A Husband's Guide to : The Paleo Diet?

So here is the deal, I started writing a post a couple days ago and I was all set to put the finishing touches and post it.  Well I re-read the post and decided to sit on it a couple more days, not to say it is a bad post but it did seem kind of controversial.

That being said, I have been wanting to write a post on the Paleo Diet for some time and now seemed like the "write" time...  Dammit, a pun already and I haven't even been drinking.  Okay let's move on...

Please keep in mind the caveat of this blog, I am in no way, shape, or form an expert on anything.  This is just my perspective, please seek out much more information before doing anything contained in this post.

I have been part time paleo for the better part of a month.  I say "part time" because it sounds way better than I cheat.  The Paleo Diet is all about eating the way we did for hundreds of years, before the advent of modern agriculture.  You get to eat lots of fruits, veggies, nuts, and meat.  What you do not get to eat is gluten, grains, sugar, or unnatural products.  My wife's father has a gluten allergy.  Lately my wife has been noticing if she eats too much bread she feels crappy afterwards.  Because of this she decided to try the Paleo Diet.  Being the good and supportive husband I am, I decided I would too.

Let me just say the key to this diet is prepare, prepare, prepare.  There are a ton of blogs will all kinds of awesome recipes, but to really set yourself up for success you need to cook a bunch of food for the week.  Typically I spend Sundays in the kitchen cooking up all kinds of awesome Paleo nom noms.  As with anything we have discovered some amazing food and some not so amazing food.  In fact to date every single Paleo Pizza we have tried to make has ended in disaster...  Seriously the dough from one recipe was so nasty and hard I had to just throw away the pan.

However we have successfully made brownies, meatloaf, stuffed peppers, broccoli fritters (which get made every weekend), and all kinds of other awesome stuff.  I do notice that feel better after a Paleo meal.  I have more energy and never feel stuffed.  All in all I have been very happy with the diet.  My wife has also really enjoyed eating Paleo and she has lost weight at a very good clip.

If you are going to look into this one word of caution.  There are people who are Paleo Purists.  They can be very extreme and might make you want to run for the hills.  These people eat steak and handful of almonds and call it a night.  I am more of the exploratory Paleo person.  Meaning, what interesting things can I make with what is available.  You can use things like coconut flour and have a little bit of cheese here and there.  If you are truly interested below are some Paleo blogs of note that I have gotten all kinds of recipes and information from...




2 Response to "A Husband's Guide to : The Paleo Diet?"

  1. Andrea says:

    You are so right about preparation! I would eat any fabulous snack put in front of me, but a handful of chips is so quick and easy!

    Gary says:

    Great post! First off, I totally get the Paleo Pizza disaster. My wife and I just started a modified Paleo approach the past couple of weeks and we tried two different pizza options that were horrible. Gross!

    Seriously though, I'm finding already (with my vast two weeks of experience) that modifications to suit each individual really helps. We went pretty hard in the first week and subsequently felt like garbage for much it. The win though is we're eating a lot more real food. That's a good thing.

    I appreciate your caution note for the extremes in the Paleo world. Each person needs to find a approach that works. I'm a married guy with two toddlers so every single meal, every single day, hardcore Paleo just doesn't work. It clearly has benefits but I had to throttle back a bit to make it make sense for me.

    Thanks for the post!

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