If you've been with me since the beginning, I haven't blogged since 2014. Oh dear.
I got caught up in living life, to be honest. Between my day job and my social life, something needed to take a back-seat. I wanted to be a really good teacher and a really good family member, girlfriend, and friend. I couldn't be a good blogger at that time as well.
2015 was really eventful!
- My boyfriend and I decided to move in together
- I went to Florida with my mom, my boyfriend, his mom, his brother, and his son
- I went to Paleo FX (there will be a post on that another time)
- My boyfriend and I decided to buy a house
- We bought the house
- We added a cat and a dog to our family
- We got engaged!
My strength training journey has stalled a bit. I've been having some shoulder pain (an old injury) that strength training was aggravating. I'm starting back up, but very slowly.
I'm inspired tonight to write, but I'm not sure this is my favorite method to share what I'm learning. You may see me experiment with doing videos, because I love to talk. Tempted to try periscope - has anyone reading try it before?
So on my mind tonight is the answer to the question: what is paleo?
Lately there are so many different answers to this question...I'm going to throw in mine. :-)
In one of my very first entries, I wrote about "real" food and what that term actually means. That entry is still true to me today. I try to focus on what is going to provide the most nutrients to me and what also makes me feel good, and this is how I eat most of the time. But to be completely honest - I probably went way too low carb for a while, and this past month my body craved all the carbs. For my sanity, I ate a lot of gluten-free things, like rice, gluten-free oatmeal, and bagels made with tapioca flour, just to try to help my body and mind feel "normal" again. Now that I feel more stable, I'm searching to find a path that is more sustainable, while focusing on the foods I know make me feel my best.
Here's what I define as "paleo":
Definitely paleo: meats and seafood from a high quality source, eggs, all vegetables and fruits, nuts, seeds and spices.
Grey area foods (they work for some people, but not everyone): rice, potatoes, tapioca flour and other non-grain flours, peanuts, dairy, honey, molasses, and alcohol.
Definitely not paleo: artificial sugars, excess sugar (like High Fructose Corn Syrup), industrial seed oils, and most cereal grains (including corn).
As I said before, this is most of the time. Some of the grey foods I can have a few times a week, like potatoes and greek yogurt, and I don't notice any negative affects. Other foods, like gluten-free bagels and any kind of cookie, trigger over-eating for me, and I tend to binge after eating those types of food. Sometimes I have gluten-free foods that contain rice. Sometimes I have cheese. I've figured out what works for me and what doesn't. The trick is - sometimes what used to work for me no longer doesn't. I need to continually check in with myself and make sure that I'm making the best choices for ME.
This is why it's a journey. I'm constantly learning and re-learning, defining and redefining what will make me my healthiest, happiest self. I'm happy to be back sharing my journey with you all.