Friday, April 18, 2014

My days are planned around eating

Here are some recipes that I think were super delicious. I figured I'd share because these were the ones worth eating as leftovers the next day!
All of these recipes (unless specified otherwise) can be found in The Paleo Cookbook

Mexican Veggie Scramble (onion, green pepper, sausage, eggs, pepper, avocado and salsa)
Paleo breakfast burrito (beef, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, eggs, red onion, cilantro and salsa)
Eggs with bacon add fruit of choice on the side

Lunch/ Dinner
Zesty Meatloaf (bacon, onion, red pepper, ground beef, egg, pepper, ketchup, dry mustard and maple syrup)
Paleo Stuffed Zucchini (onion, red pepper, carrots, kale, garlic, sausage, almond meal, egg, basil and zucchini)
Pork chops with caramelized apples and onions (pork chops, apples and onions i made this in bacon grease instead of oil)

Garlicky wilted spinach (saute garlic in oil add spinach until wilted and serve)
Roasted baby carrots (oven roast carrots with oil and pepper)
Grilled asparagus (grill asparagus with oil, lemon juice and pepper)
Baked Spaghetti Squash (bake spaghetti squash with pepper)

Smoothie (thanks to Pinterest)
Lara Bars

I pick things up and put them down

Workouts highlighted this month:
Session 1
Swimming 45 minutes
Glute/Ham Developer 3 sets 10 reps with 16lbs
Russian twist 2 sets 20 reps with 16lbs
Sit ups 5 sets 20 reps
Deadlifts 5 sets 20 reps with 50lbs

Session 2
Run 1/2 mile (10 min mile)
Wall ball shots 5 sets 20 reps with 10lbs
Glute/Ham Developer 3 sets 12 reps with 14lbs

Session 3
Bike 2 miles
declined sit up 2 sets 20 reps  with 10lbs
Russian twists 2 sets 20 reps with 10 lbs
declined push up 3 sets 10 reps
Stretch to cool down

Session 4
Warm up run (about 1/4 mile)
Decline push up 5 sets 10 reps
Kettle Bell swings 5 sets 10 reps with 35lbs
Leg lifts 5 sets 10 reps
declined sit ups 5 sets 10 reps with 10 lbs

Session 5
Run 3.25 miles Speed 6.0-7.0 in 29 minutes

my 3rd week

I found out that Paleo is 80/20...
AMEN! I haven't been cheating after all. I have just been going along with the 20% 
This week has been "spring break" for me, meaning I have had work only twice this week and the rest left me to be bored/ want to eat (as you may think)
BUT I have been following the regimen very nicely and even made it to the gym the majority of the week. Hooray! When I did go to work they offered breakfast (which consisted of bagels, muffins donuts) all things i can't eat and lunch (pizza, pasta, chips and juices) more things i can't eat. 
I think work has just been a wake up call. All the stress that goes along with any job and then the food they provide just helps you indulge in an unhealthy lifestyle. It's something that needs to be addressed especially in schools since teachers are supposed to be the models for the future.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

This and That

The rest of this week went considerably well. It's getting difficult to keep track of what I'm eating. But it's getting easier to put things together. I've gotten used to preparing and packing food ahead of time. i prepared Kale and bacon to have on the side of chicken sausage. as a quick lunch or dinner. 
Wednesday I had some salad with avocado and a turkey burger. It was delicious!
Thursday i made some pecan crusted chicken with green beans and corn. (not sure if green beans and corn are paleo)
yesterday i let go a little and had diner food. it was a french dip panini. only ate half!

breakfast this week was great! (2 hard boiled eggs with bacon and cantaloupe)

a smoothie for those short days of work. before workout beverage.
I've been feeling a lot stronger during my workouts. I've been able to endure more. Taking up swimming this week was a plus! 
Let's see what the weekend brings!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

First Paleo weekend

This past weekend was a busy one for me. I work at a catering hall with weddings and birthdays galore! Trying to eat Paleo every single meal is almost becoming impossible with the rush from one place to another, or just running out of prepared paleo meals I have to make the right decisions and hope for the best.
I have to confess about the few french fries I ate and the orecchiette with broccoli rabe. I was working a double shift and ran out of food! I'm not going to starve and a Lara Bar wasn't enough for dinner.
I have been packing awesome lunches sometimes just taking a smoothie (which i thought could never be a meal replacement)
Lara Bars have come in handy. they are gluten free, dairy free, soy free and all kinds of Paleo allowed!
The whole avoiding dairy is getting easier but I have noticed that everything I fix as a quick meal has gluten or sugars in it. I can't make a sandwich for lunch or have an english muffin with my coffee. The Paleo cookbook has helped me tremendously stay in line with the "lifestyle."
I haven't taken many pictures of the food I've prepared. mainly the same things. I had some friends over yesterday and I made a beef rib roast with an au jus sauce that was marvelous! for the sides i made roasted carrots and garlicky spinach. I did add rice to it since i felt it wouldn't be enough for my fellow non-paleo eating friends. I ate it too. 
Aside from all the "cheating" I've been doing, I haven't been indulging in crazy amounts of anything. I don't give in to my cravings and visit Dunkin Donuts for a bagel and coffee. I'm keeping consistent and that's what matters in the end. I wish I could be this consistent with the gym but that's another story.
Here is a drink I ran into. It is good as long as you don't mind texture. the Chia seeds give it a weird feeling and there is some sugar. but as a post workout drink mixed with protein (says my personal nutrition source) its great!

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Not sure if you know this but I LOVE baking. anything sweet like cookies, cupcakes i love it...
Today hasn't been my friend because I'm craving something sweet. Ice cream, cookies ANYTHING!
Officially did my weigh in for this month and i haven't gained since last. but we will see what the Paleo diet has to offer this month.

Breakfast was the same as yesterday some eggs and bacon.

Snack was some applesauce with cinnamon. I brought walnuts with me but they taste gross. Not buying roasted walnuts again.
Lunch was 1 left over stuffed zucchini with spaghetti squash. Thank God for left overs or I wouldn't know what to do for lunch.

I was able to workout today after work which is a plus! 
  • 2 miles on bike (resistance 4)
  • deadlifts 4 sets (15 reps, 20 reps, 25 reps, 25reps)
  • crunches 4 sets (10 reps)
  • dips and pullups assisted on gravetron (50 lbs) 3 sets (5 reps)
  • sit ups with 10 lbs 3 sets (10 reps)
  • russian twists with 10 lbs 3 sets (10 reps)

this was a lame workout but I will get better it was my first day back after a week so i took it slow

I'm craving snacks and sweets.... Paleo snack advice anyone?  
Dinner- spicy chicken with herb sauce... totally forgot to take a picture but the meal had a Thai feeling to it and the herb sauce had a wasabi taste
I paired it with mashed sweet potato and a roasted stir fry mix

day 2

April 2, 2014

Yesterday I was extremely tired and wasn't able to post.
I cheated yet again!
My school was having Community Day and there were muffins and cookies. so i had 1 (of each) they were small!
Breakfast was simple yet rushed. A lot of prep the day before. I ate 2 eggs scrambled with 2 slices of bacon and some strawberries. Accompanied with some chocolate almond milk.
coffee mid morning
snack= grapes
smoothie that had coconut milk, flax seed, peanut butter (i hate almond butter), spinach, banana, mixed berries (thank you pinterest)
Lunch was the left overs from the night before. Some meatloaf and spaghetti squash with roasted carrots.
Dinner was a new one! I actually had a really late dinner considering I slept for a while. 

Stuffed zucchini (kale, sausage, garlic, onion, red pepper and carrots) and some salad. it tasted amazing! thanks to the Paleo cookbook
And when my boyfriend doesn't mind that means you know it's good!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April FOols!

Just kidding!!
 I really started the challenge today.
I have to confess I cheated a little bit. What can I say I can't resist when I'm offered a cookie at work!
here's my plan for the day:
Breakfast= ground beef with eggs, peppers and onions. side of mango. some chocolate almond milk... I had coffee throughout my morning (with coconut milk of course)

Snack= (cookie) apple sauce with cinnamon
 Lunch= chicken sausage with 1/2 sweet potato and some cooked spinach 
Snack= a little caveman trail mix  (walnuts, pecans, cacao, raisins, coconut flakes)

Dinner= caveman meatloaf, roasted zucchini and carrots and some spaghetti squash.

Friday, March 28, 2014

It's still March

Since I have been going through all of the trial and error with my body and dairy products in March, I'm going to start this crazy lifestyle in April. But these past few days I have been weening myself off of the major carbs that I eat everyday like bread, pasta and rice. Just to prepare and not be in shock and indulge later. I can tell you that for the past two weeks, having minimal bread, I have noticed it in my body. I'm losing my belly! I didn't have a large one to begin with but I am the type of person to become stressed and overwhelmed with work and school and I will eat junk and gain weight. My pants were struggling to stay buttoned!
I have been concentrating on buying more vegetables, bacon and meats. I love cooking but my main thing is baking! I'm going to miss that for this month. I might just give in considering Easter. The good thing about Paleo is that you can eat all day and not feel bad because it's all good for you.
Some tricks: You can go to a party and eat like everyone else, just don't bring home leftovers. Same with eating out at a restaurant.
Eat: Meats, eggs, seafood, fats from plant foods, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds
Don't eat: Processed foods, grains, legumes, sugar
Drinks: Mostly water, tea and coffee acceptable, occasional alcohol hard ciders and gluten free beers organic red wine too!

I keep telling myself it can't be that bad... right?

What is Paleo?

My brother is a CrossFit trainer. This is a whole lifestyle in itself of very supportive gym members all testing their strength and endurance to make it better and feel better. Although they train together it is a test of self and the motivation comes from the trainer and your supportive gym members. 
ANYWAY, my brother does this Paleo thing and suggested I do the Whole 30 Challenge. I didn't know what it was so i asked my friend Google. She told me (ha ha see what i did there) its basically when you eat the Paleo life style for 30 days.
What is Paleo you ask? well I bought a cookbook (on my nook which i will never do again with a cookbook) The Paleo Cookbook: 300 recipes...
The Paleolithic diet (caveman) replicates eating patterns of the paleolithic era. Its basically consuming large amounts of animal fats and proteins and small amounts of carbohydrates. A doctor that founded this diet used it to treat patients suffering from Crohn's disease and irritable bowel syndrome. they showed significant health improvements from this diet. This book closely replicates the most natural and realistic of the Stone Age Diet without being unrealistic about going to find strange ingredients.
Now you may be thinking why am I going to do this? Well I was told that if I try this for 30 days then reintroduce my body to dairy, I might be able to have it again like normal. 
Let's do this!

No Not the Ice Cream!

Becoming lactose intolerant out of nowhere was pretty shocking. I have no allergies or anything! When I had a bad reaction to chocolate milk I was shocked and kept experimenting with all of the food I ate. Everyday I would take a Greek yogurt to work with me, have some cheese in my sandwich eat ice cream for dessert!! This can't be happening to me.
After going to the doctor and asking about a lactose intolerant test or something to prove that this was true he just said "you treat it exactly like you are doing, through experimentation." I was relieved i didn't have to take any medication but I had to rearrange how I ate and how I got my protein daily.
I have been going to the gym, on and off, since January of this year. I have been pretty good about keeping fit this year physically and religiously. So I have been watching what i eat and making better choices for the most part.
I have been drinking almond milk for about a year and a half already since my niece and nephew introduced it to me. It was great until now that I put it into my coffee. It was just too nutty of a flavor. I like flavored coffee but this just didn't agree. So i tried coconut milk. It went well with coffee but i don't think i can drink it alone. My nephew has been raised eating the Paleo lifestyle. 
I can't eat Paleo! what about rice and pasta and beans!
 Do I even dare think about switching to this lifestyle??