Hi, I’m Rach!
So why “meatified”?
Honestly, it started as a little bit of a joke. As a former vegetarian, I quipped about how “meatified” my diet had become. And the term just kind of stuck. It’s also a little poke of fun at my own early preconceptions about the “Paleo diet” – like so many other people, I assumed it was going to be an Atkins-style meat-fest. In reality, over half of my plate for any given meal is actually made up of vegetables. I probably eat more vegetables now than I ever did as a vegetarian (and I’m no longer terrified of eating fat).
So why Paleo? Initially I was looking into gluten free diets as a way of managing my Hashimoto’s Disease. Even after many years on replacement thyroid hormone therapy, after dragging my body kicking and screaming into the “normal range”, I still had so many symptoms: weight gain was the least of my worries. It was the joint pain that made chopping an onion painful, the fact that I woke up each morning so stiff I was unable to bend my neck, not to mention the fact that sleeping for up to 14 hours a day STILL left me exhausted. So when I came across the idea that removing gluten from my diet – despite the fact that I didn’t notice anything particularly wrong with my digestion – might help ease some of the autoimmune disease symptoms, I was desperate enough to give it a try. I wasn’t even 30 years old.
What I found was that removing gluten improved those symptoms within a few months. It wasn’t a cure, but it sure made things a bit more manageable. That “brain fog” I had in the mornings which I had formerly attributed to waiting for my meds to “kick in”? It was gone. Additionally, it was only once I’d removed the gluten (and subsequently more than doubled my vegetable intake) that I realized I used to have horrible digestion problems. I’d just been so used to them I had ceased to really notice them. Over the course of removing gluten from my diet, I started to run across some of the most well-known Paleo and Primal blogs. Once I began to read more about the effects of sugar, soy, legumes and possibly dairy, I decided to try removing those from my diet, too. I felt better than I had ever remembered feeling. As my energy levels began to lift, I started to have a much more positive outlook on life. I began to get much more creative with my cooking (by now I could do more than chop an onion!) and people began asking for my recipes. And in a bout of self confidence that I hadn’t had since I was a child, I began to start collecting them together here on this website.
As a general rule, then, the recipes you’ll find here follow Paleo / Whole30 principles, notably they are free of sugar, soy, legumes and dairy. I eat “real”, whole foods because they make me feel my best. Since discovering the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, I have continued to experiment with my health and figure out the foods that I can and cannot eat and my health is improving with every passing day! I believe in nutrient dense foods – and that they can be delicious! Whatever food philosophy you follow, everything I post here passes the flavor test!