We all start somewhere, and in order to help you understand why I am becoming a Primal Health Coach and a holistic nutritionist I have to explain where I started.
It all started in the summer of 2013 when I stepped on a scale and found out that I weighed 185 pounds, mind you I am 5″9,but let me tell you I wasn’t happy. My then boyfriend, now husband, is 6″3, and weighed 182 pounds. Not good; I decided enough was enough and I was going to change. I’m going to be real honest here and admit that the way I looked and how much I weighed is what motivated me to change; but it is not what has sustained me.
In 2013 I had been a vegetarian for 16 years. All these excessive starchy carbs and starchy vegetarian proteins, and lack of animal proteins and fats wrecked havoc on my body.
When I decided to change I didn’t know anything about nutrition so I went with a pretty standard low fat vegetarian diet and really focused on my exercise. I had some success, but not enough. In 2014 I decided to follow a serious 4 week re-set diet, this diet required a lot of lean, non starchy proteins, and I broke. I ate my first chicken breast in 16 years. My husband reckons this was the best day of his life. I reckon that this day saved my life. Now this diet was calorie restrictive and detrimental, but it got me eating REAL animal protein, so for that I owe it my health. The craziest part was after 16 years as a vegetarian I did not get sick once from reintroducing meat. In fact I could practically feel my body thanking me. My body needed that protein so badly it could barely contain its joy. I felt pretty darn great and was really getting into workouts, everything was going well…
…Until it wasn’t. I had daily headaches, daily digestive issues and skin problems. I was tired and maybe even a little foggy – or at least more forgetful than I usually was. From here I dabbled in elimination diets and realized gluten was probably my problem. I would stop eating gluten for a period of time, get made fun of by my friends and then go back to eating gluten. I never really took it seriously. I also tried all kinds of diets from ten almonds as my only snack, to eating only green veggies and chicken breasts, to veganism. The thing is I wanted to be skinny, I didn’t want to be healthy, I just wanted to have a flat tummy. I feel like a lot of us feel this way- but I’ll be honest and tell you it’s not enough. It is not a sustainable way to look at your body and it certainly won’t get you the results you want. Nor did I start seeing the results I wanted until I started caring how I felt instead of how I looked.
How did I snap out of it? Enter the summer of 2016; I accidentally stumbled upon Robb Wolf’s book: “The Paleo Solution”. Reading it was like a wholly shit moment for me.
Summer 2016 I dove headfirst into the paleo movement. I realized I feel awful eating grains, sugar and dairy. I realized that my health is so much more important than having a flat tummy. I did lose weight and get stronger, but as a consequence of healing my body not dieting. I am now 40 pounds lighter but I hardly even care – what I care about is how I feel and my ability to move and interact with my life. I found an awesome crossfit community that makes me so thankful for my body and the amazing things it can do for me. I found an incredible paleo community both on and off line and am still learning and self experimenting so that I can be my best, strongest, healthiest and happiest self.
This blog is going to be my forum to share my paleo journey and self experimentation, my journey back to school to become a certified holistic nutritionist and primal health coach, and to hopefully help anyone who has ever felt like me to embrace a new holistic perspective about your health.