Hi there! I’m Jenn! Yes, I’m the gal in the picture above. I’m one of the 29 Minute Mamas you hear on some of the podcasts and I’m the content creator here at The 29 Minute Mom creating some of posts like Candy Cane Sugar Scrub, Advent Calendar and the recipe for Hot Spiced Apple Cider.
I’m a mom (obviously) to 7 1/2 year old twins and wifey to the guy I often refer to on my food blog Mother Thyme as Mr. Mother Thyme and today I’m super excited to be kicking off my first podcast series of 2018 – Going Paleo(ish)!
Over the past year I have changed to a Paleo-ish diet/lifestyle that has transformed me mind, body, and soul and I’m so excited to share my experience with you in this upcoming 4 part series where I’ll be covering everything from:
- Part 1: INTRODUCTION – Why I choose a Paleo-ish diet/lifestyle and why I call it Paleo-ISH. Customizing this to fit my lifestyle and being consistent over perfect. After years of fad diets and counting calories and points why THIS works as a long-term lifestyle and not as a short term diet.
- Part 2: PANTRY STAPLES AND INGREDIENTS – In this episode we’ll be covering all my favorite must-have pantry staples. Substitutes I use for certain ingredients (ie: Coconut Aminos instead of Soy Sauce) where I find my ingredients and how to incorporate these ingredients into your pantry and recipes.
- Part 3: RECIPES AND MEAL PLANNING – Starting a new diet can be overwhelming and some people are intimated with a paleo diet. In this episode we’ll be covering some of my favorite recipes and meals I rotate each week to keep me on track.
- Part 4: RECAP: In this episode we’ll recap everything that I’ve discussed in the previous podcast and I will share additional resources that have helped me along the way.
I am not a registered dietitian, nurse or doctor. I’m just a 43 year old mama that FINALLY found a diet that works not just to lose weight but to eat healthy, real, unprocessed foods.
Over the past year I’ve lost nearly 60 pounds and not once every felt deprived. I felt nourished and energized since I was fueling my body with whole foods and not processed foods that are full of preservatives and ingredients I can’t even pronounce.
This was more than just loosing weight. It was about a healthy lifestyle and being consistent over perfect. I am not a size 2, nor will I ever be. Healthy should not be defined by your pant size. God created me to to who I am and it is up to me to take care of it. Sure I treat myself on occasion. And yes I eat a slice of pizza from time to time. It’s okay to treat yourself now and then and in fact I encourage it. If you don’t give that to yourself now and then you’re only going to set yourself up for a potentially binge night of eating while watching Netflix or just completely giving up. By setting your own rules and goals you are ultimately in control of your success. Everyone is different and what works for one person may not work as well for others. Don’t compare yourself to others but use them for inspiration and motivation.
“Have fun cooking with healthy, whole foods that will nourish our bodies.”
The point about how I view my diet or any diet is to be consistent. If you’re going to splurge do it but don’t go crazy. And if you splurge don’t make it for an entire day! For example if I decide to splurge on pizza with my family for dinner I’ll have a slice (mayyybe 2) along with a salad and of course drink lots of water! I have an entire segment coming up about the importance of water I what I do in part 2. Just because I had pizza for dinner doesn’t mean I blew it for the day and I just go crazy. NO! That’s where people get in trouble. Thinking they blew it so they might as well just blow the entire day. I admit in the past that was my mentality. Now I view the rest of my day as a normal day consuming the foods I normal do on a routine basis. And you know what? That one little slice (or 2) or pizza didn’t affect the scale much. It’s when you over indulge or do it regularly that you won’t lose weight.
Now I’m not saying to do splurge everyday. There’s a reason I call it a splurge. We’re talking like once a week. If you’re just starting out I wouldn’t even splurge for the first month or two. When I first started I was very disciplined and didn’t have my first splurge for a couple of months. You know how many times I past on the pizza. It’s not every pizza night I splurge. I’m talking on occasion. But for those pizza nights I do find alternatives. I’ll eat a big antipasto salad instead of pizza and it doesn’t even bother me.
When you splurge it’s got to be worth it! If it’s not the BEST food and it doesn’t taste amazing then don’t do it! Is it really worth it? Not in my book. I wait to splurge on something incredible.
“It’s all about balance and establishing a routine.”
If you are in it to lose weight like I am set reasonable goals. Don’t go into any diet expecting immediate results. Remember the weight didn’t go on overnight so it’s not going to come off overnight. Set small goals; depending on how much you are looking to loose go 5-10 pounds at a time. Creating obtainable goals gives you motivation. Creating crazy goals that aren’t going to be reached quickly can be discouraging.
I haven’t met my goal weight yet but I’m still as motivated and determined as I was day one. I would much rather take my time to reach my goal and keep it off than lose the weight quick only to gain it right back.
Not everyone follows a paleo diet because they want to lose weight. In fact many people just want to eat healthy, whole, unprocessed foods. Others may follow it for health and dietary reasons and restrictions. Even if you’re not looking to lose weight I hope you find this upcoming series valuable with different suggestions for pantry staples and ingredients that maybe you haven’t tried before.
SETTING MY OWN RULES
While some serious “paleoers” may cringe and roll their eyes at my approach and what I do at the end of the day it’s what works for me and hence the reason I call it paleo-ISH. Yes I bend the rules a bit but I’ve customize a lifestyle that works for me while maintaining the essential components that is loosely defined as paleo. I eat whole, organic, unprocessed food. I eat fruits and vegetables and I do not eat grains, refined sugars and dairy. Some “paleoers”eventually incorporate dairy back into their diet after 30 days to see if their body can tolerate it. While I don’t have an allergy or problem with dairy I found that not consuming it helped with my weight lose and my overall well being. I felt better and not as bloated. I will go into details in the upcoming podcasts on what I use as substitutes in place of dairy.
The most important thing about Going Paleo(ish) or starting any diet is to HAVE FUN! Going into a diet with low expectations or little excitement or enthusiasm is not the way to start off on the right foot. Find a buddy that you can do it with that will keep you on track or someone that will tell you to put the cupcake down and walk away. Maybe you know someone that has been dieting or follow a paleo diet for some time. Use them as a source or encouragement.
Starting a diet or a paleo diet can seem daunting and overwhelming but I assure you isn’t! Don’t get discouraged! Once you dive in and start you’ll be happy you did and you’ll start feeling better in no time!
So without further ado, click the little play button below or hop over to iTunes or Google Play and enjoy this series and you start Going Paleo(ish)!
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