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

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....