I’m a working mother to two small children: Charlotte the beautiful soul prone to histrionics who is 6 and Sawyer, the blond-haired blue-eyed sweet devil boy who is 4. I’m a Senior Editor working for a large publishing company, so when my husband’s job relocated us from NJ to Iowa, I was thankfully able to keep my position and telecommute full-time.
Even if it means I literally see corn out of my window.
So most days I wear yoga pants and T-shirts. And because I care about the general public, I’ll put on a bra if I leave the house. You’re welcome.
Ten years ago, I embarked on a weight-loss journey that took me down many roads with ups and downs, back-to-back pregnancies, and a failed sense of health and sustainability. You can see the photos here. Sure, I could lose weight eating low-fat cheese and 900 calories a day or counting Points but I wanted to hurl myself off a cliff. Eventually, having a hard time losing the weight after the move and the second baby, my new doctor suggested I look into low-carb as a way of treating my PCOS, which carries with it Insulin Resistance. With research, I found the Primal Blueprint and Paleo and so much suddenly made so much sense.
From there I picked up anything written by Michael Pollan and my interest and passion for Real/Whole Foods eating spun off. I started Crossfit at a local box because I had heard such great things of it in the community. It is by far one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, ever. I push myself to my limits, physically and mentally, almost every day and that changes a person. In this community, I have found a new family and I am thankful everyday for these people. I am a better wife and mother for it. I am a better me for it.
Eventually, I started a website to talk about my new lifestyle and share the recipes I was coming up with. But keeping that up along with my “mommy” blog became a lost labor. My kids were growing older and I felt I was beginning to walk a fine line in telling their stories publicly and my passion for cooking and nutrition and Whole Foods was taking precedence in my life. So I developed this site as a way to keep everything harmonious. This is a place where all of me is shared.
My weight-loss struggle has finally been met with success and I’ve finally hit the lowest weight I’ve seen in almost 8 years, and what’s more: I did it the right way. Eating whole foods, avoiding inflammatory foods and packaged/processed artificial foods, and lifting heavy stuff. I have changed my life and the lifestyle of my family for the better.
Though they fight most of the time they’re awake, I plan on being around to watch them fight for a long, long time.
Here’s a video from last year at BlogHer Food my friend Lillian from Lillian’s Test Kitchen created as part of a Food Warrior Series. I talk about how I came to Paleo eating and what it means for my family, how it is raising gluten-intolerant kids, PCOS, etc.