Thoughts on paleo

by Kim on June 3, 2014

Last weekend, when we were visiting my parents, my mom was boiling pork ribs. I asked her if I could have the broth that came out of it, and ended up heading home with two plastic containers of gelatinous yellow gunk that looked like pee samples. Yum!

I thought about including a picture but…do you really want to see that? I’m sure you can visualize.

Here’s a totally unrelated picture of the lilacs in our backyard instead:

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They smell amaaazing. And the best part: they’re STILL ALIVE, even after 3 years under my care. (!!)

Anyway. So I’ve been wanting to introduce more bone broth into my diet for awhile now, but have so far been too lazy to make it (partially because it would involve me going into a store and buying animal bones)…

In case you aren’t familiar with the accolades of bone broth, here are 5 reasons it’s awesome for you. Not only have I been hearing a ton about it from the Paleo world, but I’m even more interested in it now that I’m preggo. One of bone broth’s big claims to fame is its ability to boost collagen production, and plenty of collagen = healthy skin = less stretch marks.

Um, say no more.

I still have the large pee samples sitting in my fridge, and I need to figure out what to do with them. Soup doesn’t really sound that appealing in the summer, so my only real plans for it so far are to use it for cooking (in place of water). But who knows…maybe I’ll get really bold and drink it…are you ready for this…RAW.

So you’ve heard me talk about kombucha, and now bone broth…does this all mean I’m going Paleo??

Probably not. At least not anytime soon. I am a little conflicted about this, though, because:

–I believe Paleo is very likely the most healthy way to eat.

–When it comes to nutrition, I trust the Paleo perspective first.

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BUT.

Here are my hold-ups…

#1

I can’t argue with the nutritional quality of the Paleo diet. But I don’t just eat for nutrition. I eat for enjoyment too.

For better or for worse, humans have come up with some pretty dang tasty things since the caveman days (lookin at you, pasta and cookies), and I don’t feel very inspired to give those up completely, especially since my body’s not giving me any indicators that I might need to. I don’t mind eating gluten-free versions of those things, but again, it’s not something I feel passionately enough about to go full boar on. (Is that a pun? Like a really weak one? I’m never sure.)

#2

Paleo eaters seem to have made their bodies very sensitive. The smallest invader (gluten/dairy/etc.) leaves them wracked with symptoms. I don’t want to suffer after eating a handful of chocolate chips or drinking a glass of wine just because my body’s so used to a perfectly clean diet. Also—I’ll be honest—I don’t want to deal with the extra complexities of travel and social outings that come along with being Paleo Perfect.

#3

Maybe it’s just the specific podcasts I’ve been listening to, but so many people in the Paleo community seem to have horror stories of the turmoil their bodies were in prior to going Paleo. We’re talking massive, undeniable problems with skin, digestion, energy, etc.

If I’m not having those problems, does it mean I don’t “need” Paleo?

All that said, I do think we could all use a little Paleo influence in our diets. You don’t have to be full-on Paleo to borrow some of the ideas it teaches, like:

–Eating real, nutrient-dense foods like eggs (including yolks!) and beef and seafood

–Not shying away from fats (which are actually very good for us and do nottttt increase cholesterol or the risk of heart disease, contrary to popular belief)

–Going after high quality foods that haven’t been loaded with antibiotics and chemicals

–Not letting our diets revolve around sugar and carbs (the typical cereal for breakfast/sandwiches for lunch/pasta for dinner cycle)

–Incorporating “traditional” powerhouse foods like my new buddies, bone broth and kombucha

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So while I definitely don’t call myself Paleo, I would say that I’m Paleo-influenced. Who says it has to be an all-or-nothing thing? (As nice as it is, sometimes, to have a strict set of rules that save you from having to make too many decisions.)

Lately, I’ve been curious about trying full-on Paleo in a sort of “detox” approach. Not as a gateway to full Paleo, but as an occasional reset thing. Goals would be to:

–Help beat down sugar cravings

–Change the body’s expectations (you crave what you eat, so the more healthy foods you eat, the more likely you are to crave healthy foods)

–Gain control

–Give the digestive track a little break/reset by loading it up with the easiest-to-digest foods

My plan is to pick a week in the next month to be Paleo Week. All Paleo foods, all the time.

I know the hubby wouldn’t complain if we started eating more red meat with butter on it. (Grass-fed, of course.)

Stay tuned for more about my plan!

What do you think of Paleo?

xoxo

Kim

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Andrea @ Pencils and Pancakes June 6, 2014 at 4:53 pm

I’d pay to see anyone who actually follows paleo 100% of the time, absolutely no slip ups. It’s a great template to follow. But even though I eat Paleo, I’m not afraid to indulge every now and then.
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Jade June 4, 2014 at 4:30 pm

I really like a lot of aspects of the Paleo lifestyle. I would and am trying to incorporate quite a bit into our lives, but hubby is Ukrainian and loves his bread and perogies too much for me to completely slash them out. I like listening to Balanced Bites as well as the Paleo View as they have so much more to talk about than just diet diet diet. One a few weeks ago was talking about collagen and although I don’t think I could handle the stench of cooking bone broth right now, I have been adding collagen to my coffee in the morning to help with the exact points you said above (as well to see if will help lessen breakouts too).
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Kim June 4, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Interesting! What form of collagen are you using in your coffee? I was asked to review some collagen pills a few months ago and was wary about it due to pregnancy, so I turned it down, but now I’m wishing I would have researched it a bit further…

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Jade June 4, 2014 at 5:05 pm

I really wanted to get the Great Lakes or land of lakes collagen that comes in a green or red bottle, but shipping up to Canada was ridiculous and I would have had to buy like 5 of them at once which I didn’t want to try right off the bat. So instead I went to a local store and got their brand of pig gelatin. The type I got does gel a bit but I drink my morning coffee really fast so it doesn’t change anything. I feel my skin is better but still have the hormonal break outs due to, well, hormones.
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Marissa @ Where I Need to Be June 4, 2014 at 4:20 pm

I’m totally with you here. I don’t believe in putting labels on how we eat. I see people getting hung up on the “diet” of the moment, whatever it may be and thinking they have to be perfect about it. Anyway, your approach is how I go about things and how I advise my clients to also. You have to find what works for you and do that because that is what you’ll stick with long-term. Good luck exploring and experimenting!

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Kim June 4, 2014 at 4:41 pm

I agree, although I can totally understand the draw of having a predefined set of rules to follow and an existing community to jump into for support. But then again, I’m just one of those people who likes to define everything and try to squash it all into perfect little boxes…but yes, ideal scenario, label-free! :)

I really appreciate your thoughts on this Marissa! Thanks for stopping by!

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char eats greens June 4, 2014 at 8:19 am

Well, for obvious reasons paleo would never be for me, but I respect that they don’t eat dairy, and that fruits and vegetables are a bigger chunk of the pyramid than a typical diet. Having said that, I obviously do not agree with the foundation of meat & fish; especially since they pretty much exclude all vegan sources of protein, which I think is silly!

Also, I think the whole idea of being exclusively paleo doesn’t make sense either, seeing as our paleolithic ancestors lived over thousands of years, so to say that they only ate ONE way in that large time period does not seem realistic. What I agree with is: natural, organic (as often as you can), and harm-free…for me, personally!
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Kim June 4, 2014 at 8:50 am

Totally with you on picking and choosing the pieces that make sense to you! That’s kind of where I’m at with it too. DIY diet! :)

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Alex @ Alex Runs For Food June 3, 2014 at 11:56 pm

I think the basic idea of pale is good…. clean nutrient dense foods but like everyone else is stating I still want to be able to splurge on unhealthy fried yumminess or sweet treats!
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Kim June 4, 2014 at 8:50 am

For realll :)

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GiGi Eats June 3, 2014 at 11:30 pm

OMG so I went home last year and my mom was making her and I a veggie stir fry and all of a sudden she whips out there liquid/sludge stuff and starts putting it in the stir fry. I almost vomited. Refused to eat it. I eat some weird weird stuff but I just couldn’t stomach eating the bone broth. LMFAO!! I know I should though because I have heard it’s great for digestion and I have awful digestion! LOL! Wait, it’s not actually funny – ha!
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Kim June 4, 2014 at 8:52 am

Hahaha liquid sludge! It is super nasty looking! You’re hilarious.

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries June 3, 2014 at 5:19 pm

To be honest, I have SO many conflicting thoughts around this whole thing. I know some people are super gung-ho about the Paleo lifestyle, but I just can’t bring myself to cut out wheat. Wheat is an all-natural thing and is from the ground, so how and why should it be a ‘bad’ thing for us? I understand that so many breads these days are filled with other contaminants and artificial ingredients, but not ALL of them are. I also understand that a Paleo lifestyle is similar to how cavemen used to eat, but we aren’t cavemen … so, why would be adopting their diet when our current lifestyle is far from what theirs was? I’ve also toyed around on the other extreme with vegetarianism/veganism because I can totally see their sides too. That’s for a different conversation, but I think what I’ve ultimately come to the conclusion to is that an everything in moderation approach and a diet filled with lots of produce and QUALITY foods with a little wiggle room is best for me. Just my thoughts. ;)
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Kim June 4, 2014 at 9:18 am

I think part of the argument with wheat is that it contains antinutrients–basically the plant’s defensive system–which can be irritating to the digestive system. And, given the way they’re typically processed, they’re just not usually the MOST nutrient-rich options, so they’re an easy bad guy target. But I agree that if you’re not having digestive issues, or skin issues or something, is there really any harm? Like I said, I don’t just eat for health, so I don’t expect every morsel that goes into my mouth to be the healthiest option out there. I think the idea behind the “eat like a caveman” thing is just to focus on foods that have always been foods, vs. foods that have been man-made in the last few centuries. I think the metaphor has just gotten a little out of hand, and it’s turning people off. So yeah, all that said, I like a lot of what the paleo community has to say and I’m kinda using their ideas as a “template” for my diet–like I’m trying to eat MORE OF the foods they recommend and less of the foods they don’t, without completely cutting anything out. Totally agree with your approach to focus on produce and quality with wiggle room! :)

Funny, just this second I got an email about donuts in the break room @ work. Haha–is that a sign?? :)

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Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome June 3, 2014 at 4:02 pm

You know I love Paleo! But I was like you for a long time. Not sure I wanted to give up all the foods that I love that are not Paleo friendly. Guess what, I haven’t! Not completely anyways. If I’m really craving some good cheese or yogurt I’ll have it. I just choose a cleaner, grass-fed version instead. If I want crackers I find some that are gluten-free like Mary’s Gone Crackers. I wasn’t one of those people who had horrific experiences (other than digestion issues) before hand but definitely noticed things after going Paleo I had no idea were related to my diet. Like no more brain fog, sleeping better, less lightheaded feelings, and more energy. Not trying to talk you into it or anything but I think I come from a place where you were. Not really sure I wanted to do it and it took me awhile to jump on board. Now that I did I have to say it’s very easy and I feel great when I’m eating mostly Paleo. I have to admit I’ve been a little off track and we’ve been talking about doing a challenge once we are back home. I might even post one on my blog so stay tuned!
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Kim June 4, 2014 at 9:04 am

I’m definitely getting a lot out of learning about Paleo, but like I said, I just don’t know if I’ll ever go all-in. I think part of it is that I just don’t have enough reason to right now, or I’m just not completely interested. I feel like if I don’t 100% WANT it, it’s not going to work. I’d just like to eat cleaner, but there are tons of different flavors of that. All that said, I am thinking about avoiding a few things during breastfeeding (specifically dairy and gluten) since I’ve read that it makes digestion a lot easier on babies and can lead to calmer/more content babies. (Where do I sign!! haha)

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Katie @ running4cupcakes June 3, 2014 at 2:27 pm

I think Paleo sounds a lot like the clean eating I’ve been doing since Advocare.. . and one of the reasons I love Advocare so much because of that clean eating.. . BUT I do agree with you, everything in moderation – I still want to eat birthday cupcakes and pizza on Friday night! And OMG, I can’t believe you are thinking about drinking that bone broth raw – craziness. ;)
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Kim June 4, 2014 at 8:54 am

Haha I don’t know why I said raw, I’m not sure if that makes sense–I guess just plain. It doesn’t taste bad at all, more just a mental barrier. :)

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Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate June 3, 2014 at 2:26 pm

I’m totally with you on this-I think I am paleo influenced as well– not sure if I could ever do a 100% paleo diet…I just like craft beer and cheese curds waaaay too much.
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Kim June 4, 2014 at 8:54 am

Amen my friend :) UGH I miss craft beer!!

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