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Eating Paleo: I’m Not Perfect.

4 Jun

Hello Fellow Updaters!

What’s new? It’s been over a week since my last update and it feels like it’s been forever! I took a break from blogging to spend some time with family for my little brother’s wedding.

The wedding was really great and I’m so glad I was able to attend but I also missed you all! If you noticed, last Wednesday I mentioned blogging about eating Paleo on vacation. Well, I was planning to write a post about staying Paleo while on vacation but I ended up not sticking to my normally Paleo lifestyle on this trip …


Yes, it’s true. I kept it pretty healthy (other than the last couple days of the week) and just chose to enjoy the time with my family without adding the stress and pressure of eating Paleo while on the road. I know this could have been a great opportunity to pioneer a Paleo vacation but I decided not to do it.


The long and short of it is that I didn’t want to add stress or complicate the events of last week. I ate Paleo where I could but when it came down to it, I decided that some gluten, refined sugar and dairy were OK for the occasion. Don’t get me wrong here, I started out fully intending to eat Paleo and blog about it. I got through the first half of the first day including flying to Tennessee, driving, getting really hungry and not being around any Paleo-friendly options before I decided to concede.

Basically, my sister and I hit a point where we were way too hungry and surrounded by absolutely horrible meal options (Burger King, McDonalds, etc.) when we decided to go to a breakfast spot for eggs, bacon and maybe a little bit of  pecan waffle :) At first I was reluctant to write that last part but why should I be? If anything this post demonstrates further that I am only human and definitely not perfect.

KateUpdates not perfect

That’s what I wanted to share with you today. Yes, I’m sure it is possible to eat Paleo and even do the Whole30 while on vacation. It would take much more planning than I did but it most certainly could be done. I decided to lighten up on my regular Paleo regime and alleviate any added food decision stress by going off the Paleo path for a week.

How do I feel now? Heavier, kinda bloated and sluggish. I knew that would be the case and I chose to take a break anyway. My sister asked me if I was feeling bad (as in guilty) because I took a break from eating Paleo for a week. I told her honestly, no I wasn’t feeling at all guilty because I gave myself permission to take a break. It wasn’t a surprise and it wasn’t a sin. I simply told myself that I was in control and choosing this deviation from my routine.

I’m not perfect. I never claimed to be and I hope you aren’t putting the standard of perfection on yourself when it comes to what you eat and your health. However, don’t use your imperfection as a crutch for complacency either. It’s a balance. Know your limits and yourself. Choose to return to a healthy place if you do take a break from your healthy habits. Do it right away and don’t make excuses.

Enjoy your life … even the imperfections.

~ Kate

Writing Your Success Story: One Day at a Time

13 May

KateUpdates Your Success Story

Success stories don’t happen overnight. That’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. Success is a combination of the little victories you’re achieving everyday and it’s also the build of those achievements into one big, tangible, awe-inspiring victory. Success is possible. It takes time. It takes commitment. I’m a testament that not only is it possible to succeed, it’s also really, really fun too.

One Day at a Time

Everyday I see people at different stages of writing their success story. You’re writing your story right now. I was talking to Daniel last night about how much I love sharing my journey and learning about yours. We can inspire each other to greatness. We can encourage each other on to success. It’s about celebrating each victory, no matter how small, and moving forward to our end goal.

I’ve shared several successes with you recently, like completing my first half marathon, starting my own business and completing round 2 of the Whole30. It’s really, really FUN. I’m telling you the truth. It’s also really, really hard some days. The journey I went on to become a runner was really hard. I even told you that it sucked.

Create Your Own Path to Success

Despite the difficulty, I got there. I achieved success and now get to check a big booty goal off of my 2013 list. What’s the secret? Hard work and determination? Sure, that’s part of it. BUT an even bigger part of achieveing success for me was that I created my own path to success. Did I learn from those around me who had achieved similar goals? Of course! BUT I had the best results and most success when I took the principles I learned from others and customized them to my own style.

For running, this meant:

  • Slowing down my pace dramatically
  • Not caring about how fast others were running
  • Focusing on my breathing.

Previously, I had tried other methods like focusing music, sprinting, etc. and I’m sure to some degree those helped. Ultimately, I had to be creative and listen to what my body was telling me. I also did some research in proper breathing and running form because I figured there must be plenty of people in the same boat who have learned how to get past the initial pains of running.

Free Yourself to Succeed

Running is just one example … You know I could talk for days about how and why I eat the way I do. What I’m trying to say is that your success story probably looks quite a bit different from the success stories of others and that’s OK. Actually, it’s great! Don’t get bogged down with trying to fit your story and your success into someone else’s mold. Sure you can make it work but it’s not going to feel right and you just may end up looking silly.

Be yourself. Pursue success. Celebrate the little victories.

Happy Monday!

~ Kate

How to Take a Road Trip and Keep it Paleo Pt. 2

3 May

Whew. This has been a CRAZY week for me. I went on a business trip to Chicago and am now back at home catching up. It was really fun to stay downtown and catch up with friends, network, learn and even fit in a little shopping. I’m glad to be back home and am busy catching up. I was trying to get this post out earlier in the week but it didn’t really work out … sometimes, things just don’t go as planned and you have to roll with it 😉

I have the half marathon this Saturday and I’m really excited. I know it’s going to be hard but I also know I can do it. I’m going to make myself proud by checking off one of my goals for 2013. It’s really cool! Unfortunately Daniel has drill so it looks like I’ll be accomplishing this goal solo. I’ve been running solo this whole time so I’m used to it. I’ll just meet new friends at the race!

And with that, welcome to part two in our How to Take a Road Trip and Keep it Paleo series.

Paleo ‘Fast Food’ Options / Eating Out Paleo Style

Travel is unavoidable. If you’re not visiting family, then you’re taking a vacation or a business trip and the food options can be sparse and tricky to navigate at best. I’ve taken plenty of trips since starting Paleo last August and here are some of my go-to options …

Panera Bread

My signature move at Panera Bread is to get a Fuji Apple Chicken Salad with no cheese and double chicken. I also get an Acai unsweetened iced tea. SO GOOD. The salad dressing they use does have added sugar so it’s up to you if you incorporate it (I do). Easy! They have a variety of delicious hot teas, too.

KateUpdates Acai Tea from Panera Bread

KateUpdates Fuji Apple Chicken Salad


Another great option is Chipotle. You can order a salad with carnitas, salsa and guacamole without any problems. I also use their salad dressing because it’s made with honey. If you’re avoiding soy, that’s really your only option because the fajitas and other meats are cooked in soy oil. If you don’t mind the soy, then you have even more options.


Chipotle is a great Paleo-friendly option! Just order a salad with carnitas, salsa and guacamole. You can even eat the dressing because it’s made with honey.

Ethnic Restaurants

Think Greek or Middle-Eastern … Since these types of restaurants use a lot of spices and healthy fats like olive oil, they can be a safe, easy way to find yummy food that you can customize and actually keep it Paleo.

KateUpdates Eating Out Paleo

Eating out and want to keep it Paleo? Try Greek or Middle-Eastern restaurants because they incorporate spices and healthy fats … you can easily customize your dish to make it Paleo-friendly.


Fruit/veggie stands

I haven’t personally done this yet but definitely something I will be doing over the summer :)

OK so those are my tips on how to take a road trip and keep it Paleo … what tips would you add?

~ Kate