It is hard to make people understand unless they have read as much about it as I have over the past few months, or who don't know people - like Tara - who LIVE this way (because it is NOT a diet) and who are fit & healthy and feel better than they ever have.
I think probably the best way to think of it is living off the land. Meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruit, berries, nuts, butter, natural fats & oils. I found this image on paleodan.com which I hope illustrates my point.
I'm not saying anyone else's lifestyle choice is bad (because I wouldn't). Simply that THIS is how I am choosing to eat, cook & live and I would appreciate the same respect for my own choices in the same way I respect everyone else's. Everyone is welcome to eat how they please, it's no business of mine.
And for anyone worrying that I am not eating, worry not.
I eat until I am satisfied, I have stopped drinking diet fizzy drinks and I have stopped eating chocolate. Our meals are not simply fried or soaked in fat, we are eating plenty of fruits and veggies and our food is roasted, baked, grilled, dry-fried, poached, scrambled and steamed. This is a small selection of what we (as a family) have eaten this week.
Nine days in, and honestly, I feel great. I'm not bloated or sluggish, I don't 'crash' mid-afternoon like I used to. My skin is clearing up, and feels smoother and not as dry as it was. I'm feeling satisfied for longer after eating, I'm not 'hungry' as such, I simply eat when I feel the need to, and I have lost seven pounds. I feel good, and if changing my diet is what has made this happen then that can only be a good thing.
I'm still learning what to do and how to cook & bake using different ingredients and methods so it is a real learning curve for me. I am using family-friendly paleo recipes by Tara at thefoodieandthefamily.com & simply by searching 'paleo meal ideas' & checking out #paleo on Instagram and Pinterest. I'm even going to have a go at making my own vegetable crisps for the kids lunch boxes. The Mister and the kids are giving this a go with me and I really appreciate the effort they're putting in. If after a month it isn't working out, then we will give it a rethink. But right now I am glad of their support & eagerness to give it a try with me.
If you want some links and information please ask, and I will help as much as I am able or I will point you in the direction of others who can. I'll be updating here and there with my progress, so I hope you'll stick with me and see how we are getting on.