Katie is one of my Instagram pals (IG name: fit_weinbagel) who I have had the pleasure of following for quite some time. She’s health conscious and super athletic– and I cannot help but be jealous of her glorious view of the Northern Pacific as she heads out for jogs! Most importantly, through sharing her meals, she has greatly educated me on the Paleo diet and its benefits. People are quick to dismiss what they see as trend diets, but for some it is really eating they way that their body most agrees with– and it has become a lifestyle.
Q1: What is the paleo diet? How did you find out about it and decide it was for you?
A1: The paleo lifestyle in a nutshell is just eating real food; this means no processed food! A good rule of thumb is to shop the perimeter of a grocery store (produce, meat/seafood, and nuts/seeds). There is controversy over whether or not dairy is “allowed”, though I think a lot of people try to avoid it. I believe people also try to limit fruit intake.
My coworker introduced me to the paleo lifestyle in 2011. She brought in “The Paleo Solution” by Robb Wolf and I read it in one evening. I had always been interested and somewhat conscious of healthy habits, however I believed whole wheat and lowfat foods, among other health fads, were “healthy” prior to reading the book.
Shortly after reading the book, I was diagnosed with Hashimotos, which is an autoimmune disorder. The body attacks your thyroid, and interestingly enough, gluten protein looks like thyroid when it’s ingested. This is when I gave up gluten all together and got strict about paleo. I also have a very sensitive stomach and have to monitor what I eat closely unless I want to suffer with the side effects (bloating, nausea, fatigue, depression, etc).
Q2: I love seeing updates from you for gym workouts and runs. What’s your favorite fitness activity?
A2: Wow, this is a tough question! Recently I have broadened my workout routine and I don’t know if I can pick just one! I guess I would have to say I really love the runs I’ve been doing in downtown Portland followed by a weight lifting session in my office gym. I think running downtown on the waterfront is really refreshing. If I go to the gym, I love the stair climber because it gets your heart rate up and it stays up even if you’re not climbing very fast. Of course I also love to end my workouts in the sauna!
Q3: What does a typical day of paleo eating look like for you?
A3: A typical day of paleo eating for me looks like:
Breakfast: 3 hardboiled eggs and 1/2 an avocado, coffee with half and half (the only dairy I allow myself to eat on a daily basis) and liquid stevia. Bacon on weekends.
Lunch: Ground meat with steamed veggies
Snack: Handful of nuts (almond or pistachio), and/or roasted veggies
I don’t eat a lot of fruit, but if I’m having a crazy sweet tooth I will eat some and occasionally ice cream (not paleo!).
Q4: Are there noticeable differences to your health with this new way of eating?
A4: I think eating this way has given me a lot more energy, and it has also boosted my mood. I have read about a lot of people who effortlessly lost weight doing paleo, and I think if it weren’t for Hashimoto’s and my “weird” stomach, the same would have happened to me. Overall I am so thankful for being introduced to this new way of eating, and it’s so simple. Just eat real food!