You Are What You Eat Living the Paleo Lifestyle By: Jill Gajarsky and Jennifer Manzo
I was always interested in optimizing my health, eating right, longevity and was active in sports and dance since childhood.
Without a nutritional educational background, I thought the food pyramid was as good as it got. When I discovered the Paleo Diet, although it contradicted every piece of Conventional Wisdom I knew, it still made sense. This being the most original and healthiest, cleanliest way of eating…it was clear why I hopped on the band wagon so quickly.
Almost a year Paleo now, I am free of all previous health issues I had before (acne, asthma, blood circulation disorder, seasonal allergies) I haven’t gotten sick once since going Paleo (no lie) I’ve had more energy, felt stronger, and in general just been a happier person.
My passion to teach others about the Paleo Diet and how to live the Paleo lifestyle comes from not knowing about it myself. I would be doing the world no justice if I didn’t share this way of eating with others. Paleo is an idea that’s counter-cultural and therefore is not commonly well known among health professionals or even the government. So people are not going to get their information from the media or the latest medical journal. Which is why I am here to tell people what they didn’t know, and show them how to reap the benefits like I have.
“ Paleo” comes from the Paleolithic Era when cavemen roamed the Earth
What they ate, before agriculture, defines our lifestyle
Remember: It’s not a diet, it’s a way of life
Primal vs. Paleo
author of Primal Blueprint
Much easier to read
Says saturated fats from animal fat is OK
Includes some dairy
More people are “primal” than “Paleo” because they find it’s easier to follow. It’s more similar to their old diets.
Dr. Loren Cordain
Author of the Paleo Diet
Much more technology with scientific terminology
No saturated fat
Encourages more lean meat than fatty cuts of meat
Government Food Plate
Our Food Plate
What Is Protein?
Proteins are the basic building blocks of all cells in our bodies. Also rebuilds body tissues and overall healthy function
Examples of protein foods:
What Is Fat?
Fats are fatty acids that contribute to cell wall materials (lipids) and some cushioning and lubrication of joints
Example of fat foods:
Animal fat (yeah, that rubbery part of the meat)
Nuts and seeds
What Are Carbohydrates?
Carbs provide minerals, vitamins, and fiber required for system health.
Examples of bad processed carb foods:
Chips, cookies, candy
Bread and bakery foods
Examples of good carb foods:
Anything directly from nature
What are Starches?
Starches can spike insulin levels because they quickly turn into sugar. So eat these in moderation.
Examples of bad starchy foods:
All rice (wild, yellow, brown, white)
Examples of good starchy (tuber) foods:
Yams or sweet potatoes
***not white potatoes, they are nutrient dense because they contain phytates (anti-nutrients)
Let’s Compare Foods Steak 630 calories 40.5 grams of fat 61.8 grams of protein 0 carbohydrate Twinkie 600 calories 18 grams of fat 4 grams of protein 108 grams of carbohydrates
Both have fat and a good amount of calories, right?
The Twinkie has processed carbs whereas the steak has zero carbs (and the body will make its own carbs from the steak)
Difference Between Carbs
By reducing the amount of processed carbohydrates in replacement of naturally occurring carbohydrates
reduces the chances of
getting diabetes, other health issues or becoming obese.
Blood sugar = glucose
Eating foods high in glucose or sugar will:
Spike your insulin levels resulting in food cravings, and essentially make you hungrier throughout the day
High Glycemic Index Foods
High sugar foods to avoid:
Refined flour foods
*we will discuss in further detail
Low Glycemic Index Foods
Low sugar foods that don’t spike insulin levels:
Nuts and seeds (unsalted)
How To Start
Decide why you’re making the change
Agree to do a 30-day challenge
Clean out your refrigerator and cabinets!
Read the book, ask questions-educate yourself!
Jen’s Gone Paleo – recipes
Mark’s Apple – recipes
Paleohacks.com – question and answer
Paleodietlifestyle.com – articles, good information