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We all start somewhere…

2 Feb

It’s day one of my whole 30. I’ve started contributing post to a wonderful sight http://greenokla.com/. I’d like to be able to share my recipes and insight with even more people!  If you would like to check out my latest recipe, it’s featured on their site. http://greenokla.com/2013/01/chicken-alfredo-with-roasted-broccoli-and-spaghetti-squash/

I really want to get on track with my paleo/primal lifestyle. Eliminate the junk that keeps sneaking in. I decided to do a Whole 30 for 2 reasons. 1. I wanted to write about it and 2. I’ve really been wanting to do it for a while. It’s a month of a pure eating clean. Meat, veggies, fruit, nuts. No bread, no dairy, no sugar, no cheating! When I eat a little sugar here, or a piece of bread there, I’m usually fine. As time moves on it becomes a little more often and I start noticing changes. Aches and pains, swollen feet and hands, not sleeping well, constantly fatigued, and just a generally sense of blah! I’m excited to feel better, lose a few pounds, and create amazing  recipes using the Whole 30 concept. Sometimes I lack discipline keeping to things and it’s something I’d really like to change. I want to do the whole 30 to prove to myself I can. I want to write about it to hold myself accountable as well as share with you all my challenges and triumphs. My introduction will be published on site tomorrow morning, I know you can’t wait for that! I’ll also being doing daily-ish blogs here, about what I ate and how I feel.

For me the first day, even days, are always the easiest. It’s a few days in it gets really hard for me. I did have one moment of Ehhh tonight. I bar tend at a mexican restaurant and it’s not uncommon to snack on chips and queso/salsa and it really sounded good tonight.  (disclaimer: if my boss is reading this, then it’s very uncommon, in fact I never, ever snack on anything during work. That would be against the rules, which I would never break any of. And also your butt looks nice in those pants.)

Also a co-worker of mine, a particular favorite, got a promotion! I’m so happy for her! I immediately thought ” We need to have drinks and celebrate!” No booze on the whole 30 thought. Booooo! So instead of talking about what all I can’t have, let me tell you what I did have. Some pretty amazing stuff here. Sorry there aren’t any pictures. I failed on that. I didn’t really think about it but I will do better tomorrow, promise!

First thing, I wake up have 2 cups of coffee, do my morning chores. I like my coffee black, so this isn’t a tough one for me. I occasionally add half and half, but it’s definitely something I can live without.

Next up, a green smoothie. I prepackage a sandwich baggy stuffed with spinach and kale, get as much air out as I can, and freeze for the week. I add one of those to my blender, add some frozen pineapple, mixed berries, dark cherries, 2 kiwi, and grate a thumbnails worth of ginger. I brewed a cup of green tea prior and after letting it cool, added that as well. I blend on high for a minute or 2. I let it really mix and liquify everything well. Drink up! The above recipe will make about 5 cups of smoothie. I split it pretty equally between my 2 kids, myself, and my lady love Jo Anna, who I was lucky enough to get to spend time with today.

Snacky Snack: Handful of grapes I was feeding the baby  child.

For “lunch”  This happens around 4pm. I work at 5pm most days so if I don’t eat before I find myself eating at work, which is not paleo or waist friendly. Today I cooked up something amazing, simple, and delicious. There were 7 ingredients, that’s including the salt and pepper. You’ll also need olive oil, chicken, garlic, broccoli, lemon. It took me less than 10 minutes to prep and about 20 minutes in the oven. This one is a keeper!

1. Turn oven on 400F

2. smash and chop your garlic

3. cut your broccoli and chicken into bite size pieces

4. toss chicken, garlic, and broccoli in olive oil

5. season with salt and pepper

6. cook for 20 minutes

7 . squeeze lemon over your lunch, add a bit more olive oil and toss again

8 . Enjoy!

I also had a few cups of green tea including one right now. It was a pretty good day. I look forward to making the chicken and broccoli again. I probably will be making it a lot actually. I love simple recipes that only use a few ingredients and are quick!

Hope you enjoy following me along my journey!

Dinner Fail First

5 Oct

I lured a couple of friends over last night with the promise of pot roast and pie. I wanted to make something 1. that was delicious and company worthy and 2. primal or almost completely so. After a quick perusal of my pantry I decided on pot roast because basically the only thing I needed was the roast itself. I bought a 2lb brisket, seared and seasoned it salt and pepper, placed it in the crock pot. I poured a cup of red wine and a cup of beef stock in. I chopped 1 whole onion, 3 russet and 3 red potatoes, about 8 stalks of celery, 6 cloves of garlic, and a bag of baby carrots. I threw in a few seasonings basil, oregano, garlic and onion powders, a little more salt and pepper. I turned it on high and went to make my pie. Thinking in 3 to 4 hours I would have a delicious roast to enjoy with my friends. Well, that didn’t happen…. I’m not sure where I went wrong with this. After 3 hours the veggies were still hard and crunchy. At 4 hours the roast was so tough and dry like it had been overcooked. I’m so confused! I seriously have no idea what I did wrong or how to prevent it from happening again. On top of all that wonderfulness, I was extremely embarrassed to not have food to feed my guest. Primal FAIL.  They were good sports and we ordered pizza, drank our beer and wine and had a fantastic time.

Needless to say I feel bloated and disgusting today, not to mention ravenously hungry. Sometimes after eating whole food for a while, you forget how terrible “regular” food makes you feel.  If you haven’t ever tried it, I implore you to cut the crap and eat straight meat and veggies for a week or even just a few days. You will have more energy, be less hungry, and just over all FEEL BETTER. Notice after the week how you feel when you eat grains or processed food. The difference is extremely noticeable. Be well my friends, learn from your failures and mistakes.

Revised

I may have written my last blog a bit too soon. As I loathe wasting food and despise giving up I switched the crock pot on low and let the roast I paid 15 bucks for cook slowly all night and most of today. Success!!! Had it for dinner tonight and it was delicious! Tender, juicy, and falling apart, just like it should be! Lesson learned cooking gods!If you’re making a roast in a crock pot, make sure you have A LOT of time and leave it on for 8 to 10 hours.

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