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#PaleoChat is BACK!

#PaleoChat is back on twitter this Wednesday at 9 PM Eastern (8 central, 7 Mountain, 6 Pacific).

We'll be chatting about fitting Paleo into your life.

I hope you'll join us.


Now that I'm feeling better I'm trying to get back in the swing of things with my blog, you tube, and all that fun stuff.

I would love questions to add to an ask me anything video! 

Do you have a  you tube channel? 

My Paleo Pregnancy - Week 13

Week 13!!! Helloooo second trimester. And boy howdy I can see a difference.

It's like night and day better. I was only mildly nauseous once or twice this week and my energy levels are returning. I wouldn't say they're back to normal, but I don't know if they ever truly are during pregnancy.

With my returned energy I've been looking around my house and realizing that my husband, bless him for trying, is not the greatest housekeeper. So, I've been doing laundry with a vengeance and otherwise trying to make this place look presentable before Christmas. This may be the first time in the history of ever that I'm actually enjoying housework...OK, it's more that I'm thankful I have the energy.

I don't know what I'd do this pregnancy without friends.
All of my clothes are too small now. I'm in maternity clothes full time. I am SO THANKFUL for my friend Amy. She sent me a huge box of the most amazing maternity clothes I've ever seen! Gap, Motherhood Maternity, A Pea in the Pod... It sounds silly, but they make me feel beautiful again. 

I finally took the time and made an appointment with a midwife. Yes, yes, I should have done that by now. But I just wasn't handling anything while I was so sick. Honestly, I'd been dreading it a bit. I've no idea why really. Now that I've set the appointment I'm excited. It's just an interview appointment to see if we gel. What questions should I ask her?

I even managed eggs!
My food has been much better. I've been logging in my Fitbook Mama2b and it's been very enlightening. Tracking always tells me so much that I'm not paying attention to. For instance, I noticed I was not eating enough vegetables. Also, I think my calories are a bit high. Baby steps.

Workouts aren't as consistent as I'd like, but I'm being gentle with myself as my energy returns. There is just so much calling out for my attention right now. My house, my kids, my blog/online stuff... I did manage a couple of workouts, one being an interval run on the treadmill. It felt great, but slow. It's amazing what an extra 15 pounds feels like on a run!

This is my first time working out during pregnancy. My question for you guys (if you're currently pregnant and working out or did workout during your pregnancy) is this:

Did you feel like your recovery time took longer?

What Do You Eat When You're Paleo and Pregnant?

That question has come up a lot lately. People wanting to know what I eat in general or whether my eating is different than my normal pre-pregnancy paleo diet. I would have thought my answer would be that I eat basically the same, but for the first trimester there have been differences.

The main difference is that before I was pregnant I ate three meals a day and one or two snacks, but now I find I can't stand a full meal. I'm eating more mini meals throughout the day and I also tend to stick to the same foods more.  

A typical day looks like this:

Breakfast - 5 or 6 AM
A cup of Warrior Cereal with almond milk.

Breakfast has been toughest for me this first trimester. My breakfasts started out looking like this:
But weeks 6 through 10 I was very nauseous/sick and having major aversions to meat and eggs. I tried smoothies and even some gluten free cereal (which didn't help and I wouldn't have added that back into my diet in hind sight). Then I found Warrior Cereal. I was ecstatic. It was the perfect answer to my breakfast dilemma. 

I ran out of Warrior Cereal and am waiting on my new order, so breakfast the past week has been Greek yogurt and a diced Pink Lady apple. I added the greek yogurt back into my diet because I've been craving ice cream like mad the past month (and caved once or twice). With the bad nausea/sickness of weeks 6 through 10 I don't think I was eating enough calcium rich paleo foods. Greek yogurt has been my temporary answer to these issues. But dairy breaks me out and I'll be working harder at getting more leafy greens, bone broth, etc back in my diet and cutting the greek yogurt out.

Snack - 9 AM
My morning snack is usually beef jerky, nuts, or fruit.

Lunch - Noon
Lunch is generally a salad, a smoothie, or tuna. It seems crazy to me, but my favorite lunch is Wild Planet Skipjack Tuna with paleo mayo and relish. I would have thought with my weird meat aversions that this wouldn't sound good or sit well on my stomach, but I have it probably three times a week and love it.

Snack - 2:30 or 3 PM
My afternoon snack varies. It's usually something like almond or cashew butter and celery or trail mix. But sometimes it's almond butter and a few squares of dark chocolate (mmmmm) or a larabar.

Dinner - 5 or 6 PM
Dinner is always some incarnation of meat and vegetables. Things like:

The main difference for dinner has been I eat a smaller portion than I used to. As I mentioned, spreading smaller meals/snack throughout the day just sits better on my touchy stomach.

Post-Dinner Snack - 8 PM
I don't always have a snack after dinner. Bed time seems to come pretty early these days. When I do it's usually a piece of fruit or a square of dark chocolate (if I didn't have any earlier, I try to only have chocolate once a day).

I drink mostly water or water with lemon. I was on the fence whether I'd go off coffee while I was pregnant (I've read a cup a day is OK), but even the smell started making me sick at week 6 so I guess that question was answered for me!

Any other questions I didn't answer? Feel free to leave them in the comments below!

Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or any type of health professional. What I offer are my experiences and opinions.

My Paleo Pregnancy Week 11 - I'm Scared

This is a hard post for me to write. I think I worry about getting my heart across without being perceived in a certain way...

If you've followed my blog for long you know that I've lost a large amount of weight. It took many years of hard work, ups and downs, and searching for what worked for me. 

This last spring and summer I made huge progress. I was in the best shape of my life mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I felt like I had finally found me for the first time ever.

I love that I'm pregnant. I love that we'll have another little one in our family, but...

I feel like I'm losing me. At the same time I feel selfish for feeling that way.

It's really really hard to watch the scale go back up.

I realize that sounds terrible. "You're pregnant, the scale should go back up!"

Well, yes it should. But it's going up too quickly and I feel myself falling into old patterns. It's scary.

I've gained 12 to 15 pounds already. For only being 3 months that's too much.

With my history of excessive weight gain in past pregnancies I'm mildly terrified. I weighed in at 250+ lbs at the end of my last pregnancy. The thought of getting there again (and fighting my way back AGAIN) seems unbearable.

In my mind I know that this is all ridiculous. I know that I need to be focusing on a healthy baby and not the scale. I know that no matter what I gain I'll get back to me after. 

But I'm scared.

I've found myself over-eating. Eating decidedly non-paleo junk. Making bad choices. Obsessing over the scale.

All patterns I'd broken and never expected to see again. Somehow being pregnant makes me feel out of control of my body. Which, to some extent I guess I am, but it's not an excuse to fall back into bad habits.

The past week I've mulled this all over in my mind and realized that I need to make some changes. I need to shift my focus to being healthy and away from the scale. (duh, how long ago did I learn that lesson?) I need to be more mindful of what I'm eating and why I'm eating it. Exercise needs to be a priority.

I've worked too damned hard to slip quietly back into old unhealthy patterns (mentally, emotionally, and physically).

So, you know me, I made a plan ;)

I've started using a Fitbook mama2b to track my food, exercise, sleep, water, feelings, etc. My goal here is not to obsess, but to become mindful of the choices I'm making. 

It's time to take care of me. I know how to do this...I've just lost touch with it a little.

disclaimer: I was sent  the fitbook mama2b for review. As always opinions are 100% honest and my own.

FitViews 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

'Tis the season for holiday shopping! Whether you're shopping for a runner, a gym rat, or a triathlete... Someone new to fitness and healthy living or a seasoned pro... This guide has ideas for everyone on your fit list.

Up to $30
The GYMBOSS is a small, easy to use, repeating interval timer. This multi-use timer is very versatile and awesome for virtually any type of exercise program: running, weights, HIIT, you name it the GYMBOSS is great for it! It comes in lots of fun colors too.

Fitbook is by far my favorite fitness and nutrition journal. It's a great way to set goals and track your progress. There's a fitbook for everyone on your list too. Regular fitbook, fitbook black, fitbook junior, and even fitbook mama2b! They make great stocking stuffers.

A healthy cookbook is a great gift idea. Boredom is the enemy of healthy eating and a great cookbook helps avoid that! Some of my favorites are:

$50 to $100
Fitness fashion is always at the top of my list. A gift card is a great option if you're not confident about size/style preferences. Places like Under Armour, Nike, Puma, and Reebok are sure bets.
Two staples of any (female) workout wardrobe is a great workout skort and hoodie. My current favorites are:

The MizFit Workout Skort. Profits for this go to Mayan Families, so it's a win win! Shipping on this item takes a bit longer, so order by December 10th to ensure you have it in time for Christmas.

Source: via Kerri on Pinterest
The DA Hoodie from DAActive. You really can't go wrong with thumbholes!

$100 to $250
A heart rate monitor is a must-have accessory for any fitness enthusiast. Whatever the workout, whatever the fitness level there's a heart rate monitor to suit your goals. The Polar FT40 and FT60 are great all-around choices.
The TRX Suspension Trainer is a great option for those wanting to workout at home or while travelling. It gives almost limitless options to get creative and get a great workout.
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The Nike Fuel Band is a very cool new activity tracker perfect for anyone from novice to athlete. 

Who wouldn't want to design their own shoes? Such a great gift idea from Reebok.

$250 +
If you're searching for a splurge gift you can't go wrong with these:
The Bowflex Selecttech weights allow you to dial in the amount of weight desired. They're like an entire barbell set in less space!

The Nordic Track Incline Trainer X9i is an amazing machine. The X9i includes: a 10" touchscreen web browser, 0 to 40% incline, -6 to 0% decline, ipod music port, Polar Heart Rate Monitor, 44 built-in workout apps, and many more cool features. It's definitely on my wish list!

What's on your fit Christmas list?!

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