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To Paleo, or not to Paleo

So for 2 years I’ve been Paleo, meaning I eat animal protein, seafood, vegetables, fruit, nuts and occasionally a little dairy and nothing else.  I honestly love it as I haven’t been sick in that time, I feel amazing (even quit coffee (and all caffeine) that I drank religiously since I was in high school), my recovery times from running or biking are so much faster, my joints hurt less, and my cravings have reduced dramatically (well, most of the time at least, darn that cycle!).  Suffering from years of hypoglycemia in the past, and having an autoimmune disease, I decided to look into Paleo as a cure, so to speak.  And now I have to say, I can’t imagine I’ll ever look back at the sugar, gluten, grains, & legumes that I’m excluding.  I have had times when it wasn’t ideal (say running a marathon) but I do believe everyone can benefit from it.  With that said, I don’t think that everyone is as sensitive to certain foods (I was always super sensitive to sugars and white flours, rice, etc) and well, honestly, some people have better genes than others.  If you don’t have an autoimmune disease or don’t deal with any type of inflammation, it may not be as necessary.  But, because grains, especially gluten, can cause inflammation, and the studies say up to 70 percent of Americans have some type of intolerance to gluten,  it certainly couldn’t hurt to limit them.  In fact, I bet if you just take gluten out of your diet, you’ll see a huge difference on how you feel on a daily basis, and so will your family.  Wheat Belly, by Dr. Davis,  is a great resource on this topic.  Also, Mark Sisson also provides  detailed explanation on why grains aren’t so good for us.  Check out his blog post: Regardless, I do believe everyone should strive to get the processed junk out of their homes.  As I tell my kids, if God didn’t make it, we probably shouldn’t be eating it!