Why I Quit Eating Paleo | Food Journey Update


Hey! It’s been a few months of things stirring up and beginning to transition around here, so I thought I would give ya the tea… 

I felt it was necessary to offer a personal update, because I am so grateful for all the love and support from you all! Let me start off by saying that I will still continue to post paleo recipes, for those of you who have inquired (I explain more about that near the end of those post). Another main goal in this season of transition is to make this space more user friendly and better for YOU!

As many of you know, I used to eat strict paleo for years; and not even just paleo, but a very few limited foods. As my healing journey progressed, my allergens fell away and I was healed from dietary restrictions. Naturally, this affected the way I approached life. The constant cycle of being aware of what I was eating, because it harmed me- all of a sudden became not a thing.

With the dietary limitations lifted, I felt the need to rediscover what foods my body truly wanted to eat. For the last couple of months, I have took the time and explore what my body would naturally eat if it wasn’t tied down to a specific diet/food list, like paleo. It was an awesome decision!

This year, I took the time to let my body explore, just chill, and have fun eating and trying new foods and seeing what my body enjoyed/responded to best. Although, I still kinda feel like I’m on that journey, I’ve come a long ways! Through this process, I discovered that my body naturally bounced back to the way it approached food when I was a child… eating more freely, embracing more carbs and sugars, and pushing myself to eat fear foods that used to cause health issues and allergic reactions.

The result has been beautiful and brought more peace and balance to my life. With the allergens lifted and my body healing from years of chronic illness, I have become more free and alive to everything around me. Although, I am still in the midst of this personal transition, I don’t see myself ever going back to such a limited approach on food. I am finding what health and balance looks like for me personally; learning that what works for one person isn’t necessarily going to work for the person next to you.

So, where does that leave us? My ultimate goal with this platform is to help people, through providing easy recipes and meal plans to make healthy eating fun and approachable.

As my body healed, I no longer felt that the strict paleo brand was representative of who I am as a person and desired to be free to share other recipes I have been experimenting with. In order for me to produce authentic content and stay engaged, some changes needed to be made. I am still discovering what this will look like in practical terms, but I’ve chosen to start at transitioning my social media accounts to Kaylie’s Healthy Recipes for now. I feel this will give me the freedom to continue posting paleo recipes; as well as, extend beyond just one diet. Most of the recipes I have been making lately have been: paleo, gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, or simply clean eating. 

My belief is that each individual’s relationship with food is based off of personal decisions. I want to respect your journey and understand that we all come from different backgrounds/cultures/influences etc… My hope is to cultivate an online space that is, welcoming, creative, useful, fun, and honoring to you. 🙂

Thank you for being part of this journey and staying patient as I continue to grow with life and explore. I wish you the best on your personal journey and hope you can find some helpful resources here to fuel your body to live life to the fullest!

Have the best day,

xx Kaylie


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  1. 1
    Breana Guinan

    Hey! This totally resonates with me because I ate super strict for years dealing with autoimmune issues… Then felt better and started eating more foods after about 8 years… Problem is I’ve gained 18 pounds and now eat things I probably shouldn’t. I’m. Not feel good again! I’m still trying to slow down and listen to my body like I did before. Now I feel so off track… I loved your article and I can relate to everything you said!

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    Kaylie, I think this is wonderful! It’s what we should all strive for, to heal and then be able to reintroduce more foods that our bodies tolerate. Who wants to be super restricted their whole lives? Not me! I would love to heal and be able to eat a bigger variety. Food should be fun, not a restrictive chore. Good for you! And thank you for still providing those paleo recipes for those of us still on our healing journey. 😊

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    Natasha H

    I would love to hear more about your healing journey. Makes me hopeful that one day I will be able to eat more foods again. What was your journey like? Who did you work with on it? How long did it take?

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    Donna R.

    I have been using Paleo and now I am gaining weight. I need to change the way I eat. I cannot eat all the food that I used to need to maintain my weight. I am trying to learn how to keep from gaining weight now. I am gluten-free and don’t want to do all the rice and pea flour. I like almond bread but it has eggs and fat in it. So, do I just have to eat bread for breakfast and nothing else. I also have to have coconut products to bring up my white blood count and platelets. Now Dr. Pepper is having a hard time keeping up with the demand and I haven’t been able to get much of my Bai coconut water. I don’t know what to eat for breakfast now and not gain any more weight.

    • 9

      Hi Donna, I suggest eating proteins like eggs, turkey and chicken products for breakfast with friends and vegetables. Healthy carbs like sweet potatoes and fruits/veg will help!

  5. 10

    I’m not sure how long ago you posted this, but I wanted to say congratulations on getting to this spot in your healing journey! That’s amazing to hear. I so agree that everyone’s food journey is individual. I look forward to more delicious and healthy food posts from you, however that looks! I’m new here and your site is beautiful!

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    Veronica Gonzalez

    Hello, I stumbled onto your recipes and love them. I have celiac sprue. My go to foods were rice potatoes and beans. I now also have a severe case of diverticulitis. I am not allowed to eat rice potatoes or beans anymore. I am craving my homemade enchiladas. I’m looking for a substitute to replace corn tortillas. I make the enchilada sauce from scratch no problem. I fill my enchiladas with sautéed onions tomatoes mushrooms all kinds of wonderful stuff. Please help.

  7. 15

    I really appreciate this and how you’re listening to your body and practicing your version of eating intuitively. Thank you for sharing!

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    Thank you so much for sharing, not only your absolutely incredible recipes but your journey with us. I believe our bodies tell us what they need, and I’m glad you were able to listen. I stopped eating Paleo for some time but I’m not on the phase in my journey where I’ve given myself a bit too much freedom with food. I’m longing to come back to a more disciplined approach to help realize and limit allergies, inflammation, and weight gain. I look forward to trying many of your recipes…Paleo and others. I have tried 3 so far and loved all of them. Thanks again!

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    Raj @ www.ThePrimalDesire.com

    Hey Kaylie,

    Congratulations on all the healing! That is so exciting!

    I love that you are in a position to be able to loosen the reins on your diet. I totally agree that everyone’s food needs are totally individual and that a balance between strict good-for-you food and some “cheats” is important (if tolerated).

    It can definitely be a challenge to make this change, especially because it is your brand, but I think if paleo is still the basis of your food philosophy – no big deal.

    I personally do not have any health reasons that restrict my food options, but I do know that my body feels much better when I’m eating gluten free and less processed foods and sugar. My goal is 80% paleo most of the time, unless I’m doing a month challenge where I’m all in.

    So have you “quit paleo”, or are you no longer in an exclusive relationship with it?

    Keep up the great work,

    Good for your body, Fun for your mouth!

    • 20

      Hi Raj, thank you for your feedback. I don’t think quit paleo is a good term, because there I still eat all those foods that are paleo… I have added other foods into my diet and don’t follow the food rules that I used to. My diet still consists of real clean food mostly from plants and healthy protein sources, but if I want dairy or grains, I eat those as well and keep them in my kitchen. I have found so much more freedom in this and feel great!

  10. 21

    Kaylie, I appreciate your candor! So many of us are trying to find what works best of our individual bodies. While I eat closest to the Paleo methods of eating, and constantly search out Paleo recipes, I have found that grains and sugar are my main issues. Many of us are on a journey to live healthy, full lives–I wish you nothing but continued success and peace on yours. Don’t worry, delicious-healthy recipes are simply healthy-delicious recipes–without strict labels. I will continue to use your amazing recipes, no matter your label. Thank you for helping me on my healthy eating journey!

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