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Shred before you Wed is a blog that includes healthy recipes that are grain free and paleo friendly. They are perfect for the bride or woman wanting to eat well and lose body fat. 

Grain Free Cereal Recipe & I Open up about High Fat Eating


So for those of you who may not know my style of eating - I would describe it as "primal." About 3 years ago I really started turning around my diet. I was always active, but that didn't necessarily translate into the way my body should be working & feeling. I seemed to have stomach issues often & would occasionally feel really bloated for days at a time. 

I originally thought it was because I was lactose intolerant so I cut out all dairy for months. I even tried being vegan for a 6 month period & didn't find many beneficial changes. 

I slowly started to eat less grains, but girl I LOVE bread so that was super hard at first. About a year and a half ago, my fiance started hearing about the Primal Blueprint & together we did some research. It seemed pretty awesome & honestly a little surreal, that your body could begin to use fat as energy rather than glucose. To put it shortly, eat less sugar (including grains because that is a lot of simple carbs!) & eat more high quality fats and your body will begin to just burn fat for its energy rather than sugar.

It blew my mind because I was always encouraged to eat huge bowls of pasta the day before a track meet or lots of bread the day of a race - this theory was to "store carbs" for my body to use as energy. But the more research we did & the more we stuck to this way of eating, the more I realized that my body was able to work so much better & run so much more efficiently.

I'm not sponsored by Primal Blueprint, nor is this a paid post. I honestly just wanted to share with you the way I eat now because it has felt like I've stepped out of a haze. This sounds crazy but my vision is more clear, I have consistent energy throughout the day (rather than experience the afternoon crash) & I feel like my body is capable of anything. My body fat is at the lowest & healthiest I have ever been (yes, I have lost fat even though I eat a crazy amount of it!) & I don't experience the same stomach things I used to.

Now, I will be completely honest & say I do totally go off track occasionally. My mom makes the best Russian crepes so when I am in San Diego I eat those... I'll eat pizza or a piece of bread with butter occasionally when I'm out at dinner with friends... thus is life. But these "off track meals" don't come without a price. My stomach definitely feels the difference a few hours later & I pay for it haha. But sometimes that's okay. 

And to be honest, I've been a little nervous to share this with you guys because I feel like I might be judged for it. Yes I eat a lot of organic meat. Yes I eat dairy. Yes I have butter, MCT oil, collagen & heavy whipping cream in my coffee every morning. But you know what? It works for me & don't judge it until you have tried it. I've gone through vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free & low carb diets. Those didn't work for me. But this does. (and no this is not a low carb diet...)

Fat for my body is energy & my body is very good at burning it :)

Okay here is the recipe I promised, grain free cereal that is super yummy! 

Serving Size: 2


  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 4 medium dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup dried blueberries, no sugar added


  1. Preheat oven to 325F
  2. Pulse half the pecans, coconut oil & dates in a food processor or nutribullet. Pulse until finely ground but not quite smooth
  3. Add the rest of the pecans as well as the pumpkin seeds & just pulse once or twice to chop them up a bit
  4. Scoop mixture into a bowl & add cinnamon, vanilla & salt. Mix well & spread on a baking sheet
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes, until lightly browned but keep an eye on it, I have burned this before :D
  6. Remove from oven, scoop serving into a bowl & add the coconut and blueberries
  7. Add almond milk or hemp milk for a cereal/oatmeal type mixture :)
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