Alison and I started Down Home Health as a way to share our health stories, tasty recipes, and resourceful information. We are constantly seeking inspiration through other bloggers, health advocates/professionals, and especially from our friends and family.
I recently saw a post from an old college friend, Sarah, who has made phenomenal progress on her weight loss journey. I was incredibly intrigued that Sarah has accomplished this through a Paleo diet regimen. Sarah has graciously agreed to share some of her success story with Down Home Health. See our conversation and her ‘before and after’ picture below:
DHH: Can you share a little about your story? When did you start your regimen? What inspired you to make a change?
Sarah: I started February 3, 2014 after seeing my photo from New Years of that year and being absolutely astounded that the girl in my photos was actually me. I brushed it off, as I had done for years and after a doctor’s appointment on February 2nd and seeing what I weighed, I knew I had to make a change.
DHH: Why did you choose Paleo?
Sarah: I had heard of the Paleo diet and figured it was something that would be hard but I wanted change, serious change. February 3rd I began going to the gym and eating the basic shape of the diet that I read about online. After two weeks, I lost 20 pounds (paleo plus working out 7 days a week). When I say I did a complete 180 with my life that day, I did.
DHH: How do you feel? Can you tell a difference?
Sarah: I can definitely tell a difference. Foods that I used to eat before make me sick now. My system is used to healthier foods that help my body function better. When I gave my body what it wanted, it gave me what I wanted by dropping weight.
DHH: What are some of your favorite Paleo snacks and meals?
Sarah: The best part about doing a diet so drastic is taking your favorite meals you normally eat and substituting better foods in their place. For example, craving pasta? Use spaghetti squash and make a sauce. Craving potatoes? Smash a cauliflower or eat a sweet potato. If you are really craving something, your body is telling you that you are dehydrated. When I got serious cravings, I would drink a big glass of water and I wouldn’t want whatever I wanted before.
DHH: Do you have a “go to” recipe that you would like to share?
Sarah: Grilled veggies with sautéed veggies and salsa. So good!
DHH: What advice do you have for someone who wants to make a healthy change?
Sarah: Only you can do it. No one can do it for you. I didn’t tell anyone outside of my close friends and it made all the difference. I posted my before and after picture just 7 months after I started and never felt better. People were utterly amazed. I never expected such a big response because I still have more to lose, but it was nice to have an overwhelming amount of support. I think because I kept it very quiet and didn’t post every day when I went to the gym or instagram-ed the pictures of my food, it became about ME, not about other people.
Surround yourself with people who are going to push you forward (and not judge you for the after work cocktail).
DHH: Thank you for sharing a little bit of your success story with us, Sarah. We wish you continued success on your health journey!
Some of our favorite Paleo recipes to try:
Have an awesome week!