The Paleo Cottage – How it all began…..
Back in 2014, I’d noticed that despite eating a low-fat diet and going to the gym three times a week, I’d lost my previously high energy levels. I seemed to be tired most of the time and generally felt ‘meh’. If that wasn’t enough, I noticed my ankles felt uncomfortable and weak whenever I stood up after an hour or so sitting down. A check-up at the Doctor’s revealed there was nothing medically wrong with me. Initially I put it down to getting older – I mean, I was 40, a single mum, enrolled on a law degree, and running my own Health & Safety Consultancy business. I had been burning the candles and both ends, and let’s be honest, I was getting older – even though I still feel like a teenager on the inside!
It was while I was looking at the effects of some chemical substances for a client that got me thinking… “what if the food we’re eating is making us ill?”. I thought about alcohol poisoning as an example. I was aware that if I drank too much alcohol on an empty stomach, my body would naturally eject it to reduce the chances of alcohol poisoning, but, what about poisons we consume in little amounts, every single day? Our body would simply get used to it and adapt, right up to the point that we wouldn’t even realise we were being poisoned!
I also remembered about 10 years ago, I’d been working at a Young Offenders Institute and witnessed a normally polite and mild-mannered young teen change into an aggressive, abusive, loud and scary individual. In a complete Jekyll and Hyde-like moment, he’d picked up chairs and other office equipment and hurled them across the room. Thankfully the office and it’s staff were geared up for this kind of incident and, so, it went into lockdown, security shutters and everything to contain the commotion and prevent injuries. This episode lasted for about half an hour. I spoke with the Case Worker later that afternoon when things had died down, and learned that the outburst was caused by the food he’d eaten some 30 minutes before. (This meal had been bought for him as a treat to reward his progress and hard work by the Case Worker. The food had come from a well-known fast food chain.) Here was first-hand evidence of food being capable of affecting a person’s behaviour – in a bad way.
And so began some research. One of the first books I read was Damon Gameau’s “That Sugar Book”, followed by many, many more. I’ve read countless articles from around the world too. I joined various groups on Facebook, followed people and organisations on Twitter, and conversed with people through LinkedIn. There were so many similar stories that people were happy to share with me.
Prevention really is better than a cure.
In 2014/5 I was introduced to Paleo. It was not a diet (I don’t do diets I like food too much!). It was a lifestyle change which, in it’s purest form, looked at stripping out unnecessary and harmful chemicals from our daily lives. For me, the first step was an overhaul in the food department which I did in the form of a 10 Week Plan.
Over 10 Weeks I enjoyed great food – all prepared and cooked from fresh ingredients, herbs and spices. I ate tasty, healthful food. After 10 Weeks, the benefits were (among other things) those listed below. It honestly was the best thing I have ever done for myself and my family. The ankle aches and pains disappeared, my energy levels went through the roof, I was fuller for longer after every meal, and I even managed to reduce my shopping bill – which was no mean feat especially with a growing teenage boy in the house! The food was so good he enjoyed it too. I did not calorie count and the only weighing I did was for the recipes – and then I generally doubled them so that I could freeze the extra portions. The recipes were dead easy to follow and the food I prepared (meals for 4) we generally split evenly between the two of us. There were no empty calories, just nutrient-dense, tasty, real, clean food.
So, if you feel like you want to experience the following results for yourself and embrace a change, I’d recommend the 10 Week Plan. It might seem like a long time, but what’s 10 Weeks out of the rest of your life?
When you subscribe to one of Our Plans, you’ll be introduced to our version of Paleo. It’s “our version” because we make use of herbs and spices that aren’t commonly grown in the UK, but are (now) easily found in good Supermarkets.
Everything I share with you through Our Plans are tried and tested. It worked for us, and it should work for you too. This could be the best decision you ever make for yourself (and/or your family).
Check out below some of the benefits you could enjoy.
Reset your System
Relax and Enjoy Reading some Amazing, Informative Articles
Weekly Meal Plans and Recipes
Give Yourself Time to Heal
Just some of the Results You Can Expect When You Follow the 10 Week Plan…..
Weight and Size Loss
Better Performance & Recovery after Exercise
Improved Concentration Levels
Improved Mental Clarity
Better Quality Sleep
Improved Immune System
Thicker, Fuller Hair and Healthier, Stronger Nails
Clear, Radiant Skin, Bright Sparkly Eyes
Leaner, Stronger Muscles
Banish Hunger & Cravings
.... And much more
Andrea Dodds - TechIOSH, AIIRSM
Co-founder and Mum
Self-Employed Occupational Health & Safety Consultant with 20 years experience specialising in high risk industries and major projects across the UK. Interests include food for health and wellbeing, legal matters, travel and photography.
Co-founder and Chief Taster
Full time student and chief taster who also helps with recipe development. Interests include food, fashion and more food!