I already wrote about how excited I was about my workout results and now for the part that always seems to draw a lot of extra readers... half naked pictures of me on the internet!
The 8 week challenge involved following a strict Paleo Diet, similar to the Whole30, consisting of lots of veggies, meat, healthy fats (avocado, coconut, olive oil, etc), fruit, nuts, and seeds. To be honest, we did a lot of cheating. If I cooked it, it was compliant but we also went to parties, restaurants, and even a beer festival during the 8 weeks. We were pretty strict during the week, but we let loose a little on the weekend. Like I said before, I think this is pretty much how I want to eat on a regular basis.
I've got to be honest, the week before the challenge I was completely out of control. I was stuffing my face with stuff that I don't even eat normally and I think I gained about 5 lbs that week. All the processed carbs, sweets, and booze left me completely bloated and swollen. It's crazy how much I can tell how each food affects me now.
Yeah, that happened.
Before & After Pictures:
That first comparison before picture make me cringe. The Paleo Diet obviously works for me and I don't think there's any way I can go back to eating the Standard American Diet (SAD). I feel like I've taken the red pill and there's no going back. Sometimes I wonder if the people in my life are sick and tired of hearing me ramble on and on about Paleo, but I just can't help it. I feel like my eyes have been opened and I want to share that with the world. What you eat directly affects your skin, your body composition, your energy, your ability to focus, and so much more, and I don't think many people actually consider that on a daily basis. Fuel your body with real food and you will find out just how amazing you could feel. My skin looks better, my nails are stronger, I never feel like I need to take a nap after I eat, my stomach isn't bloated, my workouts improve, and damn I'm going to look great in a bikini in Nicaragua on our honeymoon!