I’m a self-proclaimed, recovering pretzel, bagel, all-things-bread addict. I was the gal that would gladly forego dinner and dessert for a hot, buttery pretzel sold in movie theaters. A cheap date, right?
Minus all the doctor bills that followed. Now, I’m not saying my bread addiction was the cause of my health woes, but I’ve seen some dramatic changes since going gluten free in 2012. I’ve seen even more positive changes since going Paleo last winter—upon the recommendation of my rheumatologist.
Some say it’s a fad—the new diet trend. Could be. Or perhaps we’ve become a little wiser about what we put into our bodies. But really, Paleo isn’t trendy, fancy, or complicated. It’s simply clean, healthy eating. I’m a laid back girl with a laid back pallet, so I tend to steer clear of all the high-dollar convenient products like coconut flour noodles and organic, omega-3, vegan, grain free cereal—at $5+ a box. I opt for the fresh fruit and a glass of almond milk instead.
Lunch? Lean chicken over fresh greens, drizzled with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Dinner? Salmon, fresh melon, and veggies sautéed in coconut oil, garlic, and fresh basil from my back porch herb garden. Easy-peasy, economical, and simply delicious.
The results? I’ve been Paleo for almost 9 months now, and have gained much needed weight. Prior to going Paleo, a simple trip to the grocery store could wipe me out for the rest of the day, now I can run 4 ½ miles in the morning and still enjoy my day. Before Paleo, an attack of acute pancreatitis and a colitis flare sent me to the ER for IVs. Prior to going Paleo, I literally felt as if my body was in constant revolt. Now I can feel myself getting better and stronger each day.
Which means, I have more energy to do all the things I love, like writing!
So, is it a trend? For some, maybe, but if it is, it’s a good one. One I hope will catch on like wildfire, because it’s about time health becomes trendy.
Jennifer Slattery writes soul-stirring fiction for New Hope Publishers, a publishing house passionate about bringing God’s healing grace and truth to the hopeless. She also writes for Crosswalk.com, Internet Café Devotions, and the group blog, Faith-filled Friends. When not writing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.
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