This is a guest post by Louise Hendon from www.PaleoMagazine.com, who is a fan of our energy bars.
What is the Paleo Diet and Why Did I Ever Decide to Eat This Way?
No bread. No cake. And definitely no red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, which was my absolute favorite…
When I first heard about the Paleo diet, I was more than a little bit skeptical. I wanted to lose some weight, and the most I could say was that Paleo still sounded better than juicing or starving myself. So I gave it a try.
At its heart, Paleo is a diet focused on eating whole, unprocessed foods. To be a little bit more specific, a Paleo diet emphasizes foods that are high in nutrients, and it avoids foods that are either inflammatory or else toxic to our bodies.
So while you’ve probably heard that a Paleo diet is based on what cave men and women ate, that’s only partially correct. It’s really a lot more about taking care of your body, allowing it to heal itself, and feeding it nourishing foods.
And you’d probably be surprised by this, but most high-end restaurants serve very Paleo-friendly menus, as long as you skip the bread.
So What Exactly Do I Eat on a Paleo Diet?
In general, these categories of food are considered Paleo: vegetables, seafood, meats, nuts, seeds, and fruits.
And these categories are generally considered non-Paleo: grains (wheat, corn, etc.), legumes (beans, soy, etc.), processed sugars (table sugar, agave, corn syrup, etc.), or seed oils (canola oil, corn oil, vegetable oil, etc.).
Why I’ve Stuck with Paleo for Over 6 Years Now…
I started eating a Paleo diet because I wanted to lose weight.
But after just a few weeks, I noticed that my heartburn had disappeared, and I suddenly gained a ton more energy that I didn’t even realize I had been missing. (I stopped feeling like I could fall asleep at my desk during the day.)
Eventually, after sticking to Paleo for a while, I got rid of my IBS and my autoimmune condition (no symptoms for almost a year now). In addition, I was able to get off all my heartburn and autoimmune medication, and the mental clarity I have is simply stunning. I had no idea my mind could work like this!
Why Bearded Brothers Energy Bars are One of My Favorite Paleo Snacks
For the most part, I don't find eating Paleo to be very difficult – I even do it while traveling (although I might have to be OK on a few things like seed oils). But that wasn’t always the case.
When my husband and I first started eating Paleo, we often felt like we couldn’t find enough foods to eat, especially when we didn’t have the time or energy to cook. And travelling and snacking was particularly difficult.
Those things are easier for us now, but I still love to keep a stash of Paleo snacks around in case I get hungry and didn’t have time to grab food at home.
Bearded Brothers Energy Bars fit that bill perfectly, and unlike many other bars, they actually taste natural and amazingly delicious. And I don’t say that about very many bars, because I’ve tried a LOT of them over the years.
PaleoMagazine.com just listed Bearded Brothers Energy Bars as one of their top Paleo snacks here, and it's no wonder when you look at the ingredients they pack into their delicious bars. Fruits, nuts, and seeds – all on the list of Paleo foods.
Plus, of course, they are packed in an easy package for taking with me on the go. My favorite is the Radical Raspberry Lemon bar, so give them a try if you're looking for a snack!
And if you're interested in the Paleo diet, you can also get my free Paleo 101 guide here.