• Amanda Cherry

    I can totally relate. I went completely Paleo about 13 months ago, after unexpectedly being told I couldn’t have gluten anymore in March of 2011. And I got nary a cold or sinus infection for a year + until a couple weeks ago, BUT I’M PREGNANT. And the cold that lasted for 4 days for me has lasted for 10+ days for all my co workers. The only logical explanation is the same as it is for you: diet. I was amazed, and really happy, because everyone always says you get so much sicker so much more easily when you are pregnant. So yeah, Paleo FTW!

  • http://www.facebook.com/desiree.frey Desiree Buraghi Frey

    Been reading your blog since 2003. Love it…It made me smile today when you mentioned GreenWorks. I work for Clorox. And even though this was a sponsored post, it brought a little smirk to my face.

  • Julie

    Thanks for making Paleo sound sane. I’ve been sick once in six years, and I definitely think it’s my diet!

  • Kimberly Wydeen

    I am in no way paleo, but I started a new healthy diet about a year ago. It is pretty straightforward: 90 – 120 grams of protein a day, at least 10 glasses of water, 7 servings of fruits and vegetables. Wine or beer once, maybe twice a week. Desserts are only consumed if I make them myself (it cuts down on cravings if I actually have to plan, bake, and clean up. If I make it, I REALLY want it). For me, this was a slow transition. I started something new every week, sometimes every two weeks, until I got to this point. Some weeks my only goal was something incredibly simple like “eat a container of Greek yogurt for breakfast.” But gradual, small changes really worked for me. I lost 25 pounds, kept it off, and never felt better.

  • Jackie Bragale

    I’ve been toying with the idea of going paleo for a while now but my major hang up is self-control. How do you keep to your diet and not have a bowl of those fruity pebbles every once in awhile? My husband would he the other problem. He would totally sabotage me. Let’s just say his favorite “restaurant” is McDonald’s.

  • bweece

    An ad with a survey keeps covering up the article on my iPad, and there is no x on it to minimize it. Just a heads up.

  • bweece

    Then I read to the end and it makes sense, haha.

  • Celia

    I have mixed feelings about Clorox. On one hand, they now own my beloved burt’s bees, and it’s great that they are working on making their products better for the environment. But on the other, why are they still selling all of their regular products? If their green line is so wonderful, why not discontinue the non-green equivalents? It just smells a lot like greenwashing to me. BUT! I commend you Heather, for committing to conserve and such! That shit is hard, I know I’m not good at it half the time. God, this comment is all over the place.

    (Note: I am in no way complaining that this is a sponsored post, I think it’s great that Clorox can sponsor people to talk about things like this. I’d so much rather they give their money to a family/family business than like, lobbying or whatever.)

  • Melissa

    You’ll be surprised to find that when you go paleo, your desire for those kinds of foods goes down a lot. Not that they still don’t pop up but they aren’t like you would think. Also, most who follow the paleo rule, follow it 80/20. I have one really bad meal once or twice a month (I have a soft spot for this pad thai at a nearby restaurant, I get pretty sick when I eat it though. It’s worth it) and I’ll have something like gluten free toast or gluten free pasta every once in awhile. If you want those fruit pebbles every once in awhile, go for it! Just make sure it is really every once in awhile. You will probably find that you don’t think about it that much. My husband eats what I eat at home though I do occasionally throw in a roll with his dinner (he also eats dairy so he’ll throw cheese on things, I’m allergic to dairy so it wasn’t something I was eating anyway) and if he wants McD’s or Chinese he has to get them for lunch at work.

  • Melissa

    Vinegar works just as well for cleaning!

  • jill

    Valedictorian of hangnails! And I’ve been Paleo since January 2nd, surrounded by sick people, and still healthy. Hoping I didn’t just jinx myself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/liz.anderson.77 Liz Anderson

    Melaleuca. Fifteen years and proudly, obscenely healthy. Oh, and the house is clean, too. Just sayin.

  • Meg H

    The Greenworks wipes are usually available on Amazon Subscribe & Save in some quantity — that’s how I get them. Great for general cleaning but I do still buy the regular wipes for sanitizing purposes. And I also get bleach. I have a dog. I’m not going to wipe up messes with a wet cloth & call it clean enough.

  • Michelle

    Personally, during my two pregnancies I was hardly ever sick with lots of people falling ill around me all the time. That all changed during the breastfeeding months, both times and with no changes in diet. So I guess it really depends, but then again a lot of other moms had the same experience as I did.

  • kent williams

    When major corporations get into ‘Green’ marketing they’re mostly selling you a way to bring Greenwashing home, for a price.

    99% of home cleaning jobs can be done with Ammonia, White Vinegar, and Baking Soda.

    I do have to admit to an abiding fondness for PineSol and Comet Cleaner.

    RE: Paleo — why does the Paleo diet come along just when I figured out how to make bread from scratch reliably?

  • http://thebonnybard.com/ Bonny Bard

    You can never be too good or too annoying a liberal…
    And if you’re looking for good, greener products check out Lush and Living Libations. I’ve started using both recently and they’re fantastic (I don’t work for either of them, they’re just great). Although, gotta say, Clorox jumping on the green bandwagon is great, but it’s still clorox… if you know what I mean. (I may just be a more annoying liberal than you are…)

  • HeatherArmstrong

    I second everything you just said. I was so surprised by the fact that cravings just disappeared. And when I do indulge it’s pretty sparingly and usually not worth how gross I feel afterward. I’m about 90/10, a little bit of milk in my coffee and tortilla chips are my weakness.

  • gigi

    Agree. I’m 4 mos. pregnant and have had horrible all day morning sickness. My diet consists of red baron mini pizzas, mcdonalds french fries, and peanut butter crunch. Haven’t been sick once this winter.

  • Necole

    I use natural cleaning products, since I make my daughters keep their own bathroom clean. I have started with shampoos, facial scrub, make up etc. No Paleo for me, I love beans.

  • Cristy

    I follow a paleo influenced, but not strictly adhered to diet and I’ve avoided all the nasty plague going around the office. (knock on wood).

    I’ll keep my thoughts on Greenworks to myself. :)

  • Cristy

    I totally second what Melissa said. When you give up the simple carbs your body quits craving it. I still do whole grains but have cut out the simple carbs and I don’t miss it at all.

  • http://www.allisonthemeep.blogspot.com/ Allison Wilson

    You were the valedictorian of sinus infections!

    High five to you for all of your greening, madame. I think it’s great.

  • JudithNYC

    I never get colds, etc. and I am also convinced that it’s all due to my excellent diet. I do eat lots of carbs but only in the form of whole grains and I make everything myself, including bread and yogurt.. So, yep, after all this work (which I do enjoy a lot) I want all the credit!

    Now to work on the greening of my cleaning routine. I am annoyingly liberal in every other way but I love my Clorox and Mr. Clean, used sparingly, of course.

  • Sally

    Why do grains and bread have to taste so good? I did the Paleo diet for 2 weeks, felt great, lost weight, but it sucked! How do you do it and feed your family completely different? That’s what got me, watching my kids eat stuff I can’t and also wondering, why I am letting them eat what I have decided is not good for me? Also knowing that there is no way my picky kids could live without a wheat product of some sort with every meal. So, I try to cut back on the wheat, mostly and grains in our meals, but it’s hard!

    Having just moved here from Portland OR, I am impressed with your rededication. It’s not easy being environmentally conscious in these parts. My kids have decided to start a petition banning Styrofoam in SLC. My son is concerned though, he said that he’s worried that they don’t have anything else to use.

  • Gretchen

    When you decided to start eating Paleo, how did you get started? Any specific websites, books, or resources to recommend?

  • Jackie Bragale

    That’s good to know. I guess I really just need to kick my butt and do it already.

  • Karen K

    I’m glad you can get paid for writing a blog– sponsor away!
    That said…
    I have a dog and a vegetarian husband who gets really really sick if kitchen items aren’t clean.
    I use 7th generation dish soap and vinegar and baking soda for everything else. I even trust vinegar, soap and hot water to clean up after making dog food (raw pork and chicken). No one’s gotten sick in 8+ years. If you want to purchase a ready made cleaner Mrs. Meyers all purpose is pretty fantastic.
    And tea tree oil kills everything, but if you have a septic tank you’ll want to avoid it because it even kills the good bacteria in there and then you’re in trouble!
    I don’t have children, but friends do and I can’t, in good conscience, use bleach for anything. There is nothing good there for general cleaning.
    Rant over :)