Monday, September 9, 2013

Day 2

Day 2

Off to a great start!  Day 2 is done and even though I had some crazy hunger this afternoon I still stuck with it.  I am even getting back into the kitchen and starting to cook again.  I am not one to enjoy cooking but I feel I should so, I have been getting better and better at it over the last 4 years.  I definitely have not been cooking since the baby was born and it is time I started again!

2 scrambled eggs
Chicken Breast and avocado
1 paleo coconut cupcake
6 slices salami
1 coconut water
1/4 apple
3 BBQ ribs (leftovers)
slow cooker lamb shank
cucumber tomato salad

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Day 4

Day 4

Wow! I am already feeling the effects of cutting processed carbs!  I definitely need to make sure I am getting in enough good carbs however and so I have been eating fruit, potatoes, and yes I will admit that I have had rice as well.  Last night I was light headed and having problems thinking clearly. Crazy I know... But that is what detoxing will do to you.  Your system is so used to running poorly on what you have been putting into your body that when you clean it up, it takes time for your body to remember how to work with the right nutrients.  So, I ate rice with my dinner of Steak and Kale/Brussel Sprout stir fry.  Regardless I am still processed carb free and dairy free and I plan on continuing to be strong and do my best to stay as clean as I can.  Perhaps I am not doing the cleanse to the full extent of the term but I have cut some serious toxins out of my diet and so my 30 days continues.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

30 Day Paleo Challenge While Breastfeeding

30 days of being Paleo and while Breastfeeding: DAY 1

Today starts day 1 of my 30 day Paleo challenge.  It has been almost 7 months since the baby was born and I am finally taking the plunge and getting clean.  My husband and I are both going to take on this challenge and I am certainly happy to have a partner to do this with.  I know that the next 30 days will not be easy and that I am going to have to detox (which will certainly not be fun while having to run after a 7 month old) but I am starting off positive and am ready to feel great!

My biggest concern with the challenge is in regards to my milk supply.  I am currently breastfeeding my little one and I don't want to put my supply at risk.  This might sound crazy to some of you but when you are breastfeeding a baby and your supply drops drastically, it is incredibly difficult to get it back up to where it needs to be in order to give your child all of the calories he needs for the day.  My breastfeeding goal is 1 year and I want to avoid formula if possible.

So, how am I going to attempt to keep my supply up without eating wheat and other processed carbs (that I have noticed after I eat them, my supply will be super high)?  I am going to make sure I am getting in enough calories every day as well as make sure I am eating enough Paleo friendly carbs like fruit, sweet potatoes, etc.

I know this won't be easy because I have already done it before but because I have experience with this cleanse I know I can do it and be successful.  Wish me luck!

Day 1
2 hard boiled eggs
1 plum
1 banana
carrots and celery
grilled chicken/ veggies/ guacamole/ salad
1 paleo coconut cupcake
almonds / cashews
5 salami slices
left over BBQ ribs and chicken (homemade paleo BBQ sauce)
roasted fingerling potatoes
1 paleo coconut cupcake

Friday, August 23, 2013

Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts

Serves 2

1 small package of Brussel Sprouts or just enough for two people!

4 slices of slab bacon

Place bacon in large frying pan and cook until crispy

While bacon is cooking, wash Brussel sprouts, cut bottoms off, and cut into halves

Remove cooked bacon and place on a paper towel 
Remove bacon grease leaving just enough to cover the bottom of the pan

Cook Brussel sprouts in leftover bacon grease until tender

Remove Brussel sprouts from pan and mix with the bacon you have torn into bits!

Eat up!

There is no need for salt or pepper in my book. But feel free to experiment with spices on your own!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

6 Months Post Baby!

6 Months Post Baby!

6 months have gone by in what feels like a blink of an eye and I couldn't be happier.  My baby is rolling around, laughing, coo'ing, and even getting ready to crawl.  He is certainly a handful but definitely brings a lot of joy to my every day life.

It has been 6 months of work but my clothes are starting to fit again!  WooHoo!!!  The downside is that most of my tops aren't baby friendly.  They are either silk or are not a top I can breastfeed easily in.  And, even though summer is starting to come to a close, my shorts are fitting and I have been rocking them!  My shoes are another story...  I am sorry to say that it is true what they say about pregnancy and feet.

On to food - the important stuff right?

I am still working my way back to Paleo and would definitely say I am about 80% of the way there.  I could easily berate myself every single time I am not strict paleo but why?  Being Paleo is about changing your lifestyle and enjoying it.  And besides, being a Mommy means positive food associations and experiences!

Currently, I know exactly where I am not paleo and am working on it day by day and week by week but food is not my only focus.  This is not to say I am totally giving up.  OF COURSE NOT!  If I did that, I would not be able to be the best mom I could be.  What you put in your body really effects how you feel and what you are able to do.  So, no excuses from me here!  Just a happy Momma who is doing her best to get back in the kitchen and cook paleo and primal friendly yummy meals for everyone to enjoy!

Recipes to follow shortly....

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

2 months post pregnancy

2 Months Post Baby

Here I am one month past my hectic 36 hour / emergency c section labor and delivery with a beautiful baby boy and couldn't be happier.  Of course, if you have been following my blog you know that I was working towards being back to a paleo lifestyle by the time my little boy was born.  Did it happen?  Not exactly.  Am I paleo now? Almost....

Leading up to the labor and delivery I had made it back to living a Primal lifestyle but being in the hospital for 5 days made it very hard for me to stick to anything other than making sure I was eating and drinking enough in between trying to figure out how to nurse, sleep, and deal with the pain I was in.

Once I got home however, I did in fact go back to Paleo.  Why? Not only did I want to feel the way I did before I was pregnant again but because I wanted to eliminate some potential bad tummy reactions my new baby might have to dairy and glueten.  If you have never had a newborn in your house you know that if there is a possibility that by cutting certain foods from your diet you might get a little more sleep... Then you just do it....

And so my journey towards paleo has begun again and is pretty gosh darn close to where I was before pregnancy (in the way I eat.  I am not that lucky to have dropped all of the baby weight yet).  Have I had a few sips of my husbands beer since I have been home? Yes I have. Other than that I have been pretty good.  (I say pretty good because I have eaten green pees and a few other vegetables or pieces of dried fruit that are not technically paleo)

The first two weeks home were the hardest for me so far.  Not because of the diet but because of other stressers in my life that made me want to scream.  For me, I normally would be able to get out of the house and go for a walk with the dogs (and before pregancny I would go for a run or hit up a yoga class).  Being home after having a baby and major surgery made getting up and moving around almost impossible.  Luckily, I had started doing something positive for myself which was putting good food in my body.  (in the hospital I ate what they brought me which was far from the paleo lifestyle which is why it was so important for me to get back on the horse as soon as I could)

Now that I am able to do more around the house, get out with the dogs and baby for a walk, and just generally feel more capable I am so happy I made the decision to put good clean food in to my body.  Not stressing about what I am eating and just making sure I am drinking plenty of water and eating when I am hungry makes me feel positive and happy which is the kind of mom I want my little boy to have.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Apple Cinnamon Muffins


These are so good you will want to eat all of them as soon as they come out of the oven.  Did I mention the amazing way your house will smell when they are in the oven!!? OMG finger lickin' good!

photo.JPG3 cups blanched almond flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon (a slightly heavy hand can't and won't hurt)
½ teaspoon kosher or sea salt ( I like to use Grey Celtic Sea Salt)
2 large eggs
½ cup Honey
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (or perhaps a heavy measuring... so a little extra)
1 heaping cup pureed green apple (think applesauce consistency.  No they do not need to be peeled.  Just chop two medium green apples, de seed them and throw them in the Cuisinart food processor)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
In the bowl, whisk together the almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon and salt.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, Honey, vanilla extract and green apple puree. Stir the apple puree mixture into the almond flour mixture and blend well.  The batter will be thick so don't worry if you need to use a spoon to divide batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups.
Bake for 25 – 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes.

You will probably want to eat them all right away.  I probably gobbled three down when I first tried this recipe. 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Food Should Taste Good

Food should taste good.

On my journey back to Paleo I am remembering that there is no reason why I should ever feel like I am missing out.  In case you have forgotten.... I am not exactly a Betty Crocker type or a Martha in the kitchen.  I like need meals to be easy in order for me to enjoy cooking.  My husband and I both cook and honestly I enjoy just being a sous chef making sure to get the small stuff ready while he works on the main course which is usually some sort of meat.

It has taken me almost 4 years to get to where I am in the kitchen.  I still have moments where I get frustrated and just want to walk out of the kitchen and leave whatever is happening for my husband to figure out and potentially fix.  For those instances we are lucky to have a few restaurants really close by so we can always head out and eat something else if it is a total disaster in the kitchen.  Or another tried and true answer is to just make breakfast for dinner (eggs etc).

The other side of that coin is that without moments of utter frustration and what may seem like a complete failure in the kitchen, I never would have learned how to do any cooking what so ever.  I would probably still be eating cereal for dinner and a lot of cheese rolled up with turkey slices.

Seeing as I am super pregnant (16 days left until my due date) I want to make sure I am not only putting good food into my body and into my families bodies but also allowing myself to try new things (yes for this blogs purpose those things are in the kitchen).  Pretty soon there will be a new little life in this house where literally everything will be a new experience.  He is going to experience frustration with not being able to do some things right the first time around but with the right support and role models to look up to he won't have any problem giving it another try.  Crazy emotional thinking occurs when you are pregnant and in the kitchen attempting to back something super sweet yet healthy because you are doing your best to stay away from cinnabuns.

In the end the moral of the story is the same...  If you try and fail the first time...  Get your A** back out there and try again.  In my case I get my A** back in to the kitchen and try again!!!