Paleo vs. Clean Eating

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2016-04-02 13.16.41Have you heard the buzz about paleo and clean eating, but don’t know what anyone is talking about? Maybe you’ve been wanting to try something to kick-start yourself into a healthier lifestyle, but you don’t know where to begin.

Here is a simple lay out of both types of eating, which will allow you to decide where to begin.

Clean Eating– This is a decision you make to only eat “whole foods”. Meaning you start reading labels, cutting out food that has processed ingredients or added preservatives. To put it more simply, if you are reading a label and you don’t know what the ingredient is, don’t eat it. Research for yourself and figure out what part of your food is actually food. For example, when I first started “eating clean”, I did things like make homemade fruit gummies instead of buying them because I didn’t want to eat the extra preservatives and fake sugars.

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Paleo– This is a decision to cut out certain foods that may be hard for your gut to digest. Many people feel bloated, low on energy, constantly sleepy, etc. and don’t know it is often a result of what they are eating. It is suggested you go through a whole 30 days of eating just fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds (minus peanuts), meat, and healthy fats (coconut oil, avocado, grapeseed oil, and ghee). Once you’ve done this, slowly add in one item at a time (for example: just peanuts one week, milk the next, then rice the following week ). This allows for you to find out how your body reacts to certain foods and what foods help your body thrive.

I believe paleo and clean eating go hand in hand. Most people have their own variety of paleo eating because they’ve gone through their 30 days and found out what their body can handle, and what it can’t.

Before changing what I ate, I struggled with constantly feeling bloated, and being tired every day no matter how much sleep I got. I would drink 2-3 cups of coffee a day to try to stay alert. After going through my 30 days of strict paleo, I found out these problems were entirely fixable!

I now avoid dairy, gluten and sugar. I have no problem eating brown rice, or gluten-free oats, so those are things I’ve added in since doing my 30 days. I have coffee once a week, but am not in need of it every day. I no longer have that bloated feeling, and I have enough energy to keep up with my 3 kiddos! I have seen this work for my friends as well, and I can’t wait to help you.

My goal is to help you find out what foods give you the opportunity to thrive, and which ones don’t. Everyone will have a different version of “healthy” for them. That is why this is not a diet, but a lifestyle.

Have a question for me? Feel free to contact me or comment below and I’d love to help!

 

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