My name is Jenny Jaucian (or Jenny J for short) and I am a health and fitness coach, celebrity trainer, former professional dancer, and entrepreneur. I love to fuel my body in a way that keeps me energized all day, optimizes my performance when I'm digging deep in my workouts, and most importantly, keeps me happy and healthy.
Over the past 5 years of research and experience, I've learned that the Paleo diet is a lifestyle that I have learned to love. Growing up, my diet was very “S.A.D." And by S.A.D., I mean the Standard American Diet. My fridge and pantry was stocked full of packaged ramen, Oreo's, Spam, Fruit roll-ups, sugary boxed cereals, and frozen dinners.
Throughout high school, I tried 3 day detoxes only gastric bypass participants are supposed to take, master cleanses where you can only drink a disgusting lemon cayenne drink all day, and even resorted to expensive diet pills to lose weight. I even had a stint of drinking one Starbucks Frappuccino and a big serving of chips and salsa all day to get skinny! Clearly, I had no idea how to lose weight and took the craziest measures to try.
Though, I was never considered overweight or obese. I was actually quite active and danced for my entire life. But, I had a very unhealthy and destructive perspective of my self-image. I felt insecure of my body, constantly compared myself to my skinnier friends, and took unhealthy measures to attain an unattainable ideal. Every day, I would wake up feeling groggy in the morning, lug myself to work, take an afternoon nap, and workout only if it was one of those “good days.”
You could also probably call me a closet eater. I loved to go buy a box of cheese crackers or a bag of cookies and eat way too many servings in one sitting. I would immediately regret it every time, but nothing stopped me from doing it again a week or two later. I would get so fed up with myself, go on some crazy diet, and of course fail pathetically once the motivation had left.
I needed a lifestyle change. I needed a different approach. I was sick and tired of going on and off diets and having good and bad days of eating. I was fed up with my own lack of willpower. What I needed was not only a healthy approach to dieting, but also a healthier perspective of food and fitness. I valued being thin and taking any measures to get there. My goals were to become skinny, eat the lowest calories to lose weight, and exercise excessively to reach a certain number on the scale.
At 18, I discovered the Paleo lifestyle and truly revolutionized what I ate, how I ate, and why I ate. I researched almost everything there is to know about how to start living a Paleo lifestyle. It just clicked for me. The science, research, and proven results all made sense and I went all in.
I took out everything that the Paleo diet didn’t consist of and replaced it with organic, natural, unprocessed foods. Immediately, I felt an energy like never before. I woke up alert and ready to take on the day. I had a sustained, calm energy that lasted until bedtime. I slept like a baby. I felt incredible on the inside and started to look amazing on the outside. I practiced a self-control I thought I would never have when I went out to parties and had dinner with friends. My taste buds started to no longer crave cookies, chips, crackers, or pasta. Exercising became my occupation and got into the best shape of my life.
Now, my goals are to become healthy, choose foods that will fuel and energize me, and exercise to become stronger. I no longer count calories, eat until satisfaction, never crave fast food or overly processed junk, and have a newfound confidence about myself.
First, what is Paleo?
You may have heard it as the caveman diet, Neolithic diet, primal blueprint diet, or some other name on the block--regardless, the paleo lifestyle is based on the notion of eating whole, unprocessed, unprocessed foods that fuel our bodies rather than harm them.
Over the past 200,000 years, humans have biologically adapted best to meat, seafood, and plants--all resources that contain jam-packed nutrients our bodies thrive on. Until a mere 10,000 years ago, agriculture came into the scene, and has since then created an entire industry of manmade food. This can also be considered the S.A.D. diet (Standard American Diet) as it contains processed foods such as corn, soy, legumes, wheat, sugar, and chemically processed vegetable and seed oils.
This relatively recent shift in the way we eat has also produced some of the modern diseases we are now faced with, including autoimmune disorders, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. The Paleo lifestyle reverses us back to a more ancestral way of eating.
You will also find there are many different perspectives within the Paleo lifestyle. There are the conservative Paleo people, who truly live the caveman lifestyle, not consuming anything remotely processed like almond flour or coconut milk. Then, there are the liberal Paleo people, who find fun alternatives to S.A.D. food, such as Paleo-approved chips, bread, lasagna, brownies, etc.
Personally, I am right in the middle. I believe in having a balance. I always try to live in the most whole, natural, unprocessed way, but also love to experiment with modern Paleo recipes to make baked goods and desserts.
Ultimately, it's up to you how you want to approach this lifestyle. There is no right or wrong answer to this. I do believe that you should go cold turkey for at least 21 days or more, so that you can experience the vitality, energy, and optimal nutrition of living in the most "natural” way. Then decide what kind of balance is best for you.
Why Go Paleo?
I admit I’m not a nutritionist or certified Paleo expert, but what I do know is that the Paleo lifestyle is a lifestyle that makes me feel at my best. This isn’t a scientific analyzation of how living a Paleo lifestyle makes you energized, healthy, and strong because you can go to Google for that! All I know is that these benefits are worth it!
- You eat real, unprocessed, DELICIOUS food
- It's rich in nutrients
- Sustained weight loss
- Reduced bloat (and gas)
- Reduced hunger pangs
- Rich in healthy fats
- Increased and more stable energy levels
- Improved sleep
- Clearer skin and healthier looking hair
- Mental clarity
- Improved mood and attitude
- Improvements in those suffering depression or anxieties
- Less or no bloating, decreased gas
- Sustained weight loss
- Muscle growth; increased fitness
- Lowered risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer
- Higher immune function and a general feeling of well being
- Improved glucose tolerance; decreased insulin secretion and increased insulin sensitivity
- Improved lipid profiles
- Healthier gut flora
- Better absorption of nutrients from food
- Reduced allergies
- Paleo diet is anti-inflammatory, most people experience reduction of pain associated with inflammation
- Improvements in those with respiratory problems such as asthma
Blog post by: Jenny Jaucian
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