Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Post Whole30 Thoughts, A Paleo Christmas and New Beginnings

Hi Paleo Peeps

Hope you are all well! I have been busy over the past few days. Getting into the Christmas spirit so to speak! A little too much alcohol was consumed, but the food was kept within the Paleo framework.

I was so ready for partying after my Whole30 ended last week. I have enjoyed some Paleo cookies and other non Whole30 treats, but all within the Paleo framework.

The Whole30 was a major challenge for me. One I completed and was proud of myself for, but it made me a little unhappy towards the end. I guess I have a few more food issues to address than I thought! I haven't gone completely crazy eating but I have definitely loosening the resigns.

Over the 30 days I lost 2 inches off my waist and a further 3 lbs of weight. This has brought me down by a total of 15 lbs since July to 126lbs ( I am 5ft 7.5") and I actually think I look too thin now. (My friends think so too) So I have some room to play with so to speak!

Over Christmas I plan to keep it Paleo as much as possible. I really do not want grains so I will be avoiding these where at all possible. Ditto for sugar. They just make me feel shite and are not worth it. But I will be drinking, and I will be eating when I want! No limits! I am hoping to make Paleo versions of my favourite foods so I don't feel deprived.

Look out for versions of Paleo Tortillas and Dips, Paleo Minced Pies and Paleo Christmas Puddings which I will be busy working on in my Paleo Kitchen!!

By New Year I am hoping to have maintained but hopefully not gained. That is the plan at present!

The weekend also included late nights and ALOT of driving, so I was exhausted by the time I got home Sunday night.

Yesterday was spent detoxing from the booze and then yesterday evening I went to an open evening for a Naturopathy Nutrition Course, which I plan to begin in February!

This is an exciting new project for me, as it is completely different from my background. But I have been unemployed for three months and have been considering new options. With my interest in diet, nutrition and well being, my new interest in Paleo and the interest I have had in my blog and facebook pages, it just made sense for me to look at this is a career option for me.

I am excited for this new beginning and I am really looking forward to helping people tackle their problems and issues with their diets and lifestyles and being JUSTIFIED in giving advice. For me, although I am happy to help people from my own experience, I could not be confident giving advice at present. It kind of bugs me when I see some people on Facebook give advice (sometimes incorrect and inconsistently!) who have no real right to do so. I could name one or two I wont! I have been surprised at the number of people who are desperate for support and information on healthy living and lifestyle, and I want to help people find the best way for them! I think Naturopathy and Holistic medicine is truly the way forward and I want to be a part of that movement in Ireland!

So learning about nutrition properly will be so interesting and a new beginning for me. It is a big step, and I am anxious to get a career for myself that I can enjoy. And I think this is the one for me!

Who knows, I might even have my own clinic in years to come!!

To the New Year and New Beginnings for Me!