Rewind back to about six months ago. Picture this - a somewhat flabby, late 40-something chef, munching on everything I made in my commercial kitchen with wreckless abandon. (emphasis on 'wreck' and the mis-spelling is mine, purposely) If I made it for clients, I ate it. And cooking gourmet food on a daily basis had me using some of the best of the worst ingredients one can eat. And I was eating this stuff every day- full fat milk and creams, cheeses, processed meats, lots of grains, pasta, and more. These were ingredients that I thought were actually high 'quality'. But what is quality anyway? I mean, it tasted good, but afterwards I always felt tired. Or sick. Or both. And I was stuck in what seemed like an endless loop of sick and tired. This was most definitely not a 'quality' feeling I was experiencing.
Then one day in the kitchen, I met Dave from Paleo On the Go, who was living the Paleo lifestyle and had chefs cooking it on a daily basis and I was intrigued. Over the next few weeks I watched, listened, and learned. Call it my own personal culinary osmosis. They were using costly, expensive, and amazing ingredients - organic produce, grass fed and finished beef and pork, antibiotic-free, pasture raised chicken and wild-caught cold-water seafood of the utmost quality. They left out the additives, the preservatives, the thickeners, the oils and the sugars. They left out the grains too! What sort of 'kitchen-sorcery' was this? So I did my own research. I checked out the Paleo diet on the web and found Sarah Ballentyne's excellent website, www.thePaleoMom.com and found answers to some of my tough questions.
Once I had explored enough quality information, I decided that eating a Paleo based diet was for me a great option. You see, what I haven't mentioned yet is that medically I was a mess. I had hit what my doctor had jokingly referred to as the medical 'trifecta'. I had the big three maladies that plague good health - Type 2 Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and High Cholesterol. And I felt that getting Paleo would help me so decided to give it a try. And guess what? I'm a new person now.
Five months later I'm down 25+ pounds. I've also absolutely astounded my doctor, who is ready to take me OFF my Diabetes meds that I've been on for almost ten years. My blood pressure has normalized enough that I may soon come off of that medicine too! I'm awaiting my cholesterol test results, but I'm willing to bet that my high cholesterol has come way down as well!
Now I smile, knowing that by making some life-adjustments, including a eating Paleo based diet, that I've actually won the REAL 'trifecta' and that's the one of improved health. I feel good, I look good, and I have more energy.
And that's something money can't buy.... A winning Trifecta indeed!
From the Kitchen,