Bacon and Butter and Weight Loss, Oh My!

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When you start to lose weight, people notice. They compliment and ask if you have been working out. Which I haven’t. Not in the strict sense of the word. I chase 4 kids around all day, we take lots of walks and bike rides and I lift 20 pounds of baby multiple times throughout the day. But I did all of that long before losing weight.

For those that do not know, I am 31 and gave birth to my 4th baby a year ago. We cut processed foods out of our kitchen a long time ago, so my diet has been real, wholesome foods all along. In each pregnancy I gained between 40 and 45 lbs. With my first baby it took me 3 months to lose my baby weight. With my second it took 6 months. With my third it took 9 months. So, this time around when baby was 9 months old I was incredibly frustrated. I was still wearing some of my maternity clothes and nothing from my normal wardrobe fit. I was eating healthy, moderately and although I don’t “workout” I am very, very active. I decided something needed to change and I reflected back over my experiences. The only time I ever successfully lost weight in my life due to dietary changes was when I did a grain-free, yeast-free diet. At the time I was not a real food enthusiast, but was battling constant yeast infections and in efforts to rid my body of the yeast overgrowth I cut out grains, yeasts and all forms of processed sugar. I lost a ton of weight, got rid of my yeast infections and felt great. I assumed the weight loss was due to “low-carb”. Over the years when my weight was up I tried “low-carb” diets with no success.

In the last few years I decides to eat a clean, real food diet and not focus on weight, but rather on overall health. This was fine until I simply couldn’t shake my baby weight. I am eating healthy??? What the heck is wrong? I didn’t drink soda, eat junk food or candy. Everything in my diet was nutrient dense and wholesome. I don’t even eat a lot! Then it dawned on me. Maybe it was the grains!  In the last year I have done a lot of reading and research, a lot of which points to health benefits of eliminating grains, not because they are a carb, but because they are difficult to digest. I had already taken the step of properly preparing grains by soaking, souring and sprouting, but different people’s bodies handle grains differently.

I decided to do a cleanse for a month. Roughly following The Whole30 diet. I cut out all grains, legumes (this, sadly included peanut butter. Did you know peanuts are a legume? crazy) and sugars (even the good ones like honey and maple syrup) and alcohol. I wasn’t eating particularly low carb as I still ate lots of fruit and some starchy veggies like sweet potatoes. I started out cutting dairy too, but a few days in my dairy cravings were so intense and I decided to listen to my body and added it back in. So I ate lots of veggies, fruits, meats and healthy fats (coconut oil, butter and plenty of them). I do have quite the sweet tooth, so that took about a week to get used too, but the great thing was that after the first week, my sweets cravings vanished.

At the end of the 30 days I had dropped 2 clothing sizes and 2 inches around my waist. I don’t own a scale, but I think it was around 15 pounds. I was delighted to pull out my pre-baby clothes and have a whole new wardrobe to wear!

I decided to continue without the grains, perfecting the art of baking with coconut flour and replacing pasta with squash. And saying no to donuts and cookies. But now I drink wine with dinner again and have honey in my tea. After another month I have lost another 2 inches around my waist and my clothes are beginning to get baggy. Like I said, I don’t own a scale, but I know that I have lost at least 20 lbs, based on how much I weighed before and after pregnancy. I am not finished losing weight, but I am also very happy with where I am at. I still eat most of the things I love. I don’t count calories or carbs or fat grams. I do my best to be active and exercise every day, but I don’t “work out”. I still make sourdough pancakes and bread for my kids and they love soaked oatmeal, but those are the days I make bacon and avocado for me. And most of all I love both my food and my body! If you are tired of fad diets, you should try bacon and butter and weight loss!

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Before cutting grains and sugar. Healthy and happy, but hanging on to the baby weight.

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After going “primal”

…and apparently I never appear in photos without my kids…

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