heart paleo, beginner guide

Since embarking on the Paleo lifestyle a year and a half ago, I have gotten some pretty weird looks and comments; more specifically, MY family is the one calling me weird and claiming they did “not raise me to eat like this”.

Yes, I will admit that I am that quote on quote “hippy” as my husband likes to call me because I have an essential oil or food item for whatever illness is ailing you. For those of you new to the Paleo, it isn’t just about what you eat; it’s an entire lifestyle that encompasses using the most natural products possible to put in and on your body.

When I first started researching the diet, I figured it was just about food and how it would help eliminate the inflammation in my body. About a month or so after switching my food diet to strictly Paleo, I noticed that my shampoo was making my head itch, my makeup did not feel good on my skin and that over the counter aspirin really hurt my stomach — which got me to thinking, if I was so concerned with what I was putting in my body in regards to food, I should also be looking at the beauty and health products I was using on my body. After lots of googling on what certain ingredients were in my beauty and health products, I realized gluten, soy, corn and dyes were in ALL of them! BAH, that made me livid! Here I was thinking I was doing so well with eliminating these products from my life when they were secretly lurking around via my shampoo, soap, makeup, etc. These were the exact ingredients that I had a sensitivity to and were causing all of the inflammation in my body. Needless to say, it all went into the garbage and off I went to the health foods store for some new items with way less ingredients.

I now have a full appreciation and understanding that Paleo is not just a fad diet. It truly is a lifestyle change and one that isn’t just focused on foods but how you live your entire life. I want to show you what a typical day for Paleo lifestyle is for our family-right down to the products we use. I will tell you, once I made the switch to gluten, soy, corn-free beauty and health care products is when I fully felt my best and was finally able to overcome my health issues. SO, as weird as this may be, it works for me and my family.

I am the healthiest and happiest I have ever been; my weight has stayed the same, my energy levels are high, and I’m rarely sick so the Paleo lifestyle is a win/win in my book.


Sleep is a vital part of the paleo lifestyle. Photo of baby sleeping. The Holy Mess

In our house we believe in sleep. Sleep is our best friend. I know, who has time for sleep these days, especially if you have kids?! This is one thing we had to learn to make a priority in our house. We go to sleep and wake up the same time nearly 7 days a week so as not to disrupt our sleep patterns. We go to bed between 8:30-9pm and wake up around 5am. Getting 8-9 hours of sleep is phenomenal and really does allow your body to repair and heal from the everyday life stressors. Lavendar oil on our pillows at night is a must…makes drifting off to sleepy land that much better!


Bacon! Food is our friend on Paleo! The Holy Mess

*I should note, I eat A LOT of food, food is my friend, my love, my life*

Breakfast: eggs, raw cheese (occasionally), avocado slices, sauerkraut and bacon-2-3 pieces of bacon, seriously bacon is your friend when Paleo!

Check out one of my breakfast omelet recipes here.

Mid morning snack: banana and/or fruit mix, chia seed pudding, grain free granola

Check out my chia seed pudding recipe here.

Mid-Mid morning snack: jerky, veggies with homemade dressing/guacamole

Lunch: leftover dinner from the night before-I always make sure to make enough dinner for leftovers for lunch, makes life so much easier.

Mid afternoon snack: deviled eggs

Pre-dinner snack: flavored almonds- I LOVE these Cherry Vanilla Almonds and other products in this brand, Olomomo.

Dinner: whatever I have on the menu-it is always meat or seafood based with lots of veggies and a healthy fat (avocado, olive oil, etc.)

Check out this Beef Bone broth recipe, a Paleo staple.

Dessert: We are trying not to get sucked into eating dessert every night so it may be a piece of fruit with almond butter. When I need to splurge, these Go-To Almond Butter Cookies are a Paleo classic.


Natural Beauty products are part of the Paleo lifestyle. The Holy Mess

As for beauty and health products, the list is constantly changing. I feel that people are really wanting to know where their food comes from and what goes into the products they are using which is creating a whole new market. I think it’s fantastic. Here is a list of what we currently have in our house:

Facial products– My skin looks fantastic with natural products, so much so that I seriously do not wear makeup. There’s just no need when your face glows from the food you eat and the moisturizer you put on it! I love these Primal Life natural products.

Tooth powder- Tooth powder you say?! Holy amazingness is what I say! This stuff does take a little bit of time to get used to but my teeth are the whitest and strongest they have ever been. The ingredients in the powder actually help heal the teeth by re-mineralization them and can actually help clear up cavities! Find it here: Tooth Powder

Hair/skin products– I’m loving this brand right now, I can read the ingredients and can find it in most health stores. I use their shampoo, conditioner, soap, and hairspray. Bonus-it tends to be on sale at Sprouts or Whole Foods at least once a month! You can also find it here: Andalou Naturals

Medicine-In the off chance someone in the house has a tummy ache or headache we use peppermint oil. I rub a little on my tummy or forehead to reduce the pain. I love this brand as they use high quality ingredients, nothing artificial. I use essential oils for a lot of other things but could talk your ear off about this…so maybe in another post. Essential Oils

We also like to use White Willow Bark pills to help with pain, it’s the same ingredient that is in aspirin but does not have all the fillers and is more gentle on your stomach.

I hope this was a helpful way to shed some light into the Paleo Lifestyle! Now it’s time to get cookin in the kitchen and follow the lovely motto below!
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by Jen Pedri. Hi! I’m Jen, a pediatric Speech-language Pathologist by day and a Paleonista at-home chef by night. After years of battling health issues I decided to start eating Paleo/Primal in 2013. It has been by far the best decision of my life (beside adopting my dog and marrying my hubby). My health issues have greatly diminished and I have grown to absolutely love cooking without gluten and grains because of how amazing it makes me feel. I hope you enjoy my recipes as much as my family does!

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