I recently wrote a post about living a healthy lifestyle and how to get started. If you’re anything like me you’ve struggled with finding the right balance. Something you can make a lifestyle out of. Growing up I could eat whatever the heck I wanted. I was doing gymnastics on a daily basis and I ate ice cream, pasta, cookies; you name it. If I wanted it I ate it. That was until the end of high school and the beginning of college. Everything started to change. I started gaining weight. So I tried running on the treadmill for hours. I’d starve myself only to end up binging on a bunch of crap. It was vicious cycle and I started resenting food and fitness. I’d eat healthy for a few days, torture myself in the gym and leave unhappy and unsatisfied. My idea of “healthy” wasn’t actually that healthy. I ate salads containing mostly lettuce and I usually didn’t have enough energy to lift weight at the gym. I’d just do a bunch of running and take a few spin classes. It wasn’t fun. So I’d go out drinking with my friends and binge on a bunch of junk food only to disappoint myself and start all over. I suppose you could call it a vicious cycle of “yo-yo” dieting.
Everything changed when I started working with a group of individuals and a trainer who put us through boot camp like classes and made working out fun again. My trainer started helping me with my diet and I’d write everything down that I ate. If I screwed up my trainer would get disappointed with me but he’d help me to start over the next day rather than give up like I always had when I made a “mistake”. I actually became addicted to working out with my trainer and I became friends with the others who joined me in training every day. It was always something different and it became a little bit competitive. I started trying new recipes and I started to enjoy my food a lot more. After college I stumbled upon CrossFit and then the Paleo diet. It took some time adjusting to this new lifestyle, but now I’m so glad that I did. Making a change in your life like this isn’t always easy, but if you can find the right balance, you can make it work. I promise!
*Side note, I’m not a paleo perfectionist. The paleo diet as a guideline has been great for me. I feel fantastic when I eat this way. But not everything I eat is 100% paleo. I like cream in my coffee, I eat protein bars and drink protein shakes out of convenience. I like to eat rice every once in a while and I have a sweet tooth so on occasion I might have a paleo or gluten free cookie or a bowl of ice cream. But that’s because I’ve learned what works for me and my body. And I’ve found a balanced diet that I can maintain. Here’s an example of what a day for me might look like:
- 2 cups of coffee with a splash of heavy whipping cream (if you don’t do dairy, don’t use the cream)
- 1/2 sweet potato, chopped and sautéed in olive oil with onions and spinach
- 2 eggs sunny side up
- PureWOD Build protein shake (use code Beaver10 for 10% off)
- 5 ounces of grilled lamb
- 1/2 cup rice (sub cauliflower rice if strict paleo)
- Mixed sautéed veggies
- 1/4 avocado
- Perfect Bar (or any high quality protein bar that’s gluten free and mostly paleo)
- 2 barbecued balsamic honey mustard chicken thighs
- Small baked sweet potato with ghee
- Roasted Brussels sprouts
- 2 squares of dark chocolate