Hi, I’m Carli!
I am a 33 year old mom of one (born August 2011) and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Vancouver, Canada, surrounded by majestic mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
For the past six years, I have been doing some fairly intense physical training, including CrossFit, trail running, mountain snowshoeing, yacht racing, Olympic lifting, gymnastics, and training for a military pentathlon. I have also been following the Paleo Diet to various degrees (sometimes modified; sometimes very strictly) for three years.
When I first found out I was pregnant, I scoured the internet for information about diet, exercise and pregnancy. The recommendations I found simply did not jive with the Paleo/CrossFit ideology that had been working so well to keep me fit, healthy and happy. I decided to dig deeper, and in doing so, I found that many conventional pregnancy guidelines are based on myth, not fact, and that most women experiencing a normal “low-risk” pregnancy can safely continue to be very physically active for as long as they are comfortable.
I decided to start a blog to document my pregnancy and parenting journey, in order to inspire other parents who may be considering bucking conventional wisdom in favour of following their instincts. This blog highlights my successes, challenges and experiences, and investigates some of the more specious pregnancy and post-partum diet and exercise recommendations.
It is my sincere hope that you find this blog informative, inspiring, and even entertaining. If you ever have questions about the topics I discuss, feel free to post in the comments section and I’ll do my best to answer them, or to direct you to more appropriate resources.