OKC Paleo is being deleted…

I’ve thought awhile on how I was going to explain why I am deleting this blog, and here is what I’ve come up with.

When I started my journey back to health, I focused on eating real food, choosing natural products, shopping locally, and basically nourishing my body with what it needs. While exploring the lifestyle of eating real food, I came across the Paleo diet. The Paleo diet focuses around real food that you could either hunt or gather as our ancestors once did. To be honest, I could care less about the history and science behind a Paleo diet. The science part of it doesn’t really interest me, all I cared about was how much better I was feeling while eating this way. It won me over quickly.

On this journey of discovering the Paleo diet and learning new recipes to cook I discovered so many new things about myself. I learned that I could cook, that my body felt better and healthy when I didn’t feed it junk, that my hair¬†and skin weren’t as dry, that I could eat a satisfying meal without getting too stuffed and then stay satisfied until my next meal, and most importantly I learned how to nourish my body.

While I credit the Paleo diet for heading me in the right direction, it is time for me to part ways with it. Don’t get me wrong, I am going to continue eating real, whole foods as close to nature as possible and local when available. But, the difference now is that I’m not calling how I’m eating a certain name, like “Paleo.” Because the way I’m eating is not a diet, it is a lifestyle. As much as I tried to explain that Paleo was a lifestyle, no one got it.

The term “Paleo” began to haunt me. It was tough explaining to my family and friends that I was not eating a “cave man diet,” that I was simply eating real food. I started to notice a change in how I explained my lifestyle. When someone asked¬†about the food that I was eating, instead of saying “Paleo,” I told them that I just tried to eat real foods and avoid the processed stuff. When I explained my eating habits in this new way, everyone listened, everyone understood, people joined in and thought it was smart. I had unknowingly left the Paleo world and entered the real food world.

So now to the point of this post, I will be transitioning my current blog, OKC Paleo, to a new blog called Native Nourishment. The new address is www.nativenourishment.wordpress.com. Follow me on Instagram @nativenourishment. I will continue to post about real food that I am eating and buying, along with some new items. On the new blog, I plan to post about DIY beauty treatments, fitness motivation, and relaxing projects to really nourish the body. The name, Native Nourishment, came from my longing to stay local and really focus on the impact of how to nourish the body. Being located in Oklahoma and having Native American roots, I chose the word Native to showcase the unique local perspective while giving the same feeling of being natural and from the earth.

I hope that everyone that currently reads OKC Paleo and anyone else who stumbles across this post will head over to the new blog and follow me there too! Thank you for taking the time to read this and farewell!

Day Twenty-One of The 21 Day Sugar Detox

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Breakfast: Panera Power Breakfast Bowl
Lunch: Whole Foods Hot Bar
Dinner: Beef, Asparagus, Carrot and Celery Stir-Fry
Snack: Apple with Almond Butter

Finally made it to the end! The first week was by far the hardest, then the last two weeks were a breeze. I have never felt better and look forward to continuing this healthy journey after the detox. My biggest craving these past three weeks has been fruit, especially oranges. While grocery shopping today I went crazy buying oranges. I think I’ll have an orange a day this next week.

Grocery shopping was more fun today because we weren’t so limited in our choices, and as you can see, we bought a ton of fruit.

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My Shopping List: green juices, yogurt, eggs, bacon, sliced ham, guacamole, lemons, limes, brussels sprouts, bananas, pears, bell peppers, avocados, tomatoes, strawberries, blood orange, spinach, tangelos, onions, and garlic.

Total: $80.00

To find out more about the 21 Day Sugar Detox, check out the site balancedbites.com/21dsd.

Day Nineteen of the 21 Day Sugar Detox

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Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs with Spinach
Lunch: Chicken, Cabbage, Beets, Butternut Squash and Kale from Whole Foods
Dinner: Tilapia with Steamed Veggies
Snacks: No-Grain Banola

The No-Grain Banola recipe is in the 21 Day Sugar Detox book.

To find out more about the 21 Day Sugar Detox, check out the site balancedbites.com/21dsd.

Day Eighteen of The 21 Day Sugar Detox

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Breakfast: Veggie Pancakes and a Boiled Egg
Lunch: Chicken Soup
Dinner: Leftover Lemon Ginger Chicken with Broccoli and Avocado
Snack: No-Grain Banola

The Veggie Pancakes, Banola and Chicken recipes are in the 21 Day Sugar Detox book.

To find out more about the 21 Day Sugar Detox, check out the site balancedbites.com/21dsd.

Day Seventeen of The 21 Day Sugar Detox

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Breakfast: Nutty Cinnamon Crumb Cake
Lunch: Salad from Whole Foods
Dinner: Lemon Ginger Chicken with Broccoli and Avocado
Snack: Mixed Nuts

4 days left! Not craving sugar, feeling great, sleeping better, have more energy, what more can I say?

The Crumb Cake and Chicken recipes are in the 21 Day Sugar Detox book.

To find out more about the 21 Day Sugar Detox, check out the site balancedbites.com/21dsd.