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Celebrating the #littlevictories

Since husb and I started to change our eating habits, moving away from sugary processed foods and working towards a ‘cleaner’ diet, free from chemical nasties, preservatives, ingredients I can’t pronounce and refined sugar there is absolutely no doubt that we both feel and look better for it.

Did I mention that husb jumped on my paleo bandwagon too and is really feeling the benefit? No? Well he did . . . And he is!

Which brings me to the Bear.
We have never fed him particularly badly in the scheme of things considering what he could be eating, but now that I am much more aware of hidden sugars and yucky chemical flavour enhancers and preservatives in foods it has made me really look at what we are feeding him. Just one look at some of the foods marketed at kids these days is enough to shock you, most of the ingredients I wouldn’t even recognise as actual foodstuffs.

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Is food your medicine or your poison? What I learned from The Paleo Way conference.

I have been following a Paleo way of eating now for the last 3 months and there is no doubt that I’m better for it. My moods are better, my sleep quality is better, I’ve lost weight, I have more energy and I no longer get those nasty mid afternoon energy slumps.

This week I was lucky enough to go along to The Paleo Way conference hosted by paleo SuperChef himself Mr Pete Evans.

For my readers in the UK if you don’t know him he is the Australian equivalent of Gordon Ramsey but with less swearing and more surfing. Read more…

From Fat to Fit – The downs, the ups and running ‘The Paleo Way’

A brief interruption to holiday programming to up date you on how I’ve been going in my Fat to Fit Series.

Since the start of the year I have been documenting my journey back to my ‘old self’ since the birth of my second Gorge Bag child in Mid December.

You can read how it all started here, where I explained the background and what I was aiming to do.

I have had some ups and downs since I started. I started off mentally strong and super motivated to get back to full fitness and lose the baby weight. I did my own circuits around the park with baby bear while the (original) Bear was in Kinder or crèche and while I did keep that up, I began to struggle after a few weeks.

The sheer lack of sleep coupled with looking after a very busy 3 year old who was, let’s just say ‘adjusting’ to the new addition and leave it at that!, coupled with having no family around to help at all meant I struggled to manage day to day let alone fit in any exercise. I was eating crap, kidding myself that I needed the extra calories for breastfeeding and I actually put on more weight after the birth. On top of feeling like a rubbish mum for not being able to cope, I also started to feel rubbish when I looked in the mirror – all I saw was a big fat milking machine. Not pretty.

That was the down.

Then there was the up. Read more…

From fat to fit – The Whole30 Results

I am feeling good today. As you know I have been eating  the Whole 30 way and today, well today I finished it. Yey Go me!

I went a Whole30 (geddit) days eating no grains, no gluten, no dairy, no refined sugar, no legumes.

I just ate clean, unprocessed food.

Good quality protein in the form of meat, seafood and eggs,

lots of healthy fats – think olives, avocados, healthy oils (no seed oils),

and shedloads of veggies.

I have been eating this way for a month and I have definitely felt a difference in my energy levels, and that is despite the fact I am up most nights feeding the baby Bear.

Anyway enough of that lets get to the good stuff – my results.

Drumroll please!

Running parkrun just prior to starting Whole30

Running parkrun just prior to starting Whole30

Now. After 30 days on Whole30

Now.
After 30 days on Whole30

Weight pre Whole30 ~ 64.5kg

weight now ~ 59.6kg

waist before ~ 33.5 inches

waist now ~ 30.5 inches

hips ~ 41 inches

hips now ~ 38 inches

arms ~ 11 inches

arms ~ 10.5 inches

In 1 month I’ve lost 3 inches from my waist, 3 inches from my hips and half an inch from my arms.

And I’ve not been starving myself or calorie counting and I have been eating enough to sustain breastfeeding the Baby Bear as well as exercising, and I’ve not been restricting carbs.

I’m nearly at my pre pregnancy weight now too.

I’m pretty happy with that!

 

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.

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