Thursday, January 2, 2014

Almost there... or well, not quite.. darn.

This is what I wrote almost 2 months ago and never posted....

"Here I am, almost 9 months post baby and I am only 8 lbs away from my goal weight.  My clothes fit again and I have been feeling amazing.  Did I mention that I have been a kitchen queen?  That's right, I have been cooking up a storm.  The husband has been super busy with work which has kind of forced me back into my un-comfort zone of the kitchen duties.  How have I tackled this task that I despise so much?  By trying out new recipes left and right.

My Paleo cookbooks have always been loved but were honestly only opened to a handful of recipes which have quickly become stale and overdone in this house.  Since I have been in charge in the kitchen and I do all of the grocery shopping in this house, I have taken it upon myself to try new and different recipes in order to get some new flavors passing through here.  Luckily, I have only had one disastrous dinner that even the husband wouldn't eat (which for an irrational reason made me mad... it was pretty gross after all...)"

....not bad right?

Well, now I am almost 11 months post baby and I fell off the wagon...  Holy carbohydrates Batman!  This has been tough.  My little boy has been eating everything left and right and even though I hate excuses I now know that it is super hard not to eat what you feed your child.  He is too little to give nuts to and because we are still testing out food to see if he has allergies, I am not comfortable cooking completely paleo for him.

With the New Year just started however, and that "refreshed and renewed" feeling most people get when this time rolls around, I have jumped back on the bandwagon and am ready to give it the good old college try.  No I am not making a New Years resolution because I don't think those work but instead am trying to get back to being the zen mama I once was.

In my book, this all starts in the kitchen.  In order to feel healthy and be healthy it is more then just working out (although that is of course very important).  It begins with what you put in your body.  So, I am getting healthy from the inside out.  I was almost 8 lbs away from my goal weight and now I am more like 15 lbs away but it is all the same....  Unless I am willing to make an effort, nothing will change.  So, I begin the year with a gluten free attitude, a paleo friendly kitchen, and a positive outlook on what I know I can accomplish with surprisingly little effort; once I get into the swing of things of course.

Happy New Year everyone and I look forward to what 2014 has in store.

Coconut Layer Cake

Coconut Layer Cake:

I decided to make a recipe sent to me by a friend (because she knows I am a Paleo Advocate) and because I was craving cake or cupcakes.  This recipe calls for 10 eggs.... YES! 10 EGGS!  I was already excited!  Super easy if you have a stand mixer and if you are making the recipe into cupcakes instead of cake bake them for 20-25 minutes. YUM!
 Here is a link to the recipe.

3/4 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup walnut oil
1 cup coconut nectar (I used Coconut Secret) and since you’re most likely post-cleanse, you could also use raw honey
1 tablespoon vanilla
10 pastured (cage-free) eggs
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1 cup coconut manna/butter (thicker and different from coconut oil, this is made with the coconut flesh)
1/4 cup coconut nectar
1/4 cup coconut milk
Note: this makes enough to put in the middle, and cover the top with some dripping down the side. If you want to completely cover the sides of the cake and maybe have some leftover, which I recommend, you’ll want to double this icing recipe.
1 cup frozen blueberries and optional fresh blueberries as needed