It amazes me to think that just a year ago I did not know what I was putting into my body and I did not care. I was 207 lbs, exhausted, and extremely discouraged by my lack of results while trying to follow a certain weight loss program. One day, while trying to find a satisfying, low point snack, I wrote on Facebook, "A Tbsp of peanut butter really shouldn't be 3 points.... It makes me sad and mad at the same time." I received a lot of comments with similar feelings to mine, but one was very different. It was from my friend and former co-worker Stacy (of PaleoParents.com). She shared her story and challenged me to try to eat a different way for 30 days. She suggested I focus on going low carb, low sugar, and to remove overly processed oils from my diet. I had already seen the amazing transformation she had made in her life and decided that I would take her up on her challenge. I asked my friend Melanie for some advice on what I should eat and avoid. I trusted Melanie's advice as she had been attending Tai Sophia to study Nutrition and improved her health through real food. She directed me to a few articles on the Weston A. Price Foundation's website. I researched the site and read a ton of posts on PaleoParent's blog. I felt ready to take on the challege!
Here are some before pictures:
|Taken 4/9/11. Approximately 212 lbs.|
|Taken 12/26/11. 208.4 lbs|
By June I was making traditional fermented ketchup (with this recipe from Nourished Kitchen). The ketchup was so awesome that I signed up for Nourished Kitchen's meal plans! I started brewing kombucha with a SCOBY given to me by Melanie. I started making LARD!
Here are some "during" pictures:
|Taken 7/7/12. 179.0 lbs.|
|Taken 5/24/12. 181.8 lbs.|
|Taken 11/29/12. 173.8 lbs.|
|Taken 12/20/12. 172 lbs.|
Today, a year after being challenged to change my diet, I am 35 lbs lighter, I have less aches and pains, my hair is shinier and less frizzy, and my poop has improved tremendously (sorry if that's TMI for a first post)!
I want to share the highlights of my journey and help people discover real, whole, unprocessed foods. I hope you'll join me on my journey!