I’ve heard paleo called a cult before.
I get it.
People who choose to eat paleo can be overzealous in sharing about it. Many preach it as the be all end all way for everyone to eat. Some come across a little elitist, some judgmental, and others if-you-don’t-eat-perfect-paleo-you’re-not-paleo-enough-ish. There is no lack of passion among the paleo community.
Yes, some go a little overboard, but I get it: when something changes your life so drastically it can be hard to rein yourself in.
I originally tried paleo as an experiment for my fitness blog.
It’s what I do, I test out and review health and fitness related things.
Last August paleo was the latest in line. Instead of being just another review however paleo turned into something so much more.
Upon completing my first 30 days of eating strict paleo I had only lost a little weight, some inches, total disappointment right? Wrong.
At the end of that first 30 days I was amazed.
Amazed because I felt fabulous. I believe my exact words were that I felt “fanfriggintastic”. So much so that I was shocked at how un-fabulous I’d previously felt without realizing it.
Things I thought just were the way they were changed. My head was clear, I had energy for days, my adult acne was clearing up, and I had no urge whatsoever to binge eat.
Did I mention I felt fabulous? Paleo was a life-changer for me.
This could be an entire other post, but it’s worth mentioning here. My husband has narcolepsy. Since going paleo he is now functioning at a level we never dreamed possible. Just by changing his diet?
The one lesson that going paleo has taught me is this: pay attention to how foods affect you.
Now, I try to keep a leash on it, to not pound paleo down people’s throats. I post some paleo recipes and share things I think will be helpful.
I host paleochat to foster encouragement and support for those interested. However I try very hard never to “preach” paleo. It’s what works for me; I will never pretend to know what will work for someone else.
I firmly believe, just as Miz Carla says about fitness: food is not about fitting in.
In our diets (meaning the way we eat), just as in our fitness, we need to listen to our bodies and find what works for us.
For me, that’s paleo.
But no, there was no kool-aid drinking involved.
Kerri Olkjer is a paleo-tastic fitness blogger who lives in rural Colorado with her amazing husband, 3 boys, and a yard full of chickens and baby goats. She’s a little wacky about her coffee and clinically obsessed with fitness fashion. In the last 6 years she’s gone from a size 22 to a size 8 and along the way fell in love with fitness, ran a marathon, and found her “I CAN”. She is now passionate about everyone finding their “I CAN” as well.