I guess I should say Hi!
Now that is over, I suppose I should also say a bit about me.
I am a 40something married mother of 4 girls (age 14, 12, 10 and 8). We live in Calgary Ab. with a big dog (a boxer) and a grumpy elderly male cat (he is the archetypal grumpy old man!).
I work full time as a massage therapist in a very busy pain management and soft tissue injury rehab clinic and absolutely LOVE my job as it gives me the opportunity to really make a difference in peoples lives - it is the best feeling in the world when I have been working on a patient and then they turn round at the end and say "you know what, my pain is gone!"
I dabbled with Paleo several years ago, and found it entirely too difficult to manage at the time so we gave up on it. Since then, we have been trying to follow a clean eating diet (albeit with with grains/carbs included), and it was working well, but the hubby (who is very overweight) was not loosing weight on it (I blame the late night snacks of several slices of toast!).
Then I found the Primal Blueprint, read it and decided that I at least would give it a go for myself at least. Now I don't need to loose masses of weight (at 5'8", I weigh 150lb and am well within the normal BMI for my height). But I could do with loosing a few lb, toning up one heck of a lot and generally getting fitter. Plus, I have always suspected that I have a slight gluten/grain intolerance as eating wheat/grains does make me feel bloated and sluggish. Add in a dairy allergy (I am very allergic to casein), and it seemed like a good idea to overhaul my diet, eat healthy and maybe do some exercise. I seriously need to do something about my abs - after having 4 children, they are virtually non-existent!
I do a very physical job where I am on my feet all day, everyday (A 40 hour workweek) so I get plenty of gentle cardio, but I am exhausted when I get home from work and never have the energy or time to do traditional workouts. And so the Primal style ones appeal to me.
Anyhow, I decided to start off small by replacing our evening meals with primal style ones that the entire family can eat. After the first week, I started taking leftovers of the evening meal for work myself and eating a primal style breakfast (usually a smoothie as I can drink that on my way to work). So far, it has been almost 3 weeks, and I feel great - plenty of energy, hardly ever hungry, and all the little aches and pains that I had have gone. And my mood has improved immensely as well.
After seeing how well I was doing, Hubby decided that he would join me - for him, it has been almost a week. I am still having trouble persuading the kids that they might also want to eat this way all the time, but they do get a primal evening meal so I am not worrying quite so much about breakfast and lunch as I still know that what they are having is "clean" thanks to our previous foray in clean eating that I have maintained for the "non-primal" items that the girls eat.
Oh and I should also add, my interest in this way of life initially started because I have a general interest in all things nutrition - before I trained in massage therapy I had a strong background in nutrition - I have a degree in Nutrition and Physiology and a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry.
Sorry for the long post
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