farmers market! Shop around, try new stuff and .. in a way have fun with it! Don’t get overwhelmed and be positive! Also Google recipes, get in pinterist or intagram..  find blogs (I have a few recipies on there that are gluten free too) .. get a cook book. Have fun with it!

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  • Breads – I like udis (they have different kinds too)  . But there is also Kinnikinnik Foods Brown Sandwich Bread, Whole Foods Market brand makes a bread, Food for life brown rice bread, EnerG Tapioca bread and Glutino brand.
  • Cereal – Chex rice, Natures path, Enjoy life Brand , Rice Crispies, Barbara’s brand, Arrohead Mills, and I believe Kashi makes a few too!
  • Pasta- I love Quinoa pasta the best, but there also is veggies pasta, brown rice pasta, you can also make pasta out of spaghetti squash!
  • Oats- bobs red mill, udis,
  • Begals- vans naturals, udies, .. they even have waffles!! YES!
  • Pre-made Meals – Amys brand is good, Boars head brand, … this stuff is usually pretty pricey so you learn how to make your own “gluten free” foods pretty fast! ahaha.
  • Brownies and goodies! – Betty Crocker makes brownies and cake mixes, udis, French meadow bakery, bobs red mill..

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Tip Of the Week # 10: Ginger Speeds Fat Loss!

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Ginger helps promote digestion and helps speed up metabolism, which in return helps speed up fat loss and helps with burning more and more calories! Whoo!

Obviously there are a few forms of ginger, Whether you buy the root and add it into your dishes, there also is ways you can broil it, bake with it, and there is even ginger powder that is used in a lot of oriental foods…. but I like it in teas personally!

You will need a higher dosage for fat loss to take effect than just a cup of ginger root tea every night. Around 250-300mg  3 times a day is what that common recommendations seem to be. Yes, it may help you speed up your metabolism, but a healthy diet (clean eating) and exercise are still the best ways to burn fat.
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Not only will ginger help with weight loss, it also is known for helping with things like…

  • Digestion
  • Upset stomach
  • Constipation
  • Nausea

The Paleo Diet- Why I LOVE it – And all about it!

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So if you ask me what’s my favorite diet and/or way of eating this is definitely in my top #3 (along with clean eating and veganism) I truly believe that this is the way we were meant to eat, along with a few splurges every once in a while ;). So throughout my weight loss journey, back when I was 210, I was always having stomach aches and wasn’t sleeping well and just all around feeling like shit. The  Dr. said I might have an intolerance to gluten or dairy and I was looking for a diet that basically knocked out those two things. I kept finding vegan books but nothing that still included meat… So I pondered with veganism for a while, I worked with the clean eating stuff, but it was Paleo that kinda set off the light bulb for me. I was able to eat all these healthy foods, without getting sick every time I ate, and I was able to stuff my face until I was full without having to count any fricken calories! What’s better than that?!?! ps. I loath counting calories.

So enough about me. You may be asking well what is Paleo? Let me tell you!

So when I say Paleo, I’m talking about WAY back in the day with what our ancestors ate during the olden age (hunter- gatherer diet) . And if they couldn’t eat it.. neither can you! So say to-da-loo to cereal, bread, pastas, dairy and processed crap! But also say adios to counting calories!!! (sorry count Dracula – ah ah ah )

So when looking at us as humans… we haven’t changed since then. Back then we were lean, fit, happy, energetic and athletic. We had to hunt and gather our foods to be able to survive. Now, look at us now….were tiered, “too busy”, unhappy and possibly depressed, overweight and lethargic.. and all we have to do to get our food is either run to a grocery store where everything is laid out conveniently or pull our happy asses through the drive through that’s closest to home. Sad but true. So what the hell happened? One word: Agriculture! .. YUP… We started farming, and making foods out of other foods, finding fake foods that didn’t cost much to put into other foods and the chaos began! We went from being hunters to farmers.

So lets talk about grains…. they weren’t a part of our diet back then, but they are a majority of our diet now??? Something’s wrong here. The government is still recommending we get 6-11 servings of grains a day… really? Even not eating the paleo way that sounds like a lot. I don’t know about you but I think fruits and veggies should be what we mostly should be consuming because .. well have you ever heard I diet that bans fruits and veggies? Nope!

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So when we look at grains, out bodies aren’t really able to digest them. When we eat grains (carbohydrates), our body’s turn that into glucose, which is a form of sugar that gives us energy to perform throughout the day and in our lives. But here’s the kicker– any glucose that’s NOT used or excreted tough things like exercise or physical activity gets stored as fat. So think about all those times your eating your carb loaded breakfast and then go to work to sit at a desk all day….. No wonder your tiered (sugar high or about an hour and then you experience the crash) and no wonder the pounds started creeping on.

So I’m sure you have heard of gluten by now with all the craze of “gluten free” products out there. Most grains contain either gluten or lectins.. or both. Gluten is most commonly found in grains such as wheat, rye, and barley. Lectins are natural toxins that exist within those grains and that your consuming every time you eat a form of grain,… can anyone say .. yummm?

So basically there is no sugar in this diet either, as our ancestors didn’t drink tea with sweet N low in it, nor did they eat any processed foods like a twinkie….. So the only form of sugar you will be consuming of from fruits mainly and veggies sometimes.

This is not a “low carb diet” where you basically eat no carbs at all (like Adkins) you’ll still get a good amount of carbs if your eating fruits and veggies still. Yes, our body needs some carbohydrates to function and its a main source of energy (but high carb diets aren’t the answer – which is what the average American is used to). See, with the absence of a crap ton of carbs, our body will take stored fat and burn that INSTEAD of carbs. YAY (Which is called ketogenisis.. if you wanted to know haha) So if your reading right, lower carbs (no grains) = no glucose( sugar) makes the body burn stored fat instead YAY! So when you think of carbs, the obvious fruit comes to mind, but there are things like sweet potatoes too that can curb that “I need starch” feeling. Most of your carbs are going to come from veggies and fruit though.

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Enough about grains, onto the dairy! – I love this topic! Dairy never really phased me as an “unhealthy” food option until I read the book “Skinny Bitch” (I have a review here :  Skinny Bitch )  Never did I think that I would be able to give up things like cheese, ice-cream, Greek yogurt and chocolate! But I did! It was fricken difficult, I will say that, and it did take time but I feel SOOO much better now that I did. OK- enough about me. So what’s wrong with dairy you’re probably asking?? So when looking at dairy, we are the only species in this world that continues to consume dairy through adulthood, every other species only drinks it as a baby and naturally, they wean off of it as toddler ages come along. Also, were the only species that consumes another species milk! …. (hopefully the wheels are turning in your head right now)…. So why are we drinking cows milk? Are we cows? Cows milk is meant for baby cows, not humans. Just like giraffe milk is meant for baby giraffes, cat milk is meant for baby cats. Get where I’m going with this? (hopefully you are). So when a woman gives birth, she naturally produces milk to feed to her young, its full of the vital nutrients that the baby needs to grow into a strong and healthy toddler yes? Its known to be the biggest growth spurt in a persons life… The mother stop breast feeding and her milk glands dry up (hence this is where the weaning is supposed to take place) But nope! We don’t stop there, we feed our kids and even as adults we continue to drink milk. But is it milk that were supposed to be consuming? Is it from humans? nope! Were gonna consume milk from cows….

When a cow is nursing (much like humans, after birth to give her baby calf the nutrients it needs to grow from a 100 lbs calf into a 2000 lb cow) her milk ducts dry up too, and the weaning begins! SO … lets see… mothers milk takes a baby from around 5lbs to 25 lbs where as a cows milk takes a 100lbs calf to 2000lb cow… this doesn’t seem fattening at all right???? Common people! You’d think that if we were consuming milk from another species, we’d be consuming gorilla milk or something (since they are supposed to be the closest thing to us right?!

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NO legumes no beans- why? Because beans ideally need to be “processed” before they are edible. Simple as that, so when looking at a bean, can you just eat a bag of dried beans? ha-ha no. Neither could our ancestors so beans and legumes fall under that category of “processed foods”. You cant eat beans right off the stalk because some of them are toxic too (like soy). They are known for causing inflammation and can throw off your hormonal balance as well. Also beans you have to soak the little sucker, rinse and switch the water, cook the crap out of them for forever for them to be edible… I don’t think our ancestors did all that work for a few beans …

So now your probably thinking well that the hell do I get to eat if your taking away all my pasta, cereal, cheese and milk?!? Well now that we’ve cut out all man-made products and processed crap, lets take a look at what’s left, Oh natural things that were put on this earth to eat. YAY!  And good news! You basically can eat as much as you’d like (my favorite part!)

Ps. I’m not adding everything but I’m sure you can Google different options!

  • Lean meats (grass- fed obviously … remember you are what you eat ate! – meaning if your eating grain fed cattle, your eating grains- and there is study that shows that’s hard for them to digest too…. )
  • Lean Beef- Flank steak, top sirloin, London broil, lean veal,
  • Lean pork, poultry (white meats), organ meats (liver and tongue), turkey, game hen, chicken, duck, goose.
  • Game meats- Bison, elk, deer, bear, pheasant, quail…
  • Fish- bass, trout, salmon, tuna, tilapia, red snapper….
  • Shellfish- shrimp, crab, lobster, oysters, clams…
  • Pretty much any fruits and veggies you want. Limiting starchy veggies like potatoes and legumes.
  • Healthy fats- almonds, cashews, seeds, pine nuts..

Foods you can eat in moderation –

  • Avocados, walnuts, olive, flax seeds, coffee, teas, wine and beer, dried fruits…
  • The reason they are in moderation is because did you see our ancestors lugging around a food dehydrator for their fruit or a beer. No. but its ok to live a little too..

Foods you avoid on Paleo:

  • (DAIRY) All processed foods with/without dairy
  • Butter, cheese, cream, frozen yogurt, milk, powdered milk,
  • (GRAINS) Barley, Corn, Millet, Oats, Rice, Rye, Wild Rice, Wheat, Buckwheat, Quinoa
  • (LEGUMES) All beans, Black eye peas, lentils, miso, snow peas, peanuts, soybeans and soy products, peanut butter
  • (STARCHY VEGGIES) Potatoes and potato products (fries, chips ect..) Limit your sweet potatoes and yams to a minimum.
  • (HIGH SALTED FOODS) – Bacon, pork rinds, cheese, deli meat, pickled foods, sausage, salted nuts, salami, hot dogs, ham, Ketchup…
  • (FATTY MEATS) – Beef Tips, Bacon, Lamb chop, fatty ground beef, skin of turkey and chicken…
  • Soft drink and juices
  • (SWEETS) – doughnuts, cakes, candy, honey, sugar (real and fake)

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Now, Paleo is kind of what set it all off for me personally, but if its not for you, its not for you. Plain and simple, you have to find something that works for you as a person because if you feel like your in a “diet” your most likely going to be miserable. Did I follow Paleo 100% when I was on  it ? nope! I had some beans here and there, I slowly weaned myself off dairy too (which was hard to do) but I made it work for me without messing it up too much.  I also started off with cutting out only gluten in the beginning and I found some “gluten free cereals” and I had oats still…. so I was more of a 80% Paleo do-er.

Try it for 30 days, see if you notice any difference? Are you sleeping better? Are you loosing weight or feeling more energetic? You never know unless you try it.