I’d like to start off by thanking each and every one of you for following this blog. Even though Sweet Pea Living is a small project, I am incredibly lucky to have such a great network of friends, family and fellow healthy-living followers.
That said, I am always looking for ways to improve and I recently took a break from the blog to revisit my personal health and wellness goals.
During that time, I researched, watched, and discovered new definitions of what it means to be healthy (which are not actually new at all). My understanding of what constitutes a nutritious, well-balanced diet changed and I am no longer supporting an exclusively Paleo, Whole30, or Low-Carb lifestyle.
Yep. Let me explain.
For over a year we have reduced carbohydrates to decrease our overall daily caloric intake. Initially, this worked well, but I recently became frustrated with my energy levels, athletic performance, and overall physical and mental health. By reducing carbs, calories, and fat, my body was continuously running on empty. I started to become lightheaded during the day and I stopped seeing progress in my workouts.
So…I searched for answers. I honestly expected to find affirmation that my “low-carb” message was a beneficial alternative for people seeking weight loss and good health. People love to hear good news about their bad habits.
I didn’t see any problem in replacing rice, pasta and bread with meat. Especially since it was Paleo approved, right? Beef, poultry and seafood st
arted to make up 75-90% of our daily meals. As a result, my body was not getting the nutrients or vitamins that it needed to function properly. By not eating enough fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, I was essentially starving my body without knowing it.
After learning this, I reflected on my dietary choices and made several easy changes that I am eager to share with all of you! I will be using this blog space to not only publish my favorite nutritious meals, but also to support people in achieving a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. I hope you will continue to join me on this journey.
Thank you for your patience and support!