About Living Carroll

Hi! Welcome to Living Carroll. We are a family of 5 trying to live life to its fullest! We are dedicated to fun family adventures, eating delicious healthy food, keeping exercise fun and enjoying every moment life offers us. Our most recent adventure started on July 6th when my husband and I realized we had set yet another New Years goal to lose weight and were no longer doing a thing about it. We started the year strong and a few months in had lost some weight but we slowly lost our momentum and found ourselves back in our old routines. After hearing about P90X from friends we decided to see what it was all about (visit www.beachbody.com to learn more).  I liked that it joined a meal plan with a fitness plan and my husband liked the idea of a varied workout.

Well, I am happy to say we are 6 weeks in and loving it! We know P90X is not an easy journey to begin and we hope that by sharing our progress and our meal plans we can make it easier for you. When we began this journey we committed ourselves to working out 6 days a week, eating better, getting more sleep, drinking more water and cutting out the junk (this even meant no more diet soda!)

I can’t count how many times in the past 6 weeks I have told my husband I couldn’t do this without him. This journey has definitely been easier having each other to motivate one another and hold each other accountable, especially on Saturday and Monday mornings when the alarm clock sounds at 5am and the last thing we want to do is get out of bed.

UPDATE: And we’re back!

Hey! I am sure you didn’t notice that I dropped off but I decided to take a break from posting my meal plans when we finished our first round of P90X.  During my break I have researched different food “stuff”… I think I have mentioned I have hypothyroidism but have also learned that I have Hashimoto’s disease (an autoimmune issue linked to hypothyroidism) it makes you feel, well…terrible and the symptoms vary by person. I was convinced to mitigate as many of the symptoms as possible but didn’t want to take more medicine and was feeling frustrated because my blood tests kept coming back with lower than normal T4 counts and my doc kept upping my medication with little results.

I started examining what I was putting into my body to see if I could do anything else. Here is what I learned, a lot of food we think is good for us really is not. Let’s talk about some of the big ones:

Grains – In my opinion, we really don’t need any refined grains and could do without whole grains. Here is why: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/why-grains-are-unhealthy/#axzz1vRG15sXa

Dairy –  I love a good glass of nice, cold milk and drool at the sight of any of the delicious, handmade ice cream shops that dot the Seattle area BUT it really isn’t that great for us. It is linked to allergies, ear infections, IBS (and more) and about 75% of the population’s bodies just don’t process milk completely. Need more info? Check out: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/dairy-free-dairy-6-reason_b_558876.html

Soy – this one is a bit controversial (as if the others aren’t! ha!) and a matter of debate, especially for those of us with thyroid issues. Mayo clinic says there is no direct link to soy issues  and thyroid diseases   http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hyperthyroidism/AN00454 but some suggest that suggest that soy reduces the body’s ability to absorb thyroid medicine.http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=17011

Ok, I could go on and on but instead I will tell you what I am doing about it… I am focusing on preparing food for my family based on organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed/grain free/free roaming/wild caught animal and fish proteins and omitting processed foods, grains/gluten, dairy, soy, legumes, most sugar and all vegetable oils (replacing those with olive and coconut oil). What?? No pasta? No rice? No bread? No beans? Yup, you read me right. In fact, I also learned this is what is called a Paleo Lifestyle/Diet. So if you are still reading and interested, going forward my meal plans will be designed with these pieces in mind.

I know what you are thinking… has it helped? YES!! I can honestly say that I have NEVER felt better. My energy is restored, my foggy brain is gone, I no longer feel like I need an afternoon nap every day and my motivation is back. I have also seen benefits in my body composition and have lost most of the tummy weight I thought was a gift from my kids I would never be able to lose.  So despite all the controversy around whether or not we need grains or soy  or dairy I can say for me, I don’t need it. I don’t even miss it! I haven’t even had any cravings for any of that stuff.

Want to learn more about Paleo? Check out Rob Wolff’s Site and/or book The Paleo Solution

Want to find your own paleo recipes? here are some of my favorite blogs and sites:


4 thoughts on “About Living Carroll

  1. Thank you, Marna! We think a lot about diet in our home (for heart health) but not enough about energy and what’s *good* for us (vs. what we know we can’t eat). I’m also hypothyroid and this is a good reminder of how diet affects those symptoms as well.
    Can’t wait to read more!

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