Tuesday, February 17, 2015

PKM takes on Paleo Whole30 with The Pineapple Cake Blog


I met Andrea from The Pineapple Cake blog at a small, local blogger event put on by Newcastle Mirage just before Christmas. I was keen to get to know her having discovered she moved here from America last year to live with her boy-toy friend, Ben; I figured we'd have lot's to talk about since we are both North American women who
came to Australia for love.


Before

Thankfully one of the posts I came across when stalking looking at Andrea's blog was her recap post on doing the Paleo Whole 30 Program. I was thoroughly impressed by her initiative to take on this diet (or lifestyle change) within Australia. It's not an easy feat to do this type of thing here because groceries are so expensive, and speciality items like coconut aminos (- soy sauce replacement), or coconut butter even more so. I was also impressed that she lost so many cm's off her waist in 30 days.




After




I know you've heard it before but having a baby does make it harder to lose weight for a lot of us. You're probably sick of hearing it if you aren't in that boat, oh well. But for those of you struggling like me I know that your ears just pricked up seeing this post. Or maybe you are really so over it that you just threw a shoe at the monitor and told me to shut the f*ck up? That's Okay too. It's my blog so I'm sharing my shit. Deal.



When I was breastfeeding I got down to 74Kg (162lbs). I was stoked by that because my pre-pregnancy weight was 77Kg (when I was going to the gym 3 times a week). As soon as I stopped breastfeeding my weight just escalated.

Months later it hadn't mattered that I went off my happy pills (Zoloft), and switched from an oestrogen based birth control to a progestin based one. It didn't matter that I made my portions smaller, or changed from regular light milk to almond milk, or didn't snack during the day, or that I went to body balance and walked a lot and chased a toddler. I just go up, up up.

I really did not want to use diet shakes and get h-angry, and have huge drops in my sugar levels that lead to nausea. Seeing Andrea's post that day made me thankful (and hopeful) that maybe there was an alternative to losing weight with out feeling like there was never enough exercise and that I had to starve to achieve my goals. I never even knew what paleo was until Andrea explained it on The Pineapple Cake blog. Andrea assures me that on the Whole 30 program I won't feel like I'm starving [*said as I grab a handful of nuts and seeds and eat them like a pretty little bird*].

Andrea has agreed to walk me through the Whole 30 program step by step. She is incredible. I can't thank her enough. Yesterday I received a  weekly meal plan, a list of ingredients to shop for, and recipes. She had me buy the Nom Nom Paleo cook book, along with The Paleo Kitchen because she uses a majority of the recipes from there. I purchased both on my kindle through amazon for roughly $15 total, but you could buy the real thing from Book Depository with free shipping if you are a hands on cook book person, and need the pretty pictures too, (I wish the pictures looked good on a kindle, they don't). Whatever recipes she doesn't use from those books she's given me copies of.
I got my husband on board and we started this program with Andrea and Ben yesterday. We kicked things off at the Paleo Cafe for lunch.  My husband had never met either of them before. OH wait, not true because the night before, on Valentines, both our guys picked the same restaurant for us to have our final (non-Whole 30) meal in. What are the chances? Ha.

Watch the Paleo Cafe's inspiring video below


I wasn't sure if I wanted to write about this whole weight loss journey because it just gets overdone, but my blog is sometimes my outlet for things happening in my life so I kinda have to share, don't I? I'll give you an update at the end of my journey, and let you know if my new American friend turned out to be my knight in shining coconut oil (Uh oh, paleo joke. Too soon?). I'm interested to see if my sense of taste is heightened after getting my ass off sugar for a month. Or what if the inflammation in my damaged soft tissue goes down, and therefore my back pain is decreased? Stay tuned.

Have you heard of Paleo - the Whole30 program?

28 comments:

  1. Leanne Shea LangdownFebruary 17, 2015 at 6:53 AM

    I am staying tuned! Keen to hear how it all goes.
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

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  2. you should definitely write about what YOU want on YOUR blog and you should definitely document this journey. I went on a weightloss journey a few years ago and didn't document it and I really regret that. So good on you for taking the first step and I hope this program is one that can work for you. I really believe different people/different bodies need different diets (and by that I don't mean dieting, I mean what you eat!). Good luck! -Aroha (for #teamIBOT) ps it IS harder to lose weight after a baby for several reasons, #1 being you don't have any time for yourself anymore and are too bloody tired to cook "proper" food most of the time! Anyone who poo poos that can shove it :)

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  3. Natalie @ Our Parallel ConnectFebruary 17, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Good on you. If there is one thing I've learmt from years of weight issues, is you must pick what works for you. Don't worry what others say( there is always an expert as to why you doing something wrong) ... I will follow your journey - oh and hubby's

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  4. Oh that's so cool how the friendship was started and grown. Go you, write about what you want, it's your blog, your life and go the Paleo, I'll be watching with interest!

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  5. I tried Whole30 but only lasted 2 weeks, so I wish you all the luck (and more resolves than me!). I believe in using whatever tools work for you!

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  6. If you can't write what you want to on your own blog then what's the point?!?! I'm really looking forward to learning more about the Whole30 program, can't wait to follow your journey xx

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  7. Good on you! I love these personal challenges that inevitably improve your wellbeing. Weight loss is a bonus too!! Write whatever you feel like, this is your place!

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  8. Go you!
    I've heard bits of it, but not a lot. I have heard of those who have had a lot of success with it, in many ways, and so I hope you are one of those! Good luck!

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  9. I have only heard of the Paleo diet, not the whole 30. I watched a Peter Evans cooking show and loved the paleo dishes he cooked. I'm looking forward to seeing how you go on it. :)

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  10. Good on you Jess! I'm interested to hear how you go, as I really need (not just want) to lose weight. As I have developed Type 2 diabetes(thanks for the genes Dad) and as a result of gestational diabetes, cutting out sugar would have to help, wouldn't it? I don't know anything about the paleo diet, but I love to cook, so I'm open to new methods and recipes. Keep us posted!

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  11. I love how you found each other, I think I've actually read Andrea's post about the Whole 30 before! I've seen a lot of hashtags with the whole 30 over on Instagram, so I'm looking forward to following your journey. Go you!

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  12. How good is the internet for making connections! Good luck, I look forward to hearing how it goes :)

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  13. Thank you @Leanne Shea Langdown. Good to know i have people waiting for results. Keeps me accountable. :)

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  14. @Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me, I cannot believe how generous Andrea is. She's unreal. I keep pinching her. She's real hehe. J/k Thanks for cheering us on!

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  15. @Aroha @ Colours of Sunset This is really great feedback. Thank you. I think I get a bit insecure when it comes to speaking about weightloss, dieting, or work outs on my blog. I have in my head that it's over done. But it's a real struggle for many of us and I guess that's why these kinds of posts resonate with so many people. I'll keep this in mind. Thank you. Especially loved you "Ps"

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  16. @Deb @ Inner compass designs Some other friends were at the restaurant on Valentines too, friends hadn't seen in years. It was one surprise after the other. haha! I think Andrea and I are most definitely big time food appreciators! No doubt about it.

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  17. The recipes have all been very, very easy so far. You would nail them @Kathryn Russell Email has been sent to you! Keep in touch if you need any more help with it.

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  18. One week down. Had 24 hours of stomach difficulties over the weekend. My body definitely wanted to get rid of the "crap!" I'm down 3.4Kgs, even though I'm not supposed to weigh myself until the end ... it was just too exciting to go past the scales!

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  19. @The Plumbette I can't believe how easy it is. Except breakfast. Pouring a bowl of cereal is always going to be easier than bacon and eggs, or pre-making a frittata or spicy tuna cakes. But hey-ho I know what's in my food, not hidden sugars or numbers that look like 330!

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  20. @EssentiallyJess So far I've seen BIG results at only one week in! That's the most encouraged I've felt in years of trying! Thanks

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  21. @Michelle@myslowlivingadventure Thanks! I know there's other bloggers out there who take the piss at those of us who write about weight loss, lifestyle change or diets. They scare me. haha

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  22. @Lauren @ Create Bake Make I don't think you'd struggle with it since you are already so creative in the kitchen. I am already thinking of recipes of my own I only have to tweak a little to make paleo. Like my chicken soup! No rice = done

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  23. @Jess What was the hardest thing for you about sticking with it. I am not sure I'd be able to do this with out my husband. Having Andrea's support has been the game changer too. She makes me meal plans for the week and shopping list. Really it's Whole30 for dummies. Love her!

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  24. Thank you Emily for the encouragement. I'm feeling more successful with this than anything else I've ever tried, and that's only week one. @Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me

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  25. @Natalie @ Our Parallel Connect excited to say that this is definitely working for me. YAY! I felt a bit discouraged on Sunday when I was sick in Ikea and Costco and had to run to use the loo. But now I'm back to normal and feeling great and losing weight.

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  26. @writeofthemiddle It's great doing it with another North American. We were texting each other about tomato sauce yesterday. It's Passata here. Thank you for your encouragement. I'm feeling very hopeful and already seeing significant changes!

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  27. Definitely coming up with all the meals and cooking by myself. My husband was supportive in eating what I made without complaint (he loved the he could still eat meat!), but he didn't learn about the program or do any of the planning etc. How amazing that you have someone to do the meal plans etc! Good luck!

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