Im A Failure!

12 Sep

I just spent an HOUR writing this post and WordPress pulled a jerk move and crashed. Maybe I’m not cut out for blogging. I clearly failed at blogging during my Whole30! It ended about a week for so ago and I have yet to post anything, but I warned you that I would be in a sugar coma, and I have a recipe to prove that I in fact was…

But before that, I want to say that my Whole30 did go VERY well. I loved the clean feeling my body had and even though it was inconvenient and a pain in the a$$ at times, I am very glad I made it through the 30 days. Since then the only thing I have “added” back into my diet is protein powder. Gosh I missed protein pancakes! Other than that I haven’t exactly added anything else back in but I have been much less strict and I’m so glad to be done looking at even healthy foods as off limits.

I have an instagram account dedicated to this blog name, find me and follow me if you’d like. I post my meals and random things daily, it’s fun! I had a few followers request a recipe for a photo I posted the other day and thought I would share through my blog!

I made these the day my Whole30 was over, they tasted SO sweet after zero sugar for 30 days. I ate TWO and had a terrible stomach ache, but SO worth it.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 Cups Blueberries
  • 1 Cup Walnuts
  • 1 Cup Almond Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
  • 3 TBSP Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
  • 2 TBSP Raw Honey
  • 1/4 TSP Baking Soda

Directions

  1. Warm blueberries in microwave to make them juicy
  2. Put walnuts in food processor until powder like, then add coconut oil until you have a butter consistency
  3. Add blueberries food processor with walnuts
  4. Transport to a bowl and add remainder of all dry ingredients
  5. Then add remainder of wet ingredients and mix well
  6. Place golf ball sized dollops on nonstick pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 18 minutes or so
  7. Enjoy!!

YOU ARE WELCOME.

Just a tip, this recipe makes a pretty generous quantity and I found that because of the fresh blueberries they go bad rather quickly, so eat up!

I also made some even MORE amazing Paleo Sweet Potato Brownies… I’m working on posting a recipe for those, just don’t hold your breath.

Goodnight!

XOXO

B

Gone Nuts!

31 Aug

So I believe today marks my 23rd day of my Whole30. The end is near! And for the most part it has been going great buuuuut I messed up.

I have been eating WAY too many nuts and I am paying for that. I mindlessly snacked on nuts forgetting about the density of them. I believe they are the reason for my discomfort. My body is so sensitive, it’s not fair! Especially when I watch my boyfriend eat a costco gallon of peanut butter in one sitting and still maintain a 6pack, cool. I thought maybe that was his secret, so i allowed myself be a little less strict about my nut and nut butter intake, and now I feel like a big puffy whale. Wahhh:((

If you are interested Primal Toad wrote an interesting post on nuts that I found helpful in my decision to cut them out.

SO now I’ve cut all nuts out of my diet, as of yesterday. I will still eat the occasion nut butter but no more handfuls of cashews here and there. I love cashews!

What else have I been eating/doing other than eating nuts? Well, nothing too exciting, now that I’m back in school I have no time to get creative and I’ve basically eaten the same things everyday for 2 weeks. Yep, 2 weeks of eggs, chicken, sweet potatoes and way too many nuts. I follow Juli at PaleOMG and her food is literally amazing and brilliant but I know just one of those recipes would take me all day.

Sooo.

Every. Single. Morning. looks like this……

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Egg Whites, spinach, avocado and SP

OR…

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Instead of SP I have berries! Gettin’ crazy I know.

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Avocado and hardboiled eggwhites. SO good. Pop that tupperwhere open and watch the room CLEAR. Hah!

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Yummy! Kale, Extra Lean Ground Turkey, and Kabocha Squash! Mmmmm!

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This was packed for our hike in Tahoe. I can’t even remember what is in there, a little of everything. Can you guess?

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We hiked near Cathedral Lake and stopped at “Floating Island” for lunch. Where my lovely boyfriend dropped my poor camera in the lake. RIP camera. Which is why all these pictures are taken with my iPhone. So sad:(((((

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Other than losing my poor camera it was a beautiful day, Tahoe gives me the best feeling ever!

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So does my new computer! Weeeee!!!!!! Best weekend ever!

You know what else is amazing? Cheating…

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Technically Lara Bars have “approved” ingredients; dates, unsweetened coconut, almonds, cashews and coconut oil. BUT they are not suggested and more like a “cheat” since they are loaded with so much sugar and a “convenience” food satisfying my “cravings”. NOT sorry…

BTW sorry for my totally gross nail polish.

Now that I’m back in school I need recipes that are convenient that I can cook for the week. This week I cooked some of the organic local extra lean grassed beef I have in the freezer and made some “Broccoli Beef”. Soooo good.

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Broccoli Beef

1 LB lean grassed beef

1 Green pepper

1 yellow onion

1 head broccoli

2 TBSP coconut oil

2 cloves of garlic

Directions: throw it all in a pan

It lasted for about 4 meals and tastes amazing with Coconut Aminos, you could put it over quinuoa or brown rice as well.

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Yay Yay first day of school, Micro Bio and A&P here we gooooo!

I am usually done with school around 12 but try and pack a small snack to hold me over through 5 hours of lab and lecture.

Oh and this week I also decided to add pavement running back into my workouts. I have a fear of treadmills which I won’t get into, and I go through phases with running where I love it and commit to it for awhile, and then stop.

Today, I went out for a short jog for the first time in probably 6 months my goal was to keep under 10 minute miles…Hush!

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I’ll take that! But I’m pretty sure my swiftness was thanks to my attire….

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Oops…This happens way too often with me.

After my run I attempted to make some beet chips but I failed because I could not get them cut thin enough without sacrificing a finger or two…

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but they still tasted amazing!

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Ew my nails I probably shouldn’t even post this picture! But I’m doing it anyways.

I also snacked on some asparagus and mustard. So. Good.

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That’s all folks! I’ll hopefully post again before my Whole30 is over, if not it might be awhile from the sugar coma I’m going to be in. :))) I actually don’t plan to completely end the diet, the only thing I do plan to add back into my diet is Protein Powder. I miss it the most and can feel the difference without it in my current diet.

PS I apologize for the disorganized, unclear and dry post that this is, I blame the nuts.

See ya!

xx

Whole30 Days 1-5. Photos and recipes!

20 Aug

Happy Sunday!! I bet you are all just DYING to know how my Whole30 is going, I hope nobody lost any sleep…

Days 1-5 were rocky and there were several sneaky ingredients in some of the foods I ate. Particularly in Day 1…

The cashew butter I purchased from Wal Mart had Safflower oil in it…Safflower oil is not an approved oil…Go figure…Thanks WALMART…

I suggest anyone thinking of going Paleo or doing a Whole30 to read the book BEFORE doing a Whole30, not during, but that is probably common sense…Whoops. Ya live and learn…

Also hemp seed is not approved and I love love Shelled Hemp Seeds on my salads…So that was another mistake…Along with the hot sauce I put on my eggs but I may or may not have known that was not okay…

Also! I’m pretty damn disappointed about this BACON theory. I’m technically allowed to eat bacon, minimally, BUT there is a catch. Sugar FREE bacon is nearly IMPOSSIBLE to find. Unless I have my own oinker in the backyard I plan on butchering myself, or if I wanna fork up $15 a pound and order it online I most likely will not be consuming any bacon during these 30 days. So that’s lame and this diet probably doesn’t sound as cool anymore. Sorry.

Lets do a little photo montage of my past few days shall we? I know everyone loves photos. Please don’t make fun of my pretend photography skills either.

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My typical breakfast. Eggwhites. I am not hardcore enough to eat beef or chicken for breakfast. Sorry. I gave up my protein pancakes but you won’t catch me with me with a buffalo patty at 6:00 AM. So I’m sticking with spinach egg whites and usually some sweet potato and avocado.

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I eat RAW macadamia nuts and cashews mostly.  They are the encouraged nuts. I eat almonds as well but less often. Read the book or google it if you wanna know exactly why. Different omegas blah blah.

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THESE are heaven. And could be dangerous. But they are Raw and simply amazing. I stick to one serving of nut butter a day, or less. Peanut likes them too! Mmmmm

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So maybe I have a coconut obsession! I mostly use coconut oil for cooking my meats and veggies, but coconut aminos are an amazing whole30 approved soy sauce replacement. Here is a link to a basic article on coconut oil and it’s benefits, we all love Dr. Oz! Benefits of Coconut Oil

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One things I truly miss about my old diet is my whey/casein protein shakes. This does the trick.

PrettyInProtein Coconut Banana Protein Shake

3/4 Cup Liquid Egg Whites

1/4 Cup full fat coconut milk

1 Cup spinach

1 Banana or 1/3 Cup berries (I suggest banana!)

Blend with a handful of ice and VUOLA!

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I usually drink things out of plastic and eat out of plastic with plastic utensils, but let me pretend to be this classy, okay.

I usually prep my meals in advance, every 4 days or so I make a ton of food and it lasts me a few days and saves me a ton of time.

I prepped some AMAZING Kabocha Squash thanks to this post by PowerCakes.

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Roasted it at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes in coconut oil. OHHH its good.

And this shrimp was my dinner twice of the last couple days…

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I know…Another coconut recipe

PrettyInProtein Coconut Shrimp and Avocado Sauce

1 Lb shrimp cooked in 1 TBS coconut oil and fresh minced garlic (or dry).

1 bunch of asparagus and 1/2 yellow onion sautéed in coconut oil, water and garlic. Cover pan and let asparagus soften. Separately from shrimp.

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SAUCE; 1-2 avocados in food processor or blender with 3 tablespoons of canned coconut milk.

MMMM!

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Peanut approves!

 

Basically I’m eating lots of these foods

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  • Avocados
  • Eggs
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Fish (tilapia right now)
  • Coconut in every form!!!
  • Nuts
  • Squash
  • Greens (I try and keep the “Dirty Dozen” in mind when doing my produce shopping
  • Organic Chicken ($$!! ugh)
  • Grass-fed beef and bison

Bison is amazing. Go try it.

So is SUSHI!!

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I feel great. I truly love this whole experience. My cravings are minimal honestly. The only things I’ve craved are carob chips and oatmeal. But keep in mind my diet was pretty strict to begin with. No not perfect, but good.

I suggest to anyone considering this or anyone interested to start SLOW and not to jump into a Whole30 or strict Paleo diet.

The concept of this WHole30 is to minimize cravings and clean my palate. Appreciating food in it’s natural state. So far I’ve felt more energetic and less bloated and am really enjoying finding new recipes and being even more conscious about what I am putting in my body. Fueling my body rather than satisfying my hunger or cravings with what It Starts With Food refers to as “Frankenfood”. FAKE FOOD, which is 90% of a typical American diet… maybe even more.

EAT CLEAN YA’LL!!!!

Anyways this is getting WAY too long. I’ll continue my challenge and my updates.

xoxoxo

B

Whole30 and my very first post!

14 Aug

I made this blog months ago and really thought I’d be actively blogging by now. But its confusing, and way more time consuming than I anticipated. Plus, I had NO idea where to begin! I’ve attempted over and over again to make my first post on PrettyInProtein and backed out because I didn’t know where to start.

But NOW…I have the perfect starting point.

I decided to make 2012 all about me. My health, my happiness, my goals, my future, my body, me me me me me! During this year I’ve made slow progress, progress none the less, to finding my happy point. Primarily with my health and fitness.

I was feeling sluggish, bloated, lazy and unmotivated. And one day I had enough. I made a promise to myself that I would get myself together and change my life in 2012. So, I hit the gym harder, longer, and more consistently. I counted calories, upped the protein, watched the macros, and I SLOWLY started to see results. This brings me to me to where I am today- In relatively good shape, feeling stronger, healthier and motivated. I’ve come far but have far to go! I’m nowhere near where I want to be, but I’m proud of how far I’ve come.

This leads me to the decision I made TODAY! I’ve for the most part followed a paleo-like diet. 100% paleo, 80% of the time, or some ratio like that. Whatever, my point is I eat pretty damn good. But not GREAT. And after researching and reading up on The Whole30 I’ve decided to REALLY clean up my diet, and take The Whole30 challenge. Bye-Bye whey protein, greek yogurt, protein pancakes, rice cakes, and Extra Gum (Wahhh!!!) I’ve felt the amazing benefits in the diet I already follow, but I’m ready for a challenge and a goal.

***By the way, this is not some silly pyramid sales pitch bogus product, just a healthy eating “lifestyle”, the website and the book just provided guidelines, supports, recipes, and in depth information. You can spend the 14.99 to become a member (they gotta make money somehow) but I will not. Because I’m too stingy, hey I bought the book at least.

For anyone who is actually reading this (probably out of pitty), and is not familiar with the Whole30 or a Paleolithic Diet for that matter, it is basically a diet, oops I mean “lifestyle”, consisting of high fat and high protein. I will NOT be eating ANY dairy, grains, legumes, sweeteners (artificial OR natural) YIKES!, no white potatoes, and obviously no alcohol. I WILL be eating extra lean grassfed beef, chicken, extra lean ground turkey, bacon (BACON?!) and any other form of meat, eggs, veggies, small amount of fruits, nuts (NO peanuts…DARN it, NO peanut butter), avocados, and coconut in many forms. Of course this is just a basic guideline, there are plenty of other things I can eat, but even MORE items I cannot. BRING IT ON.

Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it.” -The Whole9

I also picked up It Starts WIth Food by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig (creators of the Whole9) and I am already really intrigued. I highly suggest it to anyone interested in Paleo or The Whole30 for a more informative and knowledgable explanation. The book primarily focuses on the use of food as medicine, and how the food we eat can make us healthier or more unhealthy, but the choice is ours.

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“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

Hippocrates

This has been a very unorganized post and I feel like there are so many things I still want to go over, but I don’t want to overload my readers…or should I say my only reader (Hey, Dad!).

My Whole30 Challenge officially starts tomorrow. I wanted today to be Day1 but I had some $$$$ Siggi’s Skyr (Icelandic Yogurt) I could not see go to waste. Oh and I HAD to finish that jar of Peanut Butter obviously!

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Tomorrow is the day! I will be blogging throughout my 30 days to hold myself accountable, sharing my groceries, my meals, my not-so-fancy recipes, and whining about my cravings. I don’t anticipate this being to much of a struggle for me since the last 8 months I’ve slowly developed an almost most of the time (yes, almost-most-of-the-time) Paleo diet. Here we go!

xoxo,

B

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