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One Month of Paleo!

Hey peeps! Well, I officially made it one month on my Paleo diet. Yay, me!

If you’ve read any of my other posts, you are aware that I’m feeling great, but I thought I would give more of a specific update about my overall results after a full month.

  • I’ve lost 8 pounds (I was aiming for at least 10, but I’m starting to wonder if some of my fat is turning to muscle)
  • My clothes are fitting better, and my mid-section doesn’t seem so blechy. I’ve got a ways to go until I’m satisfied, but I can definitely see a difference.
  • I feel less bloated and “heavy” after a meal. I get full, but I don’t have that gross, stuffed feeling anymore.
  • I have noticeably more energy throughout the day.
  • I feel like I’m sleeping better at night. I don’t have any data to support this, but it does seem that I’m falling to sleep a little faster and sleeping through the night a little better.
  • I’m not craving processed foods. Sure, I still give into temptation a little, but I’d much rather have some fruit or nuts for a snack, instead of a kit kat or chips.
  • I’m experimenting with food more than I ever have before. I think I’ve spent more time in the kitchen over the past month, than I had over the last year. Eating paleo isn’t as convenient as eating crap, but it’s made me more excited to get home to cook a nice meal or experiment with new baking ingredients.
  • Food tastes better! For too long I’ve been covering up the deliciousness of natural foods with cheese, sauce, butter, salt, and sugar. I’ve realized that most vegetables are better cooked in a little olive oil and a squeeze of lemon (or just au naturale).

Here are a few of my favorite easy meals to give you a little inspiration. Long live paleo!

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Taco Salad

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Shrimp Marinara w/ Veggies

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Almond crusted pork chops w/ honey mustard

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Spaghetti squash with grilled chicken

 

Getting Started

Hi.  I’m Stacey.  I never imagined starting a blog about healthy living  (and that isn’t necessarily all that I will be sharing); however I made a turn in my life a little over a week ago, and I feel inspired to write about it.  In a nutshell, I’ve always been a “curvy” gal, but recently I hit a point when I looked in the mirror and thought “Enough is enough!”  I’m fat, and I don’t like it.  I’m in my not so mid-thirties, and if I’m ever going to be healthy, this is a good time to start.  Upon the recommendation of a friend, I watched a documentary called The Perfect Human Diet, which focused on the evidence behind eating on a Paleolithic diet plan.  Something clicked.  Of course our bodies are biologically wired to eat animals and plants.  It’s what we’ve been doing for 20,000 years, and how humans have evolved.  So, it only makes sense that obesity became a big problem when we started incorporating grains, processed sugars, and such into our diets within the last 100 years.  Our bodies weren’t built to eat this way.  Duh.

Consequently, the very next day I made the decision to eat Paleo style.  This was a week ago.  I told myself I would start with a 30-day commitment, and see where it goes from there.  I have to admit, the first couple of days were rough.  I had a constant headache from the caffeine and sugar reduction.  I was crabby and hungry, because I didn’t prepare for meals in advance.  I didn’t falter though, because I had made myself a commitment.  And wouldn’t you know it, by the 4th day, the headache was gone, and I was starting to feel pretty fantastic.  It’s amazing how good you can feel when you aren’t overstuffing yourself with crap.  In fact, food has been tasting even better than it did, because I was actually tasting it, rather than covering it up with sauce, cheese, sugar, etc.  After getting inspiration from some other Paleo bloggers and pinners (on Pinterest), I’m thrilled to be creating simple meals from delicious food that nature intended.

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A delicious paleo friendly ratatouille!

Have I been eating perfectly according to the Paleo plan?  Well, not exactly, but I’m pretty damn close.  I still have coffee in the morning (usually an Americano with a little almond milk and ½ a packet of sugar in the raw).  Nobody wants to know me without my morning coffee, and some Paleo peeps say it isn’t technically cheating to consume naturally occurring caffeine.  Well, I doubt any cavemen were enjoying a morning cup of joe, but I allow myself this pleasure/routine.  I’ve replaced diet coke with La Croix (cavemen probably didn’t drink carbonated water either, but with zero calories and no sweetener, I figure it can’t hurt).  After my initial 30 days, I plan on allowing myself a little dark chocolate and red wine, too.  Because hey, I have to have a little fun, right?

So, there you go.  If you want to follow along on my journey, feel free.  I will definitely be blogging about other interests in my life, but the focus of this blog will be on creating a healthy, happy, new me!  And away we go…

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Goodbye fat girl!

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