Danielle Gagnon converted to a modified paleo diet a few years ago, after numerous failed attempts at losing weight. She made the change after listening to a paleo podcast, and she’s been loving it ever since.
Hailing from Manchester, New Hampshire, Danielle was very active in her youth, but when she got to college, she lowered activity level and began eating the wrong kinds of food. Because of this, her health began to deteriorate. She had daily headaches, to the point where she was receiving regular MRI scans.
With her wedding on the horizon, she began looking for something to help her look her best. Because of her long commute, she decided to use that time wisely and she began to learn about the paleo lifestyle. And it changed her life.
Paleo and keto diets are not always the same, but they are both looking to remove processed foods and replace them with good, whole foods. And she quickly realized that this was the way she wanted live.
One of the things that she realized was that food effects so much more than just waist size, and it can make or break your overall health. That was a mind-opening breakthrough for her.
She went from being a total carb addict to a whole food, low-carb paleo evangelist. And, instead of changing too much all at once, she decided to experiment with substituting good, low-carb foods for her favorite foods, like using spaghetti squash instead of spaghetti, and she was hooked.
After about a month, she started to feel incredible, and that motivated her to keep going. And her focus moved from weight loss to health.
She also talks about how her experiment with dairy has led to some improvements in her skin and health.
Danielle, because she’s not strictly keto, eats approximately 20% good, whole food carbs, 60% fat, and 20% protein. A strict keto diet will be between 75%-80% fat, 15%-20% protein, and 5% or less of carbs. But the similarity of the carbs is that they are healthy carbs, whole food vegetables.
She also shares what she thinks is the best way to bring spouses and children on board with healthy diet changes.