Are you someone who enjoys food, preferably quality food, and at the same time, takes pride in dressing stylishly, all the while adhering to your signature style?
If you, like me, are both someone who respects food, but enjoys it and at the same time is passionate about looking and feeling great in the clothes you wear every day, Nell Stephenson’s debut book Paleoista: Gain Energy, Get Lean and Feel Fabulous with the Diet You Were Born to Eat might just be something you want to read.
Combining both the worlds of food and fashion, Nell has claimed the title of Paleoista, and in her new book, she teaches her readers how they too can become Paleoistas. With the motto, “Eat this, to wear that”, Nell’s introduction to following a paleo eating regimen is not nearly as daunting as many have made it out to be as she simplifies and clearly explains what to eat, how to shop, how to travel, and even offers quite a few sample menus.
In fact, the simple concept of eating REAL food (not processed) which includes eating meats, vegetables, fruits, herbs and yes, even drinking red wine, is something to contemplate when we view our bodies as temples and desire to live our best life.
In order to have enough energy to live the busy lives that we do, it is imperative that we take care of our engine – our bodies. And how and what we fuel it with is a predicator of how well it will do – both now and in the future.
A few months ago, I was fortunate to be introduced to Nell and have continued to be inspired by her positive energy, discipline and passion for a lifestyle she lives and demonstrates every day to be one that can help propel us toward what we want to accomplish.
She has kindly accepted the invitation to answer a few of my questions, as I have, after reading the book, been inspired to reduce the amount of process food (that includes pasta, bread and milk) that I include in my daily eating habits. While I’ve only been following her suggestions for just over a month, I can confidently say when I reduce the processed foods and focus on fresh produce and including some sort of protein with my meals, I feel full, but not bloated and my pants fit so much better.
*Occupation: Paleo Lifestyle Coach (Synergistic Blend of Paleo Fitness & Nutrition), Author/Writer, Athlete,
*Motto for Life: Keep an attitude of gratitude with you at all times and make each day count.
*Define the term Paleoista: Paleoista is a word I created and trademarked to convey a modern, fit, lean, feminine, successful woman who eats, moves and lives the Paleo lifestyle to the fullest, efficiently and effectively without forgoing style in the least. She’s the antithesis of a cave woman!
*What was the catalyst for founding your website/blog Paleoista? I wanted to be the feminine voice of Paleo in the Paleosphere that is currently mostly filled with the male presence; a resource and go-to girl for anyone who is interested in trying Paleo but may have felt intimidated by the caveman approach. Further, there is a lot of misinformation about what Paleo is, and I hope to be able to help clarify that as well.
*In one sentence, describe what following the Paleo eating regimen consists of: Eating the foods we as humans are genetically made to be eating, including fresh vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and healthy fats, and nothing processed.
*So many women understand that we must take care of our health, however, they find it difficult to adhere to strict eating habits, how is following the Paleo eating plan both simple and worthwhile? It’s simple in that there are no tricks, gimmicks or quick-fixes. The premise is simply that we need to be eating fresh, whole, real food and not just temporarily, but as a permanent lifestyle change. It’s not complicated or overly time consuming and the benefits range from weight loss, clearer skin, improved digestion, better sleep, heightened energy, reduction in symptoms of many illnesses including auto immune disease, cancers, hypertension and diabetes, just to list some of the benefits!
*What are the physical benefits of adhering to a Paleo diet? If one follows the Paleo diet properly, it’s almost impossible to not reach your body’s lean, ideal weight. Your complexion will look more radiant, your muscles, long and lean will appear more defined due to a reduction in excess body fat, GI issues subside and energy levels sky rocket! There truly is no down side.
*As a nutrition coach to people around the world in all walks of life, what is the one barrier you have found that your clients initially think will be the most difficult, but is in fact easier than they expect when changing their eating habits? Change is always difficult; often clients think it’s going to be ‘too radical or extreme’, but in reality, in a mere couple of hours per week, you can plan, shop and cook for yourself and your family and set yourself up for success!
*As someone who is currently following a paleo lifestyle, compare and contrast the difference of how you feel when you are sticking to a Paleo diet and when you are not. I’ve been completely Paleo since 2005. For me, there was no going back or including ‘cheat’ foods. After a lifetime of stomach issues which went from mild to horrible, once I figured out what was causing the issues (primarily gluten), I had no difficulty omitting it permanently. After a year of gluten free eating from 2004 – 5 , I was curious to learn what else in my diet that I thought was healthy might actually not be. Thus, I found Paleo and once I cut out all grains, dairy and legumes, I felt phenomenal.
*I love oatmeal in the morning, what is the best replacement for a quick, yet satiating breakfast? I view all meals as one in the same. There is no such thing as a ‘breakfast food’. Food is food, any time of day. I’ll often have leftover dinner for breakfast if I haven’t got a workout first thing. Steak, broccoli and avocado might be a typical breakfast for me! If that seems like a stretch, one can go for foods they already identify with breakfast that are also Paleo, like soft boiled eggs with some veggies, like spinach and mushrooms, that you might be accustomed to seeing in an omelet.
*So many women have busy schedules, but want to feel and look great no matter what they are doing, what would a typical daily menu look like? The important thing to remember is BALANCE; how often we eat, as well as how to time food around exercise, and keeping the proper Paleo macro nutrient ratio to allow for steady energy levels, with no blood sugar surges or crashes!’
-6:00 AM Breakfast Poached Salmon on bed of spinach (with garlic & olive oil), fresh blueberries and strawberries.
-9:00 AM Steamed broccoli, drizzled with cold pressed flax seed oil, sliced orange and a runny soft-boiled egg.
-Lunch 12:00 Mixed green organic salad, with olive oil and lime wedge, served with grilled chicken, avocado and grapes.
-Afternoon Meal 3:00 Sliced lean turkey breast used as a wrap, with Mache lettuce, coconut oil and sliced pear inside.
-Dinner 6:00 Bison Kebabs-lean meat, skewered with red onion & yellow bell peppers, marinated over night in olive oil, lemon juice & your favorite herbs, then grilled or broiled. Serve with grilled green onion and a fresh spinach salad with tomato, walnut oil & a lime wedge.
-Snack 7:30 Cinnamon dusted sliced apples-slice an apple, toss in lemon juice to prevent browning/oxidation, then sprinkle cinnamon on top. Enjoy with a cup of herbal or green decaf tea!
*A glass of red wine on occasion is perfectly Paleo, too!
*One thing I noticed immediately through our conversations is your energy, as it seems endless and is quite infectious, what is one last piece of motivating advice you have to someone who is contemplating changing their eating habits and giving Paleo a try? Thank you! That’s quite a compliment, and yes, I have been told that I am ‘high energy’ to say the least! Even for those who might be skeptical or feel like they’re already feeling great while eating a non Paleo diet, there is nothing to lose by giving it a whirl for a month; why not try it and see if you feel even better?
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