ABOUT

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Hello! Thanks for stopping by my humble little blog, coming to you via the Seattle, Washington (USA) area.

My name is Joey (I’m the girl in the photos), and I write the majority of the posts here. My handsome husband, Jake (the guy in the photos), also contributes from time to time. Hitch and Sophi, our fully raw-fed furry kids, pitch in by adding cuteness and keeping my lap warm while I put the posts together. My awesome sister, Shelley, shared some of her favorite recipes in some the earlier posts on here (her Mamma’s Meatballs are a fan favorite).

Since January of 2010, this has been a collaboration, a labor of love, and simply a place for us to share. All recipes are grain-free and paleo-inspired. A couple of our recipes have dairy, though not many. Most recipes are low-carb and safe for all diabetics and pre-diabetics, though there are just a few dessert-type treats posted where diabetics will want to take caution. I am a type 1 diabetic, and find paleo to be the best aid in controlling my blood sugars (and, of course, the rest of my health as well).

We don’t post regularly, or on a schedule. We make no promises for “daily posts!” because we simply want to post what’s exciting to us as we make those discoveries ourselves. We do hope to discover things often, and we sure hope you enjoy your stay :)

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49 comments

  1. That’s great Matt! Keep us posted on how you guys are doing. If you decide you want to go full Paleo (which we always recommend), you can always join the next Paleo Nutrition Challenge at Gravity Janes!

  2. michelle

    Hi ladies, this is a wonderful website! it has me intrigiued to learn more about paleo. And Joey I heart spaghetti squash too, but I cook mine in the microwave for 12 min face down in 1/3 c. water and its perfect everytime.

    • Hi Michelle! Thanks for checking it out! I have heard good things about microwaving spaghetti squash as well, but haven’t tried it yet. Thanks for posting!!

  3. Darlene

    Joey, I love the blog. I am always looking for ways to keep this crossfit/paleo way of life fresh. The more the merrier. It is a wonderful thing. We ran into Jake at Bill the Butcher’s yesterday. Fun place. Good quality food. I am blown away by your stunning photography.

    • Thanks so much Darlene! Jake mentioned he saw you there too – I’m so excited for when Bill the Butcher opens up in Bellevue soon! I also noticed your husband just joined Gravity Janes as well? I’m so excited! You are looking fantastic these days – all your hard work is paying off!!

  4. Brenda

    Joey,
    I am also a type 1 diabetic and have friends that are in Crossfit & are doing Paleo. I’d love to know how this way of eating helps your diabetes.
    Brenda

    • Hi Brenda! There are so many benefits to Paleo, but one of the most direct & significant effect upon your diabetes is that by removing grains/sugars/dairy (and fruit for us diabetics), you will eliminate the glucose spikes caused by them. By avoiding these spikes, you have much tighter control over your blood glucose, and have the ability to keep it within normal non-diabetic range. By keeping your blood sugars at an ideal number (Dr. Bernstein suggests 83-85), you can avoid, prevent, and even reverse (in some cases) the long term complications caused by diabetes such as kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, heart disease, etc., etc., etc. If you haven’t already, I suggest you read The Diabetes Solution by Dr. Bernsetien as soon as possible. Regular workouts also help maintain good insulin sensitivity.

  5. Kari

    Hi Joey, Shelley,

    Thank you so much for your great website! I just came across it today via a recommendation from my affiliate, and it is great! Your recipes look delicious, it is simple and easy to navigate, and your pictures make me hungry! I have been working on 100% Paleo for a couple months, and recipes like yours keep me energized. That is priceless.

    I cannot wait to try the meatballs, as I have been craving that exact menu item. Looks fabulous.

    Just wanted to say thank you for your efforts and time spent. I definitely appreciate your site. You have a new follower. :)

    Best Regards.

  6. thedelicateplace

    great blog girls! found from MDA. i love seeing more women embracing paleo! i’ve been primal for 1.5yrs and paleo for 5 mos (finally ditched dairy and oh the bloat is gone!) never going back!

  7. Adrian

    I was referred to your site through an avid follower of yours who thought I would benefit from the Paleo lifestyle. I am a type 1 Diabetic and am curious what kind of difficulties you had going Paleo? I just started yesterday and want to know if you eased into Paleo or went full bore right away? Did you experience any resistance from your Doctors?

    • Hi Adrian! Congrats! Eating paleo will make managing your diabetes SO much easier! Avoid fruits, and get your carbs from veggies for ultimate blood sugar controls. Keep a close eye on your blood sugars, as your insulin needs may decrease quite a bit. I found that the more regularly I ate paleo, the more my overall sensitivity to insulin increased. So not only was I taking less fast-acting insulin for my meals due to the decreased carb count of them, I also needed less of my other types of insulins. We recommend going fully Paleo right away, and to do it for 30 days straight to reset your gut. You will feel fantastic! Oh.. and my doctors do think I’m a bit nuts. They think I’m too skinny, and I weigh 124 and am 5’1″. They’re used to prescribing the food pyramid for everyone, even if all those grains and fruit and dairy make blood sugars rise. Don’t get me started. I do have one doctor who agrees with the no milk & dairy, but no one seems to get the issue with those so highly recommended “whole grains.” Read the book “Diabetes Solution” by Dr. Richard Bernstein. He’s one type 1 diabetic & doctor that seems to get it right!

  8. Lindsay

    Hey girls, just wanted to let you know I LOVE your blog! I just discovered it today, and I already have about 10 recipes bookmarked to try. Keep up the great work!

  9. Toni

    Do you think you all (or one of you) could do somewhat of a “day in life” post? it would be awesome inspiration to see what you eat in one entire day – breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks? just a thought :)

    • Hi Toni,

      I did a post on this several months ago – see here:
      http://paleogirls.com/2010/03/04/a-day-of-eating/

      And for something a bit more updated… yesterday, I ate the following:

      -breakfast: 4 eggs, 5 pieces of bacon, coffee (americano)

      -lunch: a couple slices of pepper steak & some curried chicken (grass-fed & free range from the deli at our PCC!), with a glass of coconut milk

      -dinner: 2 bratwursts and 1 cup of spicy spaghetti squash, with a glass of coconut milk

      Hope that helps!
      Joey

  10. Melissa

    Hi girls,

    This is a great blog… I was wondering if you could help give me some ideas on how to decrease my sugar cravings! I could eat candy morning, noon and night. I recently started a paleo challenge have done well without eating bread but have recently hit a week, where all I want is candy. ( it doesn’t help that there’s halloween candy everywhere!)
    Thanks,
    Melissa

    • Hi Melissa. I think weeks 1 and 2 can be the most difficult for people. Unfortunately, there is no “quick fix” for your sweet tooth. Be careful not to overindulge in fruit, as veggies are your best source for nutrients on the carb side of things. If you stick it out, the sweet tooth WILL disappear. You WILL feel better, and you WILL be so happy you did this. I really encourage you to check out the Whole 30 plan put out by the folks at Whole 9 Life. You mentioned not eating bread, but if you’re not eliminating sugar, legumes, and dairy as well, you will not see and feel the same benefits of going paleo for an entire month. I encourage you to eliminate grains, sugars, legumes, and dairy to allow your gut the opportunity for full repair and on to a healthier and better you. Just keep in mind that these cravings are normal, that your body is going through a major change right now (similar to a drug withdrawal). Best of luck!

  11. Hi girls! I am visitng your blog for the first time and I am feeling totally inspired. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism (after having my thyroid removed 6 mo. ago) and my endocrinologist recommended that I look into learning more about Paleo and how it can possibly help controlling my weight. Can’t wait to read more.

  12. Tonja Pizzo

    You guys are so stinkin’ cute!

    Just found your blog–looking for a taco seasoning recipe–fell in love with your food pics!! After my kiddies were born I just got really busy and went for easy…and started packing on the pounds. Not sure how it happened so fast–but I had put on 40 pounds in the last 5 years! THAT IS CRAZY!!!! I’m a short girl–with a closet full of clothes I couldn’t wear! I was really heading down a scary path. A girlfriend turned me on to the Paleo “diet” (lifestyle really). I’m relatively new to the philosophy–but it just makes so much sense to me. Plus I have dropped 12 lbs in the last month (30 to go!!)–so I’m LOVING IT!! I thought it would be much harder than it is. I love to cook–so it’s a perfect fit for me. I do sometimes think longingly of the cheese I so dearly miss–but just make some zucchini hummus and move on. I am at the stage of feeling panic-y at the thought of eating at a restaurant–or on the road-so I loved your post about your trip to the photo workshop. Thanks so much for your great blog–I will definitely be back!!!

    Re. the taco seasoning–i made some Paleo chili a few weeks ago that used Almond Flour (just a tiny bit) to help thicken it–that is one thing I always loved about the packets of Taco seasoning–even the better for you versions use a potato starch to thicken up the liquid that is added. I’m thinking of throwing a little Almond Flour in after I brown my meat, add spices and a little water. Will let you know how it turns out.

    • Hi Tonja – thank you for your comments & congrats on all your success thus far. You will feel the best you have ever felt if you keep it up!

  13. Very inspirational. I am also a type 1 diabetic and just started paleo 40 days ago and have seen some amazing results. I also blog (http://ygil-maestro.blogspot.com/) mostly because I am amazed at how doing simple things (that my doctors never told me) could drastically change the way I see diabetes and myself. Thank you for sharing your story!

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