DTD Giveaway


Hey there! Some of you may also know that I'm a Registered Dietitian and have followed a strict Paleo Diet for the past 18 months. A bunch of my friends have recently made the transition to my way of eating and have been asking a bunch of questions about it. Since I'm a bit of an expert on the subject, I'd like to step in and shed some light on Paleo, yo.

First of all, I want to tell you why I started following a Paleo Diet in the first place. About a year and a half ago, I found out I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). I went into detail about how I found out about it in this blog post, but here's the short story: PCOS sucks ass, makes you fat, keeps you from pregnant and messes up your blood sugar, yet can be controlled by following a Paleo Diet. Once I found out there was an effective dietary management for PCOS available, I started researching it, following it myself (losing nearly 100 pounds in the process)...and eventually began promoting its benefits to my nutrition clients.


In a nutshell, a Paleo Diet looks like this: Meat, fish, fowl, vegetables, fruits, roots, tubers and nuts. And bacon (because it's important enough to get its own sentence). You may be thinking that there are a lot of "unhealthy" foods on that there list and may notice that a few "healthy" foods are missing, but I assure you, this is all you need. This is what we humans evolved to thrive off of. This is all my little family eats. And we're doing pretty okay.

We do not eat bread. Or pasta. Or rice. Or white potatoes. Or dairy (okay, that's a lie, but a lie that I can't really get into here). Or anything else that's white or beige, really. We cook all our meals and I pack both our lunches and snacks for work every. single. day. It's tough and it's a real pain in the balls if you don't plan your food ahead of time. We cook. Always. We prepare. Always. There's really no way around it if you're serious about following a Paleo Diet. Sorry.


We don't eat any processed or gluten-containing foods of any kind. This makes it kind of difficult to travel if you don't plan your snacks and meals ahead of time because most grab 'n' go stuff is either (you guessed it) processed or gluten-containing. At one point or another, all of the food my guy and I eat was either covered in dirt or had a pulse. And sometimes both. Yes, this means that we pass on cookies and cake when we celebrate with our family or friends. And yes, they respect our decision to eat differently from them. Although there are a bunch of Paleo-approved sweets and treats recipes available from reliable sources (I've listed a bunch here).

The choice to eliminate all processed foods, especially those containing gluten, grains and dairy, is a tough one. I get that. But it can be done...and done in a way that doesn't have to be painful to your food intake or income expenditure. On my nutrition website, Danielle the Dietitian, I frequently post recipes that are totally easy and inexpensive to make. And through that site, I also offer nutrition counseling services that I'm giving away to one lucky IROCKSOWHAT reader!


If you're interested in losing weight and feeling great (and not having to spend an obscene amount of money on nutrition counseling), head over to IROCKSOWHAT and enter to win my giveaway. Good luck and Happy Holidays from Danielle the Dietitian

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