Is My Healthy Lifestyle Bullsh*t?

So, I’m sure the title of this post has you curious. Is she getting ready to confess something? Has she finally gone completely mad? Why is she cursing (sort of) on her blog?

Is My Healthy Lifestyle Bullshit? by Tara Perillo

Is My Healthy Lifestyle Bullshit? Absolutely not!

Well, first off, I had to use the word bullshit because that’s the word the person I’m going to talk about used in her post on Facebook.  And, I haven’t gone mad; but, I am angry. Lastly, no, I have nothing to confess. I actually put my real, healthy lifestyle out there for you all to see.

Actually, the reason for this post, and my anger, is a post I saw on Facebook, by one of the biggest fitness personalities, who I actually really admire (or at least used to). Basically, she said that Instagram was bullshit, and that it didn’t show a true depiction of posters’ healthy diets and lifestyles. She then posted a photo of a couple of hot dogs on what I’m guessing was whole wheat buns.  Now, I know what she was trying to do. I know she was trying to show that she was just like everyone else. But, at the same time, she managed to bash an entire community of people who actually do live their daily lives in a healing, health promoting way. And, we certainly don’t look at our lives or work as bullshit.

This kind of judgement and ignorance is exactly the crap we need to move away from. I can’t possibly speak for everyone on Instagram. But, I can speak for myself and several of my fellow bloggers who promote a healing lifestyle in the paleo, AIP, real food and keto communities.  Just about every day, we post our real food meals. We don’t do this to feed our own egos. We do this to help you.  We want to inspire you to eat healthier meals, to exercise, to batch cook, to heal autoimmunity, and the list goes on. And, most of us are not celebrities, on TV shows, and making tons of cash.

In reality, my diet is pretty impeccable.  It has to be. I don’t want to reactivate my lupus.  I don’t want to suffer the symptoms of my food allergies. When I make an unsuccessful reintroduction, I tell you about it. Every meal I post is exactly what I’m eating that day. No bullshit.

Alright, so I’ve said my peace. I just want you to know, the problem I had with that post was not the food she was eating. I don’t make judgements about people like that….at least not out loud or publicly. Hey, I never said I was perfect! My problem was the idea she put out to the public that because she allowed herself to “cheat” and eat not such healthy foods, no one else could possibly be truly eating healthy every day. Honestly, we all have busy, hectic lives. And, many of us DO eat healthy every single day, no matter what obstacles are thrown at us.  We have actual goals of healing ourselves, making gains at the gym, maintaining our health, or whatever your reason.  That type of dedication and discipline should be appreciated, not mocked.

My healthy lifestyle is not bullshit! And, that makes you, judgy post writer, the biggest loser. (hint, hint)

As always, I wish you good health…….and, good food!

Tara Perillo

Tara Perillo

Hi Y'all. I am Tara Mo Perillo, the paleo Cajun lady. I am a lupus warrior and AIP paleo advocate. I work tirelessly to heal autoimmune symptoms through nutrition and alternative therapies. Currently, I am rebuilding my body after successfully treating my autoimmune symptoms. I am a certified herbalist, homeopath, and yoga instructor. My greatest enjoyment is creating delicious AIP paleo recipes for you. Together, we can heal autoimmune disease and live fit, fabulous lives.

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Simple French Paleo Cookbook Review

Whether you’ve been following the AIP for awhile now, or you’re just thinking of starting your AIP journey, you are always in search of delicious recipes and quality information to help you through this sometimes confusing protocol.  Today, I’d like to introduce you to the latest addition to my AIP library, Simple French Paleo, by Sophie Van Tiggelen.

Simple French Paleo Cookbook Review by Tara Perillo

Simple French Paleo by Sophie Van Tiggelen

I had the pleasure of meeting and hanging with Sophie at last year’s Paleo Fx.  During our time together, Sophie talked of her dream of putting together a French themed, AIP cookbook.  To see her dream become a reality is a testament to this amazing lady’s dedication and belief in the autoimmune protocol. Like me, she has seen the improvements to her health adherence to the AIP has given her.  Her love of simple, real food flavors and her desire to help others experience healing, seeps through every page of Simple French Paleo. 

I’m not going to spend a lot of time discussing Sophie’s journey dealing with Hashimoto’s. Instead, I’m going to encourage you to go to her site, A Squirrel In The Kitchen.

Sophie Van Tiggelen

Sophie Van Tiggelen, author of Simple French Paleo

Simple French Paleo is so much more than a mere cookbook.  Sophie has provided us with a practical guide to maneuvering through the AIP. I found her descriptions of the different phases of the AIP to be one of the easiest to understand and relate to I have ever read. You’ll also get lists of foods to eat and avoid and tips on living the whole AIP lifestyle.  Simple French Paleo includes an incredible amount of information on all aspects of the AIP life.

Now, let’s move on to the food! It was very hard for me to pick one favorite recipe to share with you. Believe me when I say they’re all fantastic.  But, of course, I had to go for her Grilled Shrimp with Aioli.  The fact is, her entire seafood section is my favorite.  Second favorite would have to be her dessert section, which is absolutely to die for…..or, to live for!  She has a recipe for a crepe cake that will make your head spin. And, IT’S ALL AIP!

Grilled Shrimp with Aioli from Simple French Paleo

Grilled Shrimp with Aioli from Simple French Paleo

Grilled Shrimp with Aioli

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 4 minutes

Total Time: 19 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 16 extra-large fresh shrimp (about 3⁄4 pound), deveined and peeled, with tails on
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1∕8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup Aïoli- see recipe below

Instructions

  1. Set the oven broiler to high. Set the rack five inches below heating element.
  2. Rinse shrimp and pat dry.
  3. Combine shrimp, olive oil, thyme, and sea salt in a bowl. Mix well.
  4. Arrange shrimp in a single layer on a baking sheet and broil until shrimp turn pink, about two minutes each side.
  5. Serve shrimp hot or cold with aïoli.

Notes

Aioli Recipe 1∕3 cup avocado oil 1⁄2 cup palm shortening 3 cloves garlic, minced, or 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1⁄4 teaspoon fine sea salt 1. Combine all ingredients in a tall, narrow container and mix thoroughly with an immersion blender. (You can also do this in a food processor.) Check seasoning and adjust salt to taste. 2. Store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator. For a creamier consistency, remove from the refrigerator 20 minutes before serving.

Will keep in the refrigerator, sealed in an airtight container, up to 7 days.

http://www.paleocajunlady.com/simple-french-paleo-cookbook-review/

I hope you’ll add Simple French Paleo to your AIP collection. It is simply amazing to see the love and care Sophie has poured into this beautiful creation. You can truly see how much she wants others to heal and thrive while following the AIP. She has created a resource you can easily understand and reach for throughout your healing AIP journey.

As always, I wish you good health……and, good food!

*This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive compensation. Thank you for helping to support my blogging efforts here at Paleo Cajun Lady.- Tara Perillo

Tara Perillo

Tara Perillo

Hi Y'all. I am Tara Mo Perillo, the paleo Cajun lady. I am a lupus warrior and AIP paleo advocate. I work tirelessly to heal autoimmune symptoms through nutrition and alternative therapies. Currently, I am rebuilding my body after successfully treating my autoimmune symptoms. I am a certified herbalist, homeopath, and yoga instructor. My greatest enjoyment is creating delicious AIP paleo recipes for you. Together, we can heal autoimmune disease and live fit, fabulous lives.

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The Ketogenic Diet Experiment

Those of you who have been following my blog for a while, know that I love to experiment with my diet and workouts. In fact, I actually consider myself to be an ongoing experiment in health.

The Ketogenic Diet Experiment by Tara Perillo

The Ketogenic Diet Experiment

In my latest experiment, I tackled the ketogenic diet, a very low carb (less than 50 grams/day), moderate protein, and high fat diet. The most common ratios for obtaining and maintaining nutritional ketosis is to consume your daily caloric needs with 5% carbs, 20% proteins, and 75% fats. For me, that included 21 grams net carbs (net carbs are total carb grams minus fiber grams), 85 grams protein, and 162 grams fat, with a total daily calorie count of about 1700.

Now, I think it’s only fair to give you a little background on my interest in the ketogenic diet. The first time I heard of it, was at PaleoFX. last year. Fact is, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, gave a speech on the positive negative effects of the ketogenic diet, especially on women. I was actually talking with her about her speech, at dinner the night before. After listening intently to her speech, which included much compelling evidence to some of the dangers to women’s health, I pretty much determined it was something I would never try.

Flash forward almost one whole year later. By this time, I have put my lupus into remission, with help from the AIP diet, as outlined in The Paleo Approach, and a workout program, created by myself. I had also been experimenting with different macro ratios, in order to keep my fitness level progressing. In my research, I came across the ketogenic diet once again. This time, I reached out to the masters in ketogenic, low carb, and high fat diets. Hearing what they had to say, and reading up on their research, I decided to put aside my earlier fears, and give it a go. The ketogenic diet experiment began.

Tools of the ketogenic diet by Tara Perillo

Tools of the ketogenic diet

The first thing I had to do was get together all the items I would need to begin: keto urine strips, a blood ketone/glucose monitor and strips, a macro counting app (I like MyMacros+), a food scale, and lots of fats.

After calculating my proper macros (above), and beginning to follow the recommended ratio, it took me only four days to start producing trace amounts of ketones. I had tons of energy and mental clarity. Within a week, I had lost 2 pounds of fat. I continued to feel this way and lose weight for eight weeks. Then, I hit a brick wall.

Leaning out on the ketogenic diet by Tara Perillo

Leaning out on the ketogenic diet

One of the reasons I began the ketogenic diet was to help with some hormonal and skin issues that were lingering. My first period, while on the ketogenic diet, was completely pain-free. This was something I hadn’t experienced in years. And, I didn’t suffer from the horrible PMS symptoms I usually did. Unfortunately, it didn’t repeat with my second period. I also experienced some relief in my skin rashes, in the beginning six weeks. But then, those came back, even worse than before. All of the energy and mental clarity I had experienced disappeared.

To be completely honest though, I don’t blame the ketogenic diet. I know, after years of experiments and research, it’s just what my body does when I’ve been on any regimen for eight weeks. It’s actually the same way for many of you. Once your body gets used to a particular diet or workout program, it simply stops working at it’s ultimate level. That’s not the time to give up. It’s the time to shake things up a bit.

It was important to the experiment for me to remove some of the variables, to be sure they weren’t affecting my results. I stopped exercising for four days, and followed that with a week of decreased workouts. I also cut out or decreased some of the foods I had reintroduced, such as nightshades and dairy. These changes actually made my symptoms worse, not better. Trust me, I was happy it wasn’t all the cheese I had been eating. So, it was back to the drawing board.

Batch Cooking on the ketogenic diet by Tara Perillo

Batch cooking on the ketogenic diet

What now? The next phase of my experiment has begun. As of this past Sunday, I have increased my carbs to 50 grams a day. I have also increased my protein to 110 grams, and my fats to 174 grams, while I focus on building muscle again. This works out to daily caloric intake of 9% carbs, 20% proteins, and 71% fats. It’s still well within the ketogenic diet range. As of yesterday, I am still producing ketones, even with the new ratios. I will also be doing a carb cycling day each week. On those days, I will increase my carbs to about 100 grams, and lower my fats to about 50 grams. If you increase your fats and carbs by large amounts, at the same time, you will gain fat. One day a week of doing that might not hurt you; but, over time, it will catch up with you.

My workouts will also be changing. I’ll be doing five days of weightlifting split workouts, two days of 20 minute HIIT running sprint workouts, and three days of 30 to 40 minutes dance practice. That may seem like a rigorous schedule; but, I’ve seen that I don’t do well with less exercise. For me, a strenuous workout program keeps my immune system suppressed, which keeps my symptoms to a minimum. However, I do take a week off from weightlifting and HIIT workouts every eight to twelve weeks. That ensures my body can fully recover.

I’ll definitely keep y’all informed as I move through this new phase of the ketogenic diet. Even though we are all different in what works for us, and what doesn’t, that doesn’t mean that we can’t learn something from others’ experiences. I really hate when those trying to hawk their books or whatnot, try to tell you not to try other ways of healing. It’s one thing to make you aware of some of the dangers. It’s quite another to say your way is the only way. You should always experiment with different protocols. Some may help to heal certain symptoms, while others get rid of lingering ones. Finding the combination that works for you is the hard part.

Some great ketogenic diet reading:

 

Keto Tools:

 

 

As always, I wish you good health…..and, good food!

*This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase from one of these links, I may receive compensation. Thank you for helping me to keep Paleo Cajun Lady blog running.- Tara Perillo

Tara Perillo

Tara Perillo

Hi Y'all. I am Tara Mo Perillo, the paleo Cajun lady. I am a lupus warrior and AIP paleo advocate. I work tirelessly to heal autoimmune symptoms through nutrition and alternative therapies. Currently, I am rebuilding my body after successfully treating my autoimmune symptoms. I am a certified herbalist, homeopath, and yoga instructor. My greatest enjoyment is creating delicious AIP paleo recipes for you. Together, we can heal autoimmune disease and live fit, fabulous lives.

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Low Carb Ground Beef-Cabbage-Jalapeno Skillet Recipe

Looking for a quick, tasty dish to add to your batch cooking session? This Low Carb Ground Beef Cabbage Jalapeño Skillet is perfect for batch cooking, or just whipping up a quick, healthy meal.

Low Carb Ground Beef Cabbage Jalapeño Skillet Recipe by Tara Perillo

Low Carb Ground Beef Cabbage Jalapeño Skillet

Can’t tolerate dairy? No problem. Just follow the special ingredient switch note to make this dairy-free and paleo. Want it AIP? Follow the substitution note and omit the jalapeños. It will still taste fantastic!

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Tara Perillo

Tara Perillo

Hi Y'all. I am Tara Mo Perillo, the paleo Cajun lady. I am a lupus warrior and AIP paleo advocate. I work tirelessly to heal autoimmune symptoms through nutrition and alternative therapies. Currently, I am rebuilding my body after successfully treating my autoimmune symptoms. I am a certified herbalist, homeopath, and yoga instructor. My greatest enjoyment is creating delicious AIP paleo recipes for you. Together, we can heal autoimmune disease and live fit, fabulous lives.

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