Where in the world has this summer gone? I can’t recall another summer in recent years that has been quite so busy as this one – we have had family trips, friends getting married on opposite coasts (and then back to the other coast again), work trips and birthday parties – I’ve been on the road pretty much every weekend for the last three months.
This last month, my boyfriend turned 30 and we celebrated at an all-inclusive in Cabo for a few days. Let me just tell you – they may have actually lost money on us. We ate everything, and I mean everything. And then we ordered some more. I’m not kidding. It was such a wonderful trip, and while it was really fun to indulge and not stress about it, I can’t tell you how excited I am to get back to clean eating. My body is not too happy with me right now and is just screaming for clean food.
So this got me thinking. I, too, will be turning 30 in January. It’s amazing to think how much has changed since my early twenties, and how much I’ve grown over the last decade. While it can definitely be intimidating to turn 30, especially as a woman, I also think it’s really cool to celebrate the person you’ve been able to create over the last 30 years. I think you should celebrate your twenties as an amazing decade that helped shape you into the person you are today, and go into the next feeling absolutely awesome.
One of the things that has really changed for me over the last ten years is my relationship with food. I’ve been able to learn so much about nutrition and how important it is to eat the right foods, not just count the calories in them. I’ve discovered what it means to truly change your lifestyle and not “diet” – I’ve also learned that this does not mean I have to give up the foods I love or be miserable following strict guidelines. Life is too short to eat food that does not make you happy!
I think when trying to follow a “diet”, whether it be Paleo, Whole 30, or anything else, that’s one of the hardest things for people. You hear nutrition experts say “It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle”, and while I agree with that, I think it can be very intimidating for someone to create a new lifestyle if they think it means they can’t enjoy the foods they love or that they’re going to have so many restrictions that it’s impossible to follow. When I set out with this blog, one of my main intentions was really to show how you can recreate those foods you love in a healthy way – it doesn’t have to be about “giving up” your indulgences, you just have to learn how to make them a bit better.
As a gift to myself on my 30th birthday, I’ve decided to dedicate the next 4 months to a clean and healthy lifestyle. I’m going to eat Paleo, meal plan and workout regularly. I want to leave my twenties behind feeling absolutely awesome. If you’ve made it this far, you might be thinking “Good for you Jenna, but why do I care?” – I’ll tell you why! I will be creating my weekly meal plans and recipes (AND shopping lists) for all of you to download as well! Everyone loves freebies and time savers, right? I’ll be taking care of all the hard work for you 😉
Every week, I will be publishing my Paleo meal plan for the next 7 days, new recipes, and the shopping lists that accompany each one. I love good food, and I promise you that I will not be phoning this in. I spend a lot of time meal planning each week and now you get to benefit from it as well!
I’ll be posting more details soon, so check back this week!