Here are a couple of pre-Paleo photos of me.
Both of these were taken December 2012, about a month after I had Hamish. Wasn't I gorgeous? So voluptuous and talk about snuggly! Everyone wanted to rest their weary heads on that bosom. Though I must admit I enjoy not carrying so much extra weight around with me now-a-days.
PS - Didn't my hair look great in this bottom picture?
Some of you have asked how I liked eating Paleo this last year. I must say, I really, really liked it. I eliminated certain things from my diet, namely processed food, anything artificial (dyes, sweeteners, preservatives, etc), wheat, and sugar. I also cut WAY back on other things: legumes, dairy, grains, and starches. By doing this I discovered sugar and wheat have a strong adverse effect on my energy levels and mood. When I eat wheat and sugar I'm sluggish (mentally and physically), irritable, and moody. I've also discovered a direct negative link between my dairy consumption and my complexion. So next time you notice my face looks like that of a teenage fast food worker, it's all milk's fault.
I didn't just cut out a bunch of bad foods, I also ate more good stuff. I eat tons of veggies, fruits, nuts, berries, and yes, meat. Though not as much as you'd think. I probably eat as much meat as I did pre-Paleo, but all the grains and starches I used to eat are replaced by vegetables. Spaghetti is replaced by spaghetti squash, rice by cauliflower rice, potatoes by sweet potatoes or mashed cauliflower, pasta in lasagna by zucchini or eggplant. And I didn't just change a bunch of my normal recipes to Paleo versions of the same. I found some amazing Paleo recipes that were just, Paleo. I've discovered Paleo food tends to be more flavorful because it doesn't rely on butter, sugar, and empty carbs. The flavor comes from the seasonings, the fresh veggies, and overall awesomeness. If you've never tried Paleo before, you must check out Nom Nom Paleo. The blogger is a total foodie and you can really tell in her recipes. Spoiler Alert: Her food is AMAZING.
Here's me from about 6 weeks ago. I can do more yoga poses now! Go me!
I think if this challenge has taught me anything, it's that I'm Paleo for life. I have no desire to go back to the exhausted, cranky, foggy-brained person I once was. So if you know of anyone who wants to buy a used bread machine or toaster, please let me know. They're just taking up space.