Introducing JustLift’s Paleo Food Blog Featuring Sarah McGregor

Hi! I’m Sarah. I feel like this week is the perfect time to start this awesome food blog initiative with JustLift, just days after the Thanksgiving Weekend! How many of us are in a post-Thanksgiving food haze, unable to focus on the tasks at hand, stomachs and digestive systems in havoc, and maybe a bit of a guilty conscience? I was hoping not to have to start my first blog post with an admission of having indulged in everything that was offered at my family’s rather non-paleo friendly feast, but I am. I COULD have gotten away with eating only paleo foods. There were lots to choose from. I COULD have skipped over that stuffing that my mom and I made together, full of wonderful butter, onion, celery and whole wheat wonderbread. I COULD have skipped over the gravy that my mom and I, with the assistance of my older cousin, laboured over, fiddling with the cornstarch thickener to get it just the right consistency. And I COULD have skipped dessert: pumpkin pie and strawberry rhubarb pie made lovingly by my Great Auntie Sally, who I describe as a Master 10th Degree Black Belt baker. But I didn’t, and I refuse to feel guilty about it.

In my everyday life I eat a Paleo diet. I buy locally raised and butchered meat as much as I can (I’ve almost completely switched to local). I eat from my garden and buy from the farmers’ market in the summer. And I love to cook! The guys at JustLift and I decided that I would start blogging about how I eat and my experiences eating Paleo here in Ottawa and in my home because I have a pretty busy life, and it’s a challenge everyday to maintain good nutrition. These posts will give a glimpse into my everyday Paleo eating. I’ll try to include as much about my challenges as my successess, and I am really looking forward to sharing with you. I take lots of inspiration from Paleo eating friends, and even more from online resources and cookbooks (Paleo and non-Paleo alike).

I started my Paleo journey about three and a half years ago, but I was quite lucky in that my parents had started eating pretty similarly when I was a teenager. When I transitioned to Paleo, giving up bread was hard but I had gone through it years before, and I was lucky in the sense that I’ve been allergic to milk since I was born so I never missed it. Sometimes I have processed dairy (cheese mostly) and my milk allergy is mostly a mild reaction that just reminds me why I cannot eat it, and sometimes it rears is ugly head on me when I dare to test it.

I started eating Paleo because honestly, I was getting fat. I wasn’t fat yet, but I was getting a little chubby (“in the face” – as my Grandmother lovingly let me know one day before I started Paleo!). I was training with headcoach Pierre back in 2008/09, Crossfitting and then transitioning to weightlifting. I was getting really frustrated because despite training hard my body was not responding. This was when Pierre and I sat down and talked about Paleo, sleep, stress, cortosol levels, etc. I remember telling him that I hated lettuce, that it was rabbit food, and he basically told me to suck it up, I was an adult and my taste buds would change. After a month of eating Paleo (with “cheat days”) I felt better, I had lost a bit of weight, my performance at the gym had increased, and lo and behold, my tastebuds had changed!

So, after 3 years of working on my Paleo diet, I am so pleased to be writing for the JustLift blog about Paleo eating!

To start, I’ll share what I had for breakfast and lunch the day after the Thanksgiving weekend – the day that I get back on the Paleo bandwagon! Most of my posts will be short, just a quick look at my everyday Paleo eating, so I hope you get a little something out of it and very much look forward to any feedback and discussion these posts generate.

Breakfast:
3 sweet potato hashbrown patties
3 over-easy eggs fried in butter
Coffee – black

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Lunch:
5 oz of left over Turkey (I usually don’t measure my food, but this morning I wanted to make sure I had enough protein in my lunch for weightlifting tonight)
Mash of sweet potato, turnip, and carrot

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Later, I’ll probably have a Lara bar and coconut water to tide me over during my workout until I get home to eat supper.

I don’t normally eat so many carb dense foods, but I also don’t tend to shy away from them. This just happens to be what was in my fridge after not being home all weekend.