I am Sonia, a 42 year old French Canadian from Québec (Canada), single mother of 2 [fully grown] kids, who’s turned her life around at age 35 and decided to embrace a healthy lifestyle and clean-up her diet quite a bit.
My whole life I have struggled with my weight, and many times I have fallen victim to the diet syndrome. I would starve myself and eat “rabbit” food for months. Sure, I would lose the weight, but it would only be a matter of time before I gained it all back, because I never knew how to feed my body properly and, more importantly, make it stick.
It started with a New Year’s resolution
That year, I decided that I wanted to shed some [ahem 50-60] pounds and get in shape. I had already quit smoking 2 years prior and had dramatically lowered my alcohol consumption the year after that, going from several drinks a day to drinking only on the week-ends. Eventually, the need to drink alcohol completely subsided and I will now only indulge in the *very* occasional drink.
My official resolution that year had been to be active for a minimum of 30 minutes a day, at least 6 days out of the week. I invested in an elliptical machine and a couple of sets of dumbbells and started training at home. I was extra motivated and the half hour a day soon became an hour… The pounds started to come off and I felt so much better, so energized, so pumped! I was looking forward to my exercise sessions, but I soon felt like I needed more, I needed a tangible goal…
That’s when I started running and set a goal to run 10km at the Marathon de Montréal in September of 2010. Well, not only did I achieve that, I surpassed it! I actually ran a half-marathon, which I completed in 2 hours, 1 minute and 40 seconds.
Since then, I experimented with all kinds of different exercises
Throughout the years, I always found a way to stay motivated and keep my body active by alternating between resistance / weight training, cardio, yoga, cycling, rowing and more recently, crossfit. To this day, I make it a business to be physically active at least 6 days out of the week, for a minimum of 30 minutes per day. Another resolution that stuck!
For sure you must think that I love exercising! Well, the truth is, I don’t. I don’t always enjoy it and oftentimes I would gladly skip but I know just how good it is for me and how it makes me feel so much better about myself. Plus, I must admit, it really feels great to be in shape.
Of course, I also had to relearn how to nourish my body
That’s when The Healthy Foodie came into existence, as a means for me stay on track and keep a record of recipes I’d created and meals I’d eaten. What started as a simple personal online food diary soon became a real passion for me. It inspired me and helped me expand my boundaries and make tons of new discoveries, through sharing recipes and ideas with other people just like me.
It was only a matter of time before I came across the Paleo diet
I was extremely intrigued and really wanted to give it a try but have to admit that I was extremely reluctant to giving up on my precious grains and quasi completely abandon my beloved dairy. Back then, I didn’t eat much meat and relied heavily on dairy and whey protein powder for protein intake. Eventually, though, I worked up the courage and took the plunge. Honestly? I couldn’t be happier that I did.
Going paleo has been a total liberation for me. No more calorie and macro counting, no more eating small, unsatisfying meals at regular intervals, no more staying *slightly* hungry all the time, no more stepping on the scale every week at the same time and obsessing about that number… And out the window went my fat phobia! I feel I have a newfound liberty and feel so much better physically, too!
Many people find the paleo lifestyle to be incredibly restrictive… to me it ended up being quite the opposite: it opened up a whole new world of possibilities and I feel super inspired to come up with new, tasty recipes all the time. I’m sincerely hoping that these recipes will inspire you, too, and that you will feel compelled to give them a whirl!
Join me, if you will, on this journey to a fit and healthy me!
Feel free to flip through the pages of my food diary and, by all means, leave your comments and feedback: I absolutely LOVE hearing from you guys!