* It’s not a diet. I always feel so sorry for people on super-strict diets that slash delicious food options, and make you drink their thick, powdery shakes instead! I mean really… who wants a liquid diet? I love that the Paleo “diet” is just a way to eat (the BEST way to eat!). The amazing part is that you can eat to satiety, and still achieve your weight goal. There are a few tweaks to make according to your goals (for example, I want to maintain my weight- not lose weight- so I consume more calories than a person who may be trying to lose weight while eating Paleo), but overall it is just normal eating!
* It is delicious. I have never enjoyed my food as much as I have since starting to eat Paleo. It’s as though I can taste flavors better than ever! It’s nice to just enjoy the purity of fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats, without overloading my gut with unnecessary preservatives and sugar. I have never liked beef much (I was even a vegetarian for 12 years), but I have to tell you that grass-fed beef is AMAZING! It is lean, so I don’t feel “heavy” after eating it, and the flavor is so much better than regular grocery-store-beef.
* It makes sense. Why wouldn’t we want to simply eat what God provided for us? Fruits… vegetables… meat… nuts… seeds. Sure, He gave us wheat too, but humans have altered wheat so much that it is no longer healthy to eat. (To hear more about this, listen to this amazing podcast!) It makes sense to eat the foods that God intended for us, without adding to them or altering them.
* It makes me feel good! I have to say that I feel better now than I’ve ever felt. I have more energy, I don’t have excess fat and bloating hanging off my body, I’m sleeping better, and I feel healthier. What’s not to love?
* I can eat ALOT. I don’t know about you, but I just really enjoy the act of eating. It is nice to sit down with a big plate piled high with steaming, flavorful WHOLE food. Before changing to a Paleo diet, my plate was normally piled high with some kind of pasta or bread. Before finishing even half of my meal, I would start to feel full and bloated. It was always a little sad to know that “I really should stop,” even though it seemed as though I had eaten very little! Now I can always finish my piled-high plate, and I can usually go back for seconds!
* I love that I KNOW what I’m eating. I cannot even count the times I have looked at the ingredients of some packaged items in the grocery store and gotten lost as I tried to make my way through the unpronounceable list. I would usually just throw the item in the cart anyway… after all, everyone else was doing it, and what else was there to eat? It feels so much better to look into my cart of whole, 1-2 ingredient grocery items.
I’m sure there is more to add to my list, but I will stop for now. If you’re curious about how you would feel, just try it for 30 days and find out!