Saturday, May 11, 2013

Good Food

You know what I like? Desserts that don't make me bloated. Thank goodness for Happy Bellies Bakery! 

Everything is gluten free. Most is dairy free. Quite a bit is low-glycemic. And some of it is vegan. 

How can you go wrong with that?! (Let's ignore the use of soy as a dairy substitute, can we?)

Now, I want to get a few things straight about this new "Paleo diet" of mine. 

First, I actually hate calling it Paleo. The reasoning behind the name is that "research" says this is what our Paleolithic ancestors ate. After watching this TEDTalk, I don't buy it. We can call it Paleo because it's easy, but it isn't historically accurate. 

Second, it isn't a diet. It's a lifestyle. I don't ever feel like I'm restricted in what I eat, therefore I don't consider myself on a diet. 

Third, the way I feel, and the way my body reacts, when I eat following the "Paleo" lifestyle is incredible. I have dramatically cut back my gluten and dairy intake. Did you know that it's possible to make it through a meal, an entire DAY, without feeling bloated?! I had no idea. I had no idea I could go a day without making jokes about my trips to the bathroom or my gas after consuming dairy. (TMI?!) Now I know. 

So that's where I am. I'm still going to eat cupcakes from Happy Bellies, even though they aren't "Paleo" and I'm still going to snack on cheese every now and then. What this lifestyle change has done for me is made me more aware of my body's needs and the things my body may not like. Because of what I have learned, I'm going to continue to cut out gluten and other grains and I am going to keep my dairy to a minimum. I'm going to keep experimenting to learn how my body reacts to certain foods (has my acne lessened because of my sudden cut off of peanut butter?!) and I'm going to keep eating to make my body feel good. 

There is no miracle diet or food lifestyle. The important thing is to follow your body's cues. The food you eat should make your body feel good. Adverse reactions to food (headaches, gas, bloating, tiredness) are NOT normal, and they can be avoided if you determine the food instigator. 

(And I'm stepping off my high horse now...)

Go try a cupcake from Happy Bellies! This is the green tea shortie. Delicious!