Here it is, five weeks later and I’m finally starting this blog. I’ve already learned so much about the Paleo diet and living primal. But before I jump into this head first, let’s back up and understand how I got here.
I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with carbohydrates. Even as a kid, “bread” was my favorite food. Luckily, I was always active and played sports all the way through college. I didn’t really see a harmful effect until after I graduated. Minus a few drops in weight due to strict diet phases, I gained an average of 10lbs a year from 2004-2010. That doesn’t seem like a lot until you add it up. 60lbs.
With the popularity of food industry documentaries like Food, Inc. and diet documentaries like Fat Head, I was gradually exposed to contradicting science. I kept digging deeper to uncover the truth about nutrition and choose my side. Initially, it didn’t make sense to question the USDA and their simple pyramid that promotes low fat and whole grains. But once you examine the studies and really dive into the meat of the issue (pun intended), you’ll find huge gaping holes and bad science. Plus, I remembered my own experiences with low carb and calorie counting diets. I finally dropped all my preconceived notions about what was healthy and used my common sense. I know carbs and sugar are bad, so the biggest mental hurdle for me was befriending natural fats. After researching hours on the internet over winter break, I finally started to believe what I was reading. It makes more sense that human beings are meant to live on meat, vegetables, and natural fat. Nothing processed.
Soon after this revelation I found Paleo and have been following it as a way of life since 1/1/2011.