|FtoH: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
Caitlin: I am a trainer and a nutritionist with a supportive husband who is a chef. I live in San Francisco and have my own buisness where I teach people how to get healthy through my blog at www.grassfedgirl.com
FtoH: What was your starting weight?
Caitlin: 238 lbs. I am 5’9 I was age 21 when I started my weight loss journey in 2001.
FtoH: What was your goal weight?
Caitlin: 150 pounds.
FtoH: What eating plan did you use (for example: Weight Watchers, Atkins, Self, etc)?
Caitlin: I started out on weight watchers in 2001, but after 8 years I got an autoimmune disease and switched to the Paleo diet.
FtoH: Did you count calories? If so how strict were you?
Caitlin: I was very strict! I counted points and cut out sugar and white bread. When I switched to Paleo in 2010 I also followed it to the letter ditching grains, soy and dairy.
FtoH: What exercise plan did you use?
Caitlin: I exercised 6 days a week with weights and running until I got sick, then I switched to short interval training and kettlebells.
FtoH: Did you go to a gym? Did you have a personal trainer?
Caitlin: I went to a gym but also worked out outside and at home. I never had a trainer until I became one in 2006.
FtoH: How much time per day did you spend working out?
Caitlin: One hour per day, 6 days a week, for the first 8 years. Now I work out 2 hours a week or less.
FtoH: Do you have anything you’d like to recommend (a product, website, workout dvd, etc)?
Caitlin: Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson and The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf.
FtoH: Any final words of advice?
Caitlin: Please listen to your body and learn from my mistakes! If you are always hungry you are likely deficient in vitamins, minerals and essential fats (like butter and coconut oil). If you are bloated and tired all the time you are probably sensitive to gluten or dairy. Also, please limit your carbohydrates to regulate your blood sugar and reduce your inflammation. By following a diet full of good fats and proteins, like the Paleo diet, your body will find its healthy weight naturally. Eat lots of organic produce and grass fed meats for optimum health and energy. When you exercise go for short, more intense workouts, weight training and lots of long walks. I hope no one damages their metabolism the way I did on a low fat diet and eating too much soy, wheat and oxidized (like canola oil and margarine). You can learn more about my journey at: www.grassfedgirl.com
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