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How to go Paleo with the 21 Day Fix

A common misconception when people hear about the Paleo diet is that all you eat is meat all day everyday.  It's not hard to see how that happens since a majority of the Paleo dishes you see on Pinterest or Facebook are meat heavy dishes.  But the reality is that the key to successfully eat Paleo, like with anything else, is balance and moderation. 

The 21 Day Fix is a great way to make sure you are eating a balanced Paleo diet.  It provides colored containers for each food group.  You are allotted a certain number of servings of each container per day making it super easy!

In August of 2014, I adopted the Paleo Nutrition Plan and followed the 21 Day Fix portion control system.  I'm pretty pleased with my results:
21 Day Fix Portion Paleo
I didn't choose to go paleo because it was fad or cool.  I did my research to find that paleo nutrition was the best for my Hashimoto's Disease.  I have less inflammation and am on my way to putting this disease into remission!  YES-- with nutrition!!!


Here is a quick "do eat" and "don't eat" reference guide:


Eat

Grass-fed meats
Fish/seafood
Fresh fruits
Fresh vegetables
Eggs
Nuts
Seeds
Healthy oils (olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)

Do NOT Eat

Dairy
Grains
Legumes (including peanuts and peanut butter)
Refined sugar
Potatoes
Processed foods
Overly salty foods
Refined vegetable oils
Candy/junk/processed food

Paleo Fringe Foods

Dairy
Psuedograins (like quinoa and buckwheat)
So let's talk about these lists. 
Dairy is not considered Paleo for several reasons:
  • First of all, it is not natural for humans to consume dairy, which comes from cows, sheep, and goats.  Humans are only supposed to consume milk from other humans when they are infants and are being breastfed.
  • Dairy consumption has been linked to the development of many diseases including diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. 
  • It is believed that the majority of people are somewhat allergic to diary products.
  • Dairy has to go through a lot of processing in order to be edible.  It is therefore not something that could have been produced and consumed during Paleolithic times. 
  • The quality of dairy that is available today is usually very poor.
I added Shakeology to the Fringe Food List, foods that are debatable in the Paleo community.  Why do you ask?  Because regular Shakeology contains whey protein, which is a dairy derivative.  Vegan Shakeology contains oat protein, which is a grain derivative.  That being said, I think the benefits of Shakeology far outweigh the fringe technicalities.

As with anything - it is hard to be 100% paleo.  I follow around an 80% rule.  I enjoy a good piece of dark chocolate with a glass of wine once in a while or a bit of gluten free brownie topped with dairy free ice cream.  Moderation and balance <-- KEYS!!!


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