What does eating Paleo REALLY Mean?? And a recipe

First, I would like to announce the winner of the Name That Recipe contest for last weeks Lamb and Pumpkin Recipe.  I let my 15 year old, Coby, pick the winner and after much deliberation and deep, deep thought – he decided on: Halloween Hash by Stefanie. Thank you Stefanie and thank you Coby for picking a great entry – I loved all of them!!

Now, on to the good stuff.

Before you started eating paleo, did food rule your life?  It ruled mine. I had such a sucky relationship with food.  I loved, and still do love food but I was constantly trying to do things better, “eat right”, stay away from this, add that back in, eat more, eat less,so I  zoned, Atkined, South Beached, and Suzanne Somered, and what I did was I ate my way straight to the looney bin along with adding on pounds, health issues, and total confusion about what was good for me!  To  make a long story short, I finally was introduced to eating paleo and EVERYTHING changed, but, it was not an overnight light bulb moment.  I have been asked before how long it took me to, “get paleo eating down.”  The truth is, eating paleo is about the freaking easiest thing on the planet, it was getting my head right that was the learning curve.  Eating paleo is so easy in fact that I tried my darnedest to make it as hard as possible.  I freaked out over EVERYTHING.  I remember sobbing to Robb Wolf almost daily at the gym – Robb, is this paleo, is that paleo is THIS  OR THAT OR THIS PALEO until he looked at me one day and said, “Well, how do you feel?”  I thought for a minute and realized that I felt pretty amazing and before he even replied I knew the answer, all that I was eating was paleo and paleo for me, and today I darn well know it when I eat something that is not paleo for me – because my body let’s me know in often extremely vicious ways!  This whole “paleo thing”  is not a one size fits all program.  In fact, it’s not a program.  It’s life and a better life because eating paleo means eating food that makes you feel amazing instead of fat, lazy, unhealthy, and sick.  If you felt ok before, eating paleo might mean maximizing your potential and realizing that just feeling ok is pretty lousy compared to feeling VITALITY!!

Furthermore, what eating paleo looks like for me will look a whole lot different to someone with autoimmunity issues, allergies, or type II diabetes (to name a few).  I am relatively lean and healthy at this point in my life so therefore, my paleo eating includes a few more yams and apple slices then it used to.  When I was sick and fat, eating paleo for me meant very little fruit, only after a work out would I partake in yams and no nacho nights ever until I reached my goal weight and no longer suffered from the little health afflictions that I used to suffer from.  Eating paleo for someone with food allergies is very different then my eating paleo.  I’m ok eating a handful of nuts but a good friend of mine turns into an itchy, hive ridden mess so nuts are NOT paleo for her.  Am I making sense?  Now let’s dig a little deeper, what about vinegar, what about sea salt, what about the occasional use of a bit of raw honey, or baking soda, bananas, carrots, and coconut milk or God forbid red wine in my spaghetti sauce or a shot of tequila on Friday night?? Did cave people have an abundance of this stuff?  Most likely not but they also lacked cars, farmers markets, and Trader Joe’s, and the last time I checked, I do not carry a club, wear antelope hair tunics, or greet my children with an UGH in the morning (unless I haven’t yet had my coffee).  We could argue and debate for hours about how yams are a good source of carbs for post workout recovery meals (and healthy kids should eat them whenever), how baking soda is found in nature by mineral springs and is helpful in regulating blood acidity for endurance athletes, how vinegar probably won’t kill you if you toss some on your salad now and then, or that bananas, although of no real nutritional value, are nice to have around in case you are hankering for something sweet and it’s a better option then – oh I don’t know a donut??

Some of the stuff on that thrown together list is not paleo for some people and for some folks, now and then it’s about as paleo as you can get.  So, when you feel like you are suffocating or turning into a paleo junky – think about how you feel?  Are you lean, healthy, and continue to perform well in the gym?  Then you are probably eating paleo, and that’s what eating paleo means – to YOU.  If you feel like crap, gaining weight or not losing weight, or not coming close to reaching any of your fitness goals, it’s time to reassess!  Maybe you are letting grains or dairy sneak back in, maybe you’re living on nuts between meals, and “paleo treats” (like my awesome nutty cookies) are turning into mainstays rather then now and then’s.

I do not know a single person who can sit down and list everything that is or is not paleo for EVERYONE because the truth is we are all very different with very different health concerns.  The BOTTOM LINE IS, stick to the basics for this lifestyle, ALWAYS AVOID GLUTEN, and DO eat meat, seafood, veggies, a little bit of fruit, and good fats, but do not make yourself nutty – just eat what makes you feel good, and if you do not feel well, there’s probably something you are eating that’s not paleo – for you!  Continue to educate yourself – listen to Robb Wolf’s podcasts, read books, search the internet – we live in the age of information at our fingertips but the best “science” is how you feel, look and perform.

Here’s a fun recipe that I made for lunch today with what I had in my fridge.

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Shrimp Loves Coconut

1 lb large shrimp, tail on peeled and deveined

1/3 cup coconut flour

½ teaspoon sea salt

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

3 egg whites

2 cups coconut flakes

Pre heat oven to 400. In a mixing bowl, stir together the coconut flour, salt, and cayenne pepper. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until foamy.  In another bowl, pour the coconut flakes.  Taking one shrimp at a time, dry well with a paper towel and dredge each shrimp in the coconut flour mixture, dip into the egg whites and then roll into the coconut flakes.  Bake on a lightly greased (with coconut oil) baking sheet for 12- 15 minutes or until the shrimp are pink and the coconut flakes start to brown.

Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. Shannan says

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!!!
    I so needed to read something like this! I will be directing friends and family who think I am a nutcase to this entry to hopefully help them understand better why I choose to eat this way and to have my children eat this way.
    I could not agree with you any more on how crazy easy eating paleo is! Meat, veggies, some friut and nuts – yum and done!

  2. says

    Sarah,

    All very good points! It took me a while to grasp the “Paleo-is-easier-than-you-think” mentality too. But once I got my noggin wrapped around it, oh boy, did it change my life for the better.

    All the best,

    Travis

  3. Amanda says

    Great post and such truth! As for the recipe, I will definately be making these this weekend the kids and hubby will love them and I’m sure I will too!

  4. Shebeeste says

    Excellent post. I’m going to paste a link to it every time someone on Paleohacks asks, “Is ______ Paleo?” It doesn’t have to be that difficult! Far easier than all the “re-create ‘normal’ food” projects I used to do when I was a vegetarian and a vegan. The shrimp recipe looks very yummy too–I highly advocate cooking from whatever is lying around the house. It helps if you happen to have delicious shrimp lying around!

  5. Becky says

    I love your post. I’m one of those that has tons of allergies and right now, eggs are NOT paleo for me. Any suggestions on how to make this recipe without eggs? I looks totally awesome!!!

  6. Susan says

    LOVED reading this…I am still in the process of figuring out what Paleo is to me, and trying desperately to get my kids to eat ANY kind of vege!
    One thing I do know is that Coconut is NOT Paleo for me…I am not allergic or anything, I just can’t STAND it…the consistency, the flavor, the texture – gag! You have so many wonderful recipes but so many of them contain coconut. What to do? Suggestions? And thank you for your work on this…inspiring!

    • says

      Jerry Seiinfeld’s wife wrote a cookbook on how to incorporate veggies into food without kids knowing. I assume it has some good paleo recipes (along with some that are not, of course). I think the book is called Deceptively Delicious. Pretty much it’s blending cooked veggies and incorporating them into regular recipes.

  7. Veronica says

    OMG, those look scrumptious and so simple. Question for you: Have you found a source for wild caught shrimp or is all shrimp these days pretty much farmed?

  8. Sarah says

    Hey Veronica! Trader Joe’s carries wild caught raw shrimp – that’s where I bought these! They are the Wild Blue Colossal!

  9. Sarah says

    Hi Becky! Try using coconut milk instead of egg but I would dip the shrimp first into the milk, then the flour, then the coconut. Let me know if that works!?!?

  10. Sarah says

    Hey Susan! If I ever use coconut flour in a recipe, try almond meal instead. As far as a good sub for coconut milk, in any baked goods go for unsweetened almond milk, but in something like coconut milk soup, well, I guess it just is what it is… Are you sure you don’t like coconut?? ; )

  11. SaraScott says

    Great Post! I’ve enjoyed my new Paleo diet for two months and totally get what you’re saying about the body knowing what it wants. I love this diet and feel better than I ever have and am convinced that my body was allergic to the food that I was raised to believe was good for me. This morning I ate a serving of something not on my preferred paleo foods and I felt sluggish, chunky and tired all day. A clear message from my body. Sadly that’s how I felt for years! So happy for my Paleo Solution that has given me energy, weight loss and mental clarity. Can’t wait to try the coconut shrimp. Thanks!

  12. Dave says

    the biggest thing for me is to break my shopping habits. i’m so used to just walking around & grabbing the same old stuff & i only really get to shop after work at 9pm so i just want to get in & out quickly. but i’m getting there, it’s been great so far even though i’ve still got a way to go. this site has helped me realise how many recipes there are too, i love it!

  13. says

    I too had some mental issues with food before starting a paleo lifestyle– I still DO have some of these issues, but eating whole, real, awesome foods helps me keep my crazy brain in check. I’m healthier and fitter now than I’ve been in years (maybe even my whole life!). As a result, I’m WAY happier…it’s funny how food can rule your life…it certainly ruled mine before I discovered this awesome community.

    Thanks for sharing your story! It’s nice to know that other people who go through similar food things turn out okay…

  14. Tracey says

    WOW, this was probably one of your best posts! While I lost 50lbs (eating less and moving more) now that I’ve embraced a more Paleo lifestyle, I’m not a slave to foods that I once was. I now make sure I’m eating Paleo 80% of the time so the remainder can be for ice cream or family events I don’t want to miss out on. I hate it when I see some people that eat paleo pushing it down other peoples throats or arguing over what’s paleo and what isn’t. Thank Sarah for putting it in perspective. I love your approach!

  15. Graciela says

    OMG…so simple and delicious!
    I would add some lime juice once baked, I think it’s the perfect touch!

    Graciela

  16. sarena says

    Great post, thanks for sharing. And I love those meals we make with what we find in the fridge. I made an awesome broccoli slaw today by creation not design!

  17. Janet says

    Thank you so much for this. I have recently been diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis and my Rheumatologist suggested that I try this diet, and I have been doing pretty good, but stressed over what is/isn’t paleo. It’s only been a month and most of the time all my joint pain is gone, but when it comes back I know that I ate something that I shouldn’t have. I’m still working on what works/doesn’t work for me. I’m so glad I found your blog – it seems like I’ve been eating the same things all the time, you have opened my eyes to how easy and tasty eating paleo can be. I can’t believe how much better I feel already! Thanks for your inspiration!

  18. Anne says

    I had a similar wrestle with food when I switched to Paleo. My diet had slowly been morphing towards paleo but I had to make a conscious decision to make that final leap. The funny thing is how my diet continues to change and morph. I find that now that I’m eating clean / whole foods, I’m more open to listening to my body and realizing that not all paleo foods are good for me – I have a very picky / complainy / demanding body and I’m only 33!!! Lol

  19. Kristin says

    Thank you!! You mean I don’t have to obsess that I’m doing everything “perfectly”?? I should just do it? :) What a relief!! A very timely post- we’ve just discovered some serious allergies in my little one (nuts and coconut!) and I was trying to convince myself that a paleo life couldn’t work now. Maybe I should just try not to think so much!

  20. Alix says

    Great post. It’s nice to have “what works for you” reiterated. People get so caught up in what’s “supposed” to be eaten or that they’re “more” paleo than someone else because they don’t eat yams and it just gets silly. It’s not a competition, it’s your health. Do what feels best FOR YOU.

  21. says

    Amazing – I needed this one too! I’m only 2 weeks into trying Paleo, and I’m constantly trying to analyze what’s working or what’s not (hard to do in only 2 weeks.) Thanks for sharing this.

    Also, where do you get your coconut flour? :-)

    • Sarah says

      Hey Sarah! I get my coconut flour at Raley’s, it’s the Red Mill Brand. Also, my local health food store carries it as well.

  22. Kev says

    Great post. This helped me look at it from a different angle. I’m doing my best to get the family on board, but it’s challenging with busy lives. Gotta change my perspective and let it happen, instead of forcing change.

    Thanks again.

  23. Danielle says

    Thank you so much Sarah! You make eating paleo easy and down to earth. I just found your website over a month ago and it has been helpful on so many levels. I am enjoying all of these new recpies and ideas. Thanks again!

    Danielle

  24. says

    Great post! I couldn’t agree more. I can make myself crazy at times, but you’re right, I need to give myself a break sometimes if I’m feeling good. By the way, I made some coconut shrimp too, but I didn’t have the coconut flakes to make mine look as yummy as yours. But I did make a delicious apricot dipping sauce, so check out the recipe if you like:

    http://cookingcaveman.tumblr.com/post/1278367853/im-koo-koo-for-coconut

    I’m going to share your latest post with my readers, and with my friends on Facebook. I think it’ll make them feel better about trying out paleo for themselves.

  25. Steve says

    Amen! This post rocks. I have really enjoyed your recipes and blog for a long time, but wow, way to nail down the principle. Maybe a new paleo blog is in your future? (oh yeah, you are already writing a book).

    Keep up the good work I really enjoy reading and borrowing your recipes. Can I send this to my xfit leaning challenge group?

    Steve

  26. Stephanie says

    Great post! To me Paleo really makes sense. I’ve done Zone and it drove me crazy! All the measuring and weighing was a pain. I’ve never struggled with being overweight but diabetes and heart disease runs in my family so I really want to be healthy and feel good. After my first day on Paleo my stomach bloating completely went away! I am still in my first 30 days so I am hitting it hardcore-no dairy, sugars, flours, peanuts, juices, salt, coffee or alcohol.

  27. Kathryn says

    Thank you so much for this post! Could not have come at a better time! I too have been trying to make Paleo much harder than it is, but I’m finally realizing how easy it can be. This is definately a receipe that I know my whole family will love!! Thank you again for being such a wonderful inspiration!

  28. says

    Awesome post. Paleo doesn’t have to be confusing, and you’re right, the macronutrient balance is going to be a little different for everyone depending on their weight loss and athletic goals.

  29. says

    This was just the motivation I needed! I have told some of my friends who are struggling with diet to read this post. THANK YOU!!! And I have really enjoyed your recipes!

  30. Therese says

    Excellent post! Exactly what I needed to hear at this point in time (I’m a newbie)! THANK YOU SO MUCH! I can’t wait for your book to be published! You’re such an inspiration!

  31. Anina says

    Thank you so much for all of your input. It is nice to know that you are not the only one who has struggled with trying so many different diets. My husband and I love your site! You have encouraged us and taught us that eating Paleo is not at difficult as one would think.

  32. Blaire Mootz says

    Bomb Diggity Post Mrs. Sarah! Loved reading it and can’t wait to post it on my FB page to share with my loved ones. Keep rockin’ it, I love your site and check it frequently.

  33. Sarah L says

    Hi! With holidays coming around I see all these sites talking about cooking ahead and freezing things to save time, but they are mostly things like casseroles and burritos.. Have you been able to successfully freeze meals ahead of time to save time?
    Thank you so much for putting out this blog. I have a toddler and a baby and sometimes it is just so time consuming to try and come up with recipes that my kids and husband will eat, but they’ve loved everything I’ve cooked from your site. Especially the chicken piccata! Thank you!

    • Sarah says

      Hey Sarah L.! I successfully freeze my spaghetti sauce recipe, filling for stuffed bell peppers, any of the soup, stew or chili recipes freeze well, the egg cupcakes, and even frittata also freeze well. Oh, the marvelous meatballs will also do ok in the freezer. I hope that helps!

  34. Dana says

    Hi Sarah,

    I really enjoy your Paleo blog and love your recipes. I am trying to convert a chocolate cake recipe into being paleo. Do you have any suggestions as how I could convert the 1 2/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour it calls for?

    Thanks you!

  35. Bill says

    Really good post. I’m afraid I don’t do ‘Paleo’ all that well, but it works for me. Lots of fruit, veggies, nuts/seeds and meat works well for me. I’m discovering all sorts of veggies and fruits I’d never noticed before, like Spaghetti squash which I really like and wish I’d found years before. I’m cooking mostly from scratch and finding some thngs I need like a Mandolin slicer and knives without serrated edges that can be sharpened razor sharp.

    Nope, I don’t obsess but I can sure tell when I eat something that doesn’t agree with me!

  36. says

    yes so i am making these tonight for my birthday :) big ol 25 haha

    anyways, i think you nialed it with this post, it is a mental acceptance. this seems so hard for people to understand and grasp and LIVE. everyone wants rules, yes/no answers someone to lay everything out for them. it doesnt work that way and one will never learn to listen to the body and feel from their mind.

    way to go love the read!~

  37. says

    My wife and I had the coconut shrimp tonight and it was delicious. Got wild blue colossal shrimp from Trader Joe’s and made a few adjustments. Dredged in almond flour and used a whole egg before covering in coconut. Served with olive oil sauted yellow squash and turnip with fresh herbs.
    Thanks for all the great recipes and keep ‘em coming!

  38. Lindsey says

    Yum! Thanks for the delicious recipe! Served our coconut shrimp with an apricot preserve sauce (a little olive oil, apricot preserves, spices- garlic, cayenne pepper, cumin, white pepper, etc). To die for!

  39. Stacy says

    Thanks for the post. It’s nice to know that I can eat Paleo and adjust it to my body. I am grateful that I don’t have any allergies, or immune problems, so I don’t have to avoid anything. Then again, it makes it really hard for me at times. I’m still a newby at this, and I think I’m doing pretty well even though I know I can do better. I guess my point is that I”m gald it took you time to really get it. I’m working on it, and your post helps so much! Thanks again.

  40. says

    I agree 100%. Eating Paleo is different for everybody and everybody individually can decide what they want to eat and /or “cheat ” with. I definitely cheat on occasion but I also realize that the next day i might not feel as chipper as I might have if it was a stricter paleo day. It is worth it to me to have some chocolate on occasion. Life is too short. Eat paleo 95 percent of the time to the best of your ability, the other 5 percent of the time makes me happy. :))
    http://www.nevertooldforcrossfit

  41. Sara says

    I love your blog. It makes me so happy.
    After about 3 months of eating Paleo it has finally sunk in for us that Paleo is different for everybody. My foray into Paleo and Crossfit has resulted in my family figuring out that multiple members are Gluten Intolerant/have Celiac disease. The only standard in our house now is that we avoid Gluten altogether. My husband eats a variety of dairy products, my kids eat some (gluten free) grain products. For me, my performance is better without dairy or grains, so I don’t eat any. Despite the variability in our diets, I really only have to cook one meal for everybody each day and we just modify based on specific needs. Thanks so much for the post. It really hit home for me.

  42. says

    Been eating paleo for last 3 years and only now finally understand it can be different for everyone. Always know when I have deviated off it – I feel it. Now understand why my friend can eat bread and scones sometimes and be ok but not me. Thanks.

  43. says

    What a great post! I think everybody struggles with eating paleo and the guilt when you don’t. Lately I have come to the conclusion that it is more important to be eating mostly paleo foods and if some other foods make it on to your plate every now and then that are not paleo then who cares because most of your meal IS paleo foods.

  44. Kyla says

    Delicious! Thanks so much for sharing! I love the coconut shrimp at Red Lobster but obviously that is not even remotely healthy and wanted to recreate it! This was perfect! My only regret is that I wish I had read further down about the apricot sauce idea – that was definitely missing but I’ll make it again with that new addition! :)

  45. Nathan Greaves says

    Hi Sarah
    First of all, thanks for the awesome website! I’ve been eating Paleo for the best part of a year and this site makes the lifestyle so much easier. Paleo for me is about recovery. I injured my back a few years ago and little did I realise, the regular diets hindered the recovery of my back rather than helping it. I was one of those who freaked out about what was Paleo and what wasnt. Now I think back and think “Dude, its so simple. stop fretting!”
    Recently I’ve been cooking Paleo meals for the rest of my family once a week. I pick a recipe, get the ingredients and cook away! They always say how delicious the meals are so thanks for that!

    How, though, would you go about introducing more and more Paleo options to a family who really has not much history with trying to eat healthy? Dont get me wrong, the meals are always cooked with fresh ingredients and from scratch, but we all want to see loved ones live a little longer. Paleo IS the way to do this.

  46. Shell says

    Thanks for this great article. I needed it after I and another girl battled with the writer on facebook spewing garbage to people who follow his training methods (Here is the article link https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150272372502602) People read one article and feel they are an expert at the subject and find people to go paleo bashing with him. I am so grateful to have found and learned a better way to eat. My battle with food was whether it was gonna hurt me physically after I eat it. I couldn’t understand why I was still sluggish and bloated while eating “clean”. Eating paleo has been a Godsend and so is your website! My family started eating Paleo 3 months ago but I was wondering if you had any ideas for a paleo birthday cake. My husband doesn’t care but my kids are still young and will expect a cake.

  47. Lilychemgirl says

    Hey Sarah,
    Thanks for this post. I am definitely one of those people who over thinks stuff, but for me I haven’t found switching to paleo super easy. I guess part of this is that I am not quite the standard person who is trying to change their body composition and lose weight – I am in good physical condition, work out a lot and need to eat at least 3000+ calories a day, and I have found getting the macronutrient ratio right a bit tricky (I think I have been trying to eat like someone who is trying to sort their body composition, whereas I don’t really need to do that, and I need to eat a lot of calories, and if I don’t include a reasonable amount of carbohydrate then I can’t get enough calories in without making myself feel nauseous eating hundreds of grams of fat).
    I find if I don’t eat enough then I just end up craving sugar, and feeling that I don’t have enough energy for my workouts, so I have recently decided to up the sweet potatoes and pumpkin and add in some more fruit.
    Anyway, love the podcast and blog :) Still waiting for my book from Amazon! Thanks :)
    Lily

  48. CathyN says

    Sarah, thanks for another great post. You are so right about knowing when you are straying too much, or if a particular food is not working out. I know that since changing my diet over to Paleo and feeling great, I know pretty quickly when I eat something that my body doesn’t like. Before, I just felt crappy all the time, so it just became degrees of crappy. Now, I know what really being healthy feels like.

    Love your book, your recipes, your podcast, blog, and your positive outlook.

  49. Christine says

    Paleo for me has been on and off for quite some time. The one thing I am noticing is that I no longer have a choice. I have to eat Paleo. When I eat grains, any type, I retain anywhere from 2 to 5 pounds of water and it will take a couple of days for my body to let go of it. I am having a hard time finding anything on the web that really can explain this as most articles say whole grains are supposed to help. Do you (or any of your readers) have any explanation? I would just like to have an idea of what causes such a dramatic increase in water retention. Thanks.

    • George says

      Hey Christine,

      I hope this helps, one of the first things reduced carbohydrate intake does is to rid our bodies of excess water. This was taken from Livestrong.com and hopefully it helps!

      “carbohydrates cause your kidneys to hoard salt instead of excrete it. Once your body’s salt content rises, your water content must also rise to keep the ratio of salt to bodily fluid steady. When you cut carbs, your body can let go of both the salt and the water it was retaining. This is why low-carb diets often produce a quick initial weight loss — the dieter isn’t losing any body fat, but he is losing several pounds of retained salt and water.”

      Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/309135-can-a-high-carb-diet-cause-you-to-retain-water/#ixzz1siIF4Fzg

  50. Mallory says

    Hey Sarah, thanx for the awesome post! I’ve been wondering for awhile what your meals looked like BEFORE you reached your goal weight and started cooking Paleo for the whole famjam? You see, I can cook some kick butt Paleo meals for my son and I and he is devouring every meal so I don’t need much help with the “how to get your kids to eat Paleo” side of things as much as I do “okay, now what the heck do I eat?” part. I feel sick when I eat nuts….but a handful still makes it to my mouth everyday (I know, I know, ridiculous but I can’t have my popcorn anymore!)…and I feel sick when I eat eggs….and I am trying to stay away from fruit but I’ve gained 6 lbs since I started four months ago. That’s not huge but its not ideal (I should note I didn’t start eating Paleo to lose weight but I’d rather not GAIN it!). Do you have any tips on how to alter meals from what my son’s eating to make me lose that 6lbs I gained? And ANYTHING crunchy that I can have a couple nights a week while I’m folding laundry and doing homework? And don’t tease me with your fried plantain recipe because they don’t sell them where I live lol.

    Looking forward to the new book!!

    -Mallory

    • Sarah says

      Hi Mallory!! So yes, give up the nuts my dear, especially if they are making you sick but a great crunchy alternative is kale chips! I have two recipes for kale chips in my new book but if you just google “kale chips” you’ll find several others as well to get you started! Without looking at a food log of exactly what you are eating, it’s hard to say how to alter your meals but if you stick with meat, veggies, and fat you’ll for sure lean out and of course add in some exercise if you can! For more “crunch” snack options, have sliced veggies around like celery, carrots, cucumbers, and jicama. Also to lean out, make sure to avoid sugars and dairy and big one that folks don’t even think about make sure you are getting enough sleep (at least 8 hours a night in a pitch black room) and that you are managing your stress level! I hope that little bit of info helps and keep me posted!!

  51. Haley Nichols says

    Bananas have no real nutritional value? *Bananas- This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin B6.

  52. Lindsay says

    Made this tonight and my husband grilled chicken because “there is no way I’m eating coconut shrimp” according to him. Well, I had to fight to get just a few scrumptious shrimp! So good! He’ll be eating paleo soon enough with recipes like these! Thanks, Sarah,

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