About Paleo

Improve your Health with a Paleo Lifestyle

Your Mission: Be Healthy

Together, through this Blog, we can improve our overall health and have:

  • Increased Energy
  • Less Body Fat
  • Improved Attitude
  • An Efficient Immune System
  • Regular Sleeping Patterns

We can accomplish all of the above by changing only one thing – Your Diet.

First, let me introduce myself.

me and family
Me and My Family

My name is Tanya Hobson.  I am, first and foremost, a wife and a mom.  My husband and son are the main reason I eat so healthy.  Like most moms, our families mean the world to us.  Thinking about my son when faced with cravings is a very powerful motivator.

I work by day as a nerdy Civil Engineer and design roads, freeways, and intersections around the great state of Texas.  But don’t call me about traffic, I can’t help you there.

I am American of Armenian descent – my great-grandparents immigrated to the United States back in 1911.  Our family keeps a lot of the Armenian traditions alive, including the great food.  Some of my recipes here incorporate a Mediterranean flair.

My family and I didn’t always follow a Paleo diet.  This was a new change for us, brought on by experimentation and research into new ways to stay healthy.

How I Started Paleo

In 2007, I was diagnosed with cancer and had a year of chemotherapy and radiation.  The effect of such harsh treatment left its mark on my body by destroying most of my kidneys, which filter out harmful substances from the bloodstream.  Due to my very low kidney function (about 15%), I was placed on dialysis and my name was added to the National Kidney Transplant list.

I decided to change and improve my condition – take my life in my own hands and be responsible for it.  Starting with the food I ate, I cleaned out my kitchen, developed new routines, and put my body – myself – back in control.

After some really hard work, ongoing research, and now following a Paleo lifestyle, I am officially off dialysis and continuing strong with my own kidneys.

My Struggle that Led Me Here

For my full story, check out my post on how My Struggle Made Me but Doesn’t Define Me.

Experience Paleo Created

Experience Paleo was created so I could share my experiences with:

  • Food,
  • Exercise,
  • Life, and
  • Keeping it all together.

The recipes and information I post and my experiences along the way will help guide you through your journey to Experience Paleo and reap the numerous benefits of living clean and powerful by only improving one thing…Your Diet!

Arayjem! (Armenian for “See you soon”)

The Next Steps:

14 Comments Add yours

  1. Amy says:

    Great blog and great information! I look forward to trying the taco salad recipe.

    1. Tanya says:

      Thank you, Amy, for your help getting this blog published. You will love the Taco Salad! We really do have that meal once a week.

  2. I Love your blog website Tanya!!! Truly miss having our lunch conversations when you were here in Tucson. Keep it up I support your journey!!! Love love this!!! Hope to see you soon when ever your here I Tucson or when I am in Texas.

    1. Tanya says:

      I am so glad you like the blog! You are such an inspiration to me as well. I’m so happy to see you compete, excel and teach others in your journey towards amazing health.

  3. robin says:

    Hi Tanya,
    I met you at Barnes & Noble. I love the blog !

    Thanks for the information

    1. tanyahobson says:

      Hi Robin,

      Thank you for checking out my website. How is your Whole30 Challenge going? Did you and Kelly receive the Whole30 Week 1 Meal Plan I sent? I wish you the best luck with the Challenge; it will really change your outlook on food, taste, nutrition and portioning.

      What have your challenges been so far? Let me know if you have any questions or run into any roadblocks and I can help you, although Kelly is a pro.

      So nice to have met you and please keep in touch. I’ll be setting up an email list soon so check back soon so you can subscribe to the email list.

  4. Miguel Kobrosly says:

    Hello Tania is Miguel from Preko woodworks I am writing to let you know that your cutting board is ready and waiting for you in our booth tomball farmers market. Let me know if you’r available to come today or you prefer that I bring the cutting board to your place, at any time I have flexible schedule and I will be more than happy to provide the service. My phone number 8327106722

    1. Tanya says:

      Thank you very much, Miguel! I can’t wait for the new cutting board. It looks beautiful.

  5. Decarius Spells says:

    Hey there,

    Well, I’d like to thank you for posting your incredible journey. I’ve recently become distraught about this new diagnosis…. Was assigned a Renal Dietitian, but she said NOTHING about kidney care. Just spoke generally about losing weight and a balanced diet. Nothing about Sodium, Phosphorus, or even the fact that I have TWO killer diseases (Diabetes, and CKD Stage 3a GFR 56)!

    That’s what makes me SO upset about this… Everything that’s good for the Diabetes, is a killer for the kidneys, and vice versa. So, looks like nothing but water.

    The Davita Diet Helper (on the Davita website)…. isn’t really a helper. Here’s why:
    1. It asks if I’m also a Diabetic… I say yes. BUT, the meals, and the grocery list it generates is as if I said NO to Diabetes. So, I’m back to nothing.

    So, I eat cabbage, and iceberg salad only (yuck… no nutritional value in the salad), salmon, and tilapia…..

    And as much as I like chili, and blackeye peas, butter beans, etc… (I’m a country boy from NC). I guess they’re all out of the picture for the rest of my life. LIke… spinach, collards, kale, field greens, romaine, ……… all the stuff that’s normally nutritional…. is somehow OUT now. So, as far as I’m concerned…. WATER is the only safe intake.

    My Nephrologist said that the RENAL DIETITIAN would be able to:
    1. Educate me on what array of foods (meats, veggies, and breads) I CAN eat
    2. Plan a diet for me, telling me WHAT to eat, HOW much to eat, and WHEN to eat it.
    3. Follow up with me (I check in with them) bi-monthly so they can tweak my diet, give them copies of my blood work if they wish, etc. ….. SO THEY CAN HELP ME SAVE MY KIDNEYS AND KEEP MY FEET TO DANCE AT MY TWIN 13 YEAR OLD DAUGHTERS WEDDINGS…..

    I’ll be 50 next month (November 17th)…. so THIS is my birthday present….. YAY…….

    I’m trying to read more into the Paleo diet, but wonder if it’ll still be out of line with my Diabetes…

    BTW, I’m in Indianpolis.

    1. Tanya says:

      Wow, Decarius, your story gave me goosebumps. I’m so sorry to hear this news and I completely understand how frustrating it is for you. Starting a new lifestyle, a new eating pattern, and new habits is scary, especially when your health is on the line.

      I can say this, leading a Paleo lifestyle has worked for me and my kidneys. My function has remained the same (15%) ever since I adopted a completely Paleo lifestyle. Now for your Diabetes, I can say that following a Paleo lifestyle will reduce your sugar intake; however, depending on what type of Diabetes you have, Paleo may not affect the pancreas.

      The basic premise of a Paleo lifestyle is eating real, nutrient-dense food. If it goes bad after a week, then you know it’s real food. 🙂 For more on Paleo basics, you can read a more in depth post here. (http://www.tanyahobson.com/best-way-to-start-a-paleo-diet/)

      The other aspects to a Paleo lifestyle is also exercise. Exercise has proved almost as important for me and my kidneys as eating healthy. The reason is that since my kidneys can’t clean/purge my body of excess water and toxins, I have to do it myself via exercise. It’s amazing how much better I feel afterwards, and I’m sure my kidneys appreciate it.

      Lastly, I want to mention a small note about the “yes” and “no” list for both Diabetes and Renal care: Every body is Different! Your body reacts to food differently than mine does. What works for one person may or may not work for another. The honest, most truthful way to determine what is good for your body, good for your kidneys, and good for diabetes is to try one thing for 30 days and then get your blood checked. Based on the results, the dietitian can then make modifications to your meals by adding/subtracting certain foods that may cause some negative numbers. Be sure to keep a good enough food diary/log so the dietitian can easily adjust the meals.

      That’s exactly what I did and ended up right here…following this Paleo lifestyle.

      Please, let me continue this conversation with you via email. Can you please email me at tanya@experiencepaleo.com so we can stay in touch?

  6. Hiya, I’m really glad I have found this information. Nowadays bloggers publish just about gossips and internet and this is actually frustrating. A good web site with exciting content, this is what I need. Thanks for keeping this web-site, I’ll be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Can’t find it.

    1. Tanya says:

      Thank you, Roseline!

      I’m glad you find the content useful for you. I try to post on things that I am currently going through as well.

      I do have a newsletter. It goes out every other week. You can find the sign up on the bottom-right of every page.

  7. mlr says:

    Hi Tanya, Thank you so much for your energy and positive spirit. At 65, single, only one kidney due to cancer and bipolar disorder…and an added gift, my son at 43 who has Asperger…well lets say i’m seeking a simplified way of life. Currently my grf is 29, working hard to get back to level 3..

    My question to you is, do you really eat all the ‘meat’….I’ve been told not to eat meat…only small amount of protein and no red meats. I try to get about 40 % protien, 5’1″122lbs….slow loss from 135…goal 115. I was at grf 43 a year an half ago…got lazy and now i’m paying the price. Now no processed foods, free range eggs turkey, salmon,tuna lots of fruits and veggies, no dairy. Any advice would be welcome!
    Thanks mlr

    1. Tanya says:

      Thank you so much MLR for the comment and asking such a GREAT question!

      Yes, I do eat all meat – and I would say 75% of my protein comes from organic red meat. It’s my favorite. Initially, my Doctor told me to reduce my protein to 1 gram per kg of body weight, which was only about 75 grams of protein. I found this was not enough for me as I was constantly hungry and would eat almost entire pans of roasted broccoli like a crazy person. Once I increased my protein amount, I felt more satisfied after my meals and felt better and stronger during my workouts. I also kept up with my blood work so I was able to to assess the effect of increasing my protein amount. Funny thing…my GFR went from 15 to 17.

      Ultimately, the best answer for YOU, is to eat what you enjoy, in amounts where you feel satisfied and have enough energy to move throughout the day. Then keep track of your blood work and adjust as needed.

      You may also want to read this article from Precision Nutrition on kidney function vs. Protein: https://www.precisionnutrition.com/high-protein-safe-for-kidneys

      Again, than you so much for your support and keep these questions coming!

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