“Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel” – Kevin Trudeau

I am obsessed with food. When my family gets together, we plan a weekend itinerary around what and when we’ll be eating. I love cooking at home, collaborating on a culinary feast with family and friends, and my husband and I  plan our vacations around the restaurants we’ll be hitting up. For most of my life, however, I was a sucker for the calorie-restricting, low-fat, whole grain nonsense that has been plaguing the diet-industry for decades, because I believed it would make me healthy and fit. Almost every woman I know fell into this trap at one point or another.

I cringe when I think about my choices in high school and university, which at the time presented as healthy options (it said so on the box!). What I remember about that time is feeling exhausted, lethargic and unmotivated.

When I stumbled upon the paleo/primal movement about 6 years ago, things immediately clicked for me. I had just started a fitness regime that involved weight training and high-intensity interval training, and I knew I needed a substantial amount of quality food, and protein specifically, to supplement these workouts. While I don’t always follow the “paleo diet” to the letter, it opened my eyes to another world. I researched and researched and read and read, and it became clear, no matter how you categorize it, the vast majority of the credible nutritional science was pointing in the same direction – no sugar. no grains. limited dairy protein. Add lots of healthy vegetables, quality animal proteins, and an abundance of high-quality fats. While most of what I consume today could be categorized as paleo or keto, I prefer to avoid the label for myself. Above all, I understand the way food responds in my body and have gained significant insight into the way sugar and grains affect the human body and brain.

The biggest hurdle to jump over was adding a high quantity of fats into my diet. Like many, I was fearful that eating fat would make me fat. (Bogus, obviously). I instead found that my energy levels were higher than they had ever been and that I had significantly reduced my body fat percentage. More importantly, I felt like a million bucks.

While I am a certified health coach, I am not a nutritionist and am reluctant to provide specific dietary advice. I hope this page will provide some delicious inspiration to those who are wanting to boost their energy levels, lose weight and stop “dieting”.

Bon appetit!

xx, Jennifer

January 6, 2014

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