Friday, January 26, 2018

Feeling My Limitations Melt Away

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

I called my sister after a backpacking trip last September to tell her I had felt amazing tromping around the picturesque Colorado wilderness with a heavy pack on for several days. I was overjoyed because I had not felt amazing backpacking or otherwise throughout most of my life. She responded by saying, “Isn’t it amazing to feel your limitations melt away?”

I have been an outdoor enthusiast my entire life. Throughout my teens I enthusiastically planned multi day backpacking trips, and as I moved into my 20s I started “bagging” the 14,000+ peaks in my home state of Colorado. However, despite my love of nature and outdoor adventures, these feats were always more challenging for me than my peers. This fact frustrated me and for a long time I thought I just needed to push myself more athletically. However, as I’ve learned over the past few years, I actually needed to change my diet.

Health issues related to inflammation and food sensitives have plagued me my entire life. As a young adult I suffered from severe back pain, headaches, and stomach issues. My health issues became worse as I entered my mid-twenties. My headaches turned into crippling migraines, and everything seems to bother my stomach. I lost a lot of weight because I could barely stomach food at the age of 24.

My sister’s life had been transformed by the paleo diet. She suggested that we likely shared many food intolerances. She helped guide me through a lot of these initial changes through her own experiences with food sensitives. However, it took me years to make the full switch to paleo. I told myself I didn’t like the label, but more likely I didn’t want to face what I thought was a strict and limiting diet at such a young age.

snowMy dietary changes certainly made me feel better. No more migraines, back pain, severe indigestion and so forth. However, my athletic abilities did not improve significantly. I often found myself struggling to keep up with my friends on big hikes. The wall that seemed to keep me from improving athletically was still there.

I started to become more and more frustrated that my athletic abilities did not match the person I knew I was. In 2017 I finally started making bigger changes. My sister was again an excellent resource as I made the full transition to paleo. She turned me onto Mark’s Daily Apple and other paleo resources. I completed my first Whole30 that January, which was great because it gave me the confidence to cut out sugar and feel great without it. It also helped me make the switch to full paleo. However, I still felt my limitations were surrounding me, and I was not sure how to overcome them.

A good friend of mine had been trying the ketogenic diet, and she felt amazing. She suggested I try it as she thought my problem likely was that I had not fully embraced fat while eating really low carb and making myself miserable with that arrangement. I hesitated at first especially because of the lack of research about keto and women. However, feeling like I had nothing to lose, I went for it the first week of June. I did not notice much change the first two weeks likely because I had not overcome my fat aversion. However, I began to embrace it more and more, and I finally noticed changes.

Throughout the summer of 2017 I hiked more mountains than I ever had, and I felt amazing doing it. Waking up to hike a big mountain started to feel like Christmas morning. Finally, the barriers that had always surrounded me began to melt.

Full_DogMy diet has primarily been keto based for the last eight months. I eat healthy fats, grass fed meats, lots of green veggies, nuts, and berries. I’ve had a great time experimenting with many keto recipes and enjoy making fat bombs and other great on the go snacks. I also practice intermittent fasting and often only eat in an eight to ten hour time window each day. I often will eat more carbs around bigger athletic endeavors such as summiting a big mountain, but I typically keep my carbohydrates to less than 50 grams per day.

The entire experience has been very liberating. I finally feel free to follow my passions without feeling like there is some impenetrable barrier blocking me. Liberation from food has been amazing as well. I now can go for extended periods of time without having to think of my next meal. I often find myself forgetting when I last ate!

I have more physical energy than I ever recall having in my life. I finally feel liberated to be the person I always knew was inside but somehow struggled to get into the world. Finally, finding a relationship with food that works for me is the most liberating feeling of all.

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What I’m Loving Lately 99

Hi, guys! Happy, happy, HAPPY Friday to you!

We have a low-key weekend planned, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it. Anyone else love when their weekend isn’t totally jam-packed? We have plans with friends on Saturday evening and then a birthday party on Sunday afternoon, but, other than that, wide open!

I  also wanted to tell you guys that I started a private CNC community group on Facebook as an additional way to connect with you guys. Obviously, the blog is a great place to communicate, but I personally find myself on Facebook quite a lot, so I thought it would be a convenient place to interact, especially with one another because I know we have a lot in common as a group. If you’re interested, just request to join: Carrots ‘N’ Cake Community Group. I hope to see you there!

So, it’s Friday and you know what that means! It’s time for the next edition of What I’m Loving Lately, which is quite the mix of health-related goodies, including a bunch that will benefit your mind, body, and soul. Enjoy!

Latest Videos

HomeDNA Healthy Weight Test – I had the opportunity to take the Healthy Weight DNA Test from HomeDNA, and, my gosh, the results are interesting. The test basically looks at your genes to create an individualized approach to finding your healthy weight. It’s a simple cheek swab test that you just drop in the mail. A few weeks later, your results are emailed to you. Super simple. My 72-page report came with all sorts of interesting information as well as advice for optimizing my diet and fitness, right down to telling me what to eat and how to exercise. There was even a custom meal plan and fitness plan at the end. How cool is that? The results were much more detailed than I expected, and I’m definitely going to give some of the recommendations a try and see how they go!

Pug Trainer – This video is so amazing. I seriously couldn’t stop smiling and giggling as I watched it. I mean, Murphy and I have trained together like this for YEARS now, so it was fun to see the “pug trainer” in action. Haha!

This is Why You Don’t SUCCEED: One of the Best Motivational Speeches Ever – This talk is mostly about Millennials in the workplace, but a lot of what is said is related to technology and social media. It definitely hit home for me with regard to my addiction to my phone.

The Five-Minute Journal: A Happier You in 5 Minutes a Day – After the conference in Austin last week, we received a copy of The Five-Minute Journal, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect. After reading The ONE Thing on the plane last week, I’m all about finding balance in my life and not being so consumed by work (and phone). This journal has already helped me feel more optimistic and aware of the good things in my life. I find that I’m counting my blessings a lot more often instead of getting stuck on the negative.

Dr. Sarah Ballantyne on Autoimmune Paleo on the Straight Up Paleo Podcast – I know a good amount about autoimmune disease and diet, but, whoa, Sarah Ballantyne blew my mind with some of what she talked about. If this topic interests you, definitely check it out!

Coffee-flavored tea – I’m cutting back on my coffee consumption (I’m trying the AIP diet – blog post coming next week), so I got some coffee-flavored tea to try out, and it’s really good. It’s definitely not coffee, but it’s an awesome alternative. It’s made with tea and roasted coffee beans (as well as almond and vanilla flavors), so there’s some caffeine in it, but much less than coffee. Even though I drink decaf most of the time, it can still upset the GI system, so I’m trying to drink less and if I do drink coffee to make sure I consume it with food.

Local readers: Wegmans is opening a Natick location and it will have a full-service Mexican restaurant and tequila bar. How fun! Grocery shopping and booze in one trip!

Question of the Day

Are you a tea drink? Any favorites?

Have you ever done a DNA test? Any interesting results/valuable information? 

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Yesterday

All my troubles seemed to far away….

We had Kodiak cakes for breakfast – with chocolate chips! Mazen did the flippin’

Yesterday this song was on repeat. Love Chris Stapleton! I listened to a great playlist all morning while making this recipe for an upcoming post. Can’t wait to tell you more!

Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play. Because I met Thomas for a lunch date at Citizen Bowl! I told myself I’d try something new but I HAD to get the #Umami bowl again. He got the Citizen bowl (fiesta-style) and we shared <3

On Wednesday night we made Jessica’s Spicy Beer Braised Lime Chicken Enchiladas. They were fab.

I had them for dinner two nights in a row – Wednesday hot from the oven and last night after soccer.

I need some help with jeans! My favorites are wearing a little thin. And some of the others in my closet just fall down my waist too much! I hate having to stand up and tug on the belt loops. I want to invest in a good high waisted pair. Not mom-style high waist from the 90s and not fashionista high waist so they reach my bra, just a high enough waist that they sit on my hips and don’t slouch when I sit and stand. Any recommendations? I found these from Madewell, and these on sale (but are they low rise?) I have never owned any Paige jeans but have heard great things! These are cropped and seem reasonable and cute. I might have to order a few to try on at home (or drive to Richmond!) Please share your all-time favorite jeans!!

Thankkkkkks. kbye.

Oh, I believe in yesterday. 

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Clean Eating Corn Bread Recipe

I just found out I love corn bread. Clean eating corn bread, to be exact.

Would you believe I’ve never had corn bread before? I think I tasted one little crumb at a restaurant once, but it was a… Read more →



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