Why Paleo?

SO my fantastic cousin * and bride to be* messaged me and asked me why I chose to pursue a paleo lifestyle.

It actually goes back to a few years ago when I self diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Of course I followed it up with a doctors visit and a bloods text which confirmed my suspicion 40%. The only way I was going to truly find out is if i had an intestinal biopsy which i refused. I kept a food journal and ate as if I had Celiac and low and behold my stomach never protruded out to make me look 7 months pregnant, my debilitating migraines stopped, and my mood swings went away. The only thing that didnt match up was the fact that those with Celiac are usually quite underweight, and i, was the exact opposite  at 35% body fat.

My diet since then has consisted of no wheat flour, gluten, barely or malt,which up until recently has made it very hard to shop or eat out. The thing is, just because something says wheat or gluten free does NOT mean it is automatically healthier for you! Calories, fat, salt and sugar still come into play with gluten/wheat free foods!

One day I was chatting with a good friend Adam up at the cottage. I asked him why he was being so picky about what he was eating, he said he was on a Paleo kick. “Paleo? what the heck is that?”  he told me it was a diet that followed the kinds of foods cave people would have eaten. I still didn’t get it but, all i knew was that i felt nice having someone else at the cottage who ‘eat the wheat and gluten like me!

A few weeks later while sitting in his home gym i noticed the results of this “paleo” diet, he looked stronger, leaner and had nothing but awesome things to say about it, so i researched it and decided to go to Chapters and get the book  by Robb Wolf titled “The Paleo Solution”.

I couldnt put the thing down, i read it waiting for spin class to start, before bed, when i woke up, (even in the bathroom …..come on you know you read in the bathroom!!).

The book provided a 30 meal plan which is where i started. I bought a juicer for thirty bucks at Zellars and began a new journey.

Prior to this I hated cooking and despised baking even more, little did i know that this book would be what made me an a kitchen scientist!

some of you are now thinking “yea that nice, but i don’t get what Paleo is”… let me start of by telling you what it isn’t.

You cannot eat the following while choosing a true paleo lifestyle : Dairy, Grains, Legumes, Lentils. I drink only almond milk (soy and rice are both on the no go list – so is a bean and rice is a grain). I bake with coconut flour, or almond meal. I eat lots of meat, and pork seems to be a hit with the Paleo lovers, although I would love to try some Bison burgers this summer. Corn is a trickster! Many of us think that its a veggie but in fact as i”m sure you have experience it is one of the most un-digestable foods we eat, and is ACTUALLY a grain not a veggie!

In order to educate you all correctly I have taken tid bits right from Robb’s website

The Paleo diet is simple yet remarkably effective for fat loss and halting or preventing a number of degenerative diseases. To reap the benefits of the most effective nutritional strategy known, one need simply build meals from the following:

  • Lean proteins (ideally) grass fed meat, free range fowl and wild caught fish
  • Seasonal fruits and vegetables
  • Healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil, and coconut oil

Our 30 day challenge is the true test of the Paleo diet. Regardless of your fitness or health goals, you WILL look, feel and perform your best on the Paleo diet. Give it a shot and let us know how you do.

For most people the fact the Paleo diet delivers the best results is enough. Improved blood lipids, weight loss and reduced pain from autoimmunity is proof enough.  Many people however are not satisfied with blindly following any recommendations, be they nutrition or exercise related. Some folks like to know WHY they are doing something. Fortunately, the Paleo diet has stood not only the test of time, but also the rigors of scientific scrutiny.

This page will be an ever-expanding resource for peer reviewed, scientific research. In an effort to make this material more accessible to folks without a scientific background, we will provide a brief synopsis of the paper in plain English (hopefully). If you have questions about any of this material, other resources, or if there is a topic you would like to see addressed, please contact us. Whenever possible we will reference papers that are freely available so you can take your Paleo education and your health to the next level.

The scientific facts supporting this diet are actually stunning. In one part of the book Robb talks about his tour on a University campus where he compares the hunter gatherer historical information with the agricultural revolution information. The results show that hunter gathers were taller, learner, had less diseases, less cavities and were overall healthier than those skeletal remains found after the agricultural revolution.

Robb posts some research on his site to challenge those non believers:


He also talks about his journey and why he chose to eat this way. He mentions all the common disease that are rampant in our society today that have the potential to be improved with something as simple as this diet.

I also found this on a website that is dedicated to Paleo (there seems to be a growing amount of these out there)

utoimmune diseases and digestive related problems (Chron’s disease, Celiac disease, Ulcerative Colitis​, IBD, IBS, Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, Interstitial cystitis, Multiple Sclerosis,…) can be very debilitating and can take on your whole life. I think that eating a Paleo diet has the potential to cure a good part of those conditions that are quite new to us. However, for those dealing with problems like that, it might take more time and dedication to be successful and finally heal, but this dedication will pay off at least a thousand folds.

Even though some more perseverance is involved on your part, I think that you’ll agree with me that if you’re dealing with any of those problems, you’d be willing to go through anything to regain your health and stamina.

You may think – “what about all the yummy foods i cant live without?” Paleo has recipes for everything you just have to look  for them on the internet. I have made;pizza, cookies, brownies, cake, pie, pancakes, stew, soup, i buy ice cream from coconut milk, and have even thickened gravy with coconut flour. The one major change that I love most is going from coco to cacao. coco is a bean, which is not on the “go” list. cacao is a nut! seeds and nuts are very encouraged . Although cacao is bitter you can always add honey, dates, or other sweet approved foods to make it easier on the palet.

The one thing I do include in my everyday regime is protein powder. This unfortunately is not paleo, but I did see an all egg source at the supplement store the other day which would be. I was told it doesn’t taste as great and since I am a very sensory person, taste is a big one for me!

I encourage everyone to take the time to buy one book before the new year and that is Robb Wolf’s Paleo Solution! the meal plan isn’t till the end of the book so you spend the majority of time learning fascinating information about the human body. He even throws in some workout plans that are very similar to that of our cave dwelling ancestors.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Corinna
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 20:27:48

    Sounds like a healthy and challenging lifestyle change….
    Wondering what the plan might be be Christmas…..???
    Do you still make non-Paleo food for others?


    • Ash
      Nov 23, 2011 @ 21:05:32

      For Thanksgiving I made paleo pies and gravy but also provided regular desserts which everyone chose – I find if u tell them its different they won’t try it!

      For Christmas I will for sure make paleo options for myself – only because I would have to provide gluten free options anyways if I wanted something so if I’m going to bake a pie I might as well make it paleo. That’s the only thing I’ll make though( well maybe I’ll make a serving of gluten free or paleo gravy for myself), and obviously there will be lots of regular pies and desserts for everyone else. But I plan on eating all the turkey and veggies I can. If stuffing didn’t have bread in it I would be eating that too!

      I always make sure people don’t feel obligated to eat the way I do when they come to visit. Pat is great at making sure there are no foods I’m allergic to in the house but he still has a hard time eating paleo, which is understandable! 🙂 so yes, i do cook lots of non-paleo food for other people 🙂 I wouldn’t subject the whole family to my way of eating! They would all walk out anyways lol


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