Okay, so here we go! First post, I'm nervous!
A little introduction and then we will get right into this. I'm Lyndsay and I'm a proud Air Force wife. My hubby, Ty, is a military pilot and we live together with our two Newfoundland dogs. After struggling with countless autoimmune issues, I finally stumbled across the Paleo diet. Since 2012, my husband and I, have eliminated grain, refined sugar, and legumes from our diet. I'm an odd ball, in that, I have a severe nut allergy, which makes being Paleo a bit more challenging. So, this is my attempt at sharing some of my "wisdom" and recipes with similar folks! So here goes!
Paleo vs. Primal -- There's a ton of technical differences but I'm going to simplify this as much as possible.
Paleo, or Paleolithic diet, is a way of eating that is based on what our ancestors would have ate. Essentially, if you are eating grass-fed meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, and healthy fats, you're Paleo. The diet excludes all processed foods including refined sugars, all grains, legumes (including peanuts!), table salt, and processed oils. The paleo diet has been found to have numerous healthy benefits, including weight loss and reducing the inflammation in your body (more on this later). Some versions of the Paleo diet have taken to encouraging the use of diet drinks and reduced saturated fats, which isn't really the how our ancestors ate, so some people stick with a more natural approach. That's your choice to make!
Primal is basically Paleo plus dairy. Now, even though I keep my family in the "Primal" category, I'm not advocating for milk products. It's a personal choice and should be made based on whether your body tolerates them or not. Our family has no issues with delicious grass-fed, full fat dairy and we like to incorporate butter, cream, and fermented dairy (kefir).
If you would like more information on Paleo and Primal some fantastic resources are:
Stay tuned for my Primal Recipes!