What it means to “Live Unboxed”?
Like so many, we were packaged food junkies. I remember walking the aisles of the grocery store filling my cart with oreo’s, frozen turkey tv dinners, and pre-made mashed potatoes and thinking nothing of it. During our first few months of marriage, I was trying to be the good housewife while running my photography business making quick, boxed “healthy” meals. Bring on the stovetop stuffing WITH mashed potatoes and a frozen turkey tv dinner – this was a weekly meal not a spin off of Thanksgiving! Yep, it’s no wonder we both gained weight or lacked motivation. It wasn’t until I made the choice to change my way of eating that we started to phase out packaged foods. Even during my 12 week eating program designed by my coach at the gym there was still wiggle room for processed and packaged junk to line the shelves of our pantry.
It took two friends convincing me to go Paleo that we became “unboxed”.
On August 1, 2013 – we did our inaugural round of Whole30 and haven’t looked back. After a kitchen makeover we road tripped to the nearest Whole Foods to stock on a few Paleo essentials and fresh ingredients – this was us Living Unboxed. Everything changed for us; better sleep, more energy, feeling stronger, focused throughout the day, and pretty dramatic weight loss. Patrick lost 22 pounds within those 30 days and I was happy with the 8 that I had lost. We learned to try new recipes, cook with different ingredients and actually taste and enjoy food in it’s most natural state.
Our family and friends thought we were crazy, we packed our own meals for family gatherings, politely asked for our meals to be prepared specifically to our Unboxed way of eating and living when dining out and the dedication paid off. For the past 12 months we have been following the Whole30 plan 80% of the time and 20% of flexibility. Patrick seems to struggle a little more than I do. I am up for the challenge and would rather reap the health benefits over the 5 minutes of eating something that I know won’t agree with me afterwards.
We still have an occasional trip to a frozen yogurt shop or sneak in a bite or two of mac n’ cheese when our favorite food truck is in town, but for the most part we are embracing our version of Living Unboxed. This also applies to our workouts – we workout when we can, alternating between cardio, weight lifting, paddleboarding, hiking, yoga, and pilates. We believe that there will never be a time when we are 100% with our paleo lifestyle and we are okay with that. It works for us and at the end of the day, that’s really at that matters.
A little crash course on what Living Unboxed is all about:
- We eat animal proteins (beef, chicken, pork, and seafood) + fruits and veggies + healthy fats (avocados and coconut oils) + seeds + nuts
- We avoid: grains, legumes, dairy, sugar, and alcohol
In my 21 Day Healthy Living Bootcamp I help those who are looking to transition into eating whole foods that fuel and nourish the bodies paired with ease. We use a plug and play meal plan paired with daily workouts and superfood shakes to get their bodies back on track, firing on all cylinders, and shedding pounds in no time. If you think you might want to try and “Live Unboxed” send me a message, I’d love to help you get started on your journey and reap all of the amazing health benefits.