HI! I’m Carolina the Primal Nut.
Why am I The Primal Nut? Well it all started about 3 years ago. I was struggling with my weight and continued to have joint pain that began when I was in high school. I found a yoga studio I enjoyed and I began paying more attention to the way I approached life and what I was putting into my body. During this process, while on a phone conversation with one of my very best friends, she asked me if I had heard about the Paleo diet. She told me all about the idea behind it, and some of her own pros and cons toward it. I had never heard of it but was intrigued. I can’t remember if it was that night or another night that same week but I bought a book that would completely overhaul the way I ate and the food choices I made. The quality of foods I was eating became just as important if not more important than any other category. The book that changed everything for me is called Practical Paleo written by Diane Sanfilippo. I’m not exaggerating, I read this entire book in one day ( I believe it was a Thursday) and by Sunday my refrigerator, pantry, wallet and husband had all had their worlds rocked. I went cold turkey on ALL grains, white sugar, legumes, conventional dairy, low quality oils and low quality meats. This was just the beginning of an AMAZING slippery slope that I would come to find was what I was missing in my life. Who would have thought that by taking away would bring me so much. I will get into more detail on this at a later post but for now I will let you know that with yoga and Paleo I dropped 25lbs and no longer had body pains that had haunted me since HIGH SCHOOL believe it or not. This was happening all because of the food choices I was making and by starting to move on a daily basis. To be able to look at yourself in the mirror and see your body changing is one thing but to be able to FEEL it changing is a whole other.
This change for me was huge. I grew up being the most picky person I know. Unless it was a green candy nothing green EVER made it’s way onto my plate. I lived on carbs and meat. Now let me say this, it wasn’t for lack of my parents trying that I lived this way. They both love their veggies but I wanted nothing to do with them. Some of my most traumatic memories from childhood are of the times they tried to make me eat the veggies. I was very dramatic about it LOL. Now, lets be honest, this didn’t stop at my childhood. All through high school and college I continued to ignore those heathy foods and looked to things like pre-made meal replacement shakes that you can buy at the store to try to drop weight but those never really worked either. I’m sure I was consuming exorbitant amounts of sugar on a daily basis. When I decided to completely change my life, although I purged my entire pantry and fridge, I had to still start slow. I ate a lot of squash and meat during that time and up-ed my salad intake and began drinking paleo friendly smoothies. This was my version of starting slow. I also began practicing yoga during that time and wouldn’t you know but things starting changing. I gained muscle, lost weight and had more mental clarity than ever before.
The past 3 years have been amazing. Have I had some ups and downs, yes of course, have I ever eaten wheat in the last 3 years YES. Have there been times that I ate too much crappy sugar, YES. Has my weight fluctuated during this time, YES.
So what works for me? I seem to do pretty well on a “Primal” diet. I try to stick to strict paleo when I can but I do dairy a few times a week, I can’t always afford organic and grassfed/pastured raised everything (although if I have to pick between going out to dinner one night a week or having pasture raised eggs for a couple weeks I will ALWAYS choose the pastured eggs). Primal works for me. I try to keep the carb and sugar intake low and I feel great. So, The Primal Nut is me. I’m nuts about a primal lifestyle. I will get into more detail in future posts about my journey with paleo and how I maintain my primal lifestyle. Thanks for reading stay Primal my friends!
The Primal Nut