After years and years of trying out all the diets.
Including days spent counting our 1200 calories, weeks of sprints every morning and weights every afternoon.
Years of our thoughts revolving around food: the lack of food, what we should or shouldn’t eat, or over-indulging and feeling guilty about it.
Working out so much and eating not enough to the point of see ya later periods and hello messed up hormones (read about how we got our periods back here)!
After YEARS of this… the paleo diet was what saved us. It made sense to us and inspired us to start Merrymakers.
We are very thankful to the gym instructor (thanks Andrew) who mentioned it, the work colleague (thanks Nikesh) who was living it and a random Mark’s Daily Apple email sent to us all in the space of 1 week.
Not sure if you believe in signs from the Universe… but we took it as one giant sign, saying “HEY MERRIES, TRY THIS!”
The Life Changer
We started eating paleo and didn’t look back. It changed our lives in epic ways. It led us to further health study, where we realised that it’s not just food and exercise that makes us healthy (or not healthy). That our thoughts, relationships and what we do/how we spend our days also play a part to health and happiness (a HUGE part).
Which led us to following our bliss and quitting the jobs we hated.
Right now, we love what we do everyday and it all started with changing our diets to paleo.
We’re still advocates of the paleo diet, after all, it changed our lives.
But we want to make sure y’all know we’re not ‘just paleo’.
In fact we’re probably (definitely) way more passionate about people doing stuff they love and getting happy in their heads. Don’t worry… you’ll still find LOADS of paleo recipes right here… but you’ll also start to see other lifestyles as well as plenty of passion/bliss/biz talk.
To be quite frank, we’re totally over the negative flack in the media/within the paleo world/within the whole wide world that paleo receives.
We’ve read enough self help books and learned enough to know that surrounding yourself with negativity is never a good thing.
Oh… and we also occasionally eat organic corn chips, dairy and sushi and (gasp) wine and cocktails. Because we want to. It’s fun. And it’s all yum. And we feel great.
The Merrymaker Lifestyle
We’ve decided we live a Merrymaker Lifestyle. When you live the Merrymaker Lifestyle, you eat real food.
We don’t care if you’re paleo, vegan, vegetarian, bulletproof, etc. The Merrymaker Lifestyle is about adding more GOOD to your life (and your plate!). It’s about REAL FOOD. It’s about less stress around the food choices we make. It’s about filling our whole lives with more joy. Surrounding ourselves with people we love. Doing more stuff we love.
We found when we were strict paleo we got way too obsessed and although we were ‘eating right’ it kind of took us a couple steps backwards.
We were like “OH MY GOSH… I CAN’T EAT THAT SALAD! It has one chickpea in it!”
Now that we’re more chilled about things like corn chips, a few cheeky drinks here and there (because fun), sushi, chick peas in our salad etc. we are in a way better head space.
The strict paleo has been part of our journey. But now we are moving forward.
Our one rule for the Merrymaker Lifestyle is: less stress is best!
It’s all about finding what works for you and knowing that this could change month to month, or even daily!
We are all different, have different values, different financial circumstances, access to different things. We’re all on our own journey with different goals.
Therefore we do not judge when we live a Merrymaker Lifestyle.
We try to understand each other and we show compassion.
After all, when someone falls off the healthy bandwagon the last thing they need is someone barking a set of rules at them (blurghhhh! No thanks!).
They need a friend (a merrymaker) to give them support. To let them know it’s ok and to simply make sure the next food choice is a positive (merry) one.
So… who’s in?
Emma + Carla
p.s thank you to our Make Life Merrymakers for inspiring this post. Your feedback about the challenge is what sparked this AHA! Moment for us.