This week will mark the 6 month anniversary of when I starting eating Paleo/Primal. I have more energy, increased strength, and have dropped from a size 4 to a size 0 (per Gap’s vanity sizing).  However, I’ve been letting myself slip the past few weeks, especially since I’ve been home on vacation. 

I’ve been experimenting with intermittent fasting by skipping breakfast for the past couple weeks and I’ve absolutely hated it. I’m literally counting down the minutes until it strikes noon so I can break my fast and then I eat like a mad woman until 7:00 p.m. I’ve been super miserable all morning and I overeat for the next 7 hours.

After discussing my form of IF with Fitbomb, we both determined that I was just starving myself and then allowing myself to binge on healthy foods (e.g. macadamia nuts, coconut butter, coconut flakes, and dark chocolate) during my feeding time. Plus, I can’t blame IF for all my problems because, honestly, I’ve been lax on my exercise routine and allowed cheats to slip in my diet on a regular basis.

From here on out, I’m gonna institute some changes.

First, I’m eating breakfast again. Here’s what I made myself for breakfast at my sister’s place this morning: a baby arugula salad with snap peas, avocados, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil…

… and some leftover braised short ribs.

I was a much happier person and a nicer mommy in the morning.

I’m keeping a 14-hour fast (7:00p.m. to 9:00 a.m.) on the days when I’m not working graveyard shift and a 12-hour fast during my workweek (6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.). During my feeding time, I’m sticking with three square meals a day and I won’t snack just to eat. Exercise will be a priority again and I’m going to make sure it’s truly intense if I keep it short.

I’m starting  The Whole30 program on December 29th to kick my ass back into gear. Who’s with me?

About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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