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Paleo Vegetarian, What?

I have a million allergies… corn, soy, nuts, seeds, bananas, kiwi, avocado, lemon, orange… and on and on. So it’s only reasonable that I would be very interested in food and how that food can change your health. Don’t look at this site and hate right off the bat. Just because I don’t eat a cow doesn’t mean I’m not hitting the mark on nutrition.

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When I grew up we had a huge, beautiful garden, that is until my mom went back to work in my early teens. That is when the processed foods and my allergies and health issues (IBS) started. I did the Zone diet once in my late twenties, but still was eating a lot of processed foods. My IBS got so bad at one point that I couldn’t work a 4 hour shift without ending up on the floor curled up in agony.

My first big food change was to organics after my daughter was born. She was 18 months old and I found myself over 70 pounds heavier than I had been before I had gotten pregnant, miscarried, gotten pregnant again and had my daughter. I was probably as round as I was tall… which is easy to do when you are just five feet tall.

The next was a conversion in my life was to pastured foods along side the organics. My friend and I would hit the local farms in the afternoon or on a Saturday morning, buying our whole chickens, eggs, and beef. But I wasn’t really losing much weight it seemed. Of course every Saturday (and a lot of the days in between) I was enjoying a big Venti Skim Milk Matcha Green Tea Latte {sugar full} at Starbucks after doing an hour of cardio at the gym. I was eating clean, so I thought. But I was still using a lot of products full of sugars, full of garbage and my system was going through overkill on inflammation due to allergies and the problems that milk {no raw local dairy} was having on my body.

Coach Barbara Christensen the Paleo Vegeo Ocean Avenue Beachbody Reset guruIn January of 2010 I did the 21 Day Kickstart program and went completely Vegan. I felt great. I was a cardio TurboKick girl and the weight started to drop. In June of 2011 we moved to Washington and had a horrible experience, and ended up looking for another house the second day we were here. With no fridge, and starving I had some eggs at Whole Foods that morning and it was not bad. Over that first couple of months I added back in pastured eggs and wild caught salmon. But a few months later I was back to a strict vegan diet.

Then I started Les Mills Pump. It’s still very cardio based, but it builds muscle. By the time I got into lifting weights 45 – 55 minutes 3 times a week I was one tired girl. I thought it was B12, even though I was getting 100% of my B12 with coconut milk and Shakeology. So it must be iron. I started taking iron. I was still tired. I finished Pump, but only dropped 3 pounds. {Although I did drop 10 inches} Something didn’t fit. Weights + Veganism wasn’t working for my body.

Next was my 21 days cleanse. 1 week of fish, dairy {couldn’t do it} and chicken {also couldn’t do it}. Then two weeks of vegan eating. Not bad. I lost a few more inches, and felt good. But then I kept getting tired. Tired, tired, tired. When I started Body Beast I decided the game plan had to change. I read up a lot about glutathione, and proteins, and paleo athletes. I knew that I couldn’t go back to cows, chickens, turkeys… sorry folks it’s true. So I decided to add back in the pastured eggs, but they seem to cause inflammation with me a lot of the time. Then comes phase two I added back in the wild caught fish. Still tired so I added in iron… Guess what, with the iron I actually did better with the wild caught fish, and without the wild caught fish…  and seemed to get more from vegetables than I had ever done before. Turns out that I was really really low in my iron stores, and lifting doesn’t help that at all. So this is my journey. You may call me more of a ” Pescetarian” but I like to call it Paleo Vegeo, or a paleo vegetarian. You may not agree, but that’s what living is about… choices. I am still looking at choices, and still making changes. The biggest change was adding the Juice Plus into my life, and I will only keep learning and sharing for all of us.

XOXO,
Barbara

Coach Barbara Christensen the Paleo Vegeo Ocean Avenue Beachbody Reset guru