Saturday, May 16, 2015

Paleo Fx 2015 recap- part 1, new friends


Paleo FX 2015 Roommates- Diana and Janelle
Part 1 of my Paleo Fx 2015 recap- New Friends

My favorite part about Paleo FX 2015 was meeting new friends. Roommates, vendors, attendees from the vendor floor, people on my fight, airport bus, hotel breakfast area.

Each place I went was an opportunity to talk to people who were friendly, happy, and healthier than we were before. So great to share our stories and experiences.

There were a lot of people just like me- who's health and wellness were and are better eating Paleo. None of us gave a hoot about low carb, high carb, but we cared greatly about :





1. Feeling better ourselves, the illnesses that are gone by eating grain free & low processed foods.
2. Sharing our stories of how we arrived.
3. Sharing what worked for us, what didn't and why.
4. Sharing our favorite speakers, messages, books, strategies- eating, work out, life.
5. Enjoying our time in the conference, eating out, and exploring Austin.

Most awesome of all were my PaleoFx 2015 Roommates, Diana and Janelle.

Diana has attended PaleoFX and AHS before several times. She knows a lot of the speakers and is an extrovert. She asks a lot of questions, doesn't hesitate to ask for what she wants. It was so, so awesome to meet her and to be introduced to folks that I would not have meant otherwise . It was so easy to talk to Diana. Loved, loved, loved meeting her and being at Paleo Fx with her.

Diana could also advise us on exactly how long it took to walk from place to place and we took several awesome trips to the biggest Whole Foods I will likely ever be in the rest of my life.

Janelle was new to PaleoFx like I was. She is also a budding life coach. And good at it, too! I enjoyed chatting with her. Janelle took advantage of the Fit Score testing at Paleo Fx. So proud of her for performing all the tests available to her. I admired that a lot. And Janelle is so, so easy to talk to. I look forward to following Janelle along on her life coaching and next steps in her life. Follow her on Instagram, too!  Janelle has a blog also, One Bite at a Time, A Journey of Clean Eating.


Whole Foods Austin has a BBQ Smoker on the property!!
I've got to just say, I hit the jackpot in roomies. It also helped that I got in first to Austin and the hotel, went to Whole Foods and bought a pound of smoked brisket and half a chicken to heat up for dinner the first night. LOL! I set up a few paleo snacks so we could fuel as needed.

Smoked Brisket!!!  BBQ Chicken!!! Can't go wrong there.

Paleo-ish Room Snacks- Paleo FX 2015 avocados, oysters, 85% chocolate

I met Chef Lance Roll, The Flavor Chef and drank the fantastic broth. Chef Lance makes his broth about 10 minutes away from where I live in San Diego County.  How fortunate!  We had a nice chat on the airport shuttle on the way home.
















Karen and The Paleo Boss Lady




The Paleo Boss Lady!!!  Also a regional favorite (she's in the LA area).
 Reversing some of the effects of her MS and sharing her story. Wow! I've followed her on social media for a while now and I was happy to meet her in person. Step 1, Manifest your life- Own your own sh*t. Indeed!!!!

Great to meet in person.




I sat behind Christine Moore, Jimmy Moore's wife at the "Ask the Paleo Experts talk". Enlarge the back of Christine's shirt to read this story of reversal of many symptoms. Lots of people read the back of her shirt but she said I was the only one to photograph it. Glad I brought my camera to the event!!! :)

Christine Moore- aka Jimmy Moore's wife.
Christine and Jimmy Moore Paleo FX 2015






















Of course, it was nice to see Jimmy Moore again. I'll be devoting a whole post to meeting the "Famous Paleo People".
Janelle (my roommate), Jimmy Moore, and Diana (my other roommate)

Alea of Taste of Paleo
Oh I got to meet another person I correspond with in social media, Alea from Taste of Paleo. She was so, so sweet. She recognized me and totally fan girled me. Wow!!! Honored and I suspect that I'll meet Alea again. Especially since the Taste of Paleo is August 15, 2015 and is up in the OC and less than an hour away.  Road trip!!!!

I need to grab my Paleo "On the fence" friends and put them in the car for this event. I'm telling you, even though I have to be mindful of my food choices as a grain and processed sugar abstainer,  there's nothing like some great on plan,  Paleo food to get someone to try out a few recipes at home.







Okay What worked well for me:

1. Using the PaleoFx Room and Ride share
2. Planning and gathering a good food environment, starting in my hotel room 
3. Taking time to seek out some of my favorite Paleo social media friends.


What didn't work so well:


1. The housing of my Life Proof Case iPhone steamed up due to heat outside and I lost a few photos. Live and learn in the hot Austin Texas weather.

Next up: "Famous Paleo People" and photos, and key learnings from the event

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

New food to abstain from at home, sigh, bacon!

Paleo FX 2015 breakfast at the hotel, with avocado to share

Special Note: I'm going to talk about abstaining, bacon, and food rules for my own food template. I'm food sober today because I set up some of my own guidelines around what I put in my pie hole. If that is not your thing, please move on to another blog. Moderation and intuitive eating blogs are all the rage, abstaining blogs are harder to find. Thank you for understanding!!

Oh yeah!  In my post binge eating days, I'm still running into foods that still trigger me. Yeah, bacon! I ate bacon on my travel in April and May. While I seemed to be okay with it traveling, bacon is probably one of those foods I'll have occasionally, while traveling, but not at home.

I just want to overeat bacon at home, in a binge sort of way when I'm home.

Even after 4 years, heck, the rest of my life I'll have to deal with this urge to want to binge eat. So, the "bacon rules for 2015" are now in stone.


While traveling = bacon is okay

At home = Abstain from bacon

At least I know myself well. For me, setting in structure and rules around food is a good thing. It helps me be well instead of in the food addiction. And, that is a good thing.

What's working

1. Abstaining from some foods, like bacon while.

What did not work in the past

1. Continuing to eat foods that trigger binge eating and make excuses why that is okay.

Alrighty!  Working on the Paleo FX 2015 recap posts. I should publish those later this week.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mothers' Day 2015

Happy Mother's Day 2015

I'll be hanging out with my daughter today. Doing some fun things (beach, walking, eat out at a farm to table restaurant) and some required things (batch cooking , food shopping for next week, kitchen clean-up).

So glad to have addressed my binge eating and to be buying and cooking real foods (as opposed to processed) for both my daughter and myself. I even buy grain free for our cats.

The best gift I can give myself and my family is the gift of my whole presence as a mother- free from the binge cycle. Free from preventable migraines, joint pain, prolonged infections and colds. I stopped short of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Preventable. All those physical and emotional things. I can prevent by abstaining from grains and most sugars. I can show up to do Mom duties much more easily.

Part of being a Mom is modeling good health, teaching good cooking (not baking!) practices. What a gift I can pay forward to future generations. 

The extra emotional and physical time gained back from not being in that pain is a real gift. Time to hike, travel, practice photography, and cook for my family. Great to be able to parent with a clear emotional and physical mind. 

Happy Mother's Day to all of you celebrating. If you are not, here's to a day where you honor mother like figures or even just the fact that you are taking care of yourself so you can live a full productive life. That's a huge gift to yourself and your community.

What's working:

1. Buying and cooking in a Paleo/Primal style- grain free, low processed sugar.
2. Waking up with a clear, binge free (mostly) mind so I can show up emotionally to be a Mom.
3. Waking up not needing to be on a lot of meds for preventable diseases.
4. Giving back to the community by being physically present in ways I could not before.

What did not work in the past:

1. Using Mother's Day to eat sugary, grain filled and highly processed foods. Stacks of waffles and pancakes, and syrup. There was lots of cookie and muffin baking. Lots!
 2. Waking up food seeking and planning the day around binge eating.
3. Waking up with migraines, achy joints, and weight gain.
4.  Wanting to plop on the couch and do nothing but eat skinny cow icecreams and watch junk TV.

Okay, to be clear, sometimes there is some junk TV, but required mom duties and service first. ;)
How is everyone celebrating today? 


Monday, May 4, 2015

Weight Maintenance update - 3 years, 3 months and 4 years abstaining from gluten & most sugar

May 3, 2015- 4 years abstaining from most all processed sugar and gluten. That's a very cool celebration. 

I've got before and after photos, weight graphs, and a very important celebration before I deep dive into PaleoFx 2015 topics. If that's not your thing, move along. There are lots of other blogs for you.  

Before weight: 187.4
Current Weight: 118.6
Weight Maintenance Range: 113-119
Age: 49
Height: 5'1"
Years maintaining: 3 years, 3 months
Years abstaining: 4
Did I lapse or binge eat in those 4 years: yes, little
Menopause: 2 years

 This month: Okay, I'm shifting and trending higher at the end of this month. Travel, bacon, and conventional salt will do that. It's no big deal and a normal weight pivot for long term weight maintenance for me.

I'm back to my home food template. A few weeks and my weight will settle into a few pounds lower, most likely. 

I'm still food sober. 4 years of long term abstinence.  That's a lot of hard work, mindfulness, meals, working on good sleep habits, and doing what works for me and leaving the rest behind.

It's also a lot of food shopping, preparing, batch cooking, hauling lunches to work, doing dishes, and general kitchen clean up.

It's also a lot of prioritizing sleep,  where and how I spend time and money, working on habits, reading books, blogs, and getting and giving support.

No, it's not my whole life, but I LOVE my new normal. Wouldn't go back for anything. Really. I can't think of any reason to go back to the mental and physical pain of the past. Nope. 40 years of compulsive overeating since the age of 6-46.  Now four years into the next 40 years.  4 years down, 36 more to live life on food sober terms.


 What's working for me

1. Eating a real food, paleo-ish food template- low carb, healthy fat is my food template now.

2. Daily weighing. It keeps my slippery slope thinking at arm's length. For me it works.

3. Getting enough sleep.

4. Thinking for myself.

5. Walking 5-6 miles a day.

6. Strength training 1-2x per week.

What didn't work in the past:

1. Moderating junk food at Weight Watchers and counting points, calorie counting. Worked in my 30's for weight loss, terrible for my binge eating and for long term weight maintenance



2.  Never weighing in and taking swift actions for re-gains. Lots of slippery slope thinking.

3. I didn't sleep enough

4. I cared what US News reported about weight loss programs and didn't think for myself.

5. I walked maybe 2 miles a day and thought I was "walking a lot!"

6. I didn't do any upper body work at all.

So happy to be in this place in life.




Sunday, May 3, 2015

Back from PaleoFx 2015 -awesome trip - a few photos

Mark Sisson
 I had an awesome time at PaleoFx 2015.

In this order

1. The people
2. The lectures
3. The food
4. Austin

So much fun. So many good lectures. I've got several blog posts lined up, but less time for blogging since I traveled for work immediately after the PaleoFx conference.



Terry Whals!
 Also, today marks 4 years since I started abstaining from most processed sugars*  I still have a few squares of 85% Dark Chocolate per day, with good results.

As I was packing to go to PaleoFx 2015, I went to a regular grocery store. The candy lining the asile caught my eye. It really hit me that I've totally chosen a different life and different outcome for my health by stopping processed sugar and grains.

I choose this, indeed!!!

Some photos from the conference until I get back to regular life this week.


Dean Dwyer contrasted and compared my habits with his- honored for the mention.

Panel discussion- PaleoFx 2015

Panel discussion PaleoFX 2015

Nora Gedgaudas- I want her hair!!!

Austin State Capitol Building



Deviled eggs at 24 Diner, Austin

Shrimp salad during lunch break at PaleoFx 2015- JAX





















Black Bullet Proof coffee- strong stuff!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The best thing about my favorite speakers in the Paleosphere - Try it and see if it works for you (it's okay if it doesn't)

My favorite Paleo Speakers are all lined up! PaleoFx 2015
I'm looking forward to meeting speakers and writers at PaleoFx 2015.   I've noticed common threads practices for my favorite go to leaders.

Try it,  and change or move along to something else if doing this doesn't work.

Here's what I've noticed:
0. All of my favorite Paleo People are feeling better eating this way.
0.5  They share their stories.
1. Try it for 30 days (or more) and if it doesn't work, that's okay, move along.
2. The resources are almost all either free online, free down loadable materials,
3, Or a book you can check out at the local library or buy for very, very low cost.
4. There is usually a podcast you can download about the topic you are interested.
5. If a leader's thinking & learning  and current thought processes changes, they will change themselves and their recommendations.

Robb Wolf, Mark Sisson, Sarah Fragoso, Jason Seib, Michelle Tam,Terry Wahls, MD, and more.

Their message is clear to me. Think for yourself. Experiment on yourself. Try it yourself.

All of them have tried it, adjust it to themselves,  their lives, their epi-genetics, their age, their culture, their family, their tastes, and to some - their  auto-immune disease.

If it doesn't work, walk away and try something else. Or modify. They don't say there's only 1 way. Or it's their way or the highway. I highly respect that. There isn't one way, but I'll bet there's 2-3 ways that will work better for an individual. Based on many inputs to the self equation. I respect those who find the way that works and share their stories with others.

Hey! PaleoFX is live streaming on two stages. For Free!

What's working for me 

0.  I feel so, so much better eating grain free, mostly sugar free, dairy free, legume free, and nut free.
0.5 I enjoy sharing my story.
1. I tried it and never stopped self experimenting.
 2  I read new research, books, & approaches, and thought processes with a continuing education mindset.
3. The best takeaways are inexpensive or free. Google and my library card and Amazon Prime rock.
4. Podcasts, I'm a a fan.
5. If I have to change things up, I do. And managing that change is essential. Since Feb 2012 I've removed dairy, nuts, dried fruits, most forms of soy and rice.

What didn't work for me in the past:
0. Moderately eating grains, sugars, dairy, legumes, and nuts.
0.5 I did not feel comfortable being myself. Or being boss about what I put in my body.
1. I thought that because WW was the #1 ranked plan, that I was a failure if it didn't work for me.
2. I couldn't get off the sugars and grains long enough (AKA withdrawls) to see if it worked or not.
3. I paid for a lot of weight loss and weight maintenance items without owning the mindset first.
4. Life before Podcasts was "less fun" ;)
5. I didn't manage my life changes as well. Moderating the foods that triggered my binge eating kept me stuck for a long time.

Okay, who are your favorite thought leaders and why? Paleo or non-Paleo. Paleo is just a tool I use for long term health. It's one tool. Not totally one stop shopping, but close! What helped you the most when you were making your permanent changes to weight management?


Thursday, April 16, 2015

More Book Discussions- Better Than Before- Grechen Ruben (with Robb Wolf)

 iTunes Episode 265- The Paleo Solution Podcast with Gretchen Ruben

From Robb Wolf's website

Karen's note: If you are a moderate eater and doing well, there are plenty of blogs for you. Move along. Celebrate your moderation wellness smugness and eat all the things.  I wish you well.

 If you are exploring abstaining, not doing well moderate eating or just wanting thinking for yourself,  or change a few things to help your health, weight, pain, then read on...
  • Habits are discussed through out the podcast
  • Moderating all foods vs taking out some, is it orthorexia? No!  (16 mins)
  • Abstaining discussed. No Thin mints vs ALL the thin mint! (17 mins)
  • Abstaining easier than moderation for some (18 mins), 
  • Risk assessment discussed (20 mins)
  • Why is it so hard on a national level to the abstinence message ?(21 mins) 
  • The answer is not one size fits all (21 minutes)
  • YOLO and excuses discussed (22 minutes)
  • Loophole spotters (29 minutes)
Karen's note: I used to use loopholes to feed my sugar addiction and as a result I chose to obesity for about 40 years. Maybe 30 years if you consider I was too young at age 6-16 to really figure it out.
  • False choice , moral licensing, questionable assumption (31)
  • Addictions are discussed around 33 mins into the podcast

Good news, I bought the book and I'll be reading it in the next week or so. I'm thrilled that my favorite book authors are teaming together to help  other people get off what I consider to be very addictive substances.

There are just tons of moderating resources. It's way, way past time for more health, low inflammatory, wellness tools that involve abstaining. I know, I know, OA, FA, AA has everyone beat. For many decades they've recommended it, very quietly and anonymously . That's cool. I know Dr. Berkeley in Refuse to Regain recommends removing processed sugar (and all S foods- sugar, starchy, etc) in her 2008 book Refuse to Regain. 

So glad that there are additional voices and resources joining what I've found to be a very valuable tool and health in long term weight maintenance.


What's working for me:

1. Thinking, experimenting, testing, n= 1 For myself, then letting you all know how it's working
2. Abstaining and not moderating sugar, grains, and dairy, legumes, nuts, too. I didn't come all this way to have inflammation from dairy.
3. Continuing to learn from my favorite authors Robb Wolf, Grechen Ruben, and Barbara Berkeley.
4. Respecting groups like OA, FA, AA. for being the early adopters. It probably wasn't easy.

What's did no working for me in the past:

1. Going along with the moderation crowd and thinking I was not strong/good/smart enough.
2. Eating lots of sugars and grains and binge eating for 40 freaking years.
3. Just following the same old moderation theme using calorie tracking, or WW point counting, intuitive eating, and NOT learning anything new.
4. Not being open minded enough to get out a plan that wasn't working quickly 2-6 months.

Okay, has anyone heard the podcasts or read the book?   It's awesome if you moderate. I even lost 60 pounds before I got pregnant with my kid. But I was still sick and inflamed and binge eating.  Better late than never!