This is not a secret: I LOVE FOOD. If I could marry food, I would. But apparently that is not only illegal but also looked down on. Anyway, some people would say that I love to eat everything ever, but in reality, it’s not every single edible thing in the world. I eat more of a “Paleo Diet”. Let me explain…
So, for example, I would just rather eat a banana than a bag of potato chips. Or almonds rather than candy. Or a chicken drumstick rather than a hot dog.
So I recently came to this conclusion: I apparently don’t really like processed foods, and enjoy eating real food!
Because of my love for delicious real food, something called “Paleo” really piqued my interest. Because I’m too lazy to explain it well here’s an explanation from Paleo Leap:
“A Paleo diet, also known as paleolithic diet or caveman diet is all about natural foods to help achieve great health and a perfect physique. The human body evolved for more than 2 million years with the food found in nature: game meat, fish, vegetables, wild fruits, eggs and nuts. The human race was thriving on this diet high in animal fat and proteins and low in carbohydrates, but things changed when we introduced unnatural foods to our bodies.”
Long story short: The theory is that evolution is a SLOW process, so we should stick with the natural food diet that humans (genetically same as you and me now) ate before all these processed foods became part of our lives.
Now, some people take this too far, and say – oh you’re going to eat exactly like a caveman. WRONG. First of all, you can’t even eat like a real caveman if you wanted because those plants and animals aren’t even around any more. Second, it’s more about using that as a guide/template for eating healthy. Like, “Hey, back in the days, did humans eat Oreos?” (The answer’s no.)
All right, so what is so great about this “paleo” lifestyle? Why do I like it so much?
- Meat. I love meat. Meat is delicious. I want a steak everyday if possible, and on Paleo, I eats the meats. (I can also pretend to eat them like a cave man, but that is just a bonus.)
- I do love veggies too. It might not look like it when you see how I eat meat, but veggies, when cooked right and not just boiled in to a pile of soft blah, is DELISH! (Yes, even broccoli, try stir frying it! (And yes, I’m Asian and I stir fry, so unexpected))
- I feel awesome since I’ve started this whole Paleo thing. What is going on is I don’t get hungry because I am eating until I’m full, not like one of those diets where you eat so and so amount of something and you stop, and feel unfulfilled until the next meal, otherwise you feel guilty snacking in between. I get to eat when I’m hungry, and until I’m satisfied 🙂
But let me explain that I am not going 100% Paleo. Here’s some reasons why:
- Rice. Rice is what you will find is one of those “Gray” area items on the paleo diet. Many paleo-eaters will touch it, while others avoid it like the plague. So if you don’t know this already, I’m Asian (don’t believe me, go check “about me” page). I most likely will be encountering rice at some point. But, it’s not as hard as you think – My goal is to eat more healthy things and cut down on less nutritional things. So, I’m originally from Taiwan, and a typical meal would be a bowl of rice and then several dishes of vegetables and meats. I used to eat probably a 1-to-1 ratio on vegetables/meats to rice. Now, I sometimes skip rice completely, or eat it like a 5-to-1 ratio. So that would kind of be like I eat 5 bites of vegetables/meats and then a bite of rice. It actually works out pretty great and I love that I am eating so much real food rather than chunks of white rice. I also believe that evolution is a changing process, yes it is slow, but still changing. So my thought is: if all my ancestors have been eating rice forever, I feel that it is less harmful than something like Doritos for my body. Woot, nutrition!
- Occasionally, I’ll touch Cheese. A paleo diet where you also consume cheese is also known as a Primal diet. It’s basically another “Gray” area item, as many people whose bodies tolerate dairy will consume it. One interesting tidbit: Did you know that most mammals bodies stop producing lactase (the lactose digesting enzyme) after weaning (because that’s when they’re supposed to stop drinking that stuff)… and this includes humans! It is estimated that 75% of adults in the world start producing less lactase during adulthood. So, yeah… if you’re lactose intolerant, maybe lay off the cheese (for everyone’s sake).
- Tiny Traces of Gluten… such as in Soy Sauce. Ahhhh!!! I SAID GLUTEN! I AM THE WORST. Okay, hear me out. Other than the whole #AsianCard thing, I really don’t fully believe in 100% avoiding something you’re not allergic to. Here’s the reason (and I’ve seen this happen many times before), if you cut something completely out of your diet… and then you accidentally (or intentionally) consume some later – bad things can happen to you. I’ve seen people get really sick (throwing up/digestive issues), breaking out in hives, and more. So, small traces of it – I can tolerate from time to time.
- Legumes. Yep, these are actually not paleo approved. I don’t enjoy eating them much, but I don’t avoid it like the plague. I just believe some snap peas is still more healthy than a slice of white bread, ya know what I mean?
So I guess the POINT I’m trying to make here is:
Eat more Healthy stuff+ Eat less Unhealthy stuff = Be Healthy!!
Whew, all this talking about food has gotten me hungry! So I’m out… maybe to make this yummy Paleo Coconut Curry Chicken… mmmmmm…..