I started my Paleo journey about a year and a half ago, not because I wanted to lose weight although, it was a nice little plus. But because I was in a serious rut. Beckham was almost 2 years old and I was in dire need of energy. I was working full-time and coming home to a very active toddler and I could not keep up!
The Paleo lifestyle is obviously very big in the crossfit community and since my hubby was/is a frequent flier in the box, he jumped on the Paleo bandwagon. And for good reason! The Paleo approach to eating has so many benefits for overall health, including-but not limited to, weight loss, reducing blood pressure and lowering cholesterol levels.
I was hesitant at first to crossover to the Paleo lifestyle, I figured it was just another fad diet (come on mom, everyone is doing it!) It wasn’t until I saw how successful Felipe (the hubs) was with this lifestyle change that I decided to give it a try. A little about my wonderful hubby… Felipe has been type one diabetic since he was six years (awful, I know!) Since we’ve been together (almost 10 years, yea!) he has struggled with “self control” when it comes to food, as many of us do. So when he finally decided to go all in with the Paleo lifestyle and really take control of his health the results were amazing! He was cutting his required insulin needs in half on a daily basis, he was shedding weight like never before, he was no longer having to take his cholesterol medication, and on top of all of that he was feeling stronger with so much energy. Right then is when my Paleo journey began…
I started researching EVERYTHING I could find on the Paleo lifestyle. And the more I read, the more I was interested. It’s astounding the misinformation that youth is taught now days, if taught at all. It’s no wonder that America is the most obese country in the world. But lets not get political about it… Naturally, I wanted to take in all the information I could before changing my lifestyle. I wanted to jump in with both feet, but doing it the correct way, If that makes sense?
OK, now what? I was ready! Until I stepped foot in the grocery store and realized how expensive eating healthy actually was. But I was wrong. After the initial shock, Felipe and I sat down and made a weekly shopping list. We focused on buying vegetables and fruits that were in season and basically just avoided items that were over the budget. Tips such as buying in season and shopping the perimeter of the grocery store really helped us out in the beginning. We also found that local farmer’s markets had a huge selection of organic produce for almost half the price of our regular grocery store. Can I just mention how AWESOME Costco is?! Because they really are. Their organic selection has grown so much in the past couple years. And who doesn’t want bulk almond flour? I for one, am a fan! Also, bulk organic chicken and grass-fed beef are a plus at a reasonable price.
Back to my journey… For all of the pregnant women out there who eat healthy 90% of the time and work out 5 days week (or even 3) I APPLAUD YOU! I got pregnant with our second son, Blake a couple of months into Paleo and I was so sick. Chicken disgusted me, I was exhausted and I didn’t want to spend my entire night after work in the kitchen. So here is where I will tell you that whatever I could fathom eating, I ate it Paleo or not. And trust me, I paid the price for it afterward. Not only was I extremely sluggish, but I would end up hungry 30 minutes after I ate! No bueno… My point here is this, you will have ups and downs switching over to the Paleo lifestyle and it’s OK. I still have trouble with it now, even after all of this time. But I always come back to it, and it’s because of the way it makes me feel.
I have compiled, experimented, and failed at many Paleo recipes over the past almost two years. But the ones I have perfected I want to share with you. I love being in the kitchen and I am hoping you all experience my passion through this blog! Thanks for visiting and check back often for more recipes, tips and updates on my family’s Paleo journey.