What was behind my decision to “go paleo” and what it means for Cosmopolitan Cornbread.
Having grown up in Wisconsin, I’m a child of the Midwest. After high school I was accepted to UW Stevens Point but instead I joined the army to see the world. I met this young soldier at a chapel service during Basic Training and he unexpectedly stole my heart. We got married in a whirlwind 3 months later and thus began the adventure of military life. We raised three homeschooled kids along the way and lived everywhere from Europe to Alaska.
I started a “home page” back in 1998, and a few years later began blogging. Cosmopolitan Cornbread, was born as a way to share wonderful recipes for your family to enjoy and bring back the tradition of the family meal. You can find over 600 recipes here on Cosmopolitan Cornbread.
After retiring from army life and planting roots in northern Alabama, life had begun a new chapter. That new chapter included living a more agrarian lifestyle – homesteading, gardening, raising animals. In the process I decided that even though I have always lived what I consider “well” – mostly avoiding processed & pre-made foods, avoiding pharmaceuticals for more natural (herbal, oils, homeopathic remedies) – that I wanted to take it a step further.
Like many others out there, as I aged I found my body reacted to things differently. The foods that had always been good to me, weren’t making me feel as awesome any more. I had begun putting on weight – probably a direct result of age & hormonal changes. My body was strong and relatively active – with the homesteading lifestyle. But strong does not equate to healthy. I want to be healthy.
After watching the amazing results that several friends had after switching to keto or paleo lifestyles, I spent a year doing my homework and contemplating taking the leap and doing it myself. After editing a video on my YouTube channel and getting a good, candid and “other angle” look at myself, I knew it was time. That day I changed my way of living. I was determined to make the change and even went so far as to take “before” photos, which I will share at a future date.
Now if you had suggested even the week prior that I would give up breads … me, the “carbivore” … I would have laughed in your face! But after the first week – only 7 days – I had lost 11 pounds! That settled it. This was the right thing for my body.
I’m still sharing recipes here on Cosmopolitan Cornbread, but many of the new recipes are taking a shift. And of course, since my family isn’t “going paleo,” I will still prepare goodies for them that they like to enjoy, and will share those recipes here as well.
You’ll now find a category of recipes that will fall into the “low carb” category, whether paleo or its sister version, keto. Sharing wonderful PALEO recipes simply comes naturally. I want to share recipes that anyone will enjoy, whether you are paleo or not. I hope you enjoy them!
Come along on this journey with me!
To learn more about the PALEO lifestyle and way of eating, I highly recommend this book. It explains paleo in an easy to understand way and makes it much less intimidating.