Before I get into my personal paleo story and why this blog was created, I should share a few disclaimers with you:
1. I am in no way affiliated with the book “Paleo for Beginners,” or any other paleo cookbook or blog for that matter. There are tons of great cookbooks and blogs or paleo people, and I will link to those as they come up in my recipes or posts. That is as far as my affiliation extends.
2. I am 100% paleo, 90% of the time. What does that mean? In short, I cheat. I eat cheese. Sometimes I even eat cookies. Oh, and I sell alcohol for a living, so I drink. None of those things are considered strict paleo. I have learned what works for my body and what doesn’t, and what I am willing to consume and subsequently pay for later (hello, alcohol). For the purposes of this blog however, if something that I use is not paleo, I will do my best to indicate it.
3. I have an affinity for three things when it comes to cooking: garlic, salt and anything spicy. If you think that a recipe has too much garlic, or is way too spicy/salty for your taste, feel free to eliminate whatever is necessary. I promise you won’t hurt my feelings. I also have absolutely no type of a sweet tooth. You will probably not see many baking/sweets recipes from me. If I am craving something sweet, I will grab a piece of dark chocolate, eat an orange or a spoonful of natural peanut butter. I don’t crave sweets enough to ever feel the need to actually bake something and make it paleo. Plus, my boyfriends sweet tooth is out of control, and he would eat all of it in one sitting anyways, so it really wouldn’t be worth it for me. The less sweets (paleo or not) in our house, the better.
4. I am incredibly sarcastic and I have a filthy mouth. I also tend to babble. Sometimes I over-explain things. I am not a professional writer. I am just a regular, booze-selling girl who has fallen in love with almost everything paleo. This is my one (and probably only) apology for offending anyone.
Now that that has been covered, let’s move on to why I decided to go paleo..
I started eating paleo in February of 2012, about a month after I started Crossfit. My introduction to paleo was very gradual, which in hindsight was a good thing. I gave paleo a shot, but I didn’t start to really get into it until October of 2012, when my boyfriend (who also happens to be my trainer and the owner of the aforementioned Crossfit gym) moved in with me. My boyfriend, TJ, was and still is pretty strict about his diet. Rather than cooking two meals every night, one for me and one for him, I decided to learn a lot more about the paleo diet so that I could cook for us each night and make his lunch every day. I started reading paleo blogs, buying paleo cookbooks, and found that overall I really, really loved a lot of the stuff I was making. It was awesome to know that I could make something that was so delicious, but that it was still incredibly good for me!
I just had one big problem with a lot of the paleo blogs and cookbooks that I got my recipes from: I am not a cookbook author or a full time blogger. I am a 26 year old who just bought her first home, works 40+ hours a week and works out as many nights as possible. For those who have made a living off of paleo blogging and otherwise writing, more power to them. I wouldn’t be mad if I could join their ranks one day. However today is not that day, and tomorrow isn’t looking too good either. Simply put, some of the recipes that I found required too many ingredients (or some off the wall ingredients- sorry but I am not going to 4 different stores in order to to make one dinner), too many tools that I just can’t afford or find space for in my kitchen, or they required too much prep/cooking time. Anyone in sales can tell you: we work weird hours. Sometimes I leave my house at 6:30 am, and I don’t get home until 7 pm (or later if I have an event). Sometimes I work 9-5. Sometimes I am done with my day by noon. It is anything but consistent. No matter how my day goes, I am not willing to spend hours prepping and cooking just to eat. But, obviously, I still want to eat well and eat healthy. My solution? I learned how to pick and chose; and very, very frequently, to modify my recipes- all the while still remaining paleo.
So, who is this blog for? Anyone who is interested in paleo, but finds it incredibly overwhelming. It is for anyone who wants to try paleo, but thinks that they would be horrible at it, or that it sounds way too hard. Here’s a secret: it really isn’t. Eating paleo is 100% what you make of it. If you cheat, only you know, only you will feel the repercussions. Eating paleo doesn’t require a ton of kitchen tools or off the wall ingredients. It is entirely possible to keep it simple, easy even, and still eat paleo.
If you have any recipe suggestions or questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Paleo police: please refrain from any hateful comments or emails. I have been very upfront about my personal paleo lifestyle, and that’s what this blog is all about.