Category Archives : Make it Beautiful

From fashion, to music, to food, Make it Beautiful, is a place for me to share all that I find beautiful in the world while documenting the special MOMENTS of my life as a wife and mother. I’m on a journey to “live in the moment and make it beautiful”…no matter what the circumstance, and this blog allows me to share the experience.


30 Day Paleo Challenge: Week 1 is DONE!

IMG_5981The first week of the 30-Day Paleo Challenge has come to an end! I have been thrilled with the interaction and support from the group I am working with on Facebook. Everyone has been so honest, open and helpful as we embark on this journey together! I honestly didn’t see much of a change in myself until I looked at these pictures put side by side! Look how much less bloated I am!! Hallelujah!!

Here is my weekly update on my personal progress:

1. Weight: 128 (down 4.2 lbs)

2. Pictures (see below)

3. Sleep: Sleep patterns are about the same as last week…sleeping well but having a hard time waking up!

4. Energy level: I was still utterly exhausted all week! I got back on track with my vitamins and am wondering if I was going through detox this week from removing the gluten and sugar. I started to turn a corner on Friday with a bit more energy and hope it continues to improve!

5. Stomach/digestion: Feeling less bloated/gassy this week! No gluten/dairy definitely helps with this, I am sure!

6. Monthly cycle/PMS: Same so far…hoping it will get a bit longer because 26 days seems a little too frequent for me! LOL.

7. Skin/acne/rashes/bumps: Is detox acne a “thing”?! I have noticed a bit of an increase and hoping it will get better as I continue to expel all the yucky stuff from months of unhealthy eating.

8. Congestion/sinuses/allergies: I felt sinus pressure this week but the weather has changed and it finally feels like SPRING!

9. Anxiety levels: Anxiety was about the same this week but seemed to be more agitated with caffeine.

10. Happiness levels: Still feel generally happy but EXHAUSTED, which makes it kind of hard to enjoy things.

11. Strength level: Didn’t make it to the gym last week like I had hoped but will try again this week!

12. Relationship with food: I have noticed that I was doing A LOT of mindless snacking—especially on things high in sugar. Stopping that has been a hard habit to break, but I have been trying to substitute the snacking with hot tea, warm lemon water, or a few raisins/nuts.

13. Overall sickness/disease: I am not struggling with any overall sicknesses or diseases. I still feel like I have not overcome my adrenal fatigue and hope that with diet, exercise and the correct supplements I can feel my best!

***Cheat Meals*** I had a moment of extreme weakness when I was feeling emotional and got a 12-piece nugget meal from Chick-Fil-A. Yikes! It was amazing and I didn’t regret it. But I am slowly starting to lose the craving for fried food and hope to do less cheating this week!

 

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No Caffeine Challenge 1

So, here’s the deal. Caffeine makes me ANXIOUS.

I already have anxiety. I don’t need any help in this department.

Yet, I continue to drink it.

Every. Day.

Why?

I think that I think I need it.

But I don’t.

I DON’T NEED CAFFEINE TO GET THROUGH THE DAY.

(Maybe if I say it enough, I’ll start to believe it!)

Instead of caffeine, I plan on taking my vitamins and drinking my greens every morning.

I also recently found I have mild adrenal fatigue and will be treating that with supplements that will *hopefully* make me feel more like “myself” and have more energy.

Operation Feel Good is still under way and making progress!

Wish me luck.

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My Paleo Inspiration 3

I’m beyond flattered at the amount of support I’ve received since starting the Paleo diet. A few friends have sent personal messages asking for tips on how to get started, and where to go for inspiration and motivation. I decided to make a little Beginners Manual of sorts for those who are interested in giving it a shot. I am not going to “reinvent the wheel,” so I will provide lots of links to what I have found helpful.

First Step–Why? Why Go Paleo?

-Before making such a huge lifestyle change, it’s important to understand why. My motivation is to heal my stomach so when I read about how grain, dairy and sugar hurts my body, it makes me never want to consume it again. Basically,

“The Paleo diet is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the ONLY nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic! Research in biology, biochemistry, Ophthalmology, Dermatology and many other disciplines indicate it is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility. – Robb Wolf

If you’re wondering why the Paleo diet may be a good idea for you,  also check out the following links:

Why Paleo? 

Paleo Diet Testimonials

I suggest starting with The Paleo Solution, by Robb Wolf, which will give you a huge amount of very detailed and  specific information on WHY this diet works for those who are looking to heal their gut and free themselves from things such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, depression and infertility.

Next Step–How? As in, “How can I possibly give up grains, dairy, legumes, and SUGAR?!”

People keep commenting on my will-power and self-control, which is so crazy, considering the first thing I said to my Dr. when she suggested Paleo was, “I can’t do this. I have no self-control when it comes to food.” She looked me square in the eye, and said, “Stop. Yes you do. Yes you do. You can do this.” It was kind of scary, actually, and really got my attention. Since then I really haven’t looked back. I got a little discouraged when she told me to give up eggs, tomatoes, and onions for up to six weeks, but now I know why and wish I would’ve stuck with it longer since I am still having some lingering issues with those foods.

The point is–it’s not as hard or overwhelming as it sounds. Focus on what you CAN have, (bacon! bacon! bacon!) not what you can’t.  Over time you will start to see pasta and bread totally differently. (Cheese was another story for me). After a few days I started to think of wheat and grains as “filler foods.” It’s just there to fill you up, yet most of it has absolutely no taste unless you coat it with something else, like sauce, spreads, and seasonings.

Finally–Where? Where do I begin?

If you don’t have time to read the entire Paleo Solution book right now, start with the blog post, The Beginners Guide to the Paleo Diet . It has funny Lego animated pictures to tell the Paleo story.

I will add more soon, but this is a good start for those interested in going Paleo!

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