The Paleo Lifestyle
Hello! In my last blog post, I highlighted one way of eating (WOE): Paleo. Paleo is not just about what you eat, it’s an entire lifestyle. You see, being truly healthy – mentally, physically, emotionally – means everything counts: everything you do, think and eat is connected to functioning well as a human. It’s not JUST about what you eat or JUST about getting some exercise. To really feel at our best, strive to make it your lifestyle.
So, what does it mean to embrace a Paleo lifestyle? Yes, a large component of it is what you eat: no legumes (beans, soy, peanuts, etc.), no gluten/grains, no artificial sugars, no dairy, and nothing that goes through a lot of processing to make it “food.” Basically, someone who eats Paleo focuses on eating humanely sourced meat, seafood, poultry, organic veggies and fruits, nuts, seeds, healthy oils and nut butters. Check out my last blog post for more details.
Here are some paleo-like lifestyle changes to practice throughout the day:
- Exercise regularly and in a similar way to what our ancestors did (sprinting, functional movement, lifting heavy things). Don’t over exercise and avoid running long distances and/or for long periods of time. Over-exercising can cause inflammation in the body.
- Eat when you’re hungry. Have you ever wondered who made up the rule about eating three meals and two snacks per day? Hint: it was made up within the last 100 or so years and it has to do with food companies making more money! Listen to your body’s hunger signals: eat when you’re hungry, don’t eat when you’re not hungry, and don’t overeat when you do eat. It’s easier said than done but well worth it if you can really focus on letting your body tell you what it needs.
- Spend time having fun with loved ones and in your community (because humans need our familiees and communities to feel fulfilled).
- Get outside often to get your dose of natural vitamin D from natural sunshine. You only need about 10 minutes a day of sunshine on your skin to help you get a needed mental boost. This guideline pertains even if it’s winter and very cold out! Of course, be careful of frostbite if it’s extremely cold.
- Get in at least 8 hours of sleep every night, go to bed when it gets dark and as much as possible don’t set an alarm in the morning (i.e., wake naturally).
If you’re interested in learning more about Paleo and the Paleo lifestyle, a few of my favorite experts are:
- Mark Sisson – Check out Mark’s Daily Apple to learn all about him, his amazing resources including a podcast books and recipes.
- Robb Wolf – Robb is another renowned Paleo practioner who can be found at Robbwolf.com. He also has a lot of resources on his website including programs to help you get started with Paleo.
- Diane Sanfilippo – is the author of the all-encompassing resources (including hundreds of recipes) that some call the Paleo Bible: Practical Paleo. She is also the creator of the 21 Day Sugar Detox program to help you slay that sugar dragon and move towards a healthier way of eating. You can find Diane on the Balanced Bites website.
- Chrissa Benson – Is the founder of Physical Kitchness a paleo food website. She is a badass mom raising two young sons while her husband is deployed overseas with the United States Marines. She recently launched her Club Kitchness site that includes workouts and recipes. Not only are her recipes delicious but they’re also easy and fast!
There are many, many more awesome Paleo practioners I could list here. Just Google “Paleo” and you’re sure to find more.
Resource: Paleo Leap: Paleo 101
What I’m Loving This Week!
Over on my Instagram account: @katewilliamshealth, I’ve got a new feature I’m doing on my IG stories called, “Car Chats with Katie.” Each day, I spend a few minutes in my car before work talking about random topics and tips for a healthy holistic lifestyle. Lately, I’ve been talking about my current employment situation and ensuring self-care during times of stress.