You might be hearing a lot more about the caveman diet. The caveman diet is now one of the new kids on the block. This gluten free gal is not talking about the music group, New Kids on the Block, either. Being a gluten free gal for over two years now and writing about the daily struggles of maintaining a gluten free lifestyle is not for the weak. What this gluten free gal means is, that as you adapt to your gluten free lifestyle, you will realize how difficult eating gluten free can be, outside of the home.
Not only is eating gluten free difficult at first, but sticking to the Paleo lifestyle is something this gluten free gal is discovering to be way more difficult than gluten free. The reason why this gluten free gal finds Paleo to be difficult is due to being a foodie and having a love for all things edible. Not only being a foodie, this gluten free gal is the niece to two successful culinary chefs and has a mother who can whip up a mean meal or dessert in the kitchen. This gluten free gal is now on a crusade to slowly adapt to the Paleo way of life.
To assist with learning all things Paleo, a wonderful PR company from the Midwest has graciously shared three amazing cookbooks with this gluten free gal. One of the cookbooks that was received is all about sustainable farming and easy quick meals that rely on the Paleo lifestyle. The title of the cookbook is: Paleo lunches and breakfasts on the go, author, Diana Rodgers, NTP.
If you can only imagine going out to a Restaurant and telling the server you cannot have gluten, to now going to a Restaurant to tell the server you are following the paleo 'diet.' Many times you will receive a blank stare from the waitstaff upon mentioning gluten. Fortunately the word gluten has become a lot more common than it was five to ten years ago. Paleo on the otherhand is still in the preliminary stages, unless you are a Crossfit warrior, whereas many Crossfit gyms promote Paleo diets. The fact that people think that gluten free is some kind of fad, can be frustrating, so will people think the same about Paleo?
What most people don't realize that have never heard of the term gluten, is that gluten can really ruin your immune system for those with celiac disease or a sensitivity to gluten. It is with certainty that after two years of perusing the aisles of supermarkets and Restaurants nationwide gluten free is here to stay and not a fad 'diet.' Gluten can be worse than you may think. Just think of Elmer's glue that you used as a kid. Gluten is exactly that, but within your internal system. Now imagine taking out gluten, dairy, grains and potatoes, and you are now left with the term Paleo diet.
To many Paleo can be daunting, but for those like this gluten free gal who has a lot of gastrointestinal stress, Paleo seems to be the way to go. Are cheat days ok, sure, even according to the book's author Diana Rodgers, but it is not something that should be done on a regular basis. If you want to know more about this nutritionist, mother of two, wife and owner of a sustainable farm and how to prepare Paleo meals on the go, then head on over to Amazon to get a copy of this incredible cookbook. In the long run, your immune system, heart and health will thank you.