Monday, November 16, 2015

Challenged Again...

I find myself starting week #3 of a 6 week challenge.  I am going to be totally honest and say that I love challenges!  I love challenges because I tend to be competitive.  Plus it gives me more purpose on my journey.  This challenge has been pretty gentle.  That is until today.  Someone took away my red wine and I already miss it.  I don't even drink it very often.

Our first week we started by journaling.  I've been tracking my sleep, food, water, and movement.  This has been good for me in keeping me accountable to what I put in my mouth.

Our second week we committed to 3x per week of exercise.  To be honest it was a great motivating factor when I wanted to hit snooze on the alarm last Wednesday.  I love getting my workouts in during the early mornings but I sure don't like getting out of bed for them.

This week we've cut sugar.  (duhn, duhn, duhn)  For me this won't be any where near the first time.  Sugar for the most part is out for me already.  I will miss that glass of wine or three of red wine the most.

I personally like the feeling of change.  I feel better eating healthy and being on track than I do when I veer off.  Why I let myself juggle this I'm still not 100% sure.


Friday, August 14, 2015

Great Day Live Meals

We had an fantastic morning at GDL!  Here's the recipes to what we brought along this morning.

Breakfast cups:
1 lb of sausage or chorizo (your choice)
1/2 onion
12 eggs
1 sweet potato
Spinach (optional)-I used a handful.
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp Siracha
Salt & pepper to taste
 Directions:  Preheat oven to 375. Cook sausage and onion until browned.  In a bowl scramble 12 eggs and add onion powder, garlic powder, Siracha, and salt & pepper.  Add cooked sausage and onion.  Mix ingredients.  Use ice cream scoop to add egg mixture to coconut oil coated muffin pan.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Turkey-Apple-Bacon Wraps with honey mustard with/Mint Honeydew Melon Salad:
1-12 oz pkg nitrate free bacon
1/4 cup Organic Mayo (or homemade Paleo Mayo)
2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
1 Tbsp raw Honey
3/4 lb sliced roasted turkey
1 apple, thinly sliced
Directions: Cook bacon, in batches, in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp.  Combine mayo, mustard, honey.  Stack turkey slices in 8 piles on a flat work surface.  Top turkey evenly with honey mustard, bacon, and apple slices.  Roll up and secure with toothpicks.

Melon Salad:
2 cups Honeydew Melon Salad
1/4 cup torn fresh mint
2 Tbsp Fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp raw honey
Directions: Combine melon, mint, lemon juice, and honey; toss to coat.

Make a Rainbow after school snack:
Choose fruits in a rainbow of colors and add to skewer.  Today we chose strawberries, cantelope,  honeydew, blueberries, and grapes.

Tex-Mex Slow Cooker Chuck Roast
2 1/2 lb boneless chuck roast, trimmed
1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 3/4 cup Organic chicken broth
Directions: Rub roast all over with chili powder, salt and pepper.  Place onion in bottom of slow cooker.  Place chuck roast over onion. Pour orange juice and broth around roast.  Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until roast is very tender.

Jicama, Peach, and Avocado Salad
1 large jicama, peeled and shredded
2 ripe peaches, pitted and chopped
1 jalepano pepper, seeded and chopped
2 Tbsp Fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper
1 ripe avocado
Directions: Combine jicama, peaches, jalapeƱo, lime juice, oil, salt and pepper in a bowl; toss well to combine.  Chill salad.  Stir in avocado just before serving.

Our favorite producer Holly!

Thanks for having us again Great Day Live!  Check back often for more recipes and progress as we continue to embrace our Paleo Lifestyle and follow us on FB: Food Is a Drug #Paleo.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Personal Paleo Challenge Day# 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

I'm over here plugging along still on Day #8 of my 90 day Paleo journey.

We've had a busy weekend and beginning of the week.

I got to cheer my favorite Triathlete on during his 1st Olympic Trialthlon this weekend:

I got to cheer on my to favorite 5th graders all the way to their first day of school.

I got to help my favorite 3 year old niece celebrate her Frozen Birthday.

Plus I got to meal plan and shop for the week for my own first week back to school.  Using emeals has cut the time I spend meal planning down by hours.  I simply go to my phone and use the emeals app to pull up the menu and grocery list for the week.  I am in love with a new feature on the emeals app.  I'm not the biggest fan of cooking seafood at home especially indoors during the winter.  So the new feature allows me to replace it with one of my favorites from prior weeks AND updates my shopping list reflecting the change!

So far so good.  I've been able to eat well but not perfect these last few days.

When we picked up Mr's packet for his race the next day we headed to Texas Roadhouse.  This is my favorite Paleo meal out.  Salad, prime rib and sweet potato.  It hit the spot that evening.

I picked up a sale slab of Spare Ribs on my shopping venture and used my new Instant Pot for the 3rd time.  I can't wait to continue to use it more and more but for now I've got the ribs down pat!

I found this lunch meat at Aldi's a couple of weeks ago and have bought it for the boys lunches and have even packed it for myself a time or two.  Uncured Black Forest Ham!

How do I stay Paleo during this busy time?  PLANNING!!!  I pack snacks with me wherever I go so I know I won't be hungry before my next meal.  I use emeals for my dinner plans and adjust the menu based on our activity level that night.  When I come home from the grocery I chop up celery and carrots for snacks during the week.  This week I made 2 extra meals that didn't get cooked last week and that has ensured us plenty of leftovers.

For back to school planning emeals is perfect.  I've recently been able to review the lunch plan and again I'm in love.  Great stuff that I can either make quickly at home during my lunch break and non cook options that I can pack for the boys and I the night before.  Emeals has been one of the easiest back to school decisions I've made.  Emeals helps Mr. and I take the stress out of meal planning, shopping and prep.

I've been keeping my activity level up during my Personal Paleo Challenge too.  Since I workout in the morning it's helped keep the boys on a better schedule as we head back to school.  Their football season starts tomorrow...then the fun really begins!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Personal Challenge Day #3

What I love best today about my personal 90 day challenge?
-  I can eat fruit and not worry.  When I am in challenges against others, my competitiveness comes out and I want to loose the most weight I can.  Often times I will cut out fruit all together.  Since I am only competing against myself, fruit is on my table; in moderation of course!
-  I can experiment.  Dr. Windley taught me something at our last paleo challenge.  The more you eat, the more weight you will loose.  Backup...what?!?  So I tried it out because the scale hadn't budged for a week.  Viola!  He was right!  So this time I'm trying to make sure that I eat a lot throughout the day.  I am trying to not limit my snacks.

Yesterday (Day #3) I had a bit more fruit than I usually eat.  But no worries....this is a long chipper.  90 days.  The fruit I had today won't matter tomorrow if I fall off the wagon because I need something sweet.  Besides...fruit was part of my dinner meal plan and that never happens!

Breakfast:  I had trouble with my alarm this a.m. and so no jog for me but did start with this yummy beeakfast! 2 eggs, 1 slice of bacon, 1/2 avocado.

Lunch was a combination of leftovers.  A chicken thigh, chicken leg, and the end of the Cauli-Rice.  I realized I was feeling guilty about eating the Cauli-Rice and I had to stop and think why.  I determined I was thinking of it like mashed potatoes instead of a good for you vegetable.  I need to get away from that habit!  Cauli-Rice is good for you!

The boys and I spent the afternoon at the pool.  We came back starving.  Looking through the fridge I settled on leftover taco meat and celery.  It hit the spot and curved my appetite quickly!

Dinner was so awesomely yummy!  Make sure you "like" Food is a Drug #Paleo because I shared the dressing recipe for the arugula -watermelon salad there.  It was a great combo of oil, vinegar, mustard, and orange juice.  The area I live in is known for producing great sweet beautiful watermelon.  If I owned a restaurant this would definitely be a seasonal salad.  The protein was a pesto chicken that cooked in the crock pot all day.  I'm not a pesto person but gave it a try and it was so good!

Day #3 chalked up as a success after a night snack of apple and fresh almond butter!  Food is a Drug.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Personal Paleo Challenge Day #2

You know Day #2 wasn't too bad.  I was busy at work so I made sure I packed a snack.  Exercise was good...well after I got the work done.  I never regret exercising after its over.  This morning I was all set to go for a jog but failed to turn my dead phone back on after I plugged it in.  So much for an alarm.

I didn't get a picture of my lunch but I enjoyed a great bunless burger and side salad during my lunch meeting.

Dinner was awesome!  Italian broccoli with salmon.  I'm not a salmon lover but when it was on the menu this week I decided it was too good for me to pass over.  It turned out really good.  It had a tomato, capers, basil sauce over it.  The tomatoes and basil were from our garden.  I marked it as a saved make again meal!...and to think I might have passed it over.

Everyday...Food is a wise about what medicine you put in your body!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Paleo Challenge Day #1

Day #1 went well.  I was able to get to the store and get my weeks worth of food and snacks.  When I got home I had some leftovers and did prep work before starting on dinner.  It felt like a crazy fast paced day.  I got my exercise in yesterday too.  An early morning workout, a walk, and pacing Mr with a bike while he jogged.  A big increase in water had me in the restroom more than I had planned.

This was the food I ate on my first day.  I had 1/2 a Larabar on the way to workout.  When I came home I had eggs, bacon, and a side of tomato fresh from the garden.  Lunch was leftover chicken thighs and Cauli-Rice.  Dinner was marinated grilled chicken thighs with a grilled side of zucchini, red pepper and okra.  I had a snack after my bike ride of apple, celery with almond butter.  

Again it feels so good to eat healthy I mentally struggle with why I feel like cheats are worth it. 

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