Here are my results… posted one day early! 
I look at this and I realize how much I have changed… I was worried my before and after pictures weren’t going to be good enough to prove everything that going paleo did, but I think they do! 
To be honest I am terrified to go back to eating any other way. One, I am scared to gain it back… and two, I am scared of how it’ll make me feel… With that being said I am not going to quit paleo 100% by any means. I will continue to live a primarily paleo lifestyle while still enjoying cook outs, birthdays, and special occasions with my friends and family every now and then. 
If you think this isn’t real and doubt my results over 30 days (really 29) than try it for yourself, I dare you. You wont regret it…

Here are my results… posted one day early! 

I look at this and I realize how much I have changed… I was worried my before and after pictures weren’t going to be good enough to prove everything that going paleo did, but I think they do! 

To be honest I am terrified to go back to eating any other way. One, I am scared to gain it back… and two, I am scared of how it’ll make me feel… With that being said I am not going to quit paleo 100% by any means. I will continue to live a primarily paleo lifestyle while still enjoying cook outs, birthdays, and special occasions with my friends and family every now and then. 

If you think this isn’t real and doubt my results over 30 days (really 29) than try it for yourself, I dare you. You wont regret it…

27 Days Update!

It has been a while since I have shared an update… Today marks 27 days since we made the decision to go paleo! 

I have see some amazing changes in my cravings, health, and in my appearance!

1. I used to break out in acne and had to use those cleansing pads everyday to wash my face… I haven’t had to use them since the first week we went paleo. My face isn’t as oily as it used to be and I am enjoying not having to wear cover up or smell those horrible face wipes.

2. I have lost 11 pounds! I am not sure if many others can see it but I can! Shirts that I bought last summer are too big, pants that I could wear but were too tight now fit just right, and my tush has changed for the better!

3. I was diagnosed with chronic migraines over 2 years ago. I have been on medication for it since (usually taking 1-4 pills a week)… after the first week of paleo I haven’t had to take any of my migraine medication! Not even once!

4. I no longer suffer from the pelvic pains I used to feel that were caused by my PCOS. This is huge! They were always so painful and left me sore for a day or two afterwards. 

5. I no longer crave cheese, bread, or pasta… Instead I crave fruits or certain veggies. A weird one I have now is the craving of spices… I know this is similar to craving a genre of food, but now I know what to cook with to curb that craving.

6. I have more energy most days than I have had in years. Since having Cale I was always tired! Now I feel amazing (unless I cheat and eat something that is processed or contains gluten or dairy). 

I have some other changes that are TMI so I will keep those to myself! (;

My husband says he has seen weight loss (not that he needed to lose any in the first place) and he has seen his skin clear up as well. 

Our son is eating well rounded meals and isn’t as picky as he used to be… he still needs some encouragement to eat his veggies but what almost 3 year old doesn’t? (OMG he turns 3 next week!!)

I am thinking about what I am going to do for my 30 day post… I am debating on posting before and after pictures, but I will have to do some digging of pictures to get a good compilation of how I have changed in recent years and then within the past 30 days.

Stay tuned!

Oh and just incase you were wondering what was for dinner, I found all natural pork chops and decided to do garlic herb pork chops with a veggie stir frye and some asparagus! mmmMMmmm

So today I decided to share something more personal. A year and a half ago I was diagnosed with PCOS (poly-cystic ovarian syndrome). A friend shared with me a Facebook page called Laughing with PCOS. 
My first blog post was about how I needed to do this change because of my insulin intolerance… that is due to my medical condition that causes symptoms like: infertility, hirsutism, thinning hair on scalp, acne, severe pelvic pains, weight gain/difficulty loosing weight, binge eating disorders, and mental disorders like depression and anxiety…
All of this is caused by a hormonal imbalance… and they really aren’t sure what causes it. They do have evidence that it could be linked to an insulin intolerance. 
Needless to say paleo is what I have turned to in order to naturally control my PCOS. I know I will not ever be 100% paleo, I love dairy! I loooove my cheese!!! BUT I will make an effort to continue to mainly remain paleo. I have read how many woman who have PCOS have turned to the paleo diet and found amazing results… I am starting to be one of them. 
These woman have reported improvements in fertility, balanced hormones, weight loss, regular menstrual cycles, and normal blood sugar levels just to name a few. I personally have enjoyed benefits of rarely experiencing the pelvic pains that I have lived with for so long.
Paleo has helped me not use medications to manage my symptoms.
Will it make me more fertile? I don’t know… we were told we were lucky we got to have Cale. I cherish his existence every single day. Do we want more children…? Maybe. We have decided to just let nature take its course and if we are blessed with another we will love him or her like we love Cale.
Anyways… seeing this today and going to the creator’s blog  it reminded me of one of the main reasons I am doing this. I am doing this for my health! 
Go check out these pages if you also have PCOS… it may just make the journey easier knowing someone else’s. 
On a better note, lunch was great today!
The husband has made an amazing seasoning mixture… he has no clue the recipe so I am sooooo sorry that I don’t get to share it. He said it is “a mixture of three different mixtures.” But we put some boneless chicken thighs and zucchini spears on the stove top and added some raw snap peas to our plates to make them even more green!

Next time he makes a seasoning mixture I’m going to make him measure everything out!

So today I decided to share something more personal. A year and a half ago I was diagnosed with PCOS (poly-cystic ovarian syndrome). A friend shared with me a Facebook page called Laughing with PCOS

My first blog post was about how I needed to do this change because of my insulin intolerance… that is due to my medical condition that causes symptoms like: infertility, hirsutism, thinning hair on scalp, acne, severe pelvic pains, weight gain/difficulty loosing weight, binge eating disorders, and mental disorders like depression and anxiety…

All of this is caused by a hormonal imbalance… and they really aren’t sure what causes it. They do have evidence that it could be linked to an insulin intolerance. 

Needless to say paleo is what I have turned to in order to naturally control my PCOS. I know I will not ever be 100% paleo, I love dairy! I loooove my cheese!!! BUT I will make an effort to continue to mainly remain paleo. I have read how many woman who have PCOS have turned to the paleo diet and found amazing results… I am starting to be one of them. 

These woman have reported improvements in fertility, balanced hormones, weight loss, regular menstrual cycles, and normal blood sugar levels just to name a few. I personally have enjoyed benefits of rarely experiencing the pelvic pains that I have lived with for so long.

Paleo has helped me not use medications to manage my symptoms.

Will it make me more fertile? I don’t know… we were told we were lucky we got to have Cale. I cherish his existence every single day. Do we want more children…? Maybe. We have decided to just let nature take its course and if we are blessed with another we will love him or her like we love Cale.

Anyways… seeing this today and going to the creator’s blog  it reminded me of one of the main reasons I am doing this. I am doing this for my health! 

Go check out these pages if you also have PCOS… it may just make the journey easier knowing someone else’s. 

On a better note, lunch was great today!

The husband has made an amazing seasoning mixture… he has no clue the recipe so I am sooooo sorry that I don’t get to share it. He said it is “a mixture of three different mixtures.” But we put some boneless chicken thighs and zucchini spears on the stove top and added some raw snap peas to our plates to make them even more green!

Next time he makes a seasoning mixture I’m going to make him measure everything out!

Going strong and seeing progress…

This week was a good week for us! We really have taken to the paleo lifestyle and I am enjoying the way I feel. 

At the end of our 3rd week I am down 10 lbs!! I started at 150 and I am not down to 140! I didn’t weigh below 145 while in high school so I feel pretty good about myself. I am working out regularly again and today I did a 1.51 mile run for the first time since high school!

I will admit I have been craving sweets, so I have been enjoying some banana ice cream after Cale goes to bed… but I can’t bring myself to feel like it is bad for me when all it is, is frozen bananas, almond milk, and agave nectar. It has been a life saver for me not to cheat through out the week.

Since the week went so well we decided for Valentine’s day we would have a cheat meal and go out with some friends. We found this amazing burger joint down town Columbia and I about died over how amazing their food was… I couldn’t eat it all though all the bread and cheese together was so heavy, but boy was it good. Since that meal on Saturday I have not been hungry! I have forced myself to eat the past two day and I am blaming it on all the carbohydrates I took in that evening. 

Tonight we are going to roast a whole chicken! I think by dinner time I will be hungry again…

Let me tell you, I have been craving fried chicken because everyone knows how delicious it is! Well I was looking at nomnompaleo and have found a recipe that is awesome enough to curb that craving!
Don’t believe me?
Go here and try it yourself!!!
We served ours with a large helping of fresh spinach, sliced strawberries (love affair continues), and sunflower seed salad with a oil and balsamic vinegar dressing. MMM so good! 
**We bought bone in chicken breast and cut out the bones because we wanted white meat instead of dark**

Let me tell you, I have been craving fried chicken because everyone knows how delicious it is! Well I was looking at nomnompaleo and have found a recipe that is awesome enough to curb that craving!

Don’t believe me?

Go here and try it yourself!!!

We served ours with a large helping of fresh spinach, sliced strawberries (love affair continues), and sunflower seed salad with a oil and balsamic vinegar dressing. MMM so good! 

**We bought bone in chicken breast and cut out the bones because we wanted white meat instead of dark**

Ok so we made paleo banana “pancakes” the other morning and they were so awesome I had to make them again. 
The natural maple syrup and the strawberries all rolled up in the “pancake” is soooooo good. 
WARNING: These are not like normal pancakes. Since these are paleo they cannot contain many ingredients that are normally found in pancakes so the texture is slightly different. (not super fluffy - but still delicious!)
Makes 4 “pancakes”
1 Large Banana
1/3 cup of tapioca flour
1/3 almond milk
1 egg
Natural Maple Syrup
Strawberries sliced
Directions:
Mash bananas until smooth then add tapioca flour and mix until combined. Add egg continuing to mix. Then add almond milk until everything is smoothly combined together. Heat non-stick pan on low medium heat and pour 1/4 of batter into pan, flip when bubbles form and finish cooking on other side.
Serve with strawberry slices and natural maple syrup!

**The strawberries add something special to this dish… don’t leave them out!** (I may be having a slight love affair with strawberries currently…)

Enjoy!

Ok so we made paleo banana “pancakes” the other morning and they were so awesome I had to make them again. 

The natural maple syrup and the strawberries all rolled up in the “pancake” is soooooo good. 

WARNING: These are not like normal pancakes. Since these are paleo they cannot contain many ingredients that are normally found in pancakes so the texture is slightly different. (not super fluffy - but still delicious!)

Makes 4 “pancakes”

1 Large Banana

1/3 cup of tapioca flour

1/3 almond milk

1 egg

Natural Maple Syrup

Strawberries sliced

Directions:

Mash bananas until smooth then add tapioca flour and mix until combined. Add egg continuing to mix. Then add almond milk until everything is smoothly combined together. Heat non-stick pan on low medium heat and pour 1/4 of batter into pan, flip when bubbles form and finish cooking on other side.

Serve with strawberry slices and natural maple syrup!

**The strawberries add something special to this dish… don’t leave them out!** (I may be having a slight love affair with strawberries currently…)

Enjoy!

Paleo Fail — Giving into a craving

So this week has been crazy busy. It is only Wednesday night and I am done… just done.

I hate the word fail. It is a nasty negative yucky word…

This week started off great with our paleo diet, we have been eating lots of white meat stir-fry and trying new things. I have come to even taste my food in a different way. You may be asking what I mean by that… and I will let you know right now that paleo isn’t easy and today I said screw it I’m gonna eat Mexican food! 

While I did enjoy my “cheat” meal that should never have happened… I couldn’t help but notice one thing, it doesn’t taste the same as I remember. We are in the middle of week 2 and I didn’t think I would have noticed that much of a difference, but I sure did. 

Deciding to follow a diet, whether you choose clean eating, low carb, paleo, or some other type of diet… it isn’t easy. You will try to do your best when you really commit yourself but that doesn’t mean you wont make mistakes. We have been doing great and when life happens sometimes you just give in. I figured it would be better me do it now than when my craving was uncontrollable and I give up… because I’m not going to give up. 

It is important that everyone knows that giving in a little isn’t really a failure… it is knowing your body’s limitation and knowing when to say ok to something and when to say no. Today I felt like I may have needed this. Maybe it shocked my body after these passed few days… maybe not. Either way tomorrow is a new day and I’m ready to stick with it now that I got that out of my system.

Also, after my mexican meal… I had the worst tummy ache! So choose your poison. 

So I’m back! We had a very busy weekend and our first cheat meal! Let me recap what happened over the weekend if you’re interested…

Saturday I went out with my girlfriends for drinks. The whole night I followed my paleo to a ‘T’ until someone offered me a jello shot which I am sure was not paleo in any way, shape, or form. But before that I was drinking tequila, soda water, and lime… some argue alcohol isn’t paleo but I am going to indulge and say it is for my sanity. 

Sunday we went to pick up Cale from my aunt’s house and had lunch there… our one cheat meal. She made bbq ribs, sweet potatoes, salad, and bread. I only had the ribs and sweet potatoes but than indulged in desert which was amazing… until right after when I felt like crap. I literally didn’t eat dinner because I just wasn’t hungry and the next day I was tired and I know it was from putting processed food into my body. My husband felt the same way so it is safe to say the food was the cause. Anyways we didn’t really watch the Super Bowl… Instead I worked on my midterms which I’m hoping I did well on.

Today was a very slow day in our house. It was rainy and no one felt great after Sunday as mentioned above. We drank cucumber water (literally all it is: 1 cucumber sliced and put into a jug of water — delicious), ate lamb chops that we bought from Whole Foods (which were small but amazing), and for dinner I made spicy seasoned chicken with jalapenos, green peppers, and pineapples. We wrapped them in romaine lettuce and put salsa on them and they were ok. Not my favorite meal that I have made but it was good… I’ve been craving Mexican food like crazy and unfortunately this didn’t hit the spot.

So this week I am going to do some research on some really awesome Mexican paleo recipes. So be on the look out! I will update you all when my craving is satisfied!

Some random updates!

I didn’t post yesterday but we are still going strong! I have midterms this week and while I sit here procrastinating I decided to update everyone!

No picture today… even though I could upload a picture of the awesome dinner I had yesterday (shrimp and veggie stir fried in ghee). Oh it was so good and pretty! 

But I got a good workout in the gym! Ended up doing about 2.25 miles at the gym (broken up of course, everyone knows I am not that awesome… yet) and a nice arm workout in between! I’m pretty sore… 

My migraines are gone! I asked my husband if he was having any withdrawal symptoms and he said his have finally subsided as well! I didn’t even know he was having them… (what a great wife I am huh?!)

I’ve also noticed I have lost a lot of bloat. After weighing myself today I have lost 6 lbs!! And the best result so far was tonight when Cale asked for more zucchini and green peppers with his dinner. I am so happy he is starting to eat a wider variety of things. 

I also am happy I found ghee! I love the flavor it is adding to the foods we are cooking. 

I also have had a few friends concerned about ketosis, too much cholesterol, and a few other things like how I will live my life and still be social. So I would like to debunk a few things…

"Ketosis as the result of a low-carb diet is also referred to as nutritional ketosis. Ketosis is not dangerous and simply means that the levels of ketones in your body are slightly higher compared to a sugar burner because your body has become adapted and become a fat burner.”

"Ketoacidosis, on the other hand, is a medical emergency and occurs when ketone levels rise 5 to 10-fold higher compared to nutritional ketosis.”

(for more info on this subject visit this link, go ahead and click it!)

The fact that my husband and I are still consuming fruits brings carbs into our diets. So we will not go into dangerous ketone levels, it would be very difficult for us to do this.

When it comes to cholesterol I have always been under the understanding that it was bad if it was high and the things that caused that were too much red meats. At lunch today with a friend, she brought up the fact that in the past week Shawn and I have made a lot of red meat and it can’t be good for my cholesterol. I agreed. I know lean white meats like chicken and fish are important to eat and are a healthy choice in the meat market! (haha you like what I did there? I said meat market, it was a play on words!) So I decided to do some research and talked to an educated friend on healthy living. After talking a while and reading some bogus articles, I have decided to take the reins on our meat choices. Less red meats, maybe once or twice a week. And of course even more veggies!! (Hopefully I can get my husband on board with the whole less red meat rule… if not we will be making 2 separate meats during meals) I’ll be updating everyone on how that goes this next week!

On the social aspect of going out while living the paleo lifestyle, it is completely do-able. Yes you are going to sacrifice by going out but in a world where almost everything is processed or cooked in vegetable oil you have to pick and choose your battles when out in public. For example I was out an hour away from home when it was lunch time today. My pregnant friend was with me and we were both hungry… went to a fast food restaurant that I usually would order a fried chicken sandwich and a diet coke to drink. I literally watched my friend eat almost that exact meal (I think she had a different soda) while I ordered a grilled chicken club minus the cheese, ranch, and bread. I wrapped the lettuce around everything else and ate up, all while enjoying the time with one of my really amazing friends. 

Tomorrow night I am having a girls night out, drinks and all! I will enjoy myself. I will eat out, I will drink a few cocktails, and I will stay true to my 30 day challenge. (tequila, lime juice, and soda water has my name on it!)

It really is what you make of it. I by no means am claiming to be doing this right but I am trying. As I learn more I will continue to change and improve… but right now I am pretty proud of what I have accomplished.

I don’t know about you but this picture does not look very “pretty”. I must say that this picture does not do the flavor of this southwestern cubed steak and shredded chicken chili concoction we did for dinner.
Like with the bacon I also do not want to be stuck eating red meat every single day. I love chicken and I made asked my husband throw the chicken in there to make me happy, and it did!
Anyways this was great since everyone was enjoying comfort foods on this cold wintery day and I was craving something a little heavy. Anyways here is the recipe!
**Note the season may be off a little, we kind of winged it and when writing this post tried really hard to estimate the measurements. With that being said taste test often to make sure you enjoy the flavor.**
Ingredients
1 chicken breast
1 package of cubed steak
1 bell pepper sliced
1/2 a white onion chopped
1 can organic crushed tomatoes (or as close to only tomatoes as possible)
1 can organic tomato sauce (or as close to only tomatoes as possible)
1/4 cup organic salsa
1/2 Tbsp basil
1/2 Tbsp oregano
1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
1 1/2 Tbsp cumin
1/4 cup coconut milk
Brown cubed steak and fully cook chicken. Shred chicken and add both meats to one large pan. Add all other ingredients and stir. Let simmer for about 2-3 hours… depending on when you want to eat.
Enjoy!
**Note the season may be off a little, we kind of winged it and when writing this post tried really hard to estimate the measurements. With that being said taste test often to make sure you enjoy the flavor.**

I don’t know about you but this picture does not look very “pretty”. I must say that this picture does not do the flavor of this southwestern cubed steak and shredded chicken chili concoction we did for dinner.

Like with the bacon I also do not want to be stuck eating red meat every single day. I love chicken and I made asked my husband throw the chicken in there to make me happy, and it did!

Anyways this was great since everyone was enjoying comfort foods on this cold wintery day and I was craving something a little heavy. Anyways here is the recipe!

**Note the season may be off a little, we kind of winged it and when writing this post tried really hard to estimate the measurements. With that being said taste test often to make sure you enjoy the flavor.**

Ingredients

1 chicken breast

1 package of cubed steak

1 bell pepper sliced

1/2 a white onion chopped

1 can organic crushed tomatoes (or as close to only tomatoes as possible)

1 can organic tomato sauce (or as close to only tomatoes as possible)

1/4 cup organic salsa

1/2 Tbsp basil

1/2 Tbsp oregano

1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder

1 1/2 Tbsp cumin

1/4 cup coconut milk

Brown cubed steak and fully cook chicken. Shred chicken and add both meats to one large pan. Add all other ingredients and stir. Let simmer for about 2-3 hours… depending on when you want to eat.

Enjoy!

**Note the season may be off a little, we kind of winged it and when writing this post tried really hard to estimate the measurements. With that being said taste test often to make sure you enjoy the flavor.**