In the realm of paleo, primal, keto, slow carb, and Whole30…what you choose to shovel into your face each day really comes down to personal preference. For most of the last 4.5 years, I have been following the slow carb diet as per Tim Ferriss’s book The 4-Hour Body. This summer, after a second round of Whole30 (which you can read about here), I’ve decided to make a small yet simultaneously substantial change. I’m going paleo. Strict paleo, not the “here I made paleo blueberry muffins” kind of nonsense. Basically Whole30 with select days to enjoy my food freedom.
I could probably spend a full day talking your
ears eyes off about why I’m making the switch, and The Boyfriend is joining me too, but instead I’ve broken it down into a few main points.
Results: This round of Whole30 has been so wonderfully successful for me, for both physical health and mental health and yes, weight loss too. My weight is something I’ve struggled with quite a bit since my muscle disease started showing itself back in 2010. (Which reminds me, I haven’t done a chronic illness update in years at this point, coming right up!) I made more progress in weight loss and chronic pain relief on this round of Whole30 than in the last few years of slow carb combined. A paleo-leaning lifestyle just works better with my body and my life and really, that’s enough on its own to make me switch things up.
Resources: It may seem insignificant, but when your blog is one of the only ones in existence for your eating habits, it can make things pretty tricky! With paleo and Whole30, the resources and the support are quite literally everywhere. There are books, blogs, and Instagrammers out the wazoo to help you manage your food freedom without feeling like you’re flying solo at all times. I’ve got a few posts in the works with the cookbooks, blogs, and other life favorites that help keep me motivated, dedicated, and inspired.
Sustainability: This is sort of a combination of my two previous points, and possibly the most important. Your lifestyle changes need to be, above all else, sustainable. If you can’t keep it going, it’s not going to work. Dieting doesn’t work. I’m not here to yo-yo up and down and struggle forever. For me, seeing the physical progress and feeling the way I have been, coupled with the endless support available for this kind of lifestyle, makes this Whole30/paleo food freedom a sustainable long-term option for my household.
There are more nuanced reasons for why paleo is working so well for me specifically, and I’ll get into those in my chronic illness update, but if you are struggling with your diet, not seeing progress in your weight-loss goals, or are unhappy with the way slow carb has been going, I highly recommend a round of Whole30 and maybe scooping up a copy of Practical Paleo.
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Allowing myself to feel sexy AF in this dress. Could I be more fit? You bet. I'm working on it every day, I'm lifting again, and I've got a group #Whole30 challenge coming up with a bunch of friends. In the meantime, I still get to feel good about myself! I'm not trying to make changes and be more fit because I hate myself. Why would you put so much effort into something you hate? I want to be better, I want to be stronger and healthier and walk further without getting tired and lift heavier without my legs shaking and yea, I'd even like some of my dresses to fit better too. In the meantime, I refuse to be a miserable shit about it and I refuse to hide my body. I refuse to wear clothes that society says are "more flattering" for my figure. Fuuuck that. I've spent way too much time trying to hide myself from myself, from you. I'm going to wear the shit I like and I'm going to feel really fucking good about it. This dress is from @rebdolls and it makes me feel like a goddamn queen. 👑 yes I cut my sister out of the photo on the right because I was having a moment with myself, sorry Gab. 🐝 . . . . #dress #feelingmyself #feelinsexy #xxfitness #slowcarb #slowcarbsnacktime #paleo #keto #lowcarb #girlswholift #rebdolls #littleblackdress #newyork #nyc #newyorkadventures #nsv #feelgood #loveyourself #curves #before #thisisthebeforepicture #fitnessjourney #chronicillness #unapologetic #sexyforall