Interview with CrossFitter – Christina (Discover The Best Thing About Living A Paleo Lifestyle)

interview with crossfitter christina photography and interview by nate creamer

Nate Creamer is a Connecticut-based photographer who recently did a photo shoot with two amazing CrossFitters, Dwayne and Christina. Below are his photos and interview with Christina (Dwayne’s interview and photos can be found here. And please go check out Nate’s amazing photography at his website, www.natecreamer.com.

Tell me a little bit about yourself and how you got started into the Paleo & CrossFit scene.

It all started when I was looking for a change in my exercise routine. A friend of mine told me about CrossFit and asked if I wanted to join him in a workout; our schedules didn’t coordinate but I gave it a try anyway. I was immediately hooked and haven’t looked back since. As I got more and more into CrossFit, I began learning about the Paleo lifestyle and different diets CrossFit athletes tend to adopt. CrossFit Danbury participated in a Paleo Challenge one summer and although I didn’t “sign up,” I began following it little by little.

How much of your diet would you say is based off of the Paleo lifestyle? Will you ever go 100% Paleo?

I’d say the much of my diet is Paleo. I try to stay away from the grains, carbs, and legumes, however dairy is my weakness! I love cheese. I stick pretty closely to the diet throughout the week and tend to be a bit more lenient on the weekends. Especially in the summer it is difficult with so many different things going on, barbeques, gathering… there is always so much great food around! When it comes to competition season and other big CrossFit events, I buckle down and get very strict with my diet; staying Paleo as much as possible to prepare for the competitions ahead.

interview with CrossFit member christina photography and interview by nate creamer

What is the best thing about living a Paleo lifestyle? What is the hardest part?

The best thing about living a Paleo lifestyle is the way I feel, it’s awesome! I feel more energized, strong and healthy. I feel ready for whatever workout comes my way and am much more alert and energized throughout the day. The hardest part for me is resisting dairy. As I said before, it’s my favorite, I love cheese. Cheese is usually a typical part of my daily diet. Over the past couple of years, I’ve realized what works for me is allowing some flexibility; which is why when I’m not preparing for a competition, I allow myself some leeway. On the weekends I’ll have some cheese, or maybe some frozen yogurt- it keeps me on track.

Can you take us through a typical day of training & eating?

Because I have a full time job, I usually wake up in the morning have a cup of coffee and make some breakfast. Breakfast usually consists of 3 eggs, bacon/sausage, sweet potatoes, peppers or onions. I then head off to work, bringing some fruit and nuts with me to snack on, and lots of water! Towards the end of my workday I usually have an apple with cinnamon and almond butter to get some extra energy for training. At the gym my training usually consists of skill work, strength training and a WOD, or “workout of the day.” When I get home I have a pretty big dinner. I’ll have chicken, ground turkey or beef with lots of vegetables. Since I have a sweet tooth, I’ll have some fruit as a dessert.

interview with crossfit member christina photography and interview by nate creamer

You’re a CrossFitter and a very fit one at that… how often are you in the gym that keeps you in such great shape?

I am at the gym about 5 days a week, on average for about two hours. If my schedule allows, I try to stick to a 3 days on, 1 day off, 2 days on, 1 day off routine. Rest is so important!!

CrossFit and Paleo are continuing to increase in popularity. What advice would you give others that would like to start on a path to Paleo and Crossfit?

Stick with it!!! Both Paleo and Crossfit will be a challenge, and will be uncomfortable; but what change isn’t?? I promise you, you will not regret it. It has changed my life in so many ways it’s crazy. The community of people you meet, the family and friends you make are all working and striving towards the same goals- to be healthy! You will never be without a support system and will always have someone to turn to with questions and encouragement. It’s an incredible lifestyle change and soo worth it!

interview with crossfit member christina photography and interview by nate creamer

Since you started this journey, what are some of the major changes you have seen in way you look and feel?

My energy level has increased tremendously. I feel strong, both physically and mentally. I’ve gained confidence and determination. I have become more toned and can actually see muscles and definition! I have learned that looking fit and strong is okay, and that I don’t have to be skinny to feel good. The best part of it all is that almost every single day I surprise myself and accomplish things I never thought possible.

[Tweet ""I don't have to be skinny to feel good." ~ CrossFitter Christina]

What is something people would be surprised to hear about you?

In the past, I have been a bit timid to try new things or to go outside of what I considered the “norm.” I have always wanted to be more open and willing to take some risks in life to gain more experiences. What started off as a change in my fitness routine has ended up being a total change of lifestyle. Adopting this lifestyle has helped me become comfortable with the uncomfortable and has given me the confidence I needed to allow myself to go outside of the norm and try new things.

interview with crossfit member christina photography and interview by nate creamer

How to be a Vegetarian Paleo

how to be a vegetarian paleo

A vegetarian Paleo might sound like an oxymoron to you, but it’s actually something that is quite possible.

Having said that, being a vegetarian Paleo (or Paleo vegetarian) is not easy and will require you to tailor your Paleo diet to ensure you get all the nutrients you need. That’s what this article is all about. Below you’ll find suggestions on how best to do a vegetarian Paleo diet.

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7 Surefire Ways to End Sugar Cravings and be Less Stressed about Eating

7 surefire ways to end sugar cravings and stop stress eating

I love frozen yogurt.  

In fact, there was a month last year when I had frozen yogurt probably 15-20 times.  A full-fledged crisis, if you will.

On days that I would walk to the gym (3-5 times per week), I would stop on the way home and get frozen yogurt from one of the many “off-the-wall” shops.  And I didn’t like just the frozen yogurt.  Nope – I loved the M&Ms and chocolate chips that I would mix in.

Everyone who worked at the shops knew my name.  I, on the other hand, made it a point never to learn their names.  Let’s just say that I wasn’t excited to be their favorite regular.

I Can Justify Anything!

The worst part is that although I enjoyed the 5 minutes of eating the fro-yo, I was stressed for the other 23 hours and 55 minutes about NOT going to the frozen yogurt shop.  

In the morning, the first thing I’d think about was that today would be a better day, and I wouldn’t give in to my cravings.  Before I’d go to the gym, I’d tell myself that there was no way I was going to be weak on my way home.  And yet, every time, I’d end up savoring the cookies-and-cream flavored fro-yo.

And afterwards, I’d start stressing about why I’d given in.  Many days, I’d even find ways to justify it to myself.  
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Paleo Slow Cooker Oxtail Stew Recipe

paleo slow cooker oxtail stew

The first time I made oxtail stew, it turned out not that great. It was a similar recipe to the one below, but I put all the ingredients into the slow cooker. And it came out all watery and not very flavorful. I had given up on oxtail stews until my friend in London made me some delicious oxtail stew in the slow cooker!

So what did she do differently? Just that she cooked the oxtail in the slow cooker first and then made the stew after so there was no watery, flavorless stew. Instead, it was rich, powerful, and really delicious!

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Interview with CrossFitter – Dwayne (Discover what a CrossFitter eats during Training)

interview with crossfitter dwayne

Nate Creamer is a Connecticut-based photographer who recently did a photo shoot with two amazing CrossFitters, Dwayne and Christina. Check out his fantastic photos and interview with Dwayne below. Christina’s interview and photos can be found here. And please go check out Nate’s amazing photography at his website, www.natecreamer.com.

Tell me a little bit about yourself and how you got started into the Paleo and CrossFit scene.

I’ve always been a very health conscious person. I played sports in high school and college so I know the importance of getting out of your body what you put in. I didn’t start eating Paleo until I joined CrossFit in July of 2013. I had heard people around the gym talking about it so I did my research and gradually got into it, and now with the combination I’m basically in the best shape of my life and I feel great.

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