August 28, 2014

#paleodews

That hashtag should actually just be singular,#paleodew, because I'm the only one in the house on board {for now}.

Anywho...I've done it, I've jumped on the paleo train. I've only been at it about three weeks so I'd hardly call myself an expert and definitely don't consider myself "paleo".  I am still learning but I've already learned a lot and my body is responding.  

About a year ago, almost exactly, I attempted to go paleo.  I spent $250 on one shopping trip {double what I was, then, normally spending}, searched and searched the Pinterest for recipes, made a big deal about it, and then failed.  I thought all my Pinterest-ing had me prepared but all it had done was overwhelm me and make me not want to do it because "it was too hard".  

Fast forward one year and I was ready to do something drastic for my body.  I want to emphasize that I am not doing this to lose weight.  My reason for wanting to try a paleo diet was for my health and my body.  I had been eating somewhat clean, but not really.  I had heard from friends how amazing they felt after going paleo, their skin looked better, they had more energy, their bloat was gone, the benefits were endless.  

I was tired of waking up feeling tired.  I hated going to bed feeling "blah" and waking up feeling pretty much the same.  My "belly fat" was never going away.  I wasn't sleeping the best, restless and waking up even when the kids weren't {dumb}.  I knew that I had muscles under neath this layer of "fat" and I was really hoping that cutting some of the culprits would help bring those muscles forward and, who knows, even make them visible?  That last part hasn't happened yet but I'm closer than I was 3 weeks ago.

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The thing I've read about paleo is that it's more of an 80/20 plan.  If you can eat paleo 80% of the time you're doing alright.  So that's been my approach to it thus far.  I've had a few "cheats" here and there {mostly on the weekends} but for the most part I've stuck to a pretty paleo diet.  

Once I took all the thinking out of it, it was actually really easy to do.  I thought I'd die without cheese, literally.  I never in a million years thought I'd be able to eat an omelette without stuffing it with cheese.  I didn't think it was possible to enjoy tacos {burrito bowls} without cheese.  I was OK with the no dairy part and the grains didn't really concern me too much but the cheese?  I just couldn't imagine life without it.  

I just wrote a whole paragraph about cheese...

So yeah, once I stopped over-thinking it, it became much more do-able.  For some reason I was thinking dinner was going to be so difficult but, ummm, hello...meat and veggies!  How easy is that?  No need to come up with something elaborate every night.  I mean I still like to come up with some creative recipes and try out new things but in a pinch I marinate some chicken and slice up some sweet potato chips and a side of fruit, voila!  It doesn't have to be hard!

I've been at it for 3ish weeks now and I already feel so much better.  I feel leaner, even if I don't look it yet.  I wake up feeling good and energetic instead of sluggish.  I have lost about 3-4 lbs which, like I said, wasn't my intention but an added bonus, I guess.  I just like the fact that I am feeling better inside and out.

Now, if I could just get my other half on board.  He eats whatever I make for dinner but as far as breakfast and lunch go, he's on his own.  He'll come around sooner or later, I just know it.  

I am really enjoying this new lifestyle and the changes that my body has made thus far.  I'm trying out new recipes and food combinations and that's been fun.  My cravings for sweets and carbs are gone.  I no longer look towards comfort foods but instead fuel my body with foods that I know are going to do it good.  It's crazy because the better I do sticking to the paleo plan the better I want to do.  If I slip up it makes me want to do better the next day and really stick to eating whole foods rather than have another "cheat".  

Hopefully going forward I'll have some more paleo recipes to share but other than that I'm not going to get all paleo blogger on you, don't worry.  If you follow me on IG you've already seen a few dinner ideas and you can follow the hashtag #paleodews if you are interested in seeing more of our paleo meals.  If you are looking for a real paleo blogger check out PaleOMG, Nom Nom Paleo, and Stupid Easy Paleo, just to name a few.

10 comments:

  1. Curious if you had the hangover/lousy feeling around week one? I have thought hard about doing the whole30 (to reset my body) and then doing paleo ish. I am a bit worried as I am a vegetarian that does not eat a lot of dairy but does consume quite a bit of the grains that have been fortified for vitamins and protein (hello SOY everything). Would I starve? I would LOVE to get ride of these last few pregnancy pounds (2 to be exact) and lose the pouch plus energy would be AWESOME. But am a little worried I would be eating only vegetables and fruit (Which I do 90% of the time). Just curious your thoughts on this:)

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  2. I love the way I feel on it. I have gotten out of the experimenting over the summer because it just gets too hot in my house. We have however grilled a lot... and everything you can imagine. Once fall hits we will be hitting the pinterest recipes again. If you like buffalo chicken anything I believe that my page has 2 paleo recipes for it under the recipe tab. The summer weekends haven't been kind to me but I stick to it during the week. I will be hitting hard core this fall and winter so by next summer I am hot to trot ;-)

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  3. "I just wrote a whole paragraph about cheese." LOL. I hear ya sister!

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  4. I've been cooking my way through Paleomg's Paleo kitchen and everything in it is fantastic!! I'm eating waffles, muffins and banana bread and not having that crash, so great!!

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  5. Sounds amazing, I hope you share more in the future about what youre doing, it's very intimidating to me - like you said, how do I live without cheese??? Thanks for sharing!!

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  6. So does anyone actually believe that you totes do Beach Body to help your minions get healthier? Because that's pretty hard to swallow when you're slapping your commissions up on the internet for the world to see. (Also, can we say, "tacky"?)

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    1. Hi Angela! First of all I want to thank you for not only taking the time to read my posts, but also to comment! As you know I love hearing from my readers! As for Beachbody, believe it or not, yes people do believe me! I know, it's crazy, right? I mean I'm using the products and seeing results from them and them alone. Hard to believe I give all that credit to Beachbody but it's true! Let me know if you need a coach!

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  7. So you really don't think it's tacky to post your commissions?

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  8. Angela, if I were just bragging about how much money I'm making then yes, I would agree with you. However, that's not what I'm doing. I'm showing people who, maybe, want to work from home while being with their kids (like me) that it can be done. People ask me all the time what is realistic to earn with beachbody and so I'm showing them what a real person can make in hopes of them realizing their potential. That's all.

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