Why I'm Switching to a {Modified} Paleo Lifestyle

May 22, 2017

Back in April the scale, and my clothes, finally told me something I could no longer ignore. I was weighing in higher than was acceptable and I decided to do something about it. I did a 21 day low/no carb challenge. 

It was a true challenge but it was also educational. I needed to keep myself fueled and full but stick within my parameters while keeping portions in check. As I started my third week, one very clear thought came to me: I don't need carbs {or added sugar}.

Sure they're delicious and all my favorite foods are carb based, but I can do without them. I didn't want to abandon all the progress I'd made so I revisited a paleo link a friend had sent me in my first week. It was pretty similar to what I had been doing for the past 3 weeks.

In case you're really confused about what I mean when I say "modified paleo", it looks like this:

Andouille sausage egg scramble with grape tomatoes and avocado; baked zucchini stuffed with mushrooms and pepper with goat cheese; and riced cauliflower and a grilled chicken sandwich

Quinoa "oatmeal" with scrambled eggs; roasted salmon and spinach and feta stuffed flounder with veggies; quinoa bowl; and tacos

It's a lot of veggies and meat. And because I refuse to give up cheese and beans, that too.

For me, eating this way allowed me to lose weight but not feel as though I was depriving myself. I love to get creative in the kitchen and knowing that bread, pasta, and rice were off the table forced me to get even more creative with my dishes.

It's all about balance. I now have pizza and pasta dishes as an indulgence instead of them being the regular choice. Does this or will this work for everyone, no. But it does for me and that's what matters.

Do you have any grain free or low-carb recipes/ideas you've tried and loved?

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  1. i've been on modified paleo since 2014 and it's been amazing! i never feel deprived and haven't gained weight from it either.

  2. I've been working towards this. I know I'll never give up carbs all together, but I'm skipping them where I can. Like this week for breakfasts I made "breakfast burritos" but will more than likely end up just eating the eggs & sausage. For lunches instead of spaghetti & meatballs I'm just doing the meatballs. For suppers instead of traditional burgers I'm doing stuffed ones without the bun. Of course last night I also ate a plate full of french fries ha.

  3. I've always said do what works for you! Get it mama! You are doing great!

  4. I need the carbs to run and not go to jail, but I definitely try to be aware of how many meals per week I'm basing around bread or pasta and try to keep it low. For your recipe kit, I love fish (we do a lot of salmon and tilapia) roasted in foil packets with simple sides like roasted or sauteed veggies, one-bowl meals like Spanish chickpeas and rice (google Budget Bytes - SO FREAKING GOOD - you could replace rice with quinoa) and curried chickpeas and spinach (also Budget Bytes) (again, i served over rice but you could just have it on its own or with quinoa). And breakfast for dinner is always a good idea!

  5. I did Whole 30 last January and I felt so amazing and had such good results! I got off track when I was pregnant because carbs is the only thing I could keep down for awhile. Now I dont really have an excuse and need to get back on the wagon! I have a Whole 30 board on Pinterest that has many recipes that I have incorporated in to our weekly meal plan rotation. You are right, I can live without *most* carbs!