Sunday, October 13, 2013
I have been working on being as primal in my eating style as I possibly can, not really because of the evolutionary ideas behind it or whatnot, but simply because I think it is a really healthy and clean way of eating. Lately, I've been working on cooking things that my family will eat, so that I need not prepare a seperate dish for myself. The two following items were big hits with my kids:
Butternut Pumpkin Soup
1 can pumpkin
1 can coconut milk
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup cashews
2 cups butternut squash (I buy frozen)
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
1 stalk celery
2 cups beef stock (I make my own, try gluten free stock!)
bacon (1-2 slices)
1 tbspn cinnamon
1 tbspn chili powder
1 tbspn fresh tarragon
1 tbspn fresh rosemary
1 tbspn fresh basil
When I served this to my kids, I added a teaspoon of maple syrup, a tablespoon of rasins, and a tablespoon of shredded coconut on the top.
Cook bacon, garlic, onion, celery and cashews in cocnut oil. Add squash, pumpkin, stock, and coconut milk, mix well, allow to cook 15 minutes. Add herbs and spices, then blend with immersion blender, or place a batch at a time into a food processor and puree.
Serving Size: Makes 8 1 & 1/2 cup servings
Paleo Apple Crisp
4 large apples
1 1/2 cups almond meal
1 tbspn cinnamon
3 tbspn honey
4 tbspn melted coconut butter
.25 cup raisins
1 lemon (for juicing)
3 tbspn maple syrup
Preheat over to 300.
Core and slice apples, placing the slices in layers on a 8x8 pan. Squeeze lemon juice over the apple layers and mix raisins in.
In a seperate bowl, combine honey, almond meal, cinnamon, melted coconut oil. When mixed well, spread over the apple mixture. Drizzle the maple syrup over the top and bake at 300 for 50 minutes.
Serving Size: Makes 8 servings
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
For those of you who have been curious, I am still alive and using the site for food tracking and whatnot. My life has become increasingly hectic as of late, so I have neglected my blog a bit. Here I am, though, bringing it back from the dead. I am slowly attempting to enter the world of Primal eating. At this point on my journey for health and fitness, I've already had to give up wheat, barley, rye, and oats due to being diagnosed with celiac disease. That transition led me to give up pretty much most of the packaged foods that I was eating. The big adjustment in this for me is giving up legumes. I think I could live off of peanut butter, but I'm learning to love almond butter as a replacement.
I know that currently, there are different groups who advocate for different levels of strictness and adherence to the diet. (Commonly termed the “Food Police”). I am not, nor will I ever be one of those. There are certain foods that I am currently not planning to avoid. For now those mostly fall into the dairy category. Things like yogurt (I make my own plain yogurt), butter, and cream.
So, in short, the changes to my diet in particular will be eliminating the following:
Soy, peanuts (and other legumes for that matter), most dairy, grains, sugar, and artificial sweetners.
Foods that I will not eliminate (some are contested as to whether or not they are acceptable primal foods):
Limited dairy: homemade yogurt, cream, butter
Coffee (My true love)
Certain supplements (creatine)
In light of this, I suppose you could call my new eating style “as primal as I am able” rather than “primal perfect.” I am also going to experiment with making a few of my usual staples at home. I began with yogurt and guacamole. I want to branch out and make my own nut butters and salsas, too.
At any rate, wish me luck. If any of you have food/blog/etc suggestions, please feel free to message me. I'm interested in learning from other people who eat/live this way.
Thursday, August 08, 2013
A lot of people have messaged me about the Chalean Extreme program that I am currently doing, asking me what I'm lifting. I thought I'd just go ahead and post this here. When looking this over, there are a few things you might want to keep in mind about my numbers:
1) When I began, I owned 5lb, 8lb, 10lb, 12lb, 15lb, and 20lb dumbbell sets. I only recently picked up a pair of 25lbs, and when I do the program again (which I will eventually), I will also pick up a set of 30lbs.
2) When I began, I had never lifted heavy before. I really didn't know much about what I could do, or should be lifting. There was much trial and error.
3) As I have progressed through the program, my body has changed a lot. I have gotten smaller, stronger, and I have come to love lifting.
4) I have not yet begun the Lean Circuit. I have just completed Push (the second month) due to some life events which forced me to pause the program for a couple of weeks to deal with life.
Burn Circuit 1:
Warm up: 5lbs
Sumo Squat w/hip lift: 15lbs
Chest fly and lunge: 10lbs
Dead Lift w/Posterior Fly: 10lbs
"Rainbow" Lunges: 20lbs
Bench Press w/Abduction: 12lbs
Lunge w/Posterior Fly: 8lbs
Chest fly: 12lbs
Burn Circuit 2:
Warm up: 5lbs
Sumo Squat w/Bicep curl: 12lbs (advanced to 15lbs)
Lunge w/Tricep extension: 8lbs
Dead lift w/Row: 12lbs (advanced to 15lbs)
Overhead Tricep Extension: 15lbs (advanced to 20lbs)
Bowler's Lunge w/Single arm row: 12lbs (advanced to 15lbs)
Biceps w/thigh toner band: 12lbs
Lunge w/Double row: 12lbs (advanced to 15lbs)
Burn Circuit 3:
Warm up: 5lbs
Sumo Squat w/Overhead Press: 10lbs
Lunge w/Calf raise: 20lbs
Squat w/Lateral raise: 8lbs
lunge w/frontal press: 10lbs
squat w/calf raise: 20lbs
sumo squat w/deltoid raise: 8lbs (advanced to 10lbs)
Squat w/Overhead press: 8lbs (advanced to 10lbs)
Lunge w/Lateral raise: 8lbs
Sumo Squat calf raise: 20lbs
Warm up: 10lbs
Bicep curl: 15lbs
Single Arm Tricep: 10lbs
V-press Bicep: 12lbs (15 for breakdown set)
Single Leg Squat: 20lbs
Overhead Triceps: 15lbs
Hammer bicep curl: 15lbs
Heel Squat: 20lbs
Warm Up: 10lbs
Overhead Press: 15lbs
Single Leg Lunge: 20lbs
Reverse Fly: 10lbs
Arnold Press: 12lbs
Single Leg Deadlift: 15lbs (20lbs for the breakdown)
Bent over lateral raise: 10lbs (12lbs for breakdown set)
Frontal Press: 12lbs (15lbs for breakdown set)
Single leg tap lunges: 15lbs (advanced to 20)
Lateral deltoid raise: 10lbs
Warm up: 10lbs
Sumo Squats: 20lbs
Single arm row: 20lbs
Chest fly: 15lbs
Bowler's Lunge: 20lbs
Double Bent over row: 20lbs
Bench Press: 15lbs
Single Leg Sumo Squat: 20lbs
Double reverse grip row: 20lbs
Long arm pull over: 15lbs
I will post the weights for the Lean Phase once I run through it once or twice and trial and error to see what weights make me reach failure.
Saturday, August 03, 2013
I'm kind of back. I had a really bad couple of weeks, and sort of dropped off the planet for the most part. Isn't it funny how, when you get down, you forget or otherwise lose desire to take care of yourself?
This post will be one where I over share, so don't read it if you hate when people do that.
My mom is sick, quite sick. She's been in and out of hospitals for the past month. She has something wrong with her that makes her unable to eat or hold down food, and the condition is chronic. She has lost a ton of weight, her strength, and doctors have run so many tests on her, and are still unable to find the root of the problem.
My mom is one of the most beautiful creatures on the earth. Not just physical beauty, all though she is undeniably so. Even as she aged, her hair grayed elegantly, her dark completion remained rich, and her smile could melt you. She is also patient, and kind to a fault. She'd give someone the shirt off of her back if she thought they needed it more than she did. She gives so much of herself, her time, and her love to other people and she never asks for anything in return. She is generous, altruistic, and a loving person.
She loves thrift stores, old episodes of “I Love Lucy” and “Sanford and Son.” She listens to old gospel music, plays the piano at her church, and absolutely loves working outdoors. She likes to play rummy and rook, and if she stays up past 10:00 PM, she gets giddy and giggly. She's been known to laugh so hard that she loses control of her bladder (sorry Mom, but I had to say it). Her biggest joy in life – aside from going to thrift stores and collecting sheet music – is giving to others.
It breaks my heart to see her so sick, and to know there is little or nothing I can do to help her. There are so many horrible and downright evil human beings in this world who are walking around with perfect health, and it seems to me unjust that they should, when such a sweet and delicate creature lay suffering. I want her to recover, I want to hear her laugh again, to sit up way too late playing cards with her again, to sit and watch old reruns of her favorite shows with her.
Since she has gotten down in health, my life has also suffered. I have forgotten to want and need things. I've forgotten to do things. I've pushed away friends and people that I love and only really deepened my own pain and hurt. I don't know why I do this, only that I do. When one thing is wrong, I make everything wrong. I guess that, in a way, I feel guilty for being happy when someone I love so completely is suffering. This mindset is wrong, is foolish. My mom would want me to be happy, to thrive, and to live life with a smile.
Something happened this weekend which brought me back – snapped me out of it. I'm attempting to rejoin the world, to live life, and remove myself from this cloud of fog hanging over my head. I don't need to punish myself or feel guilt for my happiness, and I hope that I don't forget that. Wish me luck.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
I began this challenge at 138 pounds, and I'm currently at 129. Holy cow! I'm so very proud of myself and, of my team members. On days when I think I can't, or don't want to, I think about them and then push myself. So thanks to all of you. You may not realize how much of a difference that you make in my life, but you do.
As some of you know, I was recently diagnosed with celiac disease. It has been really crazy trying to readjust my eating habits, and it comes with its own set of challenges. For example, one of the major problems with people with celiac trying to learn new diet patterns is that they often rely on “gluten free” products, many of which are overly processed and not very good for you. (Aside from the fact that you don't suffer from the effects of celiac by eating them). People will often find a few “safe” comfort foods and stick to those, without considering the nutrition aspect.
I had an appointment today with a nutritionist to talk about celiac and weight loss. She told me that I was eating far too few calories, and suggested I eat around 1,800 with my level of activity. I switched to the “new” fitness tracker in my Spark settings, and it tends to agree with her. It has set my calories higher than it previously had me. Before, it wanted me to eat between 1,250 and 1,650. But now, it suggests between 1,600 and 2,100 most days. I'm happy about that too, because I don't fear eating, or going over my calorie range.
Fear of eating? Yeah, sounds odd, doesn't it? I mean, I logically know that I weigh in on a weekly basis and can obviously see weight fluctuations, but even if I was hungry, I often feared eating above my calorie range for Spark. Meeting with the nutritionist really helped on this score. I'm working on building muscle, my body has been malnourished from celiac disease, and I'm a healthy and fit individual. I have to fuel my body properly. I'm not doing myself any favors by eating too little.
My personal goal has been pretty hit or miss. If I'm too low on calories after 9:00 pm, I will eat. It is a choice I make, and I make it after considering what is more important to me – eating enough, or eating late. Eating enough has taken priority often.
As far as sleep goes, I'm sleeping better than I can ever remember sleeping. My head hits the pillow and I'm out like a freaking light until my alarm goes off. I don't roll, toss, wake up... nothing. Pure, uninterrupted, healthy sleep. It has been YEARS since I slept this well.
My water drinking is spot on. I drink 10+ glasses a day. I usually stop tracking after I hit eight, but I drink more than that on most days.
My biggest challenge continues to be the weekends. My schedule is altered, I don't -know- what I'm going to eat when, or when I will squeeze in a workout. It is a bit crazy, and can be hard to control. But, I'm making it. Slow and steady.
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