Monday, December 22, 2014

My Paleo Adventures

Well it's been a while since I've posted. Life be cray and blogging has dropped down the priority list. Quality over quantity, right?

A lot has changed in the last couple months. I began Crossfit 4 months ago and love it! (at Crossfit8035,check them out) I started the Paleo diet 10 weeks ago. You've probably heard of it but to sum it up, you eat like a caveman. You eat only things that were around during the Paleozoic era. So... no bread, grains or any type of processed food (trust your own research though). Obviously, that's a challenge in today's society but I took on the challenge and have adjusted surprisingly well!

Edited:Results after 10 weeks: Lost 5lbs, 10.7% Body fat and feel great! I can notice when I eat a processed food, how awful my body feels. I'm finally a believer in how much Nutrition REALLY matters.

Challenges for me:
  • Learning how to eat/enjoy vegetables. 
  • Bye cheese! 
  • Bye processed lunch meats!
  • Bye Fong's (except for cheat meals)
  • Less alcohol and selective drink choices (Tito's and soda water)
  • Spending even more time cooking and planning meals than I had before
  • Reading food labels and spending more $$$ on quality ingredients (coconut oil, grassfed beef, cage free eggs)

Challenges are just opportunities to succeed though!

Because.... why not?

Below is a collection of my favorite recipes/websites for the Paleo lifestyle. Please comment on any recommendations or questions you have:

Favorite Site:  Simple recipes and funny commentary by my future wife

Favorite Store: Trader Joe's, reasonably priced for something located in West Des Moines (#burn).

Savory Breakfast Casserole
Breakfast Lasagna -Sweet, spicy and every taste in between-Highly recommend

Bacon with Pancakes...:
3-ingredient-simple-protein-pancakes :favorite pancake so far
Almond Flour Pancakes

Chicken Enchilada Bake
Enchilada Chicken Stew
Old Fashioned Slow Cooker Stew
Paleo Pizza -Really Good Crust!

Paleo Creamy Chicken Chili
Paleo Southwest Meatloaf
Meatza -A pizza where the crust is made of meat AKA meatloaf.
Buffalo Chicken Mini Meatloaf
Homemade Chicken Nuggets
Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders
Spaghetti Squash Pasta

Favorite Snacks: (EDIT: Dried fruit not recommended as much as regular fruit)
  • Dried Mango from Trader Joe's (holy crap this is good)
  • Organic Banana Chips
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  • Anything covered in homemade guacamole 
Biggest Fail: Okra and scrambled eggs (apparently Okra is slimy and gross?)

Obligatory Picture:
Here is an experiment and a win! Taco meat stuffed Acorn squash topped with guacamole:

First time having acorn squash but it won't be the last.
Hope you enjoyed! Follow the blog and post some feedback!
Happy Holidays/Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanzaa/New Year!

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