Holly has known about the paleo diet for some time. When she finally decided to give it a try, she noticed how big the little things really are.
The following is authored by Holly
I don’t like using the word “Paleo” it is to faddish. No one can be truly “Paleo” and it is nonsense to think you are living a “Paleo” lifestyle. But you can embrace the healthy eating ideas in the “Paleo” diet without being ridiculous.
I became familiar with “Paleo” about eight years ago when I was first introduced to CrossFit. Everyone was taking the challenge and at the time it seemed radical to me.
Through the years I toyed with aspects of the plan but continued to eat grains, some sugar and dairy.
I saw a local CrossFit advertise a seminar to be presented by Josh. I signed up and on November 3rd. attended the seminar in Jacksonville IL. On that day, I am ashamed to say, I treated myself to a breakfast in a restaurant that consisted of French Toast, potatoes and syrup! As I sat through the seminar, I was suffering my usual head and body aches.
Josh presented some compelling ideas but seem a little on the “fringe” of acceptable dietary notions. He gave me some things to think about. The main thing I took from the lecture was the information that nightshade vegetables may cause leaky gut syndrome and inflammation. These vegetables were a staple of my diet for many years.
Since that day to the present time I have given up all dairy, grains, nightshade vegetables, sugar and process foods (except bacon)! I can tell you that I feel better. I have degenerative disk disease and much of the pain and stiffness is gone.
The myth that eating this way is expensive because of all the protein is totally untrue. This has been a less expensive way to eat. I can cook a large pot of stew beef, mushrooms and cauliflower for $20 and have enough for four or five days. A large skillet of fried cabbage only costs a couple of dollars! Water is free!
Buy cutting out whole categories of foods you eliminate the cost of those foods. Dairy products are very expensive not to mention the cost of processed foods and fast food.
You do have to plan ahead and always have something prepared or readily available. You can eat if you are hungry, just eat the approved foods.
Josh advised little or no fruit and I do eat a few berries, oranges or an apple on occasion.
I personally don’t have to count calories to maintain my weight and never go hungry. Sometimes I do think about the foods I used to eat but when I remember what they were doing to me I don’t miss them.
I am thankful I crossed paths with Josh.
AMRAP 8 minutes
Front Squat @70%
Push jerk @70%
*Begin a minute clock. FSQ on the first minute. Then alternate with PJ for the next minute. Continue this for all 10 sets.
EMOTM 10 Minutes
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