Stress and Your Diet

There’s a reason why we end up on the diet roller coaster, unsatisfied. It’s because we cannot break our food cravings. This doesn’t necessarily start with food – it starts with STRESS.

Here is a GREAT video by Melissa Hartwig of the Whole 30. It’s only 22 minutes but provides a wealth of info.

Check it out.

 

Nom Nom Paleo’s Broiled Zucchini

Ok, I’m just re-posting this from Nom Nom Paleo. I needed some fun new ideas for veggies and Michelle had them!

So, thank you Nom Nom Paleo for this (and my next) recipe.

This was really easy, as long as you have a mandoline slicer. If you don’t, go get one.  LOVE using the madoline.

I used a bit too much coconut oil, so mine didn’t turn out as crispy as I would have liked, but it was still good.

This was super tasty and super easy, wonderful with our steak dinner. Enjoy!!

http://tmblr.co/ZgHA4y4QWT3Q

IMG_4060 IMG_4061

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Albondigas Soup

What a great recipe – combines two of my fave things: soup and meatballs. YAY.

I got this recipe from Sarah Fragaso’s Everyday Paleo and modified a bit.  I made this in no time, made a double batch so we’ll have some for lunch today and lunch this week.

Enjoy!

Ingredients: Albondigas (meatballs)

  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 6 cloves minced garlic
  • 2.5 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano
  • 1 tbsp black pepper (in the demo I said 2 tbsp but I meant 1)
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp sea salt

Ingredients: Soup

  • 4 tbsp olive oil or fat of choice
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 5 carrots chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded green (or purple) cabbage (I didn’t use purple because I didn’t want my soup purple. Just me)
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh (not canned) diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 to 1 full can of El Pato Jalepeno salsa (the small 7 oz can)
  • 810 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 2 tsp sea salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1 jar of salsa, TJ’s is my favorite
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the meatball ingredients. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, sautee the onion and garlic in the fat of choice until the onions become translucent.
  3. Add the carrots, cabbage, tomatoes, broth, through salt. Mix well, bring to boil.
  4. Using your hands, form meatballs, golf ball size or a bit smaller. Drop in boiling soup. Turn heat down and simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the salsa, simmer for another five, serve with diced avocado and a sprinkle of cilantro.

This is EASY and very good. ENJOY!

 

 

Enjoy!

Whole30 day 32

Yes, you read correctly. It’s Friday night and I’m having my first glass of vino. The first in 32 days…unfortunately, it tastes good. 🙂 Maybe it’s the atmosphere…friends over, cooking prawns, curry veggies, food awesomeness…or, it just tastes good. Either way, I’m having a glass. Next is water as I don’t want to feel like ass tomorrow for my friends 50th celebration.

I have really enjoyed this food journey…for the most part, I will stick with it. I love how I feel, how I sleep and how much MORE in tune with my body I am. And, I think I’ve lost a few pounds…although I cannot say for certain because I don’t own a scale and in my eyes, scale numbers DO NOT COUNT. What counts more is how you feel – and what you learn from how you feel.

It’s funny that I really don’t have crazy cravings like I thought I would. I’m pms’ing so my cravings are consisting of dried fruit. I wanted something sweet SO BAD earlier and I had a piece of mango from my Primal Pacs…and was just fine. I just don’t feel like I need any of the other stuff.

Would I still like a few really salty tortilla chips and salsa? Heck yes. But, I’m not going to partake just yet. Let me get through the glass of wine first.

Whole 30 Day 21 – Countdown Officially Begins

Wow. I’m wrapping up Day 21 on the Whole30. I’m pretty stoked. I cheated a bit last night with our good friend’s paella. I was NOT going to pass that up – you can’t. It would be wrong.

What was the cheat? Rice and white beans. That was about 1 cup total, then on top of that I had scallops, clams, chicken thighs, veggies, pesto slaw (will post that one soon) and other awesomeness.

It tasted amazing…seriously, do not regret that one bit. Neil is the paella MASTER. For my 40th in Hawaii, I wanted that for my birthday dinner. The man brought his paella pan, spices, etc. so he could do that for me. THANK YOU NEILIO. I cannot say ENOUGH about his paella…nor can I say enough about his amazing sous chef, Michele. Check out her blog here.

So why am I telling you this? Well, I felt a bit odd today. I slept well last night, however, today – today I was SO TIRED I physically couldn’t keep my eyes open.  Seriously – I couldn’t function I was so tired. On the way up to Hemlock I napped and on the way back down. I could NOT believe how fatigued I was.

I am trying to put the pieces together as to WHY I was so tired today. I have done nothing too out of the ordinary this weekend. My husband, well, that’s another story with his awesome landscaping project. Pictures below. I ran errands, cooked, cleaned, etc., but other than the food thing, I can’t pinpoint anything. I didn’t even get too much sun. I was JUST freaking tired…

Anyway, wanted to share. I’m almost through the 30. Funny thing – I am ‘running’ (we’ll see how much of a 50K I can run) a 50 K in October and I already plan on doing the Whole 30+ (instead of 4 weeks, going to 6+) before the race. I love the way I feel…so we’ll see how ‘bad’ I get when this is done on April 9. 🙂

Coconut Power Bars

I have this recipe in the oven right now and I AM EXCITED.  The last couple of days have been odd – I’ve been craving something sweet. I’m not a ‘sweets’ type person. I don’t go for Reeses PNB Cups…although as I was putting Hudsie’s Easter Egg goodies together I ALMOST caved. I didn’t – but I sure thought about it. That actually would have been too sweet – way too sweet.

My type of sweetness level is a bit of coconut oil in half a date with an almond. That’s getting too sweet for me almost now that I’m on Day 22 of the Whole30. Anyhoo, I was looking for a recipe that incorporated more coconut and less almond…I’ve been OD’ing on the almond flour, etc., lately. I got this idea from Paleo Diet Lifestyle, a great resource.

I went ahead and put my own spin on it, wanting flax meal in there and more coconut flour. That’s just how I’m rolling lately. These have no sugar in them, I omitted the honey and vanilla. I think they’d be better with those items included, but for now, with only 8 days to go, I’m not giving in.

Not even to honey. Boo ya.

Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs;
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk;
  • 1/2 cup + a wee bit coconut oil;
  • 1/3 cup almond flour;
  • 4 tbsp flax meal;
  • 4 tbsp coconut flour;
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut;
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt;

Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Using a stand or a hand mixer, combine the eggs, coconut milk, and coconut oil.
  3. Combine the almond flour, coconut flour and flax meal in a small bowl.
  4. Set your mixer to the lowest speed and slowly add the flour mix.
  5. Once mixed, add the shredded coconut.
  6. Continue mixing just until there is no clumping and the coconut mixture is consistent throughout.
  7. Pour the mixture into an 8×8 baking dish and cook for 30 minutes, or until golden around edges.
  8. Once through, remove from the oven and allow to completely cool. Cut into squares and keep them refrigerated until serving.

Whole30 Day 15

I’m over the hump! Whoo hoooooo! I’ve been on the Whole30 for 15 days. Well, maybe I should say 14.5 since I’m not through day 15 yet. 🙂

The sluggishness I mentioned last week is gone. My energy levels are awesome – consistent and a bit higher…I did a WOD with my daughter and son-in-law yesterday and felt I could go another round or five…slept like a baby for several days now…I honestly can’t wait to get through week three and see how I feel next Monday!

It’s funny how I thought I ate pretty good. Who cares if I  have a handful of tortilla chips every day…?? A square of chocolate here and there…well, now that the sh*t has been out of my system (or is in process of leaving my system) for a couple of weeks…I realized that my snacking was getting the better of me.

Not. Any. More.

And, I have SO MANY RECIPES to post. I hope to get a couple of them up tonight, pics or no pics! I think I need to rename my blog…it’s not just about getting my groove on in the kitchen…at 40, half way through the Whole30, I’m just plain getting my groove ON!