WIAW–Before & After

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It’s been about a month since I’ve implemented some changes to my eating style. Long enough to wear I am most definitely starting to feel the effects, but not yet long enough to where I’ve gotten the hang of it 100%.

So I thought it’d be fun to do a little before/after WIAW.

Now before we get into the before’s and after’s of it all, I am NOT saying “look how much healthier I am eating now!!!!11!!” I’m simply saying, look at the difference between the meals. And then afterward I filmed a little video where I talk about how I *feel* before and after. You can see that at the bottom of the post. However, if you don’t want to watch me gab on, please know that I am not advocating the “after” meal. I don’t believe this way of eating is for everyone. Heck, right now I believe it’s not for most people. It’s just the way I am eating right now to try to get my hormones back in balance.

Ready? Let’s go.


Before: 1/2 c. oatmeal, 1 c. almond milk, 1/2 banana, peanut butter, and Greek yogurt. And coffee. Always coffee.

After: 3 egg omelet, cooked in pasture butter, stuffed with kale, avocado, mushrooms, and onion, sprinkled with sea salt and cheese.

Snack: Nope! No snack. Don’t need one. But before, it would have been a piece of fruit or a smoothie.

Lunch: 12:45pm


Before: turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato sandwich and some radish with dressing

After: Whole can of salmon, mixed with 2 tbsp. olive oil, corriander, lemon zest, sea salt, and black pepper, on top of shredded carrot and a chopped beet. With a pumpkin cranberry egg muffin on the side. The reason there’s a question mark after this one is that it’s strange even for me. I loved how I made the salmon, but not so sure about serving it over carrots and beets.

Snack: Nope! No snack. Don’t need one. But before, it would have been a protein bar or an apple.

Dinner: 6:30pm

Before: Barbeque chicken, corn with butter and salt, corn bread, a salad with ranch, and wine.

After: Grass-fed hamburger, topped with cheddar cheese and 1/2 an avocado, some fried, shredded potatoes in a little pasture butter, and sauteed kale.

Snack: 8:00pm – not too hungry, but I’ve found I sleep a lot better eating a snack of protein and carbs before bed.

Before: vanilla oikos + chocolate chips + chocolate hazlenut butter – or ice cream/chocolate covered banana chips/other sugar

After: chocolate almond butter pumpkin bar (I just added cocoa powder to this recipe, and used raw honey instead of sugar,) blackberries, and walnut butter in some Greek yogurt.

How I’m Feeling:


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So there you have it!


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    I may do a before and after food too and link up.
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  2. Happy to hear the change is helping you. I can imagine how difficult it would be to cut out carbs, they’re definitely a favorite for me but I know that I too can easily ‘overdose’ on them.
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  3. Can definitely see a huge decrease in the carb intake! I’ve been pretty good about carbs for years but I have a major issue with sugar right now. Working on getting that under control (particularly my nighttime snacking which looks almost identical to your ‘before’ picture!)
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  4. That’s great that it’s working for you in terms of how your body is feeling. I know it’s hard to eat less carbs but your “after” food looks really good!
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  5. This is awesome! I love how much more satisfied it seems like you are with your new meals. I agree that making changes to my diet has helped me so much in just feeling better overall. Glad to hear you are doing well.
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  6. I love the idea of showing your before and after meals – I may have to steal and link up 😉 I’m posting about my diet changes later today too. I feel good too but I miss oatmeal!!!
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  7. Loved seeing the before/after shots of how your food has changed for you lately — the added protein seems to be keeping you nice and satisfied between meals too which I totally dig! I’m a huge fan of protein but after seeing your food choices I’m thinking maybe I should opt for slightly more protein so I feel satisfied longer, especially at lunch…I”m always starving by 3 or 4pm. I’d love to NOT be that hungry at that time, you know?

    Also? The salmon intrigues me — I’ve never bought canned but I DO love salmon, I’ve always just been afraid to try canned. Was it super ‘fishy’ tasting at all??
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    • Nope! Not to me at least. I try to buy higher quality canned salmon, so that may have something to do with it. My natural foods store sells a yummy brand, that’s even BPA free. Next time I get some I’ll let you know the name :)

  8. Very interesting! I love seeing how others nutritional plans change over time. What is most interesting to me is your ability to skip snacks due to not being hungry.. Do you think this is because your meals are more caloric now, or more so the ratio of fats/carbs/proteins you are eating?

    • I think probably both. The extra cals keep me full, and the lack of sugar means no more blood sugar spikes, then crashes, then hunger.

  9. I’m so glad you’re feeling better now that you’ve changed up your food! I can only imagine how hard it is to cut out the beloved carbs.
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  10. Awesome post! You have such a great balance and everything looks great. I’m now inspired to do a before and after post too, especially now that I’m pregnant again things have gotten even more interesting haha.
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  11. I love posts like this that show how your eating habits change and evolve with the circumstances that you’re in. And I like that you’re highlighting the fact that no eating habit is strictly “better” or “worse”, it’s just what happens to work for you specifically. Everyone is so different, and what works for one person might not work for someone else.
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  12. Very interesting! Thank you for sharing this with us. Before I was pregnant, I’m pretty sure I was definitely consuming too much sugar throughout the day. It’s easy to forget there can be lots of sugars “hiding” in innocent grain products and other foods. Now I’m just trying to watch my sodium levels because I’m loving all things salty! 😉
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  13. It’s great to see how much success you’re having with changing your diet. Most of the food looks really good too! (I’m not a salmon gal, but other than that – delish!)
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  14. Great video! I’m so glad you’re feeling better, but I feel you on missing it! I felt the same when I tried paleo. Now I’m kind of in an in between…more carbs and a few grains, but still not as much as before. Congrats on doing it so far!
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  15. hi,
    i was wondering why you changed youre eating habits? have you noticed a change? if so what?

  16. I’m glad you’re feeling better! It seems like the extra protein and fat are helping you stay fuller, longer. I need to try that to see if it helps my bad snacking habit :) A couple questions for you… How did you like the canned salmon? I love fresh salmon but have been hesitant to try the canned variety in case it tasted really fishy or weird. And also, in your video you mentioned an app you use to add notes about how you feel after each meal, which app is that? I’ve been looking for something like that but haven’t quite found the right one. Thanks!!

    • I like it just fine! I actually like it better than canned tuna. I think if you get a high quality brand, you’ll be better off.
      For the notes app, I just use the app my iPhone came with (the yellow notepad.) I’m not organized enough to use a system! haha

  17. Honestly, your after meals look more delicious to me than the before! (Not that I wouldn’t eat those, too). Glad to hear you’re feeling better! Keep it up – it’s all about what works for YOU.
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  18. it’s crazy how the little things spike the blood sugar. Way to go on journaling. Its tough but worth it, yes!
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  19. i’m actually IN LOVE with this new style of eating! i’m rarely hungry between meals and eating enough to make me feel energized and good to go! yayyy for working meals and lots of fats!
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  20. Looks like an awesome transition to me! I need to take some notes…or copy and paste hehe
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  21. I love your new meals! Have you lost any weight with these changes?

    • I don’t believe so. I don’t own a scale, so I haven’t weighed myself. That’s definitely not my goal, though.

  22. Thanks for posting this information — I am struggling w/ hormonal issues as well. I also don’t fit the description of someone with a PCOS diagnosis, but have had one doctor give me the diagnosis and the other said it was not (confusing, I know.)

    Glad that you’re feeling healthier, despite missing those grains. I am curious as to how you found your naturopath — I would love to find one in my area.

  23. Roasted buttercup squash with coconut peanut butter melted on top! YUM! I’m noticed a change in how I feel with adding a little more coconut fat in my diet and a few more whole eggs. With my running, I really needed to add some calories so I added fats and proteins (since I’m a carb lover already and really don’t need any more). I’m really glad you’re feeling better. I do think that we all need to find what works for us. We are all different and we all need different nutrients at different times. Keeping a journal is the key though. I tell all my clients that the only way to really evaluate how different nutrients work for you or against you is to keep a journal.
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  24. This is great, Paige! Super interesting post. So right now you’re low (or no?) sugar, no (or low?) carbs…anything else? Good dose of healthy fats I see – love this style of eating even though you’re doing it for not the happiest of reasons! How are you feeling on it? And thanks for sharing!
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  25. What I really find refreshing is how you say that this is an experiment on yourself and that you’re not expecting your readers to follow suite.

  26. Do you feel more energized eating this way?
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