Today is the day. I finally started a blog... :)
It is going to be so great to have somewhere to post fun recipes, photos, day to day life happenings , and what inspires me to keep doing what I'm doing. The excitement is real! This has been a project I've been wanting to start for months, and I did it! It is going to take me awhile to get the hang of things because I don't know what I'm doing..but I'm willing to learn and then learn from my mistakes! Let me let you in on a couple of things here before we start:
1) my grammar is questionable. like it really is not great. punctuation too. I often use too many exclamation marks, forget to capitalize where appropriate, and leave out question marks and people get confused. "Are you asking a question or are you not?!" ..It's something I'm working on.
2) I am not great at working technology. This includes the internet, cell phones , iPads, Microsoft word, iTunes, emailing,, everything. So, getting this far into creating a blog....feeling pretty fricken PROUD! Where is my gold medal?
3) I did not own a laptop until 2 weeks ago. My first Macbook and it has very quickly become my baby. I went to Montreal for a weekend and worried about whether or not it was safe where I left it. In my room. On my dresser. It makes me feel like Carrie Bradshaw, OK?
Now that we're past that, let me tell you how I got here....
Let's get real . I LOVE food. I've always loved food. The problem, although, started when i was in high school. I had no knowledge of what food could do to my body, healthy or unhealthy. I binge ate. My high school diet consisted of perogies, pizza, DQ french fries, cheese buns, etc. Naturally i blamed the weight gain on my metabolism. when i graduated high school I was nearly 200lbs.
I moved to the city, 6 hours south of my hometown. 6 hours south of my family. 6 hours south of my mom and dads cooking (who actually cooked balanced healthy meals..i wish i wasn't such an A-Hole teenager and ate at home). I didn't know how to cook for myself so basically all I ate was ramen noodles, spaghetti and grilled cheese. By the time i was 22, i was over 240lbs, depressed and angry.
Something just clicked one day. I think I saw a picture of myself and thought "No More, Kirsten. fix this. you deserve to be happy. Stop feeling sorry for yourself." I went out and i bought books on books on books, educating myself. I started walking and then at-home workouts. Taught myself how to prepare healthier meals. Clean Eating vs. The Paleo Diet vs. Vegan vs. Low Calorie. I tried it all, and it was exhausting. I lost about 50lbs in the time to follow, fluctuating year to year.
In July 2015, I started my first round of Whole30. I randomly picked up the book at Chapters and it changed my life. I made an Instagram account to keep me accountable, to find meal inspiration, and support. I became so passionate about whole food and how it affects our bodies after experiencing the changes in my body and energy levels. I started thinking of new meal ideas so I wouldn't get bored, photographing them, and sharing them on instagram. They were a hit, catching the attention of the Whole30 team, In January 2016 I won the "Next Whole30 Star". I guest blogged for their recipes page 3 weeks later.
Since July 2015, I've completed 8 rounds of Whole30. I know what foods bother me now (gluten = bloating for days, dairy = patchy dry skin on my face, soy = stomach aches), which is why I chose to live the paleo lifestyle. it works for me. and thats what matters. Food Freedom.
This is me. Buck Naked Paleo. I wanted to start writing this blog to share my stories, my favourite recipes, tips and tricks, and the struggles with this journey that I'll forever be on. I'm going to be straight up and myself, no B.S. I'm learning, growing and I don't intend on stopping. So, if you're up for the ride, follow along!