Cleaning My Plate represents my efforts to clean up all aspects of my health, starting with diet and eventually including fitness, sleep, and mental health (braaaainz…), collected here to share with you.
In this blog I explore the methods I use to opt out of the Standard American Diet (SAD), providing resources and recipes for gluten-free, sugar-free, low-carb living, drawing from Paleo and Primal plans for learning to eat like humans evolved to eat (a necessarily loose interpretation!). I’m also interested in exploring the relationship of culture and politics to diet and health.
I happen to be currently engaged in a low-carb/high fat experiment, so many (okay, most) of my recipes are low-carb. Paleo and low-carb/high fat aren’t necessarily synonymous; Paleo’s basic tenet is elimination of neolithic agents of disease — processed sugar, refined oils, feedlot meat, processed flour and other grains — with many, many interpretations branching off from there. Low-carb isn’t always concerned with the quality of the food; Paleo is very much concerned. Paleo encourages pastured eggs, grass-finished beef, and organic, local veggies.
While Paleo can get pricey (oh boy can it), I’ve found that it’s worth it for me. Following the basic plan helped my health tremendously; chronic pain, allergies, fatigue, depression, and headaches, blood pressure and cholesterol all greatly improved when I ditched the inflammatory, fake-food products. I am thriving on this diet — something I have not experienced since I was a little girl.
Low-carb is an experiment to see if it further improves my health; Paleo is a lifestyle choice. We’ll see what happens. I expect the blog will fluctuate over time as I adjust what I eat to how I feel.
Nothing is one size fits all — most especially diet — but I hope you find something useful here. 🙂