Reader Q+A with Little Sprouts Kitchen

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kimHello, I’m Kimberly from Little Sprouts Kitchen! I live in sunny, San Diego, California. I moved to the west coast almost six years ago from West Virginia (Go Mountaineers!). I originally moved out here for work, but have found a reignited passion in cooking. When I moved, I completely changed up my lifestyle. Nutrition and exercise became pillars of my daily life. I always had a passion for baking. I used to sit on the countertop in the kitchen growing up and watch my dad. Now, I apply that passion towards finding healthier alternatives.

I have been blogging at Little Sprouts Kitchen since 2013. I love finding healthier ways to make classic dishes. I am a busy woman and quick, healthy meals are key. I love making them to share with all the people out there who are on the go, but don’t want their health to suffer. I also find it very relaxing. I love to come home after a long day and cook in the kitchen. I changed my lifestyle to follow the Paleo Diet. In a nutshell, I eat lean meats, vegetables, nuts, and some fruit. Two of the biggest items I cut out were gluten and dairy. The difference to my overall health is an amazing transformation. Prior to making this change, I suffered from Graves Disease and Anemia. When I was struggling with my health in my late teens/ early twenties, the only nutritional advice I received was to “eat more broccoli”. There was zero guidance or information on the fact that an overhaul to my diet would mitigate my autoimmune diseases. The fuel that we use in our bodies makes a huge difference! I am now healthier and have more energy! I love life and everything the positive changes I’ve made have done for me.

For the next week I will be checking in to answer any questions you might have about the Paleo Diet! Feel free to ask anything from how to make a common dish Paleo to it’s health benefits.

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  • Kimberly

    Okay, let’s start from the other direction for some readers? What are some things that you struggle with to stay on track with a healthy lifestyle?

  • What general health benefits does the Paleo Diet provide for the everday person who just wants overall good health?

    • Kimberly

      Two wonderful things are improved sleep and increased energy! They go hand in hand for overall well being and health.

      I know we have all heard since we were little how important sleep is. It truly is!! Without getting too sciencific, here is why it’s important. Our bodies have a waste management system that works 24/7, clearing away the waste our cells make. That’s not how the brain works though. The brain’s waste management system comes to life while we sleep. Quality, restful sleep is vital for the brain to clear out the waste from the day. (Sciene warning: Research has shown that this does not occur for dementia patients and is likely one of the factors leading to the decay of our minds.)

      Energy! We need it to go, go, go and motivate ourselves! Healthy fats, from lean proteins and plant sources like avocados, are an important ingredient in the building blocks of our bodies. (They are also important for the brain… See above.) The fuel that we put into our bodies dictates the type and length of energy we are going to have. Think of those fats as a nice slow, even burn that is going to last throughout the day. Whereas simple carbs, which transform to sugars, are just flashes that cause huge spikes, leading to a bottoming out. When we bottom out, it causes “decision fatigue”, which means our minds go into survival mode and our will power diminishes.

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