What is the Paleo Diet?
Though it may feel initially confusing, the Paleo Diet is actually fairly simple and straight forward. There are currently many thousands of people eating and living this way in the USA. The Paleo Diet includes all kinds of meat, fish, nuts, vegetables, fruit, eggs, herbs, spices, healthy fats and fermented foods. To get the most health from your foods, it’s always best to consume items that are grass-fed, wild, pasture-raised, organic and local whenever possible. The beautiful thing about Paleo living is it isn't a quick fix fad that will only bring temporary results and then fade out. Eating paleo is actually very doable and intended to last a lifetime.
"This page contains answers to some typical questions people have related to what Paleo is and what doing Paleo entails. " - Susan
Paleo, in fact, is an evolutionary concept that stems from the Paleolithic Era and involves eating as our caveman ancestors did for millions of years before us. It’s about eating foods that our bodies have become acclimated to by following a hunter/gatherer model. I haven’t, by any means, created the Paleo, Ancestral or Caveman manner of eating. I follow it in my life and would like to support others who are interested in doing the same.
Is it difficult to follow a Paleo Diet?
While the concept of Paleo eating is simple, the execution and then the maintenance of eating as nature intended, can be extremely challenging. It’s really not for lack of willpower that makes doing Paleo tough. More importantly, it's about all of us being bombarded by the food industry with commercials, advertisements, etc., that constantly promote foods that are highly processed. Unfortunately, most of these foods are very addictive and extremely difficult to avoid. They are not manufactured for our good health, but for corporate profit. That’s where the Paleo Shrink Program comes in.
Why was the Paleo Shrink Program created?
These days, more and more people in our country and around the world are having difficulties with their weight and wellness (e.g., more fat gain and increased chronic inflammation). If you are one of those people, you are not alone. I know how it feels to put on the extra 10 lbs., then 20 lbs. and more, because I was one of those folks as well. People think putting on weight is inevitable as we get older. That’s actually not the case. Many of us have tried, (yours truly included), dieting on and off multiple times, actually losing weight, but then putting it all back on and more. It can be very distressing and lead to feeling hopeless, angry, sad and perplexed. I get it because I’ve lived it. I’ve also experienced exciting, positive changes in my body including losing fat and gaining more sound health after changing how I ate from the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) to eating and living in the Paleo style.
I’m so passionate about what I’ve come to understand and experienced first-hand, that I’ve created the Paleo Shrink Program. Getting the word out to others about strategies for sound mental, emotional, and physical health, including healthy weight and fat loss for the rest of one’s life and facilitating the same through supportive counseling and cognitive strategies, is my fervent desire.
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What is the value of eating and living as our Paleolithic ancestors?
Just as eating properly and cleanly is important, so is moving our bodies naturally and safely. Walking, some type of interval cardio activity (run, bike, row, etc.), lifting heavy items (groceries count), swimming and more, all contribute to a healthier life and your overall wellness. Restful and deep sleep, play time, socializing, reducing stress, etc., are also vital to our health, happiness, and a cleaner, more natural way of being. That is very much what the Paleo or Ancestral lifestyle is about. While the achievement and maintenance of living in the Paleo lifestyle sounds deceptively simple, as mentioned above, the challenge can be great given the constant subliminal and blatant messages from the food industry encouraging us to eat processed foods that have little to nothing to do with our wellness.
In essence, consuming highly processed, grain-based pseudo foods, sugar, unhealthy vegetable oils, etc., that most of us eat today, and moving our bodies minimally on an ongoing basis, have very little to do with our good health and a lot to do with a variety of modern day illnesses. If you want to be lean, strong and healthy like our Paleo ancestors, you may want to seriously consider trying out the Paleo diet and lifestyle. The Paleo Shrink Program is dedicated to your sound mind and lean body.
What are typical challenges faced when trying to eat Paleo and why are they difficult to overcome?
You may be thinking, “No way, I’m not giving up my favorite foods...pasta, pizza, potatoes, cake,”…and/or, “Eating Paleo sounds too hard”. So much of what is manufactured by the food industry is terribly unhealthy and actually leads to increased overeating. That’s right! Many of the foods we eat, including cookies, ice cream, cakes, chips, etc., are actually made to keep us eating fast and a lot.
But, please don’t take my word for it. Check out, for example, “The End of Overeating, Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite”, by David A. Kessler, MD, (the former FDA Commissioner). In it, Dr. Kessler reveals how the combination of sugar, fat and salt, is highly addictive and triggers our brains to crave the very junk foods that are slowly killing us. In fact, read as much as you can or would like to before contacting me. For your convenience, a Resources page is provided on this site. Please feel free to gather all the information you want. This can be an absolutely thrilling time for change in your world…in your life!
What will making a change to Paleo style eating involve?
Should you decide to give any of the following manners of eating a try, I know it can be rewarding, but challenging too.
Paleo or Primal
Paleo Autoimmune Protocol
Lower Carbs / Reduced Sugar
LCHF (Low Carbs / High Fat)
Gluten-Free or Grain-Free
Elimination Diet for Food Sensitivities
After all, you’ll be tinkering with the type of food or fuel your brain is accustomed to getting and would like to continue receiving. Truth be known, the "just say no" campaign to eating junk food, while perhaps working for some, doesn’t work for everyone. It frequently takes hard work, perseverance and focus to even make a commitment to change. Once getting started on the right path to health, less body fat and more leanness, it’s unfortunately all too easy to veer off and return to our old patterns that sabotage our success to personal wellness and happiness.
What is meant by Clean Eating?
Originally, when hearing the words clean eating, one would probably think along the lines of eating kosher. While kosher eating is one form of cleanliness, that’s actually not the implication of current day Paleo conscious folks. Instead, eating clean implies consuming land or sea animals, eggs, produce, etc., that are grass-fed, pasture-raised, wild, organic or local. The animals have more and cleaner space to live with less stress. They are generally free of antibiotics and growth hormones. Pasture-raised omnivores, such as chickens and pigs, are supplemented with non-GMO feed.
Clean eating also frequently refers to eating single ingredient foods rather than packaged, processed foods. Pasture-raised chicken, an organic apple or raw nuts, are all examples of single ingredient, clean foods. Conversely, cookies, bread, pretzels, etc., are examples of processed foods that have multiple, and frequently mysterious, ingredients. When you eat cleanly, you don’t necessarily have to look at an ingredient list. In fact, there most likely isn’t a list to review (an orange or a grass-fed steak doesn’t require an ingredient list). With processed foods, it’s essential to read the list of ingredients and become familiar with the contents of the products, including sugar, trans fats, flavorings, preservatives, etc. More often than not, processed foods will not be clean since they almost always contain ingredients detrimental to one’s wellness and fat loss goals.
Finally, clean eating also considers the cooking method used to prepare one’s foods. Depending upon the food, raw, baking, roasting, boiling, braising, and slower style cooking methods are best.
How can I eat cleanly if I don’t have any store nearby that sells grass-fed or pasture-raised meat?
Believe it or not, while it’s convenient to have a supermarket or health food store close to where you live that sells clean food, it’s not an absolute necessity for clean eating. You may want to check around your neighborhood to discover locations of local green markets and farms where you can purchase meat, fish, and produce. Local foods are fresh and delectable! Not only will you be doing yourself a favor buying locally but you will also be supporting the small business owners in your community! While it’s great to have local places where you can buy grass-fed, pasture-raised, wild and/or organic food, you can still eat cleanly even if you don’t have these types of businesses nearby. Nowadays, we can buy just about anything on-line and that includes clean food. Meat, fish, produce and more can all be purchased via the internet and delivered directly to your home in no time. Care is used by the vendors to ice and pack your shipment so your items arrive safely and soundly. If you’re not usually home during the day and don’t have someone to accept your packages, consider having your shipments go to your office. For a listing of on-line vendors, please click here.
Isn’t it expensive to eat grass-fed beef and organic produce?
While purchasing any kind of meat and produce is typically pricier than buying pasta, breads, pizza, etc., the benefits of buying single ingredient, clean foods are numerous. If you care about your health and value being lean, you may want to identify areas in your life from where you may allocate some extra resources to purchase clean foods. Rather than buying that $4, plus tip, fancy coffee beverage every day of the week, think about putting your money aside for real food. In other words, making a conscious decision to spend a bit more of your money on clean food now, can save you a lot of money in the future on your medical and medication bills. You have a choice.
Is eating Paleo boring?
Actually, eating Paleo can be very exciting and one can become really creative with meals. Imagine eating foods that are truly recognizable as food? If the average caveman or woman were to walk down the aisles in our supermarkets today, he or she wouldn’t recognize the vast majority of food items. When following the Paleo diet, one can make absolutely delicious, fulfilling and filling meals using combinations of single ingredient foods. There are many excellent Paleo cook books already on the market and others being released all the time! Your meals can be as simple or sophisticated as you desire.
Why should I try the Paleo Shrink Program?
The Paleo Shrink Program is dedicated to your success in becoming leaner and healthier in a well-rounded, safe way. Part of that success is driven upon understanding and identifying who you are, what makes you tick, and what variations of eating Paleo or any of the other ways noted above may work for you. For some people, a strict approach to the Paleo eating plan is effective. For others, flexibility with the Paleo eating plan, both initially and going forward, is more helpful. Whatever your situation and preference, you can expect that the Paleo eating plan and Paleo Shrink approach will be customized to your specific needs and strengths.
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What is the next step to getting started?
Feel free to look over the contents of this site to learn more about me, the Paleo Shrink Program and how I may be of help to you or a loved one. I’m available to address your questions and/or to explore the possibility of working together. Thanks and in good health!