Monthly Archives: March 2014

Whole 30- Week 1 Complete

Hello there!

Zach and I have had a good start to our morning. It has been the first time in a few weeks where we don’t have anything going on today and can actually relax… and we love it that way!

Still rocking out the Whole 30 challenge. I have been feeling really good! It took my body a few days to get used to the 3 meals/day, but I finally feel like it is adjusting. I feel like my body is also running like a machine. For example, last night, we went to my best friends gender reveal party… (IT’S A GIRL, yay!).

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Zach and I ate before we went (around 5pm) and headed to the party. I never got that feeling that I was extremely famished, but around 10 o’clock, my body was telling me it was time for bed. On the ride home, I was dozing a little and when we got home, I went straight to bed and fell asleep EASILY. Falling asleep has never been easy for me.

We got up this morning and made rutabaga skillets for breakfast. I decided to do an onion, spinach, asparagus and mushroom skillet. I sauteed the veggies first, added the rutabaga and then eggs.
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I’m weird and like my eggs over hard, so I decided to crack the eggs in the same pan as the skillet and cover it until the yolks were hard. Here is the finished product. It went really great with coffee. 😉

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Speaking of coffee- with Whole 30, they want you to cut back on your intake… which I have been doing. The other day, I had to drive 3 hours home from Indianapolis. It was around noon, and I was kind of feeling a dip in my energy level, so I decided to get a cup of coffee. I had been limiting my intake all week, but decided to enjoy just one cup of Starbucks. While drinking, it was the first time I felt negative impacts from a cup of coffee. I was feeling very anxious and I actually felt a little depressed after I finished the cup. It was so strange… I was feeling so many different (negative) emotions and I felt that I had no control over what I was feeling. I won’t be doing that again…

Tonight, Zach and I are going to be making paleo sweet potato nachos. This might be our best post yet, so stay tuned! 🙂

P.S. The cake pop in the picture, I did not eat… don’t worry. If I am cheating on this diet, it will be with something that will actually be worth it!

Spring Break…. but still Paleo

Hey there everyone. I have definitely been enjoying my spring break so far this week. Honestly, I haven’t really done anything exciting but just simply have enjoyed the little things. Instead of getting up at 5 AM every morning I have been getting up anywhere between 6 and 7 AM. I know that doesn’t seem like sleeping in to most of you but it has made a huge difference for me. One of my most enjoyable things that I have been doing is just sipping on some coffee and watching Good Morning America. I really enjoy watching the news in the morning, so that has been a plus. I have been able to get to the gym earlier in the day and then having the rest of the day to do whatever I want. I am not going to lie, I have taken a couple of power naps during this week (20-30 minutes). I have been reading the “Primal Blueprint” and if we as humans were to follow the blueprint of our ancestors, a power nap in the middle of the day is completely normal. I have also read in that book about why we are not that good at sleeping through the night. Think about this… our primal ancestors did not really have the opportunity to sleep 8 hours through the night without having to worry about predators or any other thing that could disrupt their sleep. They had to be somewhat alert just in case their life was in danger. That is why it is natural for us as humans to want to take the middle of the day power nap. You wouldn’t believe how a 20 minute nap can completely recharge your batteries for the rest of the day. It makes you start to believe in how we as humans were made to live a certain way. I would have to say currently as humans we are a long way away from that. Alright so back to business. The one thing that has not changed over this spring break for me is my Paleo lifestyle. Food still needs to be prepped. Snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner still needs to be made. The one thing that has been nice is I have plenty of time to make my food during this week. Today I still did my usual chores. I went grocery shopping, prepped food and I am going to make something new for dinner. Here is a pic of our fridge when it is fully stocked after food prep. Isn’t it beautiful?
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Before I get to talking about dinner. Just wanted to show you guys my usual lunch. I still eat the same lunch each day. It is a salad with mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, avocado and chicken. I also then have an apple on the side along wit ha 1/2 cup of grapes. Two weeks ago I made a little change. I decided to throw my apple and grapes into my salad. It has surprisingly been a good change. I really like it. The fruit in the salad adds a good sweetness to it.I don’t know if I like the taste of it because I really like it or because I have been eating 100% Paleo for 3 months now and don’t mind the mixing of flavors. I have noticed lately I like eating my dinners just out of a big bowl and kind of mixing everything together. Maybe it is just a stage I am going through, lol.
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So tonight for dinner I am making grass fed burgers but I wanted something different to top it with. This is completely my idea and I don’t know how it is going to work out but I am giving it a shot. So for my topping I am taking shredded carrot (used the shredding attachment in the food processor) and going to make a hash out of it that is seasoned with onion, garlic, bell pepper, smoked paprika, chipotle powder and some salt and pepper. I guess I am going for the southwest taste tonight. I also have portabella mushroom caps that I will use as my bun. For those make sure you clean them and scrape out the meat of the mushroom. Put a little olive oil on them and grill for 1-2 minutes on each side
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Rant

Up until now I think Zach and I have been pretty encouraging and positive when we blog, but there is just some things that I want to get off my chest. I may be just a little cranky because the whole 30 started this week, but I think I’m just a little fed up with people too.

So doing the whole 30 challenge is hard enough without any pressures from your friends, peers or coworkers because you are completely eliminating all sugar, any extra snacking and portion controlling your meals. I am in Indianapolis for work this week and some of my coworkers invited me out for dinner tonight. Since I don’t get to see these people all that much and I enjoy spending time with them, I agreed to go. They know that I “diet” but don’t know anything about it, so they were trying to be nice and accommodate me. They told me about this place called season 52 which all of their meals are under 475 calories. I thought it was great that they thought about me, even though I’m never one to count calories or even think about it. I looked up their menu and it seemed to be pretty paleo friendly. So I decided we should check it out. When we got there, the 3 of them ordered drinks and then when the the bartender got to me, I ordered a water. Of course I got questions about why I wasn’t drinking and I told them that I just didn’t feel like it (not wanting to go into the details of the 30 day challenge). They kind of gave me shit for not drinking and I brushed it off… No big deal. When we finally got our table they ordered a few appetizers to share and again made comments about how I am always dieting or can’t eat bread. I told them that I didn’t eat those kind of things because thy didn’t make me feel good. They made remarks like ” that doesn’t sound like any fun” and “you can’t eat this because it has too much carbs!” It was so annoying and I really wanted to tell them off.

I am getting so frustrated when people criticize me for not eating or drinking the way they do. There is so much pressure from everyone to eat like dog shit and drink. I am not judging them for eating their fucking risotto or potatoes or making them feel bad for eating it. I think that is why it is so hard to stick to a diet or change your lifestyle, because the pressure and the guilt. I don’t care how other people eat, but don’t try and make me feel bad because you could never make the changes I have made. I will never, ever judge anyone for their eating habits, especially if they are trying to be healthier and improve their lifestyle.

I am sorry I just vented, but people shouldn’t judge the paleo diet or whole 30. I told my coworkers before we parted that the reason that I do this and eat this way is because I have never felt better than this in my life. It is hard to explain it, but don’t judge until you have tried it and you know how it feels.

I promise I won’t bitch on my next post! Tata!

The Start of Whole 30

Hey y’all,

Don’t mind the southern twang that I inherited from Nashville this past weekend. My friend Shanna and I had a nice relaxing visit and we ate a lot of good food. Down there it was surprisingly easy to eat paleo and make modifications to my food (if needed). Shanna is actually vegan, so the combo of a paleo and vegan diets made it a bit tricky. We both did some good research before heading down there, so it was pretty easy to find good places.

Here’s a breakdown of the weekend:
Friday we got in around 6pm and headed straight to the hotel. Once we changed and got ready, we went downtown Nashville and got the Nashville experience. It was nice out on Friday night so we found a sweet spot called Pub 5 and ate on the rooftop. I had some mussels and a cool artisan cocktail. We then headed to a bunch of the Nashville bars to catch some live music.

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Saturday we got up and decided to detox in hot yoga class. I luckily didn’t pass out in that hour and half class. We got lunch at the Calypso Cafe went to the Parthenon near the Vanderbilt campus. Like Zach mentioned on his last post, this was a “hole in the wall” cafe near the Vanderbilt campus that was probably the best paleo meal I had when I was down there. Mashed sweet potatoes, rotisserie chicken and a side salad. We next headed to the Parthenon in Nashville’s Centennial Park. It was a cool experience. Nashville has a few trendier, off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods, that we decided to hit up next. We went to the 12South District and then walked over to Hillsboro village. Both had really cool boutiques, restaurants and bars. We finished the night by going to a bar called Belcourt Taps and listened to 4 really talented artists there.

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Sunday we decided to go back and hit up the shops/restaurants that we missed on Saturday in Hillsboro village and 12South. For breakfast, we went to the Pancake Pantry and waited outside for 45 min (while listening to live music). It was well worth the wait. Shanna got pancakes and I got an omelette with lots of coffee. For lunch we went to a place called Burger Up. They had vegan options there and I had a really awesome shredded Kale salad with a grass fed burger patty on top. It was a good burger and I would highly recommend the place for their atmosphere and food.

Yesterday, I started the Whole 30 challenge with about 6 others at my gym. It is really not much different for my current diet, but it says to try to stick to 3 well balanced meals a day, no snacking, no alcohol or any added sweeteners AT ALL and limit coffee intake :(. There is actually a lot more to it than that, but that is what will be different for me. I may be a little crankier the next month because I am not eating as much, but hopefully my body gets used to it and I will feel awesome.

I pretty much decided to do it until our vacation on Easter weekend in Phoenix. It’s technically not 30 days, but I don’t plan on getting too crazy in Phoenix as it is. I am very excited to see improvements in my overall health.

I am headed to Indianapolis today for work and will be there until Friday… MORE TRAVELING. The thing I love most about traveling to Indy is that I bring my food with me. I know I am super nerdy, but I love having control of what I put on my plate. I pack breakfast and lunch and will find something good for dinner. Zach is great and is holding down the fort here. After this week, I will not be traveling for a few weeks so I can finally get back into my routine.

More info to come on how Whole 30 goes, so I hope you enjoy. If you are interested in learning more about the Whole 30 challenge, I absolutely recommend the book “It Starts With Food”. It is an eye-opening book that gives you the research and testimonials to back up why this is such a great diet.

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Chipotle chocolate chili

Okay so hear is the finished product. I added a little extra toppings to mine (avocado slices and bacon bits). I would recommend using a game meat with this one because it changed the complexity of the dish. A game meat would go great with the flavors this chili produces. To add to that, this is totally a manly night in for me. I made a big hardy chili and I’m going to sit down and watch James Bond! What a great night.

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Warm Meal for a Cold Spring Day

Hey everyone. Yet again, it has been another very busy week for Joelle and I but we have managed to make it through completely unscathed from our Paleo routine. I am officially on spring break!! I am very excited about this. For this one week I actually don’t have to pack all of my meals. I can just make them at home and eat at home. When you are full blown Paleo, it is a luxury not to have to pack every meal for the day. Is it sad that I am looking forward to that? Also, our plastic to-go containers will get a rest this week,lol. Wow, I am even talking about our to-go containers like they are human. Today I was chopping all of our veggies for the week and I was like “wow, why do we have so many containers available?”. Well, it is because I won’t be using them this week. Also, if you didn’t know Joelle has been doing some traveling this week. She spent two days in Michigan, just outside of Detroit, for a work conference. I felt so bad for her. She was running me through her day and what she was able to eat, it sounded terrible. For breakfast one morning all she had available were some grapes and a banana. She had to run on that until lunch time, so from 6:30AM to 12:30PM all she ate was some grapes and a banana. I told her I wanted to drive up there and bring her a meal. If you have been following our blog at all you know that food is our number one priority. It is literally all Joelle and I think about. Also, Joelle does not have as much patience as I do when it comes time in between meals. Sometimes Joelle gets hungry 2 hours after she eats. I don’t understand it but hey, whatever. For one of her lunches in Michigan they had sandwich wraps catered in, so she had to take the meat and veggies out of the inside of the wrap and eat that. I am sure some people were giving some odd looks but little do they know what that wrap is doing to there body. Oh and while Joelle was in Michigan we faced time for the first time!! Huge step in our relationship, lol. But really what a great invention, it was really nice to see her because I really missed her. While we were face timing I was eating dinner and I felt bad about that too. I was stuffing my face with our awesome Paleo food while she had struggled all day to find anything to eat. After Michicagn Joelle flew to Nashville. She is there for the weekend with a friend from work. She already told me she got a full Paleo meal at a little cafe they went to. She got rotisserie chicken with a curry sauce, side salad and mashed sweet potatoes with coconut shavings. That sounds like a pretty awesome Paleo meal. She was so pumped too. That is probably been here first full Paleo meal since Wednesday. For those of you that follow the blog you know that on Monday March 24th Joelle is starting her second Whole 30 challenge. This time she wants people to join her. She told me she already has seven people that are going to do it with her. I think that is awesome, there is nothing better than doing a challenge with other like minded people. It almost becomes like a support group.
So, with Joelle gone this weekend where am I going on my Paleo endeavors? Well, tonight I am making a pot of beef chipotle chocolate chili. Yes I said chocolate! This recipe is from Paleo OMG (http://paleomg.com/elk-chipotle-chocolate-chili/). Normally by this time of year I wouldn’t really be looking forward to chili but with it still being so cold out this will be a perfect meal for tonight. Really the best part about making a pot of chili is there are always leftovers. In the recipe it calls for elk but I am using ground beef tonight. My inspiration for this came from a small pumpkin that Joelle’s mom had given us. She wasn’t going to use it so of course we took it. This recipe calls for cubed pumpkin in it. I am also going to throw some cubed butternut squash in there to add some extra carbs. As for Sunday morning, I will be making those lovely sweet potato apple cinnamon pancakes that I had made last Sunday for the first time. These pancakes might become my Sunday staple. For those of you that don’t know me I used to call Sundays “pancake Sundays” because I would make these protein pancakes every Sunday. A while back when we went 100% Paleo I got rid of those. Now with the discovery of these lovely Paleo pancakes I might just have to make the return of “pancake Sundays”. They are very simple to make. All they call for is mashed sweet potato (which we always have on hand in our house), grated apple, 1 egg, cinnamon, salt and arrowroot powder. Mix it all up together and make pancakes. I will also be putting some almond butter in between these hot cakes to add a little extra goodness to them.
I have to get back into the kitchen. Time to make some chili. I will post tomorrow and let you know how it turned out, along with some pictures.