So in 2012, I decided to make learning how to use my big girl camera my resolution. And while I'm no professional, manual mode doesn't own me - I tell it what to do! The biggest blessing from that resolution is the portfolio of photos I now have of my children - of which my favorites came from our Christmas card photo session.
Continuing this trend, I've decided to make 2013 the year that I focus on health. My family and I went gluten free for personal health reasons last August, and this January we decided to "go Paleo". I truly believe the following statement.
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Does this look like a "diet" to you? I have lost a few pounds, but more importantly I feel great! I have hypothyroidism, and one of my major symptoms is fatigue. Eating this way has made a huge difference in my energy level. I bought a couple of cookbooks to help me kickstart my new paleo adventures. By far my favorite and the one I would highly recommend is Practical Paleo.
Diane Sanfilippo is the owner and founder of Balanced Bites. Her book isn't just a cookbook - it's a guide and a great learning tool. The beginning of the book gives you so much easy to understand information about overall nutrition and a great overview of what a paleo lifestyle is really all about.
And the recipes are legit! I've been a meal planner for quite some time now. These past few weeks I've especially enjoyed planning our weekly dinners.
I'm not quite done with my first 30 days, but here's what I've learned/experienced so far.
- I can actually live without Diet Coke - you have no idea how huge this is for me!
- Grocery shopping is easier because I almost completely skip over the center of the store.
- Planning ahead is key!
- I'm not very hungry between meals, and when I am a healthy snack does the trick.
Speaking of healthy snacks, I'm over at Honey We're Healthy sharing one of my favorites!
PS - Don't worry - Our Fifth House is not turning into a food or health blog, although I may share a recipe here and there. I just wanted to share the news about my new adventure because that's what this blog is really about - sharing - about whatever, whenever, because that's what friends do.
Are any of you paleo peeps? gluten free? on a healthy mission this year?
Happy Weekend friends!
Oh and you can check here for the deets on my diy chalkboard menu board.
And I'm announcing the winner of the Charles Emerson Giveaway on my Facebook page.