I have a girl crush.
You probably already know it by now because I talk about her all the time.
She is just so cool and I want to be like her and hang out with her and cook food together and just be friends. BFFs if you will.
If you don’t already know who my girl crush is by now then you clearly need to stop everything you are doing and start reading all my posts prior to this one. No, seriously. Get a move on.
For those of you who have read all of my posts (thanks, mom), you will already know that I adore Diane Sanfilippo from Balanced Bites.
Anyways, since I always love testing the waters and conducting an experiment, I have been doing a lot of research on figure competitions. I’ll be honest: It has always been a dream of mine to compete in a figure competition. Some people have aspirations to run a marathon … and some people want to get completely shredded, slather on a fake tan, primp, wax, and flex their way to 1st place. I happen to prefer the latter. No big deal (minus the walking-on-stage-in-barely-there-bikini thing). From the hours upon hours of research I had been doing, I couldn’t find any information on competing while following a Paleo approach. All of the sample meal plans included things like oatmeal, rice cakes, protein shakes, and many other stereotypical diet foods that we all hate. If you haven’t noticed, bacon is usually the deal-maker to get people to try Paleo (just sayin’) so rice cakes never stood a chance.
“Where is this post going, Sarah?” Stick with me here. There is a method to my madness.
Anyways, Diane and her friend Liz (Cavegirl Eats) have this really cool podcast where they answer questions people submit on their websites. Usually lasting about an hour, these podcasts are amazing for when you are going on walks, sitting in traffic, or just listening to on your iPod while you go about your normal day. So obviously I decided to submit a question about competition diets to the podcast in hopes that mayyyyybe it would get answered.
And it did!
You can listen to Diane’s response by visiting the podcast episode here. You can also read the exact question I submitted among others from the podcast. She gave some great feedback and it was very helpful information! Even though she repeatedly advised against it, I will be honest and say that I am still researching the possibilities of competing in the future. It is not as realistic right now living here in Madrid, but I am still very curious about the approach to nutrition. I might even test out a version of this competition style diet more tailored to my body and the Paleo lifestyle. There will be more on that later once I have done enough research to make a decision for myself.
As for my girl crush, it’s still going strong.