Monday, August 3, 2015

My personal 90 Day Paleo Challenge!

I've said it and heard it said more than I can count.  This summer has flown by.  Maybe it's because it's still really summer and we're thinking back to school.  Maybe it's because our summers are filled with camps and high hopes for lots of reading and napping.  Although I'm not looking forward to the start of school, I am looking forward to having a schedule again.  Getting back into a bit of routine will be good for myself and the boys.  We're staring down this last week of freedom and bracing ourselves for another year of wisdom.

I started this morning getting back on my workout schedule.  If I don't work out before the sunrises its way to easy for me to put it off.  I am not a morning person.  I don't hit the gym at 5:30 a.m. because it's my optimal time.  I hit the gym at 5:30 a.m. because if I don't get it in first thing, it's way to easy to put on the back burner.

Today I committed myself to a 90 day paleo challenge.  Mr. and I just finished hosting a 30 day paleo challenge with friends and people from our community.  It was fun but I'm telling you as soon as I put that first taste of sugar on my tongue that's all she wrote.  I had 2 weeks of free for all.  I felt like poo but kept on plugging.  This 90 days is for me.  It's not for a competition nor is it for anyone else but myself.  No more leanience with myself.  I have been very gentle with myself since I've lost Charlie.  On some days I still am but by and large most days I am able to suck it up and move forward.

I began my Paleo journey 2 years ago on August 1st.  I am forever greatful that it has changed my life for the better.  Paleo is journey not a destination.  You learn as you go and I've been able to experience life through much clearer eyes.

The Paleo lifestyle takes discipline, planning, and effort.  When you follow it you maximize your bodies potential.  Your body is a vessel given to you by God.  It's your job to take the best care of it you can.  One day you'll give it personal goal is when I give it back it's gently used.

Here's to 90 days!

Food is a Drug #Paleo

Friday, June 12, 2015

Hi there Indy Style Fans!

This morning we were able to share our Paleo Lifestyle using on a local station out of Indianpolis wishtv 8 on Indy Style.  We had such a great experience and having never cooked live on air before I think we held our own.  Neither of us our chefs.  We're just your average family using a great meal planning service to help make our dinner experience smoother and easier for our family.

Here's our segments and the recipe to share!  Needless to say, we didn't bring home any leftovers.  It was a huge hit with the Indy Style crew.

First Segment: Indy Style Episode 

Fried Eggs
3 Tablespoons olive oil
12 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Heat 1 Tablespoon oil in a larege nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Crack 4 eggs into skillet.  Cook 2 minutes or until lightly browned and soft, turning once.  Repeat procedure twice with remaining oil and eggs.  Sprinkle eggs with salt pepper and parsley.

Sweet Potato Latkes
1 large onion, grated
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and shredded
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 Tablespoons olive oil
Press onion in layer of papper towel to remove excess moisture.  Combine potatoes, onion, salt and pepper in a large bowl.  Stir in eggs.  Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Spoon 1/2 cup portions into pan, pressing to flatten into patties.  Cook 3 minutes per side or until lightly browned.  Repeatwith remaining potato mixture.  Serve with fried eggs.

Second Segment: Indy Style Segment 2

Sesame Seared Beef
6 ribeye steaks
1/4 cup black sesame seeds
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 Tablespoons toasted sesame oil, divided
Sprinkle steaks with sesame seeds, salt and pepper.  Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat.  Swirl 1 Tablespoon oil in hot skillet.  Add 3 steaks to skillet.  Cook 4 minutes per side or to desired degree of doneness.  Repeat with remaining oil and steaks.

Spicy Baby Bok Choy
2 Tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1 1/2 lbs baby bok choy, halved lengthwise
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add bok choy, garlic salt, and red pepper.  Cook 6 minutes or until tender.  Serve bok choy with beef.

That's it!  2 meals in 10 minutes.  It really is that simple to eat paleo!  Food is a Drug #Paleo

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Overcoming Paleo in a Counter Cultural World

Paleo is a Lifestyle that is counter cultural.  Looking back over the last couple of months as my 90/10 lifestyle became 80/20 and maybe even 70/30, I realize that much of what surrounds our lives works against a Paleo Lifestyle.

For instance, during staff appreciation week students filled baggies with goodies for teachers/staff.  On my desk now sits a bag full of all different kinds of forbidable treats.  Some of my favorite as a matter of fact.  My kids want me to bring it home to them but I'd prefer they didn't devour all that sugar either.

During retreats we tend to have lots of food available.  No one ever goes hungry on one of my retreats.  But I without thinking filled baskets with chocolate, sugar, and more chocolate.  My youth brought in snacks that were gluten filled and artificial based.  So as we were nourishing our souls we were also destroying our cells.

Often times as I attend meetings/conferences etc. the menu can be difficult to navigate.

When we go to restaurants often times either bread/butter or chips/salsa are placed on our table.

How many food restaurants/convenience stores do you drive by in a given day?

Paleo is definitely counter cultural.  I feel very fortunate to have been gently guided on this journey.  I'm thankful everyday for the short term and long term benefits this lifestyle allows me, my husband our kids but also my mom (sometimes dad) and sister.  Support systems are huge.  Luckily we've had that from Day 1.

Planning is key in many of these areas.  Calling ahead before meetings for meal info (usually I request gluten/dairy free) and packing your own if necessary.  Having healthy snacks on hand so your not so quick to grab whatever unhealthy options is in the break room.

Since we've been so public with our lifestyle change our social situations have been much easier to navigate.  When we have dinner with friends it's always a topic of conversation.  Oftentimes if we're not sure there is something we can have we offer to make a bring side items etc.  Our first Paleo Thanksgiving we made several Paleo options for sides so we didn't feel like we missed out but didn't feel miserable afterwards either. **Note: It's not the turkey that makes you feel stuffed and tired.

It's also another reason we created a 30 Day Paleo Challenge for friends/aquaintances/family.  As more people that surround us experience the paleo lifestyle there is a push for items at restaurants and in grocery stores.  Plus it's great to know that you aren't on Paleo Island by yourself!

We have been in very few situations where there wasn't a way to overcome obstacles.  In those situations I think you have to do your best and know that you do your best and move on.  In the almost 2 years I've been following a paleo lifestyle it may be happened 1 maybe 2 times.  So by and large it shouldn't be an issue.

Changing Gears:

Spring is in full bloom in our area hinging on summer as 90's are forecasted this week.  This morning after my workout I visited my garden and was quite pleased with some of the progress.  I don't have a huge green thumb.  I enjoy gardening to a point but always feel like I'm not quite sure what I am doing.  But I love eating fresh veggies from the garden.  What can be more Paleo than that?

We don't have a large garden, we live in the city. I think it's important for our boys to see that you can grow your own food and that it takes work.  They are helpful in planting and watering and love to come out with me to harvest.

I've put in some stuff I've never planted before like:



Brussel Sprouts Top
 Like I mentioned our garden isn't huge.  But we pack as much as we can in there.  This year we have Kale, Spinach, Cabbage, Eggplant, Brussel Sprouts,Beans, Peppers, Tomatoes, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Cucumbers, and Zucchini.  The raised bed in back has herbs and sunflowers.

(can't wait until their ripe)
I'm looking forward to watching these beautiful plants grow knowing that there were no pestisides or fertilizers used.  I'm also looking forward to summer farmers markets and picnics!  Food is a Drug #Paleo

Monday, June 8, 2015

Paleo Challenge Week #1

Mr. and I challenged friends/family/acquaintances to a 30 day Paleo Challenge starting June 1st.  We were thrilled when we had 28 individuals accept our challege.  We set up rules, we shared a "What to eat" list, we shared some of our favorite Emeals recipes, and we partnered them with a random draw for a countability partner.

This 30 Day strict challenge has really inspired Mr. and I as well.  We've been detoxing right along side our Newly Paleo friends.  We've been a bit lax in our paleo lifestyle and followed more of an 80/20 or 70/30 lifestyle.  That's one of many reasons we wanted to issue a challenge, we new we needed to clean up our eating habits too.

We've had mixed reviews.  Most people are enjoying the positives.  We have a great Paleo Support Facebook page to share meal ideas, successes and ask questions.  We've been able to inspire friends out of the country but wanting the benefits of this lifestyle as well.  Strict Paleo can be hard initially but because of the support system it seems as if everyone is doing pretty well.  Mr. has said this cleanse for him has been harder than when he first started the lifestyle.  Our kiddo G expressed this weekend he wanted to join the challenge too.  He started today and by 11 a.m. was already complaining of his withdrawal headache.  Poor kid!

I've been most inspired by everyone's support of each other.  Testimonials from people sending emails about mini successes.  People have already noticed less inflammation (bloating), decrease in allergy/sinus symptoms, and significant weight loss.  This has caused me to keep strict to the paleo rules and guidelines.  I know that the end of this challenge allows me to tweak things to represent my shade of Paleo.  It has also helped me to realize how far I've strayed from my true shade of paleo.  Thank you to all our challengers for the isnpiration!

I'm sharing some of my post that I wrote as I was transitioning to this lifestyle in hopes that something I've said may help you!

What is Paleo?  Follow this link: Paleo is Simple

Starting your journey with a partner?  Follow this link: Couple Paleo Musts

Paleo Meal Planning? Follow this link: Meal Planning for Beginners

Paleo Grocery Shopping? Follow this link: Paleo Grocery Shopping

Keep up the good work!  Food is a Drug #Paleo

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

30 Day Paleo Challenge Starting June 1st

I can't think of a better way to get back into the swing of blogging again than sharing a Paleo Challenge with all of you!  Mr. and I have reached out to friends/acquaintances on Facebook and are excited to have so many people interested in accepting our challenge.  We've put together rules/guidelines going forward.  It's only a $5 buy in BUT the potential to change your life is limitless!  Almost 2 years ago we took a similar challenge that changed our life.  As a result we shed our body of all medications.  We shed over 175 lbs combined.  We exercise often.  We sleep so much better.  We changed our bodies function.  We can't thank enough our Paleo Mentors that gently guided us to this lifestyle and opened the door of health for us to walk through.

Don't let this challenge intimidate you!  Join us and change your life too!  If you are local, join us for an informational meeting May 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Foundation Meeting (across from SHS)  bring your $5 buy in and we'll give you your meal plan packet and answer questions for you.  If you are not local, send an email to and we'll send you the meal packet and our address to mail your $5 buy in to.  We'll be drawing partners thereafter.

Paleo Support Group Paleo Challenge June 1st 2015 through June 30th


Entry Fee of $5 Per Person is required (Winning Team shares half, Winning Individual takes half)

Teams will consist of a Veteran and a Rookie (if possible)

All teams will be established by a “Blind Draw

Each team member will weigh in at the Beginning and at the End of the challenge (honor system).

Try not to weigh in between.  It’s not about the number but rather how you feel!  Do not sandbag the results! 

Each team member will be responsible in keeping a “Food Journal
**log what you ate, how much you ate and when you ate
Send weekly food journals to

There will be “Bonus Points” available Weekly.

Follow the “Weekly Meal Plan” or pre plan your own weekly meal plan.  Send Meal plans on Sunday night along with your points for the past week.

Each Team / Individual will earn Bonus points for:

+25 as a Team / +20 as an Individual Attending meetings / Guest speakers (Out of “town”? Substitute Robb Wolf’s book The Paleo Solution) or Documentaries The Perfect Human Diet and/or Fed Up.

+ 15 points for dining as a Team. Out of town partners?  Share a meal with someone new to Paleo for 15 points.  (1 time) #tag photo on Paleo Support Page and/or Instagram (#30dayPaleoChallenge AND #ChrisMissPaleo)

+10 points for Sunday cooking WOD #tag photo on Paleo Support Page and/or Instagram (#30dayPaleoChallenge AND #ChrisMissPaleo).  (40 points possible).  Cooking WODS (workout of the Day) plan for the week ahead.  Cut up veggies, prep meat, etc.

+10 points as an Individual Before/After Picture collage posted with Before/After Pictures.

+1 point per day when you sleep 7+ hours.

+5 points for exercising 3+ times per week.

Record Beginning work out time (walk/jog/run) 3 miles. Submit by Email once completed to  Give it your max effort.  Do not sandbag your results!  We’ll do this again at the end of the challenge to give points for decrease in time.

Submit Weekly Point totals on Sunday by Midnight (you really should be sleeping by midnight for your sleep points) to  We’ll keep track of team and individual points and post top 5 each week by Tuesday at noon on Paleo Support Page.

You will lose points for:

5 Points per day for Per Person if food journal does not contain 3 meals and 2 snacks
5 Points Per Team / Per Person for each cheat serving
5 Points Per TEAM / Per Person that does not show up for “Special Talks


Achieve 1 point per pound.
Achieve points per Bonus Plan.
Achieve 1 point per daily Journal entry with 3 meals and 2 snacks.

Allowed Foods if not following Provided Meal Plan:

Lean Meats:
·        Lean beef (trimmed of visible fat)
·        Beef Jerky (check label for added sugar)
·        Flank steak
·        Top sirloin steak
·        Extra-lean hamburger
·        Lean veal
·        Lean pork (trimmed of visible fat)
·        Pork loin
·        Pork chops
·        Lean poultry
·        Chicken breast
·        Turkey breast
·        Pork Burgers
·        Bacon (Uncured)
·        Ribs

Eggs (free range, hormone free, organic are best)
Fish: (wild caught preferred)
·        Bass
·        Bluefish
·        Cod
·        Eel
·        Grouper
·        Haddock
·        Halibut
·        Herring
·        Red snapper
·        Salmon
·        Shark
·        Striped bass
·        Tilapia
·        Trout
·        Tuna
·        Clams
·        Crab
·        Crayfish
·        Lobster
·        Mussels
·        Oysters
·        Scallops
·        Shrimp
·        Apricot
·        Avocado
·        Blackberries
·        Blueberries
·        Cantaloupe
·        Cherries (sour)
·        Cranberries
·        Figs
·        Grapefruit
·        Kiwi
·        Lemon
·        Lime
·        Nectarine
·        Orange
·        Papaya
·        Passion fruit
·        Peaches
·        Pineapple
·        Plums
·        Pomegranate
·        Raspberries
·        Star fruit
·        Strawberries
·        Artichoke
·        Asparagus
·        Beets
·        Bell peppers
·        Broccoli
·        Brussels sprouts
·        Cabbage
·        Carrots
·        Cauliflower
·        Celery
·        Collards
·        Cucumber
·        Eggplant
·        Green onion
·        Kale
·        Lettuce
·        Mushrooms
·        Mustard greens
·        Onions
·        Parsley
·        Parsnip
·        Peppers (all kinds)
·        Pumpkin
·        Spinach
·        Squash (all kinds)
·        Sweet Potato (in moderation)
·        Tomato (actually a fruit, but most people think of it as a vegetable)
·        Turnip greens
Nuts and Seeds (in Moderation):
·        Almonds
·        Brazil nuts
·        Chestnuts
·        Hazelnuts (filberts)
·        Macadamia nuts
·        Pecans
·        Pine nuts
·        Pistachios (unsalted)
·        Pumpkin seeds
·        Sesame seeds
·        Sunflower seeds
·        Walnuts
·        Olive oil
·        Coconut oil
·        Avocado Oil

Seltzer water (unflavored) 
Coconut water
Tap or Bottled Water
Coffee (in moderation 3 cups a day)
Herbal Tea (in moderation 3 cups a day)

Cheats: MINUS 5 POINTS (each serving)

Dairy Foods:
·        All processed foods made with any dairy products
·        Butter
·        Cheese
·        Cream
·        Dairy spreads
·        Frozen yogurt
·        Ice cream
·        Milk
·        Nonfat dairy creamer
·        Yogurt

·        Barley (barley soup, barley bread, and all processed foods made with barley)
·        Corn (corn on the cob, corn tortillas, corn chips, corn starch, corn syrup)
·        Millet
·        Oats (steel-cut oats, rolled oats, and all processed foods made with oats)
·        Rice (brown rice, white rice, top ramen, rice noodles, basmati rice, rice cakes, Rice flour (all processed foods made with rice)
·        Rye (rye bread, rye crackers, and all processed foods made with rye)
·        Wheat (bread, rolls, muffins, noodles, crackers, cookies, cake, doughnuts, pancakes, waffles, pasta, spaghetti, lasagna, wheat tortillas, pizza, pita bread, flat bread, and all processed foods made with wheat or wheat flour)
·        Wild rice
·        Quinoa

Cereal Grainlike Seeds:
·        Amaranth
·        Buckwheat

·        All beans (adzuki beans, black beans, broad beans, fava beans, field beans, garbanzo beans, horse beans, kidney beans, lima beans, mung beans, navy beans, pinto beans, red beans, string beans, white beans) NO Green Beans for Challenge.
·        Black-eyed peas
·        Chickpeas
·        Lentils
·        Peas
·        Miso
·        Peanut butter
·        Peanuts
·        Cashews
·        Snowpeas
·        Sugar snap peas
·        Soybeans and all soybean products

Soft Drinks and Fruit Juices:
·        All sugary soft drinks and diet beverages
·        Gatorade
·        Vitamin water
·        Coke
·        Diet Coke
·        Canned, bottled, and freshly squeezed fruit drinks (which lack the fiber of fresh fruit and have a much higher glvcemic index)

Alcohol: (No Alcohol during Challenge)
·        White wine
·        Vodka
·        Gin
·        Rum
·        Beer

Artificial Sweeteners:
·        Sweet and Low
·        Splenda
·        Equal

·        Processed salad dressings
·        Store bought Mayonnaise
·        BBQ sauce
·        Ketchup
·        Mustard (unless just mustard seeds and vinegar; check the label)
·        Miracle Whip
·        Anything made with soybean oil
·        Anything made with high fructose corn syrup

·        Anything with added sugar