Finding Health on the Paleo Trail - A Guest Post by Kristin Jekielek
This is a guest post by Kristin Jekielek. She created the Paleo food app PaleoGoGo and was a co-creator of the Paleo recipe site Fast Paleo. Read on for her Paleo story and to learn about her new website Paleo Trail.
I’ve Been Eating Paleo For 3.5 Years.
My Paleo journey doesn’t have a dramatic before & after story. I don’t have a fat pants photo. What I do have is a story of improvement, ups and downs, and the knowledge that eating Paleo helps me be the best me.
Paleo Just Made Things Better
I started eating Primal in July 2009. That first month was eye-opening (after I got through the carb flu at least). My energy was up, my mood was better and more consistent, I wasn’t bloated anymore, and I even dropped a couple pounds without trying. Pretty cool stuff!
A couple years later I was diagnosed with iodine deficiency and hypothyroidism caused by Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune condition. I was prescribed Synthroid, supplemented iodine, and saw some mild improvements.
A Few Bumps In The Road To Health
My journey got worse before it started to get better. I had a stressful office job that I disliked, and I continued going to CrossFit at my normal high intensity. I drove myself into the ground and into Adrenal Fatigue.
I had to completely give up working out at all. Going for slow walks was my limit. This was part of my stress management plan. Physical stress is just as taxing on the body as mental stress, and I needed to minimize both to “reclaim my brain” as Tony would put it. Daily meditation and tackling my stress head-on have been crucial to my continued recovery. Luckily, I completed my first workout since May this week with great results!
I’ve worked with several alternative health practitioners over the past year and a half and have seen much success. One thing they all had in common was that they all asked me to track my meals. It helped them understand if my diet was contributing to my symptoms in any way.
Why I’m Hooked On Diet Tracking
Eating Paleo was definitely helping me through my health issues, but diet tracking helped me fine tune my eating patterns to fully support my particular issues. It wasn’t until I saw exactly how I was eating laid out on paper that I understood exactly which behaviors to change to accommodate my health issues.
Now I want to say that I eat pretty strict Paleo on a regular basis anyway. My changes were less about eating cleaner and more about improving my eating habits. This included how often, what time of day, the composition of meals, and targeting the cheat foods I indulged in most.
And So Paleo Trail Was Born
I wanted diet tracking to focus on the quality of the food choices I made while also being fast and convenient. That’s why I created Paleo Trail. It lets you track your Paleo diet online in less than 5 minutes a day, without ever counting a calorie.
You’re probably wondering how it works. To add a meal, you simply rate the quality of the food choices you made at your meal.
Did you eat only 100% health-promoting foods? Then give yourself a Supreme rating. Was this a cheat meal? Or did it fall somewhere in between? Select a rating and that’s it!
The Paleo Trail Calendar shows you at-a-glance how clean you’ve been eating over time.
It’s free to join, so you have nothing to lose if you sign up today.
The Moral Of The Story
Tracking my diet has been crucial. However, the number one thing I recommend for others is to research, research, and research this stuff for yourself! My health issues weren’t diagnosed until I took matters into my own hands, and I have a really great understand of how to eat to support my health now. Consider more than one person’s opinion on any topic and be your own guinea pig for best results!