Every body is different, and therefore every body will require a different diet. For Amanda White, her body prefers the paleo/keto lifestyle. She isn’t strict on it though because she believes there’s always some room for treats. Rather, Amanda chooses to live by the 90/10 rule — 90% of the time she eats well, limiting consumption of grains and dairy, while the remaining 10% she allows for some wiggle room with dairy, grains, and processed foods.

Coming from a background of an eating disorder, Amanda found that restricting foods wasn’t helpful in her healing journey. So how and why did she choose paleo?

We all know that there is a lot of information pertaining to health and nutrition out there, but there is also a lot of conflicting information. At the lowest point of her eating disorder, Amanda struggled with deciphering through all the information — she had no idea what to eat and no idea how to eat. Here, education and experimentation were key. It took her several months of trial and error to find an eating style that worked for her. She felt best eating fruits, vegetables, organic meats, and nuts — all foods that fall into paleo. Amanda also found that fasting 2-3 times per week really helped get her digestion back in line by giving her system a break. While she still practices it, she knows how to listen to her body. When her hunger is ravenous some days, she respects that and doesn’t move forward with fasting.

Paleo has become the new normal for Amanda. She found that focusing on pure, whole foods really helped to clear her skin, make her gut happy, manage her anxiety, and even improve her digestion and help her lose weight (check out her Keto Oatmeal recipe)! But Amanda really believes that whichever style of eating you choose, the goal should always be to feel light and happy after eating. And most importantly, whatever you do, make sure that it makes your body feel good and makes your mind feel happy!  

If you’d like to follow Amanda through her journey, be sure to check out her instagram @TheWholesomeFig to keep up to speed!

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