Why paleo?

7 10 2009
I started Crossfit when I was about 5 months pregnant. Through my pregnancy, I gained quite a bit of weight (I refused to look at the scale so that I wouldn’t become depressed). After my son was born, I lost a bit, but seemed to hang onto weight as well. I was doing Crossfit three times a week, but I still felt like the fat kid in gym class. My eating habits were erratic. I would forget to eat meals and then be starving by the time the next one came along, so I’d eat whatever was quick. Measuring and weighing everything for Zone didn’t really seem like a viable option, especially as my son became more mobile and I was constantly keeping up with him.

Once my son really started getting into solid foods, and decided everything on my plate was yummy, I wanted to start him off right. So many “kids” foods are full of sugar and junk, and I wanted to shape his palate to want healthy options. Plus, I wanted to look good naked again.

I started before the actual paleo challenge by cutting out processed carbs. Holy crap. I was like a drug addict going through withdrawal. I had headaches and stomach aches and felt like junk for about two weeks. During the second week, I also cut out dairy so I’d be ready for the challenge.

Since I was committed to the challenge, I took the Before photo for the bulletin board and displayed my humiliation for all. That has seriously been the biggest motivation. I really want to show improvement in the after shot.

I really enjoy cooking, so the paleo challenge has been not only an eating challenge, but a cooking challenge for me as well. I wanted to make things interesting and tasty, so that I would want to continue and not get bored. I experimented with recipes and making substitutions to familiar dishes to make them paleo-friendly. I have really enjoyed the group aspect of the challenge and being able to share recipes with other Crossfitters to help keep each other motivated. My strawberry version of the raw fruit pie our CFO nutritionist introduced us to has become a family favorite!

There have been times when I have had cravings (I REALLY want a beer tonight) or (dang, why can’t chocolate be paleo). But I’ve kept myself motivated by thinking about that before picture (shudder). However, forbidden foods have kind of become like porn…fun to watch on the Food Network, but in reality seem pretty dirty and disgusting. My willpower is pretty strong. I have made 3 cakes this month and the hardest part has been remembering to not accidentally lick my fingers.

Honestly, the looking good naked thing has been my primary goal. I never thought about how it would affect my Crossfit performance. Since I am usually the last one done in the 9 am fire-breathers class, I figured I had no where to go but up. During the past two weeks, I have actually felt pretty good about my times and I even kicked my own butt on the benchmark Cindy by beating my previous 11 rounds with 14 rounds and 5 pull ups! I’ve been adding on more weight to my bars and pushing myself harder, and it has felt pretty good. I may not be breaking records yet, but to me, it’s been a big leap.

So back to the looking good naked. Have I lost weight? Yes. During the challenge, I lost about 16 pounds. (I have been banned from using the scale as my neurosis was driving my husband insane.) As for looking good, I am my harshest critic and know I have a long way to go.  Right now, I’ll take your word for it and continue to push myself. I think this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
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8 10 2009
Lilly

I love your testimonial! I’m at the stage in my life where something has got to change or else. I look forward to more recipes and Vegan options as well. You think quitting carbs was hard…try kicking caffiene. I know your pain. You look amazing by the way. Luv you. Your website and you are lookin good! Can’t wait for the nekkid after photos…haha just kidding. Xoxo

4 03 2010
Suzanne

I too, love your testimonial. I went through the same thing after having my son and really pushed myself to get back in shape. I did it and was so proud of myself, but then other life changes. A divorce, and a move put me in a downward spiral. I have just started crossfit and the paleo diet and while the scales haven’t moved yet, I can see a difference in my body. I don’t work out at a crossfit gym so I’m sort of on my own. The trainers haven’t even heard of crossfit! Anyway, I’ve made several of your recipes already and they are all delicious. Thank you for creating this site.

I do have a questions for you. I’ve looked at several sites and can’t find an answer if you could substitute coconut flour for almond flour. Coconut flour, while higher in carbs is much lower in fat, lower in calories and has 4 times the fiber. What are your thoughts?

4 03 2010
paleomama

You can certainly substitute it. I’m always up for experimentation in the kitchen.

Good luck and keep up the good work! And throw out the scale.

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