Real Life Paleo and My New Lifestyle Plan

A couple years ago, I learned about the Paleo diet. My husband and I gave it a try and I really liked it. I couldn’t believe how much better I felt everyday, especially after eating a meal. I was no longer feeling bloated after dinner. One of my favorite recipes I used to make ALL of the time was Cauliflower Rice.

Paleo Recipe

Doesn’t it look good?!? Following the Paleo Diet was great, however it didn’t last for me. I got lazy and started eating whatever I wanted and feeling bloated after each meal. I tried getting serious and doing Weight Watchers with my husband, but lets face it, I can’t stand logging my food on my phone.

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The other day, my friend Summer from The Dirty Floor Diaries, was talking about a new book called Real Life Paleo. This book is full of recipes that are easy to make for things that you need daily like ketchup, for example.


The number one thing I like about this book over ANY other book I’ve ever read on various diet plans is that this book makes lists. It not only tells you what foods to buy, but one list, in particular, shows something you normally would eat and then it shows what would be a better option and then what would be the best option. For people like me that may not always be able to go for the best, I like that I can have an option that is doable for me. My other favorite part about this book is that it gives me a list of things to buy at stores near me like Trader Joes or Costco. Those are the things I need to be successful!

I just got this book this past weekend, but I’m telling you, just two days following along and I feel GREAT. It really is a lifestyle plan that you notice results immediately. And for me, I need to see immediate results or I give up and take, what I consider, the easy route…but I don’t want the easy route anymore. I want good food for me, my body and my family.

Have you tried the Paleo Diet before?

My Weight Loss Secrets

A few months ago, my husband and I decided to try Weight Watchers together. I personally never really cared for that diet plan…I’m sorry, that “lifestyle change”, but my husband has always been successful with Weight Watchers so I decided to be the supportive wife and do the diet with him. I have to say, I really do like it this time around. I like that I can log everything on my phone…so convenient! But most of all, I like that I can pretty much each fruit and it doesn’t cost me any points. Before, when fruit did cost me points, I never wanted to eat that…I mean, when you can spend 5 points on ice cream or fruit, I chose the ice cream all the time.


While I would love to look like the picture above again (I was a junior in high school), after having two kids, there are just somethings that will not go back to the way they were…and I’m OK with that. My goal now is to be healthy. Overall, I would like to lose about 85 lbs…currently, I’ve lost 12 lbs! My husband, on the other hand, has lost 30 lbs! As much as I am happy for him, I find it very annoying that he’s lost almost double what I have!

I can’t attribute all of my weight loss to Weight Watchers. I follow my plan, most of the time, but the one thing I do ALL of the time is drink water with Young Living Grapefruit essential oil and Young Living Tangerine essential oil.


Why Grapefruit and Tangerine Essential Oil?

Both grapefruit and tangerine oil is high in d-limonene. This is significant because d-limonene helps with the following:

  • Digestion
  • Metabolism
  • Detoxification

D-limonene is contained in the peels of citrus fruits. There are many documented studies that state that d-limonene protects against many types of Cancers. I like that possible added benefit!

How I Use the Oil

You must use a glass bottle with citrus oils because there are compounds in citrus oils that will dissolve the plastic bottle. The next thing I do is fill my bottle with the desired amount of ice. Before adding the water, I add 3 drops of grapefruit oil and 3 drops of tangerine oil. This way, when I add the water, it begins mixing the oil for me! I do this a couple times a day.

Besides the digestion, metabolism and detoxification benefits, I’m also noticing that I am drinking much less pop! My goal, besides the weight loss, is to not drink pop at all. I’m slowly getting there!

If you would like more information on Young Living essential oils, please ask! I’d love to talk to you more about it!


Can you Truly Break Bad Habits?

When I was in high school, I was obsessed with being thin. To the point that I would not eat, for fear that it would make me fat. Even though I knew the models in magazines were fake and airbrushed, I still wanted to look like that. I began a vicious cycle of eating just enough to make it through the day. But what I didn’t know was that there was no way I was eating enough at all. I was a high school varsity swimmer. We had practices every single day after school and twice a day on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. The french fry I would eat for lunch was not enough to take me through my day at school and swim practice, but I did it anyway. I made sure to eat dinner when I got home. Not only was I starving (literally), but I also didn’t want to draw any attention to the fact that I was not eating.

I was obsessed with food. I was obsessed with weight. I was obsessed with the number on the scale. My worth as a person, in my head, was dependent on what that number was. It wasn’t until I met my husband, that I realized how stupid that was and relaxed. He was the first guy to show me that he cared about me for who I was, not for what I looked like. Since I was no longer competitively swimming, I gained a little weight. But I still looked good. I looked healthy. As the years went by, and after two pregnancies, I’ve put on 100 lbs.

It really hasn’t been until recently, within the last few months, that I’ve really seriously wanted to do something about my weight. But besides losing weight, I wanted to get healthy. I told myself that I was not going to deprive myself of anything…I was going to do this in a healthy manner. I don’t know if I bought it or my husband bought it, but I started making myself Slim Fast shakes. Since I work from home, it’s really easy for me to have my two shakes a day and one healthy meal. Quite honestly, I feel great. I’ve lost some weight since starting the shakes and I’ve started back at the gym. But…

I’m becoming obsessed again. I’m obsessed with drinking those shakes. Afraid that if I drink only one in a day, then real food is going to make me gain weight. I’m obsessed with the gym. Constantly thinking about when I can go, if I can go twice in one day. What I didn’t want to have happened, is happening again. I am focusing WAY too much on weight, food and exercise. On the outside it may look like I am determined and doing well, but I know what is going on inside of me. I know that when I am at the gym and I see that I’ve burned 300+ calories on one of the machines, my first thought is “Sweet! 300+ calories completely cancels out the calories I will put in with one of the shakes and the calories left over will cancel out a snack”. But was I really getting enough calories in a day to fuel my body properly?

To find out, I started using the My Fitness Pal app again to chart my weight loss and the food I eat. I logged every single thing that went into my mouth. Without even calculating the calories I burned exercising, I only consumed 900 calories. Take away the 300+ from exercising and that’s only a 600 calorie consumption in one day. That is not enough.

So what do I do?

I’m still exercising. I go everyday during the week and at least once on the weekend. However, I am forcing myself to have a small snack in between shakes. This way I am getting the calories I need, which means I am fueling my body properly and as a result, I am working towards a healthier me. But what I want to know is, will I ever break that bad habit of obsessing over weight, food and exercise? I’ve had friends tell me that therapy can help that, but I really don’t see how. I mean I know that I’m obsessing about it; I know I may not be consuming enough calories in a day, yet I do it anyway. How will talking to someone change that?

My biggest fear, throughout this whole thing, is that my daughter will pick up on this and eventually be like me. I try my hardest to not mention that I want to lose weight in front of her, but will that be enough?

My 2014 New Years Resolution #FightFatTalk

Well…today is New Years Eve eve and it’s time to start thinking about those New Years resolutions. I make them every year and every single year, I stop doing them by the end of January. Why? Mainly because I go about making the resolutions the wrong way. They usually involve me saying something like:

“My New Years resolution is to lose weight so my butt isn’t so big”

How does saying something negative about myself motivate me to do something positive? It doesn’t. All it does is have me focus on the wrong thing and if we spend all of our time and energy focusing on the negative, it leaves us with very little energy to focus on the positive. In fact, I told you a couple weeks ago about how I was teaming up with Special K and Tyra Banks to Fight Fat Talk and they did a survey that proved the more positive you are about weight management, the more success they had in losing weight or maintaining their weight.

Unfortunately, when I go shopping, I often have so many negative thoughts going through my head as I look at myself in the mirror. But that is all going to change. My 2014 New Years resolution is to have a more positive outlook about myself and my body image. If I’m being completely honest, I do have weight to lose, but like the Special K survey showed, if I focus on the positive, the rest will fall into place.

“My 2014 New Years resolution is to get healthy and help my family get healthy. If I lose weight in the process…GREAT!”

Wouldn’t it be great if stores had more mirrors like the one I found when I was at the mall the other day?


So what do you say? Will you join me and Special K to #FightFatTalk? Try to remember these tips below to help you out:

  • Think before you speak
  • Change the conversation when Fat Talk comes up
  • Stop comparing yourself to other women
  • Say something you like about yourself every time you self-criticize

To help us with our weight management journey,Special K offers a wide variety of delicious, guilt-free products that provide protein and fiber! For more information about the delicious food options and to participate in the Special K challenge (an easy and effective way to jump start your weight management plan for 2014), visit Let’s SHHHHut down the Fat Talk!

Let’s Be Positive and #FightFatTalk

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than you”

~Dr. Seuss

I remember when I was in high school, I would look at different magazines and dream about looking like they did.  I starved myself and even went through a time where I would make myself puke after eating.  But probably the worse thing I did back then and even now, was participate in Fat Talk – you know, the comments you make, either to yourself or with your friends, that cuts down an area or areas of your body. Conversations usually went something like this:

 Me:  “Ugh. My butt looks so big in these pants”

Friend:  “I know, mine too.  And don’t even get me started on my stomach…I totally need a tummy tuck and a boob lift”

Me:  “Forget the boob lift, I need an entire body lift.  Do they do that?”

New Years Eve will be here before we know it and with it comes all the new years resolutions…and with that starts the Fat Talk cycle. Did you know that 93% of women admit to engaging in Fat Talk and 63% say they do it at least once a week? Anything can trigger it…a quick look in the mirror, a skinny woman on the street…it doesn’t matter what it is, women will start dissecting every aspect of their body, in a negative way. Furthermore, 62% of women feel the need to participate in Fat Talk when they hear other women doing it and 70% mostly talk about themselves because it’s that better to talk about yourself before others do, mentality.  That’s why Special K has decided to partner with Tyra Banks to shift the weight management talk to a more positive one. And I am VERY excited to be apart of this campaign, #FightFatTalk with Special K.

“I know firsthand how much criticizing your body negatively affects self-esteem, but as a role model, I try to maintain a positive attitude and healthy approach to managing my weight,” says Banks.  “That’s why I’m excited to partner with Special K to help empower women to not only feel confident about their bodies, but also to remove those negative thoughts and show them how to employ tips and tricks to make their least liked physical attributes look better.”

Our words and thoughts are very powerful. Maybe if I had been a little more positive about myself, I wouldn’t have starved myself or made myself throw up. There is nothing wrong with wanting to get healthy and lose some weight. But how about we do it in a positive way? And to help us with our weight management journey, Special K offers a wide variety of delicious, guilt-free products that provide protein and fiber! For more information about the delicious food options and to participate in the Special K challenge (an easy and effective way to jump start your weight management plan for 2014), visit Let’s SHHHHut down the Fat Talk!

So…can you do it?  Can you stay positive and stop the Fat Talk?  Here are some tips to help you:

  • Think before you speak
  • Change the conversation when Fat Talk comes up
  • Stop comparing yourself to other women
  • Say something you like about yourself every time you self-criticize
My name is Leah and I will NOT be participating in Fat Talk any longer.

My name is Leah and I will NOT be participating in Fat Talk any longer.

I’ll start us off.  I have beautiful eyes. I love how blue they are.

Now…what about you? Leave me a comment telling me something positive about YOU!