Week 1 preparation

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When getting ready for a grocery shopping trip I start by making a list of breakfasts and dinners that I want to make for the whole week. Once I get my list together I delete what I have in the the house and now I have a list of things I need from the store. After I go over breakfast and dinners, I will add my snack and fruit options to the list.

Also, when I am planning my dinners I take into account my work schedule. I try to plan crock pot meals on days I work a lot and more difficult meals on my off days.

Next I will go through the store weekly ads to see where I can get the most “bang for my buck.” One of the biggest complaints about paleo is that it can get pretty expensive when your buying all of the things you need. Things like: Meat, fish, almond butter, almond meal, organic fruits, and veggies can get pretty expensive. Don’t crucify me but I only buy organic and grass fed when it is on sale.
TIPS
– Buy in bulk online or in the store
– Stock up when stuff is on sale
– Shop around
– Buy as much as you can at Aldi!

This is what my shopping list consists of for the meals I plan on making this week. I don’t have any lunch ideas on my list because I usually take left overs for lunch. But a great first week lunch idea are unwiches(deli meat wrapped in iceberg lettuce with other veggies I. E. Cucumbers, tomatoes, cheese & onions)

Shopping list for week one–
Fruits and veggies
Carrots
Green beans
Mushrooms– two large mushroom caps and shiitake
Ginger
Celery
Cauliflower
Broccoli
Chives
Onions- 2 white and a bag of sweet
Head of lettuce
Tomatoes
Avocado
Sweet potato
Bananas
Apples
Limes

Condiments
Gluten free soy sauce

Meats
Ground beef
Shrimp
Chicken breasts
Pork chops
Eggs
Deli meat- ham
Bacon

Possible Snacks
Snacking and coffee are what help me get through my day. Pick your favorites!

– Nuts
– Apple sauce
– Pork rinds
– Raisins
– Tuna(tuna and mustard) stuffed Cherry tomatoes
– Baby carrots
– Sweet potato chips- http://baublesandbakedgoods.blogspot.nl/2013/06/crispy-baked-sweet-potato-chips.html?m=1
-Almond milk
– “Ants on a log”–Almond butter, celery and raisins
– Hard boiled eggs

Breakfasts
I wake up VERY early so I look for things I can make ahead of time and be able to grab n go!

– Baked ham and egg cups- http://www.fitsugar.com/Baked-Eggs-Ham-Cups-21616192

– Eggs and bacon

– Banana with 1 cup of almond milk (unsweetened)

Dinners
These are my dinner ideas for the week.

– Cuban pork chops and broccoli- http://iwasborntocook.com/cuban-pork-chops-for-krystals-baby-shower/

– Burgers with mushroom cap- ground beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, mustard and avacado

– Spicy chicken and green beans- http://www.nutmegnanny.com/2011/07/27/honey-spiced-glazed-chicken/

– Friday- shrimp fried “rice” – http://stupideasypaleo.com/2011/10/28/cauliflower-sid/

Desserts
If you are craving something sweet just Pinterest Paleo Desserts and you will get a bunch of ideas. Personally, I am really going to try and stay away from desserts but I understand that sweets are very addicting. This recipe is one of my favorites.

Fried bananas- http://rachelschultz.com/2013/05/15/fried-honey-bananas/

*I only have four dinners because there will be days I won’t want to cook and I will pick up some chipotle or jimmy johns. Also, I have a tendency of wasting food so if I do decide I want to cook another meal I will buy the food the day I need it.

Good luck with week 1!!
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions

Carla
Eat Real Food

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Paleo Lent Total 40 Challenge

I am super excited to do this challenge! I am ready to get serious about what I am putting into my body. I have been doing paleo for most of February but Paleo Lent is going to be more strict. I will be eliminating dairy and limiting my nut and fruit intake. This combined with my training for the Shamrock Shuffle will help me to achieve my goal of losing 20 lbs in 40 days and, most importantly, get into the 100s!!

I am going to do my best to inspire everyone to keep on working to shred those pounds with me. I will update my blog with recipes and snack ideas.

Since June I have let myself stray away from Paleo and I am back up to 215lbs. These 15 pounds have been pissing me off, I am ready to lose the weight for good.

When I eliminate grains from my system I sleep better, have more energy, and my anxiety goes away. It is just an overall feeling of greatness. And YES my cravings all go away.

With this challenge I hope that people give Paleo a try and are convinced at the harm that grains do to our bodies. Most importantly I hope we all lose A LOT of weight!!

Where to start?– You can start by reading my first couple of entries which will help you to gather some basic knowledge on how you can start, and what you can expect.

Challenge begins Wendesday, March 5th– Do you Accept?

Carla
Eat Real Food

Paleo Safe Cooking Oils and Butters

  • Coconut oil– This stuff is amazing! (On certain things) I love coconut oil in sweets and meats. I am not a huge fan of making eggs in coconut oil. We buy our coconut oil from Trader Joes for about $6 and the jar lasts me about a month or more. At first I used it for everything and it got old real quick but now that I have cut back it is a very nice flavor every once in a while.
  • Olive oil– No explanation needed, I use it on everything! I usually don’t discriminate against my olive oil but I just buy the huge ones from Sam’s club because I go through it so quickly
  • Ghee– Ghee is a type of clarified butter that is prepared by boiling butter and removing the residue. Spices can be added for flavor. Ghee has a long shelf life and if kept in an air tight container does not need to be refrigerated. I have never cooked with ghee but from what I hear it is better than butter
  • Butter– No lie, we still use good ol’ butter every once in a while

NO PEANUT BUTTER!

  • Almond butter and sunflower butter is the way to go. My favorite brand is Justin’s Maple almond butter. I put it on apples, and celery as a snack. The one crazy thing about Justin’s is it is about $10 a jar! But the good thing they do is sell individual packets and I just buy 2 or 3 of them per week and thats $3 instead of $10!

By the way, I now detest the smell of peanut butter! I never really liked it before but now I can’t even smell it.

Love,

Carla

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Tuesday

Hi Everyone!

I hope that this blog has helped at least one person to make the lifestyle change and start getting healthy!! If you have any questions please feel free to contact me!!

Yesterday I tried some new recipes and I am really proud of myself! I decided to start cooking more chicken legs because they are cheap and you can do so much with them. At our apartment our oven doesn’t work and recently Kyle brought home the little convection oven we got at the wedding shower which made me very excited because I can now bake my meat! I put my drumsticks in a bag with a bunch of different spices: garlic powder, black pepper, oregano, cayenne pepper, & sea salt shook up the bag and it created a coating on the skin. I baked them up at 425 degrees for an hour and they came out amazing with a crispy skin! Very Mediterranean flavors to go with my Zucchini Hummus.

This girl LOVES hummus! I have been very sad that chick peas are pretty much a no go on paleo. I have read that you can eat them every once in a while but I decided to eliminate them all together so you can imagine my excitement when I found this recipe for zucchini hummus http://www.paleocupboard.com/zucchini-hummus.html I was skeptical but it really has the consistency and taste of real hummus! My Zucchini was a little bit on the ripe side so the hummus came out a tiny bit watery. Even so, It was so good I could honestly eat it with a spoon!

A very easy and delicious dinner! Today I am making a pot roast with carrots onions and mushrooms Mmmmmm!

Love,

Carla

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The History of Paleo as Told by Me

The Paleothic Diet

A diet based on the consumption of wild animals and plants that our ancestors ate 10,000 years ago. The idea of hunting and gathering your own food is cleanest form of eating. You want to eat food that can be hunted and fished like meat and seafood along with foods that can be gathered like eggs, fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices. You will want to exclude grains, dairy, legumes, processed oils, salt and refined sugars. We still use seat salt but I am not a huge salt person anyways.

Dairy is something that the Paleo community is very on the fence about. Some say get rid of it, some say limit it, and others say drink if you want. If you start to read about dairy farms and see the condition that these cows are in it actually pretty gross. Once I learned about this I could not look at another glass of milk the same way but me and cheese cannot part ways. I try very hard to limit myself to one piece of cheese a day. I am also a huge fan of greek yogurt. Sometimes for breakfast, lunch, snack or sometimes dinner if I am tired enough, I cut up a piece of fruit & add honey and nuts to a cup of greek yogurt. Mmmm

Fruits and Veggies I try to buy from the farmers market to keep them as clean as possible. I am also fortunate enough to live in Indiana and work with a bunch of people who have their own gardens and are willing to share with the crew! I like to joke that I have my own Lettuce and Veggie Suppliers. I will admit I may eat too much fruit which doesn’t help with my Families history of diabetes but really c’mon eating 2/3 fruits a day is not going to kill me.

Physical Activity is something I have really been lacking. It is encouraged you get out and take long walks. My husband would go out and walk 4-5 miles but to me that is just boring! Long walks and light weight training is what is recommended for me has turned to swimming and light weight training. I absolutely adore to be in the water and it is a great work out.

I am really not going to get into the health reasons for doing Paleo, only because I really do not know that much about it. Kyle is the one to ask about this kind of stuff and as soon as he gets his blog up and going I will point you in his direction.

Love,

Carla

 

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