New Years Week 2013 Meal Plan

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I’ve pretty much decided to eat my way through Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan. So far every recipe has been absolutely amazing. I had read online somewhere that this paleo cookbook was for foodies and it definitely is. I find myself thinking about the cooking process more, the mechanics of a good recipe and what it means to pair flavors. I really like this new dimension because it makes cooking feel less like manual labor and more like a opportunity to learn and get more in touch with my senses.

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The Alcohol Experiment

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After a week and change of eating paleo, I decided to have a few glasses of wine last night. Wellll, this has been an interesting day of recovery. I feel cruddy. I feel like I poisoned my body (which I did) and all it wants to do is purge clean (which it is). What I find even more telling, is my behavior under the influence. I haven’t been hungry this whole week, but last night a few hours after dinner I was ravenous and ate a bunch of fruit leathers. Decent choice, yes, but only because there wasn’t anything forbidden for me to grab. For the past two weeks, my nail biting habit has gone on hiatus and wouldn’t you know, I chomped down two nails last night. Putting these pieces together is blowing my mind. There you have it ladies and gentlemen, food and drink really do influence your behavior, mood and compulsions.

One week of primal eating


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It’s been a full week of cutting out 99% of the processed foods, sugar, flour, grains and dairy that have always been a part of my life. I feel FANTASTIC. I really feel like a different person.

1- The endless sugar/carb loop has died. I never did the simple math here. I’d have a fiberOne bar (thinking I was a hot shot good choice maker) and even though it was chock full of fiber, from god knows where, I’d want to have another one immediately after. Without realizing it, the whole day, I’d actually be thinking about where I was going to get my next pseudo-good-choice fix. Fruit leather? Special K cereal? Yogurt? Since cutting out ALL of these foods, I have no urges to get or keep a sugar high.

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My whole9 goals list for 2013

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In preparation for my whole30 challenge, it is recommended for each person to take a thoughtful look at their goals. For me, goal-setting for things in my life sometimes feels daunting and a little bit scary. When I set out to accomplish something tangible, I’m very much a person who likes to see a project through to completion. There’s an indescribable satisfaction to be done and moving on. But life doesn’t work that way and I think that’s why I’ve had a lifetime of personal goal failure, to the point where I don’t set them anymore. Goals inĀ life are on-going. It’s kind of like healthy eating, you’re neverĀ done with healthy eating; you can’t cross it off your to-do list. Its just forever there, as something you have to think about and complete, day after day. Ughhhh so tiring! I’m still trying to figure out my systems to simplify this particular aspect of life, and overall, I’m like a child with these personal goal things. I really have no idea how to do it and to integrate it and not treat it like something with a start and end date.

So I’m making lots of progress with fitness as a way of life and I’m ready to make it a full package. Here are my whole9 goals for my first whole30.

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Coffee-mate, the ultimate vice.

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I’ve decided to start my first run at Whole30 on January 4, 2013. I’ve already been eating paleo for a few days now, but there are a few treats that I allow myself. In fact, when I look at these things, I’ve pretty much allowed myself to believe that they somehow “don’t count”. It’s true that I’m allowed to eat whatever combination of paleo/non-paleo that feels right, but I also want to experience what a 100% clean feeling feels like. For me, this means cutting out my coffee, coffee-mate hazelnut fat free creamer, and alcohol.

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Paleo Day 3 Dinner: One Pot Chicken Drumsticks

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I’m making an effort to try recipes that I wouldn’t automatically be attracted to, for the sake of opening my mind and finding new go-to meals and foods. I have always been turned off by chicken on the bone. Having been a vegetarian for 5 years might do most of the explaining for that, but I also don’t like all the junk that you have to eat or sift through with chicken on the bone, like skin, fat, veins, weird pieces of slimy meat, etc. But I decided to give this a try anyway.

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Stocking your Paleo Pantry

The hardest things when starting out with Paleo are 1) when your cabinets are packed full of the crappy food that’s been bogging you down and 2) when you don’t have the stuff you need to make tasty paleo meals. Some of these items are quite expensive, but should be considered an investment into many months worth of nutritious meals. I keep this list in my food planning notebook which I reference when looking through my store sale ads each week. If I see an item I’ll need in the pantry on sale, that’s my chance to get it. This infographic from Diane Sanfilipo is beautiful and spot on.

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You can find the pdf here and the awesome book here.