I've mentioned before that Paleo (or clean eating) means different things to different people. What it means to me is ever evolving. At first, I really thought that I would want to keep dairy around, but that doesn't seem to bode well with my health, so I typically avoid it. There is a great post from the Robb Wolf website called Seven Shades of Paleo. This is a great post that really reflects how Paleo is not really definable. It's just a word we all use (probably way too much) to describe our way of eating. For me, I would say I am mostly shade 5, with a little of shades 3, 4 and 7 sprinkled in. If I had to explain my way of eating without using the word Paleo, I would say that:
"I mostly avoid grains, dairy and processed foods. I occasionally indulge in gluten-free alcohol and love raw honey. I center my meals around meat and veggies and prepare most of my food myself"
My motivation comes from a few different things including (but not limited to):
- keeping my digestive health in order
- maintaining my weight loss
- supporting local, sustainable farmers and growers