What is Paleo?

Paleo is a way of eating.

Put simply, you refrain from consuming grains, legumes, dairy, and processed sugar. Instead, you build your meals from high-quality animal protein, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats.

Sounds crazy, right? Before I started, I thought it was pretty extreme, too. Now, I’m one of paleo’s biggest fans. It’s enabled me to quit my antidepressants, maintain happiness and energy, heal my relationship with food, and lose a significant amount of weight.

Interested? Think you might wanna give it a shot? Here are my favorite paleo resources:

My Holy Grail

The Whole30 is what introduced me to paleo. It’s a strict, 30-day program designed to help you crush your sugar cravings, gain energy, flush toxins, and develop a new way of thinking about food. This is the first thing I recommend to people when they tell me they want to try paleo. Get all the details in It Starts with Food, the bestselling book that explains the science and the practical matters of Whole30. Whole9 is the “parent” organization behind Whole30, and their website offers excellent tips for balancing your entire life (way beyond food).

Websites

Whole30: As noted above under “my holy grail.” Change your life in 30 days by changing the food you put on your plate. That’s not an overstatement.

Nutritional Therapy Association: This is where I received my certification as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP). Their slogan is “Real education for people who believe in real food.” Check them out! (Especially if you are interested in holistic nutrition education.)

Paleo for Women: Stefani Ruper is one of the most amazing women I don’t know. But I feel like I know her, because her website is incredibly candid, honest, and refreshing. She presents a female-centric paleo viewpoint, but she’s also a fierce advocate for self-love and self-acceptance.

Mark’s Daily Apple: Mark Sisson maintains an active, informative, and entertaining blog that covers all things paleo/primal. “Primal” is essentially paleo with high-quality dairy. You’ll also find a lively discussion board on this website.

Underground Wellness: Maintained by Sean Croxton, Underground Wellness is my go-to website for up-and-coming information in the natural health sphere. He does talk a lot about the value of a paleo / “real food” lifestyle, but other health topics are covered as well. Sean regularly features multidisciplinary experts on his blog and podcast.

Real Food Liz: Liz Wolfe is the author of Eat the Yolks, and she’s also a homesteader and a paleo skincare expert. I love to keep up with her blog for recipes, skincare tips, and pictures of goats.

Books

It Starts with Food

The Primal Blueprint

Sexy by Nature

Practical Paleo

Well Fed 2

Podcasts

Underground Wellness Radio

Balanced Bites