Can’t Make This Stuff Up

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The sign stuck in the ground in front of the gas station advertised ‘we have yak meat’.  As I pumped my gas, I thought, who would open a restaurant attached to a gas station and advertise yak meat?

What is yak meat? Did they do any market research?  This demographic probably wouldn’t even recognize a yak.  I had to look it up – looks like a furrier cow.  Probably tastes like chicken.

Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it which sadly I never did and now that restaurant is closed. Shocker!

 

Paleo Challenge – Week Four

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On the home stretch with two days to go. Feeling proud and actually feeling really darn good.

It’s still a lot of work but any healthy eating habits are going to require planning, prep and discipline. It has gotten easier and faster though.

The day after our 30 day cleanse ends, we are headed off on vacation but to a location where I think we can eat really healthy most of the time, lots of fresh fish, vegetables and fruit.

We are both motivated to continue to eat mostly Paleo because we feel so good. I’ll definitely be adding back in moderate amounts of wine, cheese and butter (oh, and popcorn too).

A Paleo cleanse was a fantastic way to start off the year. I’m so glad that we did it. Biggest takeaway is that it really makes you stop and think about what you are eating.

Here’s to a healthier 2017!

Paleo Challenge – Week Three

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Last week was super tough. I still had cravings, my stomach was upset, and cooking and prepping was taking up a lot of time.  You could say, I was hitting the wall.

But somewhere between week 2 and week 3, a shift happened.  I feel so much better.  My energy levels are great. I wake up way before my alarm, well rested.  Some of you are laughing because I’m an early riser by nature so now instead of 5AM, I’m looking at the clock at 4AM. But I just read that 4AM is the most productive hour of the day, so, this could be a very good thing.

Perhaps the biggest change, and I’m being cautiously optimistic here, is that I’m experiencing a significant reduction in hot flashes. Yeah, I’m at that age and I don’t want to take any drugs for it. That alone would be a huge motivator to stick with the Paleo approaches.

I’m traveling again this weekend but so far that has not been an obstacle.  I made sure I have snacks and fruit and although I am eating out I’m making wise choices and substitutions. I’m not tempted by the bread or rice at this point, I just don’t eat that stuff anymore – yippee!

With just over a week to go, I’m confident in finishing strong and taking many Paleo principles forward.  It’s been a tough, eye-opening experience to overhaul my eating habits in 30 days but I find I think a lot more about what I’m eating now – no mindless eating. This is a great way to start off 2017!

It’s not too late to jump in and start on your 30 days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paleo Challenge – Week Two

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Not as hungry as I was week one. I still fear being really hungry and stuck somewhere with no good options, so I carry snacks, just in case. I find I’m not really munching on veggies in between meals and that I’m not as hungry – not always finishing a meal.

Challenges week two were traveling out of town and an upset stomach.  It is much harder to eat out for sure – we tried to stick as close as we could to Paleo but sometimes you’re not sure what oil something is cooked in.  I think we did pretty good for being on the road.

My stomach is still upset though – it was upset on week one as well but on week two I’m not sure if it was due to the food we ate while traveling or an increase in nuts. I read that the nuts cause that for some people.  So, I’m going to try to minimize the nuts this week.

This week’s challenge will be being at a meeting at a hotel for three days and super, super busy at work.  Today’s mission – gotta prep, prep, prep.

So, week two, the jury is still out for me on Paleo.  My energy level is good but my stomach is upset a lot. My goal is to stay strong with the plan for week three!

 

 

 

Paleo Challenge – Week One

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Giving better health a jump start in 2017.  A 30-day Paleo cleanse – healthy vegetables, fruit, lean meat, and water.  No carbs, no dairy, no alcohol, no processed food.

Planning and preparation are the keys.  I have to not think about what I’m going to eat this week.  My husband is also doing the cleanse so check on one of the biggest success factors, have a partner.  I will still have the added temptation of cooking for the children and their snacks are still around. I don’t have the luxury of tossing out all that good, I mean bad, food.  They’ll be eating more paleo than usual with some carbs and starches thrown in. No one ever said a Mom’s job would be easy.

Sunday

So, off to the grocery stores early this Sunday morning.  So, it’s a lot to take in looking for all organic vegetables and grass fed meat especially since my husband is with me and he has no patience whatsoever for shopping so I was feeling rushed and was getting the look for spending $10+ for two chicken breasts.  I decided on Whole Foods for meat and organic veggies/fruit and our neighborhood Kroger for other staples.

He will either learn more about the paleo diet and jump on board or he will jump off and I’ll be on my own for the month.  Either way, I’m definitely be shopping by myself going forward.

So, I have not been hungry at all today and I have felt normal but the evening will be the test – I tend to get more hungry toward the end of the day.  I think I’m too busy during the day to think about it too much.  I had probably an extra handful of nuts (raw walnuts) or two in the evening and I definitely munched on raw vegetables throughout the day. I tended to lean toward the carrots over the broccoli probably because carrots are sweeter.

Monday

I was still home, last day of vacation for the holidays.  Being home helped because this prep can take awhile when you are slow in the kitchen like me.  Before I started, I created a plan for what we would eat each day, day two and I’ve already deviated from that plan when I realized I forgot to buy egg white protein powder and fish fillets (I like to buy and eat fish the same day and did not feel like going back to the store today on a very rainy, dreary day).

I think improvising and flexibility are needed and the plan is still a good guide and helps with the grocery shopping.

I had a few more cravings in the evening but we had eaten a bit later so I was able to ignore them.  I’m not really hungry on the diet, just not what I would call satisfied.  I guess, that’s the cravings in disguise.

Tuesday

First day back to work for the year.  Up early, as usual, but need to spend a few minutes getting breakfast ready, as well as both of our lunches and snacks.  It’s back to the grind and neither of us will be back until after 7:00 tonight.  This is where it will get tough because we will get home and be hungry and will need to stick to the plan for the evening.

Wednesday

Hitting a wall.  I am not hungry but I’m not satisfied.  I guess that’s the cravings.  I am focused on getting through this week.

Today I actually feel week and fuzzy-headed.  Hopefully this will pass quickly!

Thursday

I’m getting the hang of it but definitely making little modifications where needed – all within the Paleo guidelines.  As I suspected at the beginning of this experiment, planning and flexibility are key. That’s probably why a lot of people don’t stick with it long term.  Also, had to buy a few more things not normally in my pantry like Coconut Aminos.

Friday/Saturday

So both weekend evenings, I really wanted a glass of wine.  My husband was able to talk me out of cheating both times, so, definitely good to have a partner for the 30 days.

We survived week one.  I’m hoping week two is easier from a cravings and prep perspective.  I am trying to keep an open mind but right now I don’t see doing this strictly long term.  I miss butter, oh, and I miss wine.  We both lost a couple of pounds this week though so that’s an added bonus.

Week Two focuses on getting more creative with recipes and exercising more.

Stay tuned for how we fared on week two of the Paleo 30 Day Challenge.

 

 

 

You could do anything for 30 days – right?

January 1st, 2017

Day One of the 30-day Paleo Cleanse challenge.  I had planned to do my paleo grocery shopping for the week yesterday, but New Year’s Eve day got away from me and I’m normally up and in high gear by 5 AM so no worries.

Out too late and drank too much champagne, along with the rest of the world, and woke up at 8:50 AM!!! Off to a great start already – ha!

Luckily, ingredients already on hand for my first Paleo breakfast, a baked egg.

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I did not say baked eggs mind you, just one egg.  With no cheese or even butter. It’s a sad little egg that I overcooked and paired with my coffee sans cream – coconut milk just does not have the same consistency but it’s still better than black coffee, although I might change my mind on that one by day 30.

My paleo partner, who has not read the book or done any prep for this crazy adventure, looked at me sideways when I handed him his one egg ramekin for breakfast in bed.

I think a positive attitude, a sense of humor and some moxie or going to be key ingredients of getting through this experiment.

Off to spend my paycheck at Whole Foods stocking up on organic fruits and vegetables and grass-fed meat.

Stay tuned next Sunday for a recap of week one!

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Sympathy Pains Really Hurt!

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Sometimes putting two and two together hits you like a ton of bricks.

My husband has been dealing with a medical issue since mid-October. Last month, he had a surgical procedure and I started having some pain too; it was severe enough that I went to a minute clinic over the weekend where I was diagnosed with an infection. I went through a round of antibiotics before the culture indicated that while the initial test showed infection, the subsequent culture indicated that there was none.

Despite this news, I was still not feeling well and went to the doctor again where they subsequently ordered that an ultrasound be done.  All was good and the pain dissipated so I did not think too much more about it.

Until today when  I was back at the hospital where my husband under went a second surgical procedure for the same issue.  While in the waiting room, my pain returned and continued to get worse during the wait.  It then occurred to me that my pain was in the exact same location of my husband’s issue!

This is crazy, I am in serious pain. At least he gets pain killers! Mine is apparently in my head.  I have full fledged sympathy pains and they hurt!

My husband and I are very close but this is the fist time I have ever experienced anything like this. I wonder if we will be that old couple that dies within minutes of each other – a very, very long time from now.