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Paleo Eco Mama

How I Got Here

I guess I should start from the beginning and write about how I got to this place in my life. I wasn’t always a Paleo-living, eco-friendly person.

It wasn’t until I found out I was pregnant with my first baby, back in 2008. It took my husband and I a good long while to conceive to begin with. We were eating the standard American diet (the SAD) and not caring much what we put in our mouths and on our bodies.

Cut to me being diagnosed with gestational diabetes. What? How can that possibly be? Well, it turns out that was a blessing in disguise! We did some research and started eating a low carbohydrate diet to control my blood sugar, which worked perfectly.

After the delivery of the baby, we went back to eating not so low carb. I ate tons of quick, cheap Costco pizza, and ice cream galore. After all, I was breastfeeding and needed to keep my calories up! Except I may have gone a little overboard.

My husband and I found ourselves overweight and out of shape. Something needed to be done to change that. We wanted to be able to keep up with our kids and set a good example for them. Both with nutritionally and physically.

We knew low carb worked for us, so we went back to that for a while. Skipping ahead, we started reading blogs and doing some of our own research and eventually found our Paleo/Primal lifestyle and never looked back.

We are more healthy, energetic, and happy than we have been in a long time. We got pregnant with baby number two a bit easier and quicker than the first time around, despite having a known fertility issue. Pregnancy, delivery, and life after baby has been so much easier as well. My husband had suffered most of his life with allergies and asthma, both of which went away with the switch to a Paleo lifestyle. We both lost weight as well. I have an autoimmune disorder, which Paleo has helped with, but hasn’t completely went away. It did get way better doing the Whole30, though. I will go more into that in another post.

Now, somewhere along the way I started thinking about the way putting healthy, whole, unrefined foods into our bodies made us feel. I thought to myself, why am I putting these wonderful, whole, healthy foods in my body but slathering on tons of nasty chemicals on my skin—on my kids skin?

I slowly started switching over to more eco-friendly options. Cloth diapers, organic, chemical-free face cleansers and lotions, laundry detergent, shampoo and conditioner. You name it, I switched it.

At this point in life, I have found making my own stuff is fun, and economical as well.

That is what this blog is all about. I will be sharing recipes from the Paleo/Primal, autoimmune, and Whole30 world. Along with my various beauty recipes and posts about living our life as eco-friendly and health-conscious as we can.

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