Jury out on eating paleo but caveman style suits Katie
FOR Katie Kirby eating paleo is more than just a diet.
Over the past month, the Rockhampton woman has overhauled her lifestyle.
One of the biggest lifestyle trends this year, the paleo diet involves eating the way our hunting and gathering caveman ancestors supposedly would have.
That means cutting out processed fast foods, cereals and pastas in favour of more protein, vegetables, seeds and nuts.
The Dietitians Association of Australia said the scientific evidence didn't stack up, but passionate advocates, like celebrity chef Pete Evans, have defended eating paleo.
In a statement, Dietitians Association of Australia CEO Claire Hewat said the idea of eliminating whole food groups was not backed by science and eating more protein could cause health problems.
But paleo supporters have questioned the Dietitians Association of Australia's motives given their corporate partners include companies like Nestle, Unilever and Arnott's.
Katie turned to paleo in search of a healthier lifestyle after family members also changed their diet.
While she has found it more expensive to buy fresh produce rather than grabbing fast food for dinner, Katie said each meal was far more satisfying.
And she hasn't been left craving the dairy and gluten-based foods she's eliminated from her diet.
Since changing her lifestyle, Katie also has a newfound love of coconuts.
From drinking coconut milk to cooking with coconut oil, Katie said she used the tropical fruit in most meals.
Katie said people shouldn't be too harsh when judging paleo, which she said had made her feel healthy and satisfied.
"Try it before you judge it," she said.
Clean and lean
One of Katie's favourite paleo dishes is perfect alongside meat or as a meal by itself.
Cut up all your vegetables into small pieces
In a baking dish, brush the vegetables with coconut oil before adding some herbs
Bake in the oven for 30 mins or until cooked