Welcome to One Year to Wellness

OYTWlogoThis blog serves many practical purposes for us.  Please join along as we log our meals with photos and recipes, explain why and how we are making the choices we are at this time in our lives and provide you with insightful, no-nonsense, practical information on food, exercise, herbs and faith.

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I am tired of feeling awful every day – when I wake up, as I run errands, after I eat and at night before I go to bed!  Do you feel the same way?

Well, I decided to do some research on why I felt so bad and what I could do about it – I discovered Paleo.  What is that?  I have heard the word floating out there, but what does it mean?  Paleo is a nutritional lifestyle that focuses on eating foods that would have been available during the time of the caveman – unprocessed, real grass-fed pastured raised meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and natural fats.  It eliminates all grains, dairy, and sugar, as well as white potatoes, beans and processed oils.

Boy, that sounds hard to do.

The food industry has tricked us for years into believing that we can eat anything we want and still be happy and healthy.  I am neither, are you?

The benefits of Paleo eating are what attracted me to this lifestyle:

  • Burn off stored body fat
  • Balanced energy
  • Clear skin
  • Better teeth
  • Stable blood sugar
  • More efficient exercise
  • Reduced allergies
  • Improved sleep

This list excites me!  I want all of those things right now!  But am I really ready to deprive myself of french fries, baked potatoes, red beans and rice, pasta Bolognese, ice cream and oreos?

I can say this: I have been playing at making this change to a Paleo lifestyle for several months.  I replaced many of my processed grains with gluten-free choices (this didn’t help at all, it just resulted in my feeling I could eat whatever I wanted as long as it said “gluten free” on the package).  I cut out soda, which surprisingly reduced my cravings for other sugary items.  I began drinking more/better water, which made my skin feel more hydrated and softer – I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner, it makes sense!  What I have learned is that some amount of change is good, but it will not generate success. YOU CANNOT APPROACH PALEO HALF WAY!  YOU MUST FULLY COMMIT!

Cut it all out, all at once, follow the guidelines exactly, no cheating.  The benefits are worth it!   You will have enough great tasting, nourishing food to eat filling you up and erasing those sugar cravings.

Tomorrow, I will go over the guidelines, rules and start up steps.  Make sure you come back to see the photos of my refrigerator and pantry:  before, cleaned out and restocked.  They are dramatic!

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A little something extra:

I have also mentioned exercise, herbs and faith as components of the blog, but, so far, have really only discussed food and Paleo.  In the beginning, we are going to focus mostly on food — what we are cooking, what we are eating, and how we are feeling.  As the blog progresses, however, we will be adding the others as we fit them into our journey to wellness.

 

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2 Comments

  1. I am excited to follow your journey. Jack and I grow our own food and I freeze or can the the vegetables and fruit to eat throughout the year. We also fished a lot this summer and filled our freezer with salmon and canned a lot of it also. Good luck on your adventure with healthy living.

  2. So thrilled to follow your journey – when I eat clean I feel so much better! Can’t wait to try your recipes…mine are so repetitious – Tracy can expand my Paleo pallet!

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