Several years ago my husband had some significant health issues. He was in constant pain, and after a litany of tests the doctors diagnosed him with a chronic condition that would require a lifetime of daily prescription medication. We left the hospital feeling totally defeated. As a Captain in the Army and avid Cross-Fitter, Chris was an active and health-minded guy, so the thought of a lifelong sickness overwhelmed and frustrated us.
Before filling the prescriptions, we spent some time thinking about the diagnosis and how the doctors came to their conclusion. Not once did anyone ask my husband about his eating habits. No doctor questioned if the food going in might have contributed to his distress. Chris decided to make some lifestyle changes before starting the medication.
After a bit of research, Chris found the now popular Paleo diet. Within days of dropping pasta, heavy carbs and sugars in place of tons of veggies and clean protein, he felt better. Healed, in fact! But, as the primary cook in our household I was reluctant to make the switch to Paleo because I enjoy trying new recipes and techniques. Much to my surprise, it really hasn’t been too difficult. Many people think a Paleo diet is very restrictive, but I’ve found it to be quite the opposite. I am always coming up with new recipes for vegetables, and we cut out a lot of foods that didn’t make us feel very good anyway (like pasta and heavy bread dishes). Of course we splurge every now and then (Chicago has some great pizza places we just can’t resist, and I love baking), but Paleo has taught us about moderation and the importance of paying attention to our body’s cues.
I know the Paleo diet isn’t for everyone, but I also know that every body is different. What works for some will not work for others.
We’ve been cooking (mostly) Paleo meals for several years, and I am always thinking of ways to turn familiar foods into something new and healthy. So, I was honored when my recipe for one of our favorite Paleo-friendly desserts was chosen for publication in Paleo Magazine‘s latest cookbook! The cookbook is full of inspiring stories and healthful recipes, and I can’t wait to start incorporating some of these dishes into our regular meal rotation.
The editors at Paleo Magazine have generously offered to participate in a *GIVEAWAY* for Homemade Mothering readers! Two lucky winners will receive a copy of the cookbook, a great prize regardless of personal diet.
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