Growing up I was always the chubby little kid. Don’t get me wrong, I was absolutely adorable, and comfortable with the fact that there was more of me to love. I never held much stock in what I ate, nor did I care about having a second, or third, slice of cake. I was always the “sides” queen at dinner. Can I get a side of mashed potatoes and French fries with my macaroni and cheese? My god it’s no wonder I was a chunky little girl.
It wasn’t until I started becoming interested in horseback riding, and triathlons competitively that I started to lose some weight. I can’t attribute a change of diet to the weight loss, just merely an increase in physical activity. I still didn’t really concern myself with what I ate, I just worked out more and noticed a change in my pants size. (I was not complaining about that either!)
A few years ago I was introduced to the paleo diet, and I haven’t looked back since. I did it as a challenge for six months and the changes I noticed were remarkable. I could lift heavier in my CrossFit workouts, run faster and longer distances, and not to mention, I FELT better. My skin was clearer, my face had a certain glow to it, and I was in a better mood! I’ve heard the phrase “you can’t out train a bad diet,” and let me tell you, there is an incredible amount of truth to that statement. Have I fallen off the paleo wagon a time or two (or twelve) since I was introduced, abso-fricken-lutely! Trying paleo made me realize something: you can’t maintain a healthy lifestyle by trying “rad diets” and constantly stressing over how to lose weight. You have to create a way of life. Paleo is a lifestyle change and I’ve embraced it wholeheartedly, and have no intentions of ever looking back.
Written by: Sarah Pruschki
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