Monday, January 14, 2013

Mari Wants Muscles!

Hey Loves!!!! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week.

As most of you know, I started to eat meat once again but I am trying to still eat as “clean” as possible.

,baked chicken

(Baked chicken with carrots, onions, and batata, in EVOO, minced garlic, thyme, and salt)

Something that has been intriguing me recently is the Paleo (aka Caveman) “diet”.

The paleolithic diet (abbreviated paleo diet or paleodiet), also popularly referred to as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various hominid species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic era—a period of about 2.5 million years duration that ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture and grain-based diets. In common usage, such terms as the "Paleolithic diet" also refer to the actual ancestral human diet


I remember when I did eat meat in my late 20’s and worked out regularly; my body was much more defined and that is something that I hope to achieve once again. For Christmas, I asked my sister to get me the Practical Paleo book and luckily she was able to find the last copy at our local Barnes & Noble (she won’t let me forget how long she looked for it ha)


This book has some really great recipes which I can’t wait to try! (Who wants to be my guinea pig?)

I am not an extremist so I know I will still allow myself to have certain things such as dairy; dairy is not allowed in the Paleo diet but I still consume organic half and half in my cafĂ©. I did however purchase unsweetened Trader Joe Almond Milk for my smoothies. I will also indulge in a treat here and there (PIZZA!) so I don’t feel deprived…life is about balance.

I started to incorporate more strength training into my routines; my mom even brought me a 40lb kettlebell for Christmas!


And slowly but surely, I am starting to see some progress…


Who would have thunk it, Exercise AND Diet, actually DO work! ((((insert sarcasm here)))) hahaha

Before I go, I have to share with you one of my fave gifts that I received from my clients! (they know me so well!!!!)




  1. Whatever works for you, girl, you should do it! And anything is worth a try at least once! I love my carbs way too much to go paleo...and I think it would be REALLY hard to be a paleo vegetarian. But I've heard a lot of good things about it!

  2. HA! I love that shirt!!
    Everyone is on the paleo bandwagon, and it's funny because I'm basically following this diet myself, and didn't even know it! Or, should I call it a lifestyle?! Man, I could have written a "Gina Diet" book, and made BANK :)

  3. I will be your guinea pig! Look at those muscles! So proud of you! Super impressed by that 40 pounder!

  4. Welcome back to the world of meat!! It's funny, I tried to do paleo and made a paleo casserole and I got so much shit for it because I added cheese!

    It turned out really good though!

  5. Good Luck with the paleo eating!! It sounds interesting. I'm just starting the eat clean lifestyle. So far I like it!! WOW!! A 40lb kettle bell thats awesome!! And I love the shirt!!!

  6. I've been trying to eat cleaner lately and I'm intrigued with the Paleo diet. It seems interesting!

  7. I want to be your guinea pig!! You are rocking it! I love seeing all of your food posts and I freaking love that shirt!


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