A Year and a Half of Paleo!

I cannot believe it has been over a year and a half since I began this Paleo “diet”.  I cannot stress enough that this is not a diet!  I know, because I’ve done diets before and nothing compares to the ease and benefits of Paleo.

For one, I have been doing this a year and a half and nobody diets for that long.  Diets are a way to lose weight fast but rarely do you keep the weight off.  I started out weighing 214 pounds and have been at 183 – 185 for almost a year.  This has not been a roller coaster of losing weight, putting it back on, losing it again, etc.  I have been able to keep the weight off without adhering to strict rules, calorie counting or points.  I simply eat the foods I know are good for me and by doing this, I rarely get hungry.  Also, I feel different.  My constant back pain is no longer, which I attribute to both losing weight as well as reduced inflammation.  The way I was eating before (lots of carbs and bad food choices) included so many foods that were inflammatory and Paleo foods are VERY anti-Inflammatory. read more

What Are You Willing To Give Up

I was watching a new Facebook series that follows Tom Brady around, (sorry about last nights Super Bowl, Tom, but awesome performance!) showing us a little of what his routine looks like.  In the first scene, Tom asks a question I think we all need to honestly answer.  He states, “If you want something bad enough, you’er going to have to give up some things.  What are you willing to give up?”.

That question really hit home and got me thinking about, not only things that I have given up but things I also need to work on giving up.  And I don’t mean I have to give up these things completely, but at the very least, cut down on them. read more

It’s the Food, Mars!

I remember a commercial in which Spike Lee played a character named Mars Blackmon and he was asking Michael Jordan what made him so good.  “Is it the shoes?” , Mars asked. Michael replies, “No, Mars”.  He went on to ask him if it was the shorts, the socks, the jersey, etc.  And while thousands of kids spent hundreds of dollars on shoes they were sure would make them better basketball players, truth be told, they were no better than if they had been playing with an old pair of Chuck Taylors.. read more

How Important is Technique When Exercising?

When I first attended one of those 5 AM outdoor bootcamps, they had us pair up with someone and do a series of exercises.  My partner ended up being a fairly fit woman who looked to be in her mid thirties.  One of the exercises they has us do together was a roughly thirty yard bear crawl.  And I stunk the place up.  I hated it mid way before I was finished as I watched my partner cross the finish line yards ahead of me.  “Drop your butt and use your legs for power.  And synchronize your movements.”, she suggested.  So I did.  And immediately I was able to keep up! read more

My Top Six Mental Tricks for Eating Healthier

I think we can all agree that everyone is capable of eating healthy.  It’s not like we are being forced to indulge in bad foods.  But day after day, for whatever reason, we eat too much, eat bad foods, have too much sugar, etc. Research indicates that those who have a positive outlook on life are more likely to lose weight-and stay thin.  But how do we stay positive when all the magazines we see showcase rail thin women or lean, muscular men and we are neither?

Well, the good news is that there is hope.  Why is it that someone who has been out of shape for years and always complained about it is now suddenly fit?  Or that overweight person who felt terrible about their body for years recently celebrated dropping 100 pounds?  The answer is, it was nothing more than changing their thoughts.  First, they made a decision (as they had many times in the past), convinced themselves they could do it, and went out and did it!  And so can you.  Below are six mental tricks that helped me along the way to better health. read more

Has it Been a Year??

Yes, it has.  And I can proudly say, it’s been a successful year.  The way I measure success is, was I able to stick with this lifestyle the entire time and the answer is, yes!  After years of fad diets, 30 day challenges, boot camps, gyms, etc., I have finally found, in my opinion, the easiest weight management “program” there is.  I don’t find myself starving, I get to eat great foods and my health has improved since going Primal.

Over the course of the year, I have lost nearly 30 pounds, six inches off my waist and no more back pain (I’m attributing that to the weight lost as well as no more inflammation from bad dieting).  Incorporating workouts has also helped add some muscle to my 55 year old body and I feel stronger now than when I was in my 30’s.  Plus, my wife loves the new body. read more

Six Tips for Staying on Track

I can’t tell you how many times I dreaded going to the gym, didn’t want to cook, REALLY wanted a bowl of ice cream or didn’t feel like getting out of bed.  Which is normal for just about everybody.  But I always feel great when I do get a workout in, do make a delicious, healthy meal, avoid the bowl of ice cream (confession…not every time) and get an early start to the day. All of these decision have lead me to a healthier, happier life.  Admittedly, it can be hard at times but hopefully these tips can help keep you staying on track. read more

The Perfect Paleo Taco Shell

Ever since I began eating paleo, I have tried various ways to eat foods that would normally require tortillas. My go to vessel has been lettuce wraps but those can only go so far. A few weeks ago, we had some company and I decided to slow cook some carnitas and make street tacos for dinner (a long time favorite). Since a lettuce wrap just didn’t seem right (I LOVE the small, corn tortillas normally associated with street tacos) I caved and had the tortillas.

This last week we were having family over and my wife suggested carnitas tacos again. So of course, I said yes! But I really wanted to figure out a way to have them without the tortilla so I did a little research. And low and behold, I FINALLY found the perfect replacement and that would be jicama! read more