This is not a diet post. I don’t believe in diets. Counting calories or eating prepackaged diet program meals is no way to live your life. This is about eating real food the way it was intended to be eaten and achieving your ideal weight, whatever that is for you.
This is my story about how how lost all my baby weight plus over 20 additional pounds to be at what I consider to be my ideal weight. I realize that everyone’s story is different. Everyone’s ideal weight is different. You can be unhealthy at any weight, skinny or overweight! I’m sharing my story to both inspire and help you be nourished on your path to real weight loss!
To be fair, much of the weight I lost was gained during pregnancy. I was pregnant with my fourth baby in 2011 and gained around 40 pounds with him. I was 33 at the time and was concerned that the weight may not come off as easily as it did in my 20′s with my other children. I wasn’t at my ideal weight when I became pregnant either! I ate a Weston A. Price based diet while pregnant so I was eating a lot of food. I was determined to have a nourished pregnancy!
I LOVE being pregnant and don’t mind that I’m not a super skinny pregnant lady! My babies are all healthy and I gained between 30-40 pounds with all of them. That’s just what my body does. I make sure to get adequate nutrition while pregnant and not eat junk. The photos you see of me pregnant really do reflect the joy I felt carrying my precious son! Pregnancy is so incredibly beautiful!
I gave birth on December 22, 2011. It was an incredible homebirth! My midwife arrived 5 minutes AFTER my baby boy was born! Yep, you read that right! His Daddy caught him! It was the most empowering experience I’ve ever had!
By the summer of 2012, 6 months after my son’s birth I had lost what I had gained during pregnancy but was definitely not at my ideal weight. My clothes didn’t fit right and I was out of shape. You can see the beach picture below. Throughout that year, my body continued to shift back to its pre-pregnancy shape.
In March of 2013, my oldest daughter, baby and I were in a car accident that required me to start seeing a chiropractor a few times per week. I really feel that getting those adjustments triggered something that helped me begin to lose weight. My nervous system was getting a much needed adjustment!
In April I decided that we would go grain-free for the month. This is the key to it all! This was my version of a cleanse. This is how I reset my system. We cut out bread, rice, pasta, oats…all grains. We don’t have any food sensitivities but I felt that our diet was very grain heavy. Though most of our grains were soaked and sprouted, we were just eating too many of them. We went cold turkey and cut them out! It was a pretty amazing experience! We replaced the grains with more vegetables. Without grains, our diet was much more nutrient dense. We weren’t filling up on rice, bread, or pasta. Instead, we were eating real nourishing food.
My body fat quickly diminished and other people began to notice. Over the next few months I dropped over 20 pounds. I was eating plenty of food and not doing any crazy exercising. I am breastfeeding so I am careful about what I eat and drink! After April was over we added grains back in but are still, even now eating way less than we were previously. I feel better when I eat less grains. I am a protein type so my body thrives on good protein.
I was already eating real food. I just needed to revamp things a bit and really concentrate on nourishing my body. I began walking with my kids and our brand new puppies daily and doing light strength training exercise using my own body weight as resistance. Nothing major, just 30 minutes a day or so. My toddler keeps my on my toes and I’m very active!
Here is an example of a day of meals:
Breakfast: Eggs, bacon and a cup of raw milk or herbal tea.
Lunch: Salad with grilled dark meat chicken and salmon roe, kombucha or water kefir.
Here are 6 Tips to a Nutrient Dense “Diet”:
- Completely cut out processed foods. Wean yourself off if you must but cold turkey is best!
- Eat good fats like butter, lard, schmaltz (chicken fat), ghee, coconut oil, tallow, palm oil (from sustainable sources).
- Eat nutrient dense foods like salmon (and roe), grass-fed beef, pastured chicken, and raw milk instead of filler foods.
- Eat (and drink) fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, water kefir, milk kefir, yogurt, kombucha, etc.
- Get most of the carbs the body needs from vegetables (and fruits) instead of grains and eating them with a bit of fat to unlock all the nutrients.
- Know your metabolic type. Protein or Carb type?
Here is my journey documented in pictures:
It definitely was a journey! I didn’t lose the weight overnight. I didn’t take some magic pills, drink shakes, drink coffee or takes stimulants. I didn’t do cleanses or join a gym. I simply ate real food and moved my body! I stayed out of my own way and let my body do what it needed! You can too! Keep track of what you eat. Cut out or reduce grains just for awhile and eat a more nutrient dense diet. See how you feel!
What’s your real food weight loss journey been like? What worked for you? I’d love to hear about it! Please post in comments!
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