Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Paleovangelist


Sometimes I really embarass myself.

Okay, maybe more than sometimes.  I wish I had a rewind button in which I could go back to a conversation and omit everything I said.  I have a difficult time not saying what's on my mind.  I have an even harder time not thinking that I do everything exactly the way it should be done (thanks a lot for that genetic trait Dad). 

It is hard for me to not preach healthy eating to my friends and family.  If I could say and do whatever I wanted I would be a fire and brimstone paleovangelist.  "Eat that donut and you will die!"  "Your pancreas is receiving irreversible damage from that candy bar!"

I go back and forth on whether or not I think I should hold my tongue.  On one hand, I am helping my family and friends and their health; on the other hand, I am annoying them by telling them something they don't want to hear yet.  Then, I end up embarassing myself, thinking later on that I shouldn't have pushed the issue so much or I should live and let live.  I know I should wait until they are ready and they come to me asking for help, but the interim is difficult. 

This is a moral issue of the utmost importance:  do we allow our loved ones to continue in their "heathen" ways or do we go out as warriors of grok and paleovangelize them and let them see the light?

Monday, June 28, 2010

Five Hundo!

I just wanted to give a quick thanks for everyone that visits my blog regularly.  I know that I haven't been the best blogger lately (give me a break, I'm on summer vacation), but I really appreciate it.  I just looked at my tracker and I've now had over 500 visitors and almost 1200 visits.  That's so awesome!  I still remember when I would regularly on get 2-3 visitors a day and they were likely my Mom and my sister.  That was only 3 short months ago, and I really feel like my blog is taking off.  Thank you for being a part of it.

I initially started this blog as a way to document my thoughts on healthy eating and my journey of losing weight (which I've currently lost 30 lbs.).  While I do get paid whenever you click on the ads on my blog (even if you don't purchase anything), that isn't my motive for keeping it going.  I've found great comfort in the health community online.  I feel, rather strangely, like some of you are becoming friends of mine.  I feel energized getting ideas for new recipes or workouts.

Basically, thank you.  Having this blog has really helped to change me.  It holds me accountable because I know many of you check it.  It gives me inspiration and keeps me going.  Thanks.

To Each His Own

I was recently talking with some friends about my paleo diet.  I guess I was paleovangelizing a bit; I tend to do a lot of that these days.  One of my friends said, "Well I think diet is personal.  To each his own you, know?  Do what works for you."

This got me thinking.  Is the paleo diet for everyone?  I think of my close friends who have taken on paleo eating along with us.  We all have very different activity levels and body compositions and yet we all find things we love about this lifestyle.

How do you find out the right diet for you?  There are so many diets out there and miracle drugs.  My parents are dealing with this right now.  My Dad was recently diagnosed as pre-diabetic.  So my Mom has begun reading a lot about nutrition to try to get him on the right track.  She was telling me one book will claim low-carb high-fat diet, another a high-carb low-fat diet, etc.  They are all seemingly contradictory.

I have to believe, truly, that primal eating works for EVERYone.  I really believe that.  I think there are some things that may not work for you specifically- for example my husband is allergic to walnuts so, naturally, he doesn't eat them.  That type of personal diet choice seems different to me than the South Beach Diet works for me or Weight Watchers doesn't work for me.

I have to believe none of those will work for you in the long run- YOU aren't designed for them to.  Eating the way your ancestors have for 2 million years, how could you possibly think it wouldn't work?  It definitely won't harm you.

What are your thoughts- is the paleo diet for everyone?

Friday, June 25, 2010

Okie Dokie Artichokie

Artichoke hearts marinated in oil and spices are my favorite pizza topping.  While I'm hardly eating pizza these days, I've been thinking about artichokes.  The other day my husband I started talking about artichokes.  I've never had one, a fresh one that is.  :)  I recently had a similar situation with peaches and pears; shockingly, I'd never eaten one that didn't come from a can.  


But I digress.  We decided we'd try to make artichokes as a healthy appetizer for our meal last night.  Since I'm a newbie to this very brave vegetable (one you see the artichoke heart, you'll realize why I think I was brave), I made idiot-proof instructions.  


Fresh Artichokes for Dummies
2 artichokes
1 egg (enriched with omega-3)
1/4 canola oil
freshly ground pepper
1-2 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
2 garlic cloves, sliced


With a large, sharp knife, cut the stem off the artichokes.  Then, cut the top 1/4 off each artie.  Next, take kitchen shears, and clip the top off of each leaf going around the artichoke.  Now, it turns out there are several schools of thought on how to cook the artie.  Here they are:


Option #1:  In a large saucepan, boil 2-3 cups of water.  Add vegetable steamer.  Place garlic slices in between the leaves of the artichokes.  Grind ample amounts of pepper in the water and on top of the artichokes.  Place artichokes "point down" so the stem is looking at you from the bowl.  Steam for roughly 45 minutes.


Option #2:  In a large microwave-safe caserole dish add 2-3 inches of water.  Place garlic slices in between the leaves of the artichokes.  Grind ample amounts of pepper into the water and on top of the artichokes.  Microwave 5 minutes per artichoke (I microwaved mine for 10 mins, hence yields 2).



While artichokes cook, make the dipping sauce.  Traditionally, these are dipped in either butter or mayonnaise.  I made my paleo mayo and added Balsamic Vinegar to the recipe.  

Dippin' Sauce


1 whole egg (omega-3)
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 c. flaxseed (I didn't have flaxseed so I used canola)
1-2 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar

In a blender or food processor, blend all ingredients for several minutes.  Pour into a small dipping bowl, serve cold.  



Here's the fun part:  Remove the artichoke leaves one at a time.  Dip the "meat" of the leaf into the sauce.  Scrape the leaf against your teeth to remove the flesh from the artie.  Repeat until you are no longer able to find leaves with any flesh on them.  Remove the useless leaves.  You will be left with a creepy hair mess.  This is the artichoke heart.  Scrape out the hairs.  Cut into halves or quarters and dip.  Enjoy!  It feels great to be brave.

BATT

In case you couldn't quite figure out my acronym, it is the Bacon, Avocado, Tomato, and Turkey "sandwich".  I just so happened to be out of lettuce (this blows my mind how a paleo eater could run out of lettuce, but I guess I've been eating it), or I would have used it.

Best Lunch Ever:
2 strips of bacon, fried
2-3 slices of turkey lunch meat
1 roma tomato, sliced
1/2 avocado, sliced


Cook bacon, cut up ingredients.  On a plate, spread out turkey and pile on remaining ingredients into the slices.  Then, you could: roll up the lunch meat to make a meat wrap, put the whole thing in a lettuce leaf, or hold together with toothpicks (I chose this option because I put too much in to roll).
Before rolling


Final product!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Just Add Boiling Water

Well, I made it back alive- barely.  After our three day backpacking trip through Teton National Park and meal after meal of dehydrated 'just add boiling water' food, I'm ready for some veggies.  :)  We had the most amazing time on our trip.  We hiked through Death Canyon (a charming little canyon named for an 1899 surveying party that lost a member that was never seen again).  I had a bit of a problem with the connotations of hiking through a place called Death Canyon, so we called it Happy Canyon, Safety
Canyon, or (my personal favorite) Bird-Free Canyon.

Once got back from the rugged life on the trail (of which we saw black bears, elk, moose, deer, and marmots), we spent our last night "car camping" in Teton.  Car camping is the lazy man's campsite, and after three days of packing it in and packing it out, a real luxury.  It's amazing how luxurious a vault toilet, pillow, chairs, or fresh fruit and vegetables can feel.

I was determined to make an entirely paleo camping meal.  Now before I give out my recipes, they should begin a couple of disclaimers.  First:  It's camping and measuring cups/spoons are generally frowned upon so don't go judgin' my estimations.  Second:  I know bratwurst isn't pure paleo, but it was the healthiest I could get my husband to go while camping.  Just be glad I talked him out of smores (those are paleo, right?).  Third:  I just spent three days in the woods.  With wildlife.  Don't judge the beer consumption, it was necessary.  :)

'Wurst Peppers
Since this was a fairly simple meal, I'll try to give the instructions in step-by-step form (let's make things interesting, eh?).
Step 1:  Start a fire.  Easier said than done it turns out.  My husband officially had to give me his Man Card after this campout.  It turns out I am the twisted fire starter of our household.  At one point, he was trying to help me start the fire by trying to blow on the kindling (I prefer the log cabin method over the teepee in case you were wondering, which I'm sure you were), and he actually blew the entire fire out.  SO, this step was more difficult when you are camping with a pyro-challenged person like I was.

Step 2:  Make things hot.  No, that's not dirty (well, I guess camping is dirty, but not sexual).  What I mean is, get some good flames going and get the coals hot (only one t- not hott, you'll attract bears).

Step 3:  Cut up 1 red and 1 green bell pepper.  Place them in a firesafe pan.  Add a splash (that is an exact measurement) of water (approximately a 1/4 cup) and half of lemon (juice only, squeezed).  Place on grate over fire.  The ash adds flavor (or so I told myself).

Step 4:  Put the meat on the grate (the bratwurst).

Step 5:  Open your beer.  Find your headlamp.  Wait for the sun to set over the beautiful mountain lake.  Leave your camping buddies to tend the fire, and go sit in your camping hammock (you've got time).

Step 6:  Flip the brats, stir the peppers, drink another beer.

Step 7:  Cut an avocado in half (carefully, you've had 2 drinks).

Step 8:  When all is done cooking over the fire, serve the brats on a bed of peppers.  Eat avocado as a side.  Serve with more beer and depending upon the temperature, mittens.





Paleo 'Smores (which are not really smores at all)
2 fresh peaches, cubed or sliced
raisins to taste
cinnamon to taste
half a lemon
water, again a splash
random pecans you pick out of a trailmix, ground up

Add all the ingredients to a camping, firesafe pot.  Cook until peaches are tender.  Eat.  Salivate.  Make the wildlife jealous.

It goes without saying that all of these recipes could be made at home and sober, but where's the fun in that?  jk

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Off we go!

Well folks we have our frame backpacks packed and our bear tub rented.  We are ready to spend the next two nights in the backcountry of Teton National Park.  The food:  dehydrated backpacking crap that most definitely is not paleo.  The company:  just my husband and me and the thousands of wild animals that Teton has to offer.  The gear:  1 tent, 2 sleeping bags, 2 sleeping pads, various clothes, a camera, a water purifier, a deck of cards, and, of course, our new hammock.   So long civilization!  We'll see you in two days...  :)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Armenian Ground Beef Kabobs

My husband's family is Armenian.  It is important to us to keep our cultures alive (although my Irish potato-eating relatives may be more challenging to make paleo).  Anyways, I decided to try to surprise him tonight and make some awesome Armenian Ground Beef Kabobs, also called Kofta.  We had these at a local Armenian restaurant and they were great!  These are traditionally served with rice, but we had a salad with them instead.

Ingredients:
1 lb. ground beef (ground chicken or lamb could also be used)
1 egg
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 handful fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp. tumeric
freshly ground pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together with hands.  Shape meat into small meatball sized balls.  Place three to four meatballs on a kabob skewer.  Form the meat on the skewer into a cigar shape.  Be sure to press the top and bottom of meat firmly onto the kabob.  Grill on your BBQ for about 20 minutes (flipping about halfway through).

Pictures coming shortly!  Also, we are leaving to go backpacking through Grand Teton National Park for the next 5 days or so, I probably won't be posting much.  Let's see if we can guilt trip Meg into posting a little bit more while I'm gone...  :)

Placing "meatballs" on skewer


Mash meat together into a cigar shape

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Just a little link love (and fajitas!)...

So I'm sorry in advance that this will be a bleak no pics post, but just wanted to share a few tasty recipes.

Last night I made this dry rub and used it on some chicken breasts on the grill, it was really good and even better today as leftovers on my salad!
I also cheated a bit and made the sweet potatoes, they were delish! My one piece of advice is to follow her oven directions; I tried to put them on the grill and had some major sticking issues because of the eggs. I just hate turning on the oven in the summer; if I make them again I think I will try oil instead of the egg whites.

I also tried out this yummy treat when I was craving something sweet earlier this week. I followed the recipe pretty closely (you should know I'm not really into measuring) and I thought it came out really well. My coconut hating husband even liked it. I used my electric ice cream maker and then stuck it in the freezer for about 30 minutes before serving which was about perfect... if you leave in the freezer much longer than that you will end up with more of an italian ice than ice cream consistency (still good, but not what I was going for).

I promised that I would post my fajita recipe so here it is:

2 lbs meat of your choice cut into thin strips (we used equal parts chicken and steak)
1 large onion cut in rings or thin strips
3 bell peppers cut in strips(I like to use red and green, but whatever floats your boat)
1 jalapeno de-seeded and diced
2-3 cloves of garlic peeled and minced
3 roma tomatoes chopped
1 medium zucchini cut in spears about the same size as your peppers

2 ripe avocados
2 heads of Bib lettuce

In a large pan saute the veggies in oil (I used olive) adding the tomatoes and zucchini after the peppers and onions have been in for a few minutes.

Add some:
chili powder,
cumin,
paprika,
cayenne pepper
and crushed red pepper flakes.
Remember I don't measure... just start with a little of everything and add to taste.

When the veggies are about done (onion starts to look clear) set them aside in a bowl.
Toss your meat in the pan and cook it up (feel free to add more spices!)... add the veggies back in when the meat is done to heat them back up. It might seem weird to cook the veggies first so here's my reasoning: don't want the meat to be overcooked and don't want to cook the veggies with raw meat, call me crazy, but not my thing. If you have two pans and don't mind lots of dishes or are short on time feel free to cook both at the same time.

Serve with some sliced avocados and paleo-ritas and use the bib lettuce as a wrap (or any other lettuce you like, I prefer bib or butter because they tend to be a little thicker and wrap well without breaking).

Enjoy! This was one of my favorite paleo meals yet.





Caveman Campout

Howdy blogosphere!  I know it's been a while since I've posted.  Being a teacher (and being on summer break) and being in the process of moving is consuming much of my time lately.

My second wedding anniversary was on Monday.  Since my husband and I are beyond broke with our move and trying to buy a house, we decided to take advantage of our wonderful scenery here in Colorado. We drove up the Poudre Canyon outside Fort Collins,  Colorado and camped on a lake with lilly pads all over it.  It was beautiful.  Just because we were 'romanping' as we called it (romantic camping, if such a thing is possible), didn't mean that we weren't going to stop being primal.  We decided to build our own snare trap out of twigs and waited anxiously for a rabbit to hop through.  Okay, or maybe not quite...


We brought steaks with us (caught wildly at the grocery store on the way) and asparagus.  We cooked the steaks on the fire and the asparagus on the stove with oil, sliced almonds, and black pepper.  It truly was gourmet camp food.  We were way too full for dessert, but we were planning on grilling pears and nectarines on the fire grate as well.

Breakfast?  Eggs and bacon of course!  Is there a better tasting meal than eggs cooked in the same pan as the bacon?  I think not.  Besides, we were celebrating, right?

Lunch?  An avocado, leftover steak served cold (I was skeptical of this but it was delicious!) and green grapes.

We went on a long hike yesterday afternoon and snacked on some delicious trailmix as well.  Forget the smores- paleo campout is where it's at!  Here are some pictures of the beautiful lillypads on the lake.



Hammock on the lake with our dog

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Inner Fat Girl Speaks Out

So I received many comments about my post last week about my self-declared inner fat girl.  One that I absolutely loved was from a good friend of mine that lives out of state.  Here is her message to me.  It helped me and I think my blog readers may also be able to relate to her thoughts:

This is totally in response to your "inner fat girl" blog post, but I wasn't sure I should post it on the comment board. It really helped me, and if you can be open minded about it, I think it actually helps in general.

It's not about reminding yourself that you've lost weight, because that's obvious to you. It's about being comfortable with how you look now, how you'll look when you lose more (if that's your goal) and how you'll look if you gain a few back (if that happens.) I know this sounds weird (and will make you question my home life probably) but walk around your house naked any chance you get. Do the normal things you do at home but naked, sleep naked, get your coffee in the morning naked, eat breakfast naked (if you are not spill prone, otherwise, maybe not the best idea) walk by your mirrors and linger focusing on the things you like, not the things you want to change (we focus on those enough.) I lost like 80lbs in college (most of which I've gained back now over the years and with the baby) but I still insisted on calling myself fat and being uncomfortable in swimsuits and tank tops. Forcing myself to be comfortable completely in my own skin in my own space made it easier to be comfortable not completely exposed (but more than I was used to) in less familiar places. I've found that this has also helped me a lot with this pregnancy thing, because my body is definitely changing in ways I had no idea it would, and for someone who used to be really heavy, I can say it is REALLY hard to deal with sometimes.

Also -- Don't beat up the girl you see in the college pictures and videos too badly. She's still the same person you're looking at now, but now she's just shinier, polished, and figuring out what she wants and what's important. You need the old her so you don't lose the new her if this is the "her" you want to keep for a while. (sorry if that sounded preachy, but I found beating myself up for how I used to look was equally as harmful as ripping down the improved version.)

Sorry if this makes you think I'm crazy. I am crazy, but that's beside the point. If you give it a shot, I hope it helps. If not, no harm :)

PS I just wanted to say, I'm really proud of you and what you're doing and how you're accomplishing milestones and goals. It's really very awesome, Beth, and I know you know that, but I wanted to tell you anyway.



Thanks J!  You are a great friend!  I love your thoughts and good luck with the baby in a couple of weeks!

Oh! Too Spicy!

I was marveling at my spice cabinet today.  It's rare that I take the time to do this (as you may expect).  Since I've been eating paleo, a whole new spice world has opened up for me (and I'm not talking about a crappy British pop band that came out when I was in 7th grade).


But for real.  I'm amazed at all the new spices I try out every week.  Before turning paleo, my staples were oregano, garlic salt, and celtic sea salt.  I've recently tried out garam masala, curry powder, allspice, tumeric, taragon, and cloves (not all in the same recipe).  I am quickly running out of room for my spices, but I am addicted.  I can't stop flavoring!  I use freshly ground pepper like its my job now.  I'm curious; what other spices should I open my eyes (or tastebuds) to?   I need suggestions!  Like a crack addict, I need my fix...  I think I might snort paprika.  Just kidding.  But, maybe...  :)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Running away to Paleo-ritaville








Greetings my fellow cavemen and women,
(this is meg... beth's best friend who she has roped into her new found paleolithic life).

Our husbands have a standing mountain bike date every week and we have a standing running date that is usually followed by dinner.
Tonight we met at my house and planned a mexi-paleo feast so we started with drinks and you can thank us now for this kick ass Margarita recipe:

1 cup lime juice (we cheated and used a bottled juice, with just one fresh lime squeezed)
4 shots Tequila
4 Tbl spoons of Agave sweetener
3 cups ice (we like ours blended)
6 oz Pineapple juice (1small can)
dash of cinnamon and all-spice (trust me)
zest of one lemon and one lime
blend it all up or pour over ice and enjoy
*for anyone who is local I would venture to boast that this recipe puts the Blue Bonnet to shame

We're following our drinks with lettuce wrapped fajitas and I'll post the recipe for that later...

Sorry the pics are a little shaky and crappy, but we took them with our cellphone.  Here are some updated photos:






Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Summa Time, the Livin's Easy...

Friday night my husband and I had a paleolicious tailgate before the John Butler Trio concert at Red Rocks Ampitheater.  What was on the menu?  Steaks grilled on the campstove, a growler of fresh brewed beer from the local brewery, and a homemade "caprese" salad.  

I know that traditionally, caprese salad contains mozzarella cheese.  Since we don't do dairy, we tried a new spin on an old classic.  This was really my inspiration for the salad.  Looking at the ingredients, it will sound strange, but the ingredients couple together in a wonderful way.  Your welcome in advance for this.  

Grilling steaks!





Cucumber Tomato Salad
3 roma tomatoes, sliced
1 cucumber, sliced into quarters
4-5 fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces
1 lemon, squeezed
1 Tbsp. olive oil
freshly ground pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients together for an amazing salad.

Mango Pear Talapia

Spicy.  Sweet.  Light.  Doesn't require heating up the house with the oven.  What more do you want out of a summer meal?



Mango Pear Talapia
4 Talapia fillets (or any white fish)
1 bartlett pear
1 mango, peeled
1/4 white onion
1/2 tomato
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. cumin
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. paprika

In a large frying pan, heat up oil.  Add fish fillets.  Sprinkle fillets with 1 tsp. of black pepper and cumin.  While cooking, in a food processor, chop up pear, mango, onion, and tomato.  Add remaining spices to salsa mixture.  Place in fridge until fish flakes easily with a fork.  Serve with salsa on top of fish.  You could also grill the fish if you like.

I've Got a Hankerin'

for some fruits and veggies!  It's amazing to me how after a few days of eating crap for 3 days on vacation and at our field trip how terrible I feel.  It's beyond guilt for not eating right; its disgust after every meal because I feel physically ill. 

Yesterday at the amusement park I ate part of a funnel cake (which I shared with several people).  I spent the rest of the day feel torn between thinking I would get explosive diarrhea and uncontrollable vomiting.  So not worth it. 

Last night, even though our field trip was not over till close 7 pm, my husband and I were making faces at the thought of grabbing something "quick to eat".  We knew the fast food would make us feel worse.  We were both craving fruits and vegetables in a major kind of way.  If I had to eat another piece of dough, I was gonna go crazy. 

We stopped at the grocery store and got our new version of fast food:  prewashed and cut salad, presliced chicken breast, and an avocado.  We grilled the chicken, dumped it on the salad, cut up the avo, and ate a bomb salad.  It probably didn't really take much more time than going through a drive thru, but man, did it hit the spot...

Monday, June 7, 2010

Ranch Dressing

Sorry I haven't posted all weekend.  My husband and I were in Vail, Colorado this weekend for his bike race at the Teva Mountain Games. 

I do have a quick (and in my opinion hilarious) story about today.  I am a teacher (as mentioned before) and today we took our students to an amusement park for a field trip for the last day of school.  I tried to get a healthy meal for lunch (which turns out is extremely challenging at an amusement park).  I went to the Subway at the concession stand booth.  I asked if I could get a salad in lieu of a sandwich.  The lady responded with "A salad?  You sure?  We don't got no Ranch dressing!"  To which her fellow coworker gave me instructions on how somewhere a quarter mile away there was another concession stand with Ranch dressing.  I said, "Do you have oil and vinegar?"  yes.  "Then I'm fine."

Who would have thought- a salad without Ranch dressing?

Friday, June 4, 2010

Tangy Shrimp Kabobs!

What a quick and easy meal!

Tangy Shrimp Kabobs
1 lb. cooked, peeled shrimp
1 onion, cut into large pieces
2 bell peppers, any color
1 zucchini, sliced
1 pineapple, cut into large chunks
1 c. water
1 lemon
1 lime
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin powder
2 garlic cloves
1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
2 Tbsp. honey

In a small bowl, add shrimp and last 8 ingredients.  Marinate for about 20 minutes in the fridge (the longer the better).  While marinating, cut up the veggies.  Preheat grill to medium-high heat.  Soak kabob sticks in water so they don't burn on the grill.  Once marinating is complete, assemble kabobs getting shrimp and veggies on each skewer.  Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until veggies are cooked.  Happy Summer!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Mind Over Mass

Losing almost 30 pounds and 11 inches total is quite an accomplishment.  I am so proud of the hard work I've been putting in, the healthy changes to my diet, my knowledge of nutrition improving, and the fitness that I am seeing improve.  I was able to run my first 10K race this weekend in Boulder, Colorado.  If you would have told me a year ago that I would be able to run 6.2 miles (or that I just signed up for a half marathon in October), I would have laughed in your face.

Last night I had dinner with my girlfriends from college.  One of my friends recently lost 50 pounds (go Sara!).  We had an interesting conversation about getting the "fat girl" out of your head.  Why don't I go for runs in my sports bra and shorts?  Why don't I feel comfortable wearing a 2 piece swimsuit?  I look fine, but mentally, I'm still overweight.  Mentally, I'm still self conscious.  Mentally, I'm still the girl with the BMI just over the 'obese' mark and at the end of the sizes available in 'normal' stores.

How do you start to think 'thin'?  Do you just wake up one morning and suddenly feel totally comfortable exposing your midriff and thighs?

Last night, I watched a video that my friend made that is filled with pictures of my college years.  I couldn't hide my horror at the photos.  I can see me progressively gaining weight (especially as my drinking increased).  The rolls, muffin tops, and cellulite were shocking to me.  I am still that girl mentally, but not physically.

I need advice.  My first step in trying to train myself to have some confidence in my new body was a new wardrobe.  I took out the fat clothes.  I donated them to charity.  Last time I lost weight, I kept my big clothes (just in case, and it turns out it was a good idea).  This time, it is a certainty for me.  Goodbye size 12 and 14 jeans.  Goodbye bras that no longer fit.  Goodbye that little piece of me that instinctively goes to the big end of the sizing rack after years of buying size Large and Extra Large.

My next test:  wearing a swimsuit at the local amusement park.  I think that will be my brave thing for the week.  I'll let you know how it goes...

Any advice on losing my inner 'fat girl'?

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

I'm a Bad Blogger

I have to apologize for not uploading photos recently.  Sometimes, plugging in the camera and uploading pictures is just more energy than I have.  :)  I think I have finally caught up with all my food pics.  Please go back and check out the last few days' pictures so the last 15 minutes weren't a total waste for me.  :)  I think I might be getting better at taking food pics.  I need to get a better lens for the job.

Drunken Caveman

Sometimes, you need to drink.  If you're like me, sometimes your job requires drinking (once you get home from work, of course).  While the kids drive me to the bottle sometimes (I jest), I have been trying to find a way to make this paleo.

Solutions?

Red Wine
While there is definitely some sugar in red wine, it is minimal compared to hard alcohol.  I think having an occasional glass of red wine with dinner or after a hard day is perfectly fine.

Beer
I think that beer, like all alcohol, is great in moderation.  "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." -Ben Franklin.  Now that, is my kind of man!  Again, beer does have sugar and carbs, but in moderation, it's cool.

Homemade Margaritas
I've never made these, but I've heard paleoritas are acceptable.  You mix tequila, fresh squeezed lime juice, agave honey, and ice together.

What are you favorite ways to unwind and embrace your inner (drunken) caveman?  :)  What are your thoughts on alcohol while eating primally?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Grilled Eggplant

Makes a great summer side dish.  The eggplant adds just the slightest sweet taste.  With very little ingredients and preparation this will be sure to become a summer staple (and you don't even have to turn on your oven).

Grilled Eggplant
1 eggplant, sliced into "coins"
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
freshly ground pepper

Wash and cut eggplant into coins.  In a bowl, add eggplant, olive oil, garlic, and pepper to taste.  Make sure eggplant is coated to your liking.  Place on a medium heat grill.  Cook about 2-3 minutes per side.  NOTE:  I tried to cook mine in a grill wok and it didn't turn out very well.  I ended up moving them directly onto the grill.  I highly recommend just placing them directly on the grill.


I Lost a Mountain Bike!

I have now officially lost 28 pounds.  I am still in shock over this.  I could not believe that I lost 4 additional pounds this week.  In my delight from my weight loss, my husband helped me celebrate, by showing me my weight loss.  He gave me his mountain bike, had me pick it up and walk it around the driveway.  I could barely do it.  Despite giving my neighbors an interesting spectacle, this was the best thing for me to see.  I could feel the weight in my joints.  Looking at a mountain bike and seeing that I lost an entire bike (a bike I cannot lift over my head) was inspiring.  I was hooked.  What else did I lose?


He gave 28 pounds in free weights and had me walk around with it.

He gave me a 3 year old child and had me walk around with it (okay not really, but still I lost a child).

He gave me half of my viszla mutt and had me stand still (while she wiggled).  I lost half my dog in weight (hopefully the better half)!

He gave me a box of books, sacks of flour, a rock in our backyard, and other ridiculous items.  If you want to really feel good about your weight loss, find an item that you lost (not literally, or maybe literally?).  You will look ridiculous, but at least you look slim and ridiculous.  There is nothing more motivating than finding the tangible items of your weight loss.  What else can I carry?  What else weighs 28 pounds?  I'm addicted to holding my lost weight!  :)