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From Fat to Fit – Turning into a caveman

Since the birth of baby Bear, I have been working towards losing my baby weight, and to be honest I had put weight on stalled a bit with it as I got a bit carried away with eating the entire Melbourne supply of chocolate and sweets (as well as elsewhere as well – there is a great UK and U.S sweet shop near me but I digress!)

I’ve been struggling a bit as baby Bear is still waking repeatedly in the night so the urge to grab sweet, sugary treats has overwhelmed me a bit.

Something needed to change but I was just lacking the focus that I needed to make some changes.

And then I read a blog post from one of my bestest friends in the UK. That post got me so inspired by the change in her, not just the physical changes which are uh-may-zing but also the clear mental change too.

You can read her post here.

As a direct result of her post I decided that it was time I made some changes too and so I copied her followed her lead and went Paleo too.

Yes you heard right, I am now into my 3rd week of eating ‘the Paleo way’ and do you know what, I feel really good. I have lost the stomach bloat that I had, my skin is clearer and despite having broken nights sleep every night I actually feel like I have more energy. (Most of the time).

For those who have not heard of it before, Paleo is basically eating like the cavemen did.

Good clean, unprocessed food. That’s all. It sounds so simple doesn’t it.

Just look at me now, I'm so hawt - right?!

Just look at me now, I’m so hawt – right?!

Not one to do things by halves however, I have gone the whole hog. I’m an all or nothing kinda girl after all.

I am currently in my 3rd week of eating ‘Paleo on steroids’ as I like to call it.

I am doing the Whole30 which you can read about here.

In a nutshell the Whole30 takes you right back to the basics of eating clean, which means
No sugar
No dairy
No grains
No legumes

Which leaves you with what?!

Good quality protein, lots of healthy fats and a bucketload of veggies that’s what.

I mentioned before that I’m an all or nothing girl and the reason I chose Whole30 is because I have a terrible addiction to sugar, I crave it all the time – like all the time and until I started this program I didn’t know quite how bad I was until I experienced the sugar withdrawals in my first few days on the program. For about the first four days I would wake in the morning feeling, sick, faint and very very shaky. Thankfully as I purge the sugar monster from my body this has subsided and I am feeling much better now. It is surprising really in such a short time.

Now I am not saying I have managed to curb the cravings yet but I am getting there and each day that passes and I don’t give in makes me stronger.

Reading the book ‘It starts with food’ was also a real eye opener for me, I am into all the sciency stuff about how food affects our bodies and this has some pretty shocking stuff in it.

I also feel good because I know that all the good, clean, healthy, nutritious food I am eating is going straight to baby Bear too through my breast milk and that makes me happy and determined to continue.

I have also lost some weight as well from the start of the program, I know because my clothes fit better (and I may have done a sneaky weigh in).

Once my 30 days are over I will weigh in and post my results.

 

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6 thoughts on “From Fat to Fit – Turning into a caveman

  1. Good on you! You’re doing so well. Loved reading about your bestie. Awesome story. I’m going to Pete Evans Paleo seminar in July to learn more about it. (Not to check out Pete I promise ;) xxx

  2. Ha I believe you! :-) X

  3. I really want to learn more about this Paleo diet Rhian especially that both hubby and I are trying to eat better. Well done on doing this challenge re Whole 30 and I’m looking forward to read more about your progress.

    • I would highly recommend it Rita I feel much better eating this way. I am eating really tasty food too and it is such a relief not to have to count calories all the time I just eat when I’m hungry as I am starting to be able to trust my body to tell me when I am genuinely hungry rather than craving the sweet stuff! Let me know how you go if you do try it. X

      Sent from my iPhone

  4. I’m reading so many people who are making this switch. To be honest it all sounds way too hard for me at the moment, maybe one day? Is that a cop out? The benefits all sound amazing though.

    • I thought the same initially but then I realised I was overcomplicating it a bit. Its essentially just eating natural good quality unprocessed foods. The breakfasts took a bit of getting used to because I love my cereal and toast but Im getting used to it now and enjoy making my concoctions. (Husband seems to like the dinners I make too which is a bonus – probably because he doesn’t have to cook!)

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