Back in January, Steve and I decided to change our eating habits. We never really watched what we ate, loved desserts (a LOT), and we were also coming off back to back babies! So needless to say, we’d both gained a good amount of weight in the first five years of our marriage. So Steve proposed a change our eating habits to a form called paleo or primal. It’s a lot of meats, veggies, and eggs; and an elimination of all grains (there’s more to it, but that’s the simplest I can put it). Thanks to Pinterest and the mass amounts of paleo recipes out there, we have eaten well!
(this was our meal eating brussel sprouts for the first time EVER!)
We don’t eat much of any dairy anymore either, but when we do, it’s when we make cauliflower crust pizza!
And we have a donut maker now to make almond flour donuts:
Since I was already 8 weeks pregnant, I was looking to maintain a healthy weight (I gained about 60 and 45 pounds with Briana and Mikey, and didn’t lose much weight in between pregnancies!) and Steve was looking to lose weight in general.
Check out the difference of how I looked during each pregnancy!
8 months with Briana (yikes):
8 months with Mikey:
At the beach with the kids while 7.5 months pregnant with Evelyn:
And here I am just before giving birth to Evelyn (like 2 hours before!):
Well, 12 months later, Steve has lost 50 pounds and I only gained about 20 pounds during my pregnancy, but lost 45 pounds after delivering Evelyn (25 pounds off my pre-pregnancy weight). Here’s a before and after of us (a not pregnant me)!
BEFORE (April 2011)
AFTER (December 2012)
Since this isn’t a “diet” but a change in diet, we’ll keep eating like this going forward. The kids still have things like crackers and goodies every once in a while, but Briana and Mikey definitely enjoy the paleo meals we make–Mikey loves having eggs every morning, Briana can rival Steve in bacon, berries, or sausage eating, and I now have to make 2 batches of paleo donuts on weekends to make sure there’s enough for ME when I finally get to the table where I’ve put the plate of goodies!
Steve is about 20 pounds lighter than from our wedding day, and I’ve got about 15 more pounds to lose before I get there. But now that I’m no longer doing rebound pregnancies, I feel like I can get back into a good workout routine…one of these days. The kids think that I’m a jungle gym if I’m on the floor working out, and I wake up so early with the kids that setting an alarm to get up before them isn’t even an option in my book! We’ll just have to see what happens this next year, but 2013 will hopefully be a healthy one once again! I know giving up grains (aka breads, pastries, corn, etc.) is hard, but if you’re looking into a new years resolution, think about giving this a chance instead of counting calories and starving yourself (we don’t count cals–we eat when we’re hungry until we’re not…and all the bacon you can handle!).