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5 Reasons Why Paleo is Awesome

SAMSUNGI feel like when I’m at work or out and about with people I know, I’m constantly hearing whining about how much they hate their diets, how bad it sucks that they have to eat this that and the other, and how hard it is to only eat salads and celery sticks or whatever other kind of nonsense their diets have them eating. Now, I don’t believe in diets, but I’m not a pretentious jerk and I’m not going to tell everyone I think their diets are stupid and ineffective. Instead, I’m just going to outline why paleo is the absolute best way to eat that won’t make you hate your food and leave you miserable and hungry at the end of the day like those stupid fad diets will.

5 Reasons Why Paleo is the Best:

  1. No counting calories: Unlike a lot of fad diets, paleo doesn’t require you to add up your calories throughout the day and stop eating when you hit a specific number. It’s all about eating the right foods that are the best for your body and will best help you to perform. If you’re doing paleo right, you’re never depriving yourself of the nutrients your body needs.
  2. We’re eating so we can perform, not performing so we can eat: There’s a huge distinction here! Working out so that you can eat what you want is way different, and far less productive, than eating properly to enhance your workouts and overall health and performance. Viewing your food as fuel for your productivity and not as a reward for working out makes eating more meaningful, healthier and more effective.
  3. Bacon: Bacon is awesome, and eating paleo means eating bacon. Hence, paleo is awesome. Boom. SAMSUNG
  4. Cheat meals: Seriously, chocolate tastes so much more awesome when you haven’t had it for a long time. It’s like you’re actually a caveman experiencing sugar for the first time. Rewarding your hard work with a cheat meal every once in a while is a super cool perk of eating paleo, and the best of the best Crossfitters all advocate the occasional cheat.
  5. Feeling good: Honestly, I would recommend paleo to anyone for this reason alone. Even without the incredible health and fitness benefits, eating paleo just makes you feel so much better all around. You’re never bloated or lightheaded, and you should never have indigestion, heartburn or constipation. Best of all, when you go out, you’ll never leave the restaurant feeling like you’re so stuffed you can’t move.

I hope this clears up your doubts about paleo. If not, you should go to Robb Wolf’s website for the scientific rundown on why it is so awesome. I’m not exactly the scientific expert, but I think the fact that bacon is part of our diet should be reason enough for everyone to eat paleo, right?

Paleo Recipes: Favorite soups and salads

The great thing about eating paleo is that you have a huge selection of foods you can eat, and there are a million resources out there with great ideas for recipes. Here are a few soups and salads that we’ve tried and loved:

Paleo Sausage and Spinach Soup

Photo by Jennie Bowen

Photo by Jennie Bowen

Visit The Preppy Paleo for the full recipe.

This is the perfect soup to warm you up on a frigid day. Everything in it is paleo approved and delicious, and – the best part – it’s quick and painless!

Jennie suggests using sliced sausage instead of crumbled, and fresh coriander instead of basil.

Chicken “Noodle” Soup

Photo by Jennie Bowen

Photo by Jennie Bowen

Visit Elena’s Pantry for the full recipe.

Another delicious soup to beat the winter blues!

Jennie suggests adding 2 teaspoons of Savory for taste and also adding shredded chicken to make it a more substantial meal.

Shrimp and Spinach Salad

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Visit The Preppy Paleo for the full recipe.

This is definitely my new favorite salad! I made it without the feta cheese to make it 100% paleo. I also didn’t have any mushrooms around so I didn’t use those, but I don’t think it took away from the salad. The dressing is so good you can definitely make extra and save it for your next salad!

If you have questions about these recipes, or paleo in general, please feel free to leave a comment. Also, if you have a delicious paleo recipe you’ve tried and would like to share, I’d love to hear from you! Happy eating and stay primal!