I am your fitness professional from next door who believes that paleo is a great lifestyle for most human beings. That does not make me a medical expert, but if I had to describe my daytime activity it would be summed up in continuously learning about stuff that is good for us. That is why I became a Health Coach and Yoga Teacher, after all: See what people like you and me can do to thrive and enjoy a long and active life.
Why this website?
Because you are out there somewhere in the streets of Hong Kong wondering where to find a decent restaurant which serves juicy grass-fed meat without any mystery-sauce. Or you have just need to know where to buy good ghee.
Hong Kong is a very active city. Not only in the sense of busy but also in the sense fitness, health and sports. So we have this base of smart and active people who want to know about healthy foods, workouts and good restaurants but also who themselves know useful stuff as well. Pack of Packs is a platform to get together. If Vegetarians can get organized then so can primal people.
My Paleo Journey
It sounds like a cliche, but I was never the sporty type. I liked quiet places and books and thought I was already healthy enough by following a pescatarian diet since I was fourteen. Early naughties I met my husband and followed him to Hong Kong. I found a job which I loved twenty percent of the time and which caused insomnia, anxiety and stress for the remaining eighty percent. Then the recession hit. Fifty percent of our Hong Kong office staff got fired. I stayed on, but the workload doubled. On top of insomnia, anxiety and stress came heavy migraines, skin outbreaks and weight gain. The husband got worried and suggested I'd take some time off. I was in my end-twenties and I felt like I was about to fall apart.
When I took that break I decided to get our there and become actively healthy. I was lucky enough to stumble into Hong Kong's trail running community and learned what difference nutrition makes especially when training for ultra-endurance races. The first race I was to train for would be the Oxfam Trailwalker and 100 km long. My diet was necessarily high-carb and I still suffered from insomnia, allergies and energy dips.
Thanks to my bookish side I got more and more into nutrition and training, and decided to get my personal trainer certificate. Again I was lucky and got a highly knowledgeable and a firecracker of a PT instructor. He pointed me towards the paleo diet and I got my hands on Robb Wolf's "The Paleo Solution". Not only did I find his straight forward approach entertaining it also made sense to me. I decided to give it a try and see how it would go.
Fast forward to the present. I'm in my mid-thirties, a health coach, personal trainer and yoga teacher. And I can honestly say that I feel much more energetic and healthier than I ever did in my teens or twenties. I got rid of my sugar cravings and migraines, get to eat good real food and move regularly. The benefits are plenty: I recover from workouts faster, I stay sated for longer and body fat percentage is dropping. Energy levels are good and constant. My skin rashes are almost gone now and I sleep so much better. For me the paleo diet was the missing piece of the puzzle.
How do I paleo?
First of all my paleo does not have to necessarily be your paleo. Just because I only eat a limited amount of fruit does not mean you have to do so as well. Everyone needs to tweak around a little and see what works best for her/him.
I do intermittent fasting but only because I'm a lazy bugger and only can be bothered to make coffee that early in the morning.
A typical day looks like this (update 2015)
5:00: 1st Coffee with 4 tbs heavy cream + vitamin D + probiotics
6:30 or 8:30: 1.5 h Strength + Mobility OR 2h Ashtanga practice
11:00: First meal of the day: Lunch + 1/3 pomelo
13:30: 2nd Coffee with 4 tbs heavy cream
14:00-17:00: Staying hydrated
17:00 Last meal of the day: Dinner + 1/3 pomelo
21:00: glass water, bedtime
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15 Wing King Road, Kwai Chung,
New Territories, Hong Kong