A Few Thoughts on Paleo

Sep 19

Friends, can we chat health and lifestyle for a moment? I wasn’t planning to write this post just yet and, frankly, this is far outside the realm of what we usually chat about around these parts. That said, I know I’m far from being alone in my journey over here and I thought it might be helpful to get real for a moment and share a bit more about where I’m at with you. (Plus, I promised to share more insight into my personal life moving forward, remember?) If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may already know that last Monday I started following a Paleo diet. Today I thought I’d share a little bit about why that is and how it’s going so far after approximately 10 days.

Paleo Donuts

[Caramel glazed Paleo donuts from Against All Grain.]

In a nutshell? I love it. Some of you who are longtime readers may know that between 2006 and 2008, I lost approximately 110 pounds by cleaning up my eating and working out like a crazy woman. I had gotten really heavy in college and I’d finally had enough. The weight stayed off until 2011 when a series of wild and crazy events (a story for another day) all kind of collided and had this meteor-like effect on my life. I began making excuses, excuses turned into habits, and the weight started to pile back on. This year I have been struggling to try and lose what I gained back and was making little to no progress. Around that time I started hearing a lot of people talk about Paleo. I immediately wrote it off because most people who follow Paleo eat a lot of meat and this girl hasn’t eaten red meat in eight years or poultry in close to five. No way was I going back to eating meat. That said, I have always occasionally eaten fish and seafood, so I thought I’d look into Paleo a bit more and if it seemed interesting I’d modify it to fit my own lifestyle. A week and a half ago I did just that, and I’m pretty sure there’s no looking back at this point.

Paleo Lemon Bars

[Paleo lemon bars from Against All Grain.]

Ok, so if you’ve read this far you probably want to know the numbers, right? Over the last 10 days I’ve lost 7.4 pounds and the inches that are dropping off are blowing my mind. Already it’s more than 1″ from my waist and nearly 1.5″ from my hips. Overall, it’s about 5″ lost in not even two weeks. Mind boggling. Especially after months and months of little to no results. I haven’t changed my workouts at all. I’m still doing the same 5+ hours a week at the gym (or working out at home) I’ve been doing all year. The only thing that has changed in the last 10 days is my diet. I already ate pretty clean so I attribute it to cutting out the wheat and dairy. I haven’t been perfect, but my goal is to be 90% on target on any given day. I have had cream in my coffee a few times. While I love almond milk in a lot of things, there’s nothing like cream in coffee, in my opinion. On Saturday, we went out to eat and I did have a few bites of things that had wheat. But otherwise, I have been following along faithfully.

Paleo Lemonade

[Paleo lemonade from Against All Grain.]

I just want to point out, I’m in no way being sponsored or endorsed to talk about this stuff. I will share some links below that I found helpful when researching what Paleo was all about (in a nutshell, it’s no legumes, dairy, wheat, sugar, corn, soy, starches or processed foods), but these are really just for your informational purposes if you’re interested in learning more. I know what it’s like to feel like you’re beating your head against the wall and getting no where with your health goals. I know it all too well. Paleo is also said to be amazing for all kinds of auto-immune disorders, of which I’m luckily free, but it’s something to look into if you have any of those issues. I can assure you we’re not going to be talking about weight loss on the regular around here, but you can definitely follow along on Instagram if you want, because quite often I’m sharing what I’m eating and how things are going. Oh! And if you’re already living Paleo and have additional resources to share, please leave a comment! I’m far from an expert here, after all.

  • The Paleo Diet (I read this book first when I started getting serious about learning more)
  • Against All Grain (Danielle has tons of Paleo, gluten free, and dairy free recipes and a new cookbook I want!)
  • Breakfast at Toast (Danielle is one of the first bloggers I heard talking about Paleo)
  • A House in the Hills (Sarah has a ton of recipes, many of which are Paleo or could easily be modified)
  • Whole30 (An incredible resource with the ins and outs in good detail)
  • Pinterest (Just search for Paleo – loads of recipes come up!)
  • Instagram (I use the hashtag #paleo – really good inspiration on there)

If you have any questions, please let me know! Like I said, I’m far from a Paleo expert but I’m learning and enjoying the process so far. Surprisingly so, actually. On day 3 I thought I was going to throw in the towel and I distinctly recall texting a friend and declaring something along the lines of, “I want to face plant into a baguette smothered in goat cheese right now.” But I didn’t and I’m so glad for that. More updates to come as I learn more and have more insight to share.

[All photos by Against All Grain.]