Several readers have asked me to post about “How the Laird’s eat”. I receive many questions like: What the heck is Paleo? What are some good recipes? Do your children eat paleo? Well to start off, here is a quick glimpse into our paleo life.
What is Paleo? It is known as the diet of pre-agricultural hunter-gatherers, aka the Caveman’s Diet.
Simple Guidelines: (see http://www.multiplydelicious.com)
- No processed foods
- No refined, artificial & added sugars
- No grains
- No legumes – including peanuts & anything soy
- No white potatoes – they spike your insulin, but sweet potatoes are okay.
- Try to avoid dairy – use fermented or raw grass-fed dairy if needed
- No alcohol – although if you absolutely have to there are some “better” ones to consume
- No vegetable oils (that includes canola, peanut, soybean, corn, etc…)
- Yes to healthy fats – animal fat, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, tallow, nut oils, etc.
- Yes to grass fed meats, pastured free-range chicken/eggs, wild fish and fresh organic produce
Why Paleo? One of the main reasons people move to the paleo lifestyle is it eliminates all processed foods and helps with digestion. Many people believe that foods have changed over the generations, but our bodies have not adapted. Therefore, we need to return to how we ate in the beginnings for our bodies to respond correctly. For Jason and I, we ate a diet of low carbs, lots of fruits and veggies and protein before “paleo” was a term for us. Then we discovered paleo, began reading about it, and realized with a few modifications, we would be eating paleo. We enjoy how we feel after eating this way; maintain healthy weights, consistent energy and healthy digestive systems.
Are the Laird’s die-hard paleo? I would say we are about 90% paleo, especially after completing a 21-day sugar detox at the beginning of the year (more about that on a another post). We believe in having a healthy family and part of that includes unprocessed foods, foods our bodies can naturally digest, lots of fruits and vegetables, and proteins. Do we ever add cheese? Yes. Who can live without cheese all their life? LOL. Do we have sweets every now and then? Yes. We know moderation is key. We are not legalistic. However, we truly enjoy eating this way and do not feel constrained by it. If anything, it has really inspired our creativity on our adventure as foodies. Eating this way is not a diet for us, but a way of life. We are food lovers and for us, this way of eating works.