This is not a diet, nor an eating plan.
I'm here to support you on a journey of incorporating more organic vegetables, healthy proteins and nourishing fats into your lives, and to offer some information and tips that have helped me in my own personal journey of transforming my cooking and self-care.
I don’t believe there is a one-diet-fits-all, nor do I think there is one diet that fits us for every stage of our lives.
Rather, to be in a process of connecting with the constantly changing needs of our bodies is a beautiful thing.
As we age, our goals, activity levels, living environments and stress levels change, and all of these shifts require changes in how we eat.
To develop and nourish our full being we must create a self-sustaining and adaptive relationship with food that expands and contracts based on whatever our outer world provides.
The highest amount of micronutrients and macronutrients are available to us in meals filled with organic vegetables, clean proteins, and healthy fats.
There are strategies to make this not just possible, but also simple and affordable.
The GAPS diet, also known as the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet, targets gut disease and inflammation, and certain neurological conditions like autism, anxiety, and depression.
This diet focuses on removing certain foods from the diet that are difficult to digest and damaging to the gut and replacing them with nutrient-dense foods to give the gut a chance to heal.
I encourage you to increase nutrient density to support your physical, mental, and emotional balance and integrity.
Find new and effective ways to fit your nourishing diet in your life. When cooking delicious dishes, make extra to use the next day as leftovers, and simplify your routine wherever possible.
Nourishment requires balance, and finding a way to support your health with minimal stress and maximum enjoyment. Create intentional space in your week to support your healthy lifestyle. The result will be a deeply rewarding sense of nourishment in your body.
Every week, I recommend you spend at least 10 minutes meal planning, and writing down a comprehensive shopping list.
It’s not just the trendy choice! Local, organic foods contain more of the nutrients our bodies crave because they are not susceptible to the effects of intense chemical treatments and long-distance transport.
Buying local and organic is important for both proteins and produce. We’ve become so detached from what we are eating; we need to reconnect with our food sources. Shopping local is a way to not only strengthen our bodies but also our communities. Cut out the middle-man and support local agriculture!
When purchasing local it’s important to know that local farms often do not have the resources to have organic certification. The best way to learn about your protein is to visit the farm. Talk to them about what they are feeding their animals and how they are raising their vegetables.
Vegetables are the carbohydrate foundation of a paleo diet. The possibilities of vegetable preparation techniques form the creative backdrop to our proteins, fats, herbs, and other components of the dishes that we create.
The sourcing of your fish and seafood is important, especially if you aren’t living near a coast. Where and how seafood is wild caught, small-batch raised, or farmed, all play a significant role in its overall health and flavor content.
When choosing fish for my personal or professional kitchen, I consider everything from mercury contamination, environment and overfishing challenges, to taste, cooking versatility, and ease. Below are a handful of my suggestions for safe & delicious fish options:
Meat adds to satiety, the feeling of fullness, is full of vital nutrients and protein, and is delicious when prepared properly!
Fat is important for many bodily needs such as neurological function, energy, digestion. Natural sources of fat such as lamb and grass-fed beef tallow, lard, organic chicken fat, ghee (clarified butter) and coconut oil provide the body with many important nutrients. Fat also allows flavor to travel around our palate and provides balance of flavor to dishes.
Keep your pantry stocked with simple and fresh ingredients. It’s easy to keep a smaller pantry when you aren’t following a traditional diet consisting of grains, breads, cereals, and baked goods.
I provide one-on-one Nourishment Coaching to help get you on a path of vitality and health, that starts in the kitchen! Contact me for assistance with special diet needs, food allergies, and trouble shooting food for busy lifestyles