Monday, April 29, 2013

My Cheating Tummy


Monday blues (after a weekend of splurging on carbs and sugar)

I'm a hungry monster
Oh man, such a hungry monster
Looking in my bag for stray peanut M&M's.

Got too much time to think
Just sitting at the computer dreaming
Oh, please stop my tummy from growling.

I had a pizza and a cupcake
Still thinking about that cupcake
Man, the weekend is the devil to my Monday.


Day 10-12 - The Weekend on Paleo :0


The true test this weekend: how to keep on track while chaperoning from Friday to Sunday? The answer, I am learning, is to try my best and don't beat myself up if I fall a little. When I have no kitchen, and food is bought based on ease, then I can only do what I can do.

Day 10 log
breakfast:
muffin frittata and fruit
cheat: one shortbread/jelly "scone"

lunch:
huge salad with shredded meat

dinner:
teriyaki chicken bento
cheat: soybeans and half a musubi

Day 11 log
breakfast:
bacon veggie omelet, no cheese
fruits

lunch: 
cheat: 6" Subway sandwich (cold cut combo)

dinner:
Asian chicken and broccoli slaw salad wrap
cheat: the wrapper
dessert - small slice of cake, cupcake YIKES

Day 12 log
breakfast:
omelet, fruit

lunch: 
trail mix
cheat: diet coke

dinner:
salad
green beans and almond
cheat: 2 slices thin crust chicken and spinach pizza
cheat: orange sherbert

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Day 9 Paleo log

I had to make more frittata muffins, so here's how I figured out how much I need for one batch. I got a pupu platter and put veggies in all but one puka, and meat in the last one. It makes just enough for 12 muffins.

Today's food log:
breakfast:
frittata muffins
apple

lunch:
Hugh Jass salad with roast chicken favorite vinaigrette
clementines

dinner:
mixed steamed veggies under roasted lamb - so good!!!

Now to get my 10 minute exercise in so I don't have to pay my son $50.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Day 8 Paleo log

Today was a good day even though I didn't get to eat lunch until 2 pm.

Breakfast
frittata muffin - last of the batch
apple

Lunch:
Hugh Jass salad with roast chicken, brussel sprouts and a little bit of sweet potato
Basil-white balsamic vinaigrette


Dinner:
Big Spazz made the most bombalicious dinner and of course he has no recipe! Aggravating, but that's why he has to stick around because no one knows how to cook what he cooks.

Cauliflower "rice" from Nom Nom Paleo
and hamburger/roast chicken chili with lots of peppers and no beans.




My new favorite vinaigrette: balsamic basil vinaigrette


I found these absolutely yummy infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars in Denver at EVOO and they've been sitting in my pantry since summer. I finally get to use it in this scrumptious dressing

Garlic Basil White Balsamic Vinaigrette
1/4 C White Balsamic Vinegar (I used honey ginger balsamic)
1/2 C Olive oil (I wish I still had my garlic infused olive oil, but I'm using the persian lime evoo)
1 TBS Dijon Mustard (I ran out of dijon and used honey mustard)
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

This makes enough for about 4 Hugh Jass salads.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Day 7: WHAT was I thinking?

Day 1 of mini cross fit - not so bad. A little sore on the inner thighs, but walking good, can sit and stand, no problem!

Day 2 - I'm so excited I bring the little one with me to the gym - my Tabata app on the iPad and 4 exercises on an orange post it: butterfly pull ups, prisoner squats, tricep extensions, bicep curls. WHAT was I thinking? Note to self: do not do 2 intensive WODs in a row. I struggled to walk and I couldn't go downstairs to get the dogs. How can 20 second reps x 4 make a body so sore?! By my 4th round of prisoner squats, the young one says, "mom, shouldn't you go down more?" ---NOOOO!!!

Day 7 meals:
Breakfast:
ham spinach frittata
apple
tea

Lunch
Hugh Jass salad with leftover adobo
clementines
cold barley tea (I'm seriously having an issue with drinking half of my weight in ounces of water)

Dinner:
smoked/roasted chicken
sauteed brussel sprouts with bacon









Monday, April 22, 2013

Day 6 Paleo Log & Cross Fit Mini


I have been combing the internet for paleo food sites, and here's what I learned:

  • there are a lot more people blogging about Paleo food than nutritarian food (perhaps because it takes a little less time to prep everything on Paleo, so they have time to blog)
  • Paleo = cross fit; all the bloggers talk about working out which just eliminates me from this club because I HATE to work out. Don't know what cross fit is? The picture above is your body on cross fit. I think it takes just as much work as any other addiction to continue, like being addicted to crack, or. . . food. I just want to keep my rickety knees and cracking shoulder intact for as long as possible, so I am not keen on working out until you throw up. Those days are OVAH!
  • they use too much fat for my missing my gall bladder self - how do I know this? Because when I follow a recipe to the T and it has too much fat, my body wants to expel it in not so loverly fashion within the next hour or two
With those things learned, and more help from the Whole 30 site(s), I forge on. Whole 30 is the place to start when starting Paleo, so  it's more strict than some of the regular Paleo food blogs.

Today we had a group work out, really a 6 minute WOD (workout of the day) that took 45 minutes - how you figure that? But we Tabata'd it. Let's just say, my thighs and my abdomen are a little tender right now, and if we had done the whole 12 minutes of a regular cross fit, sitting on the toilet would take some mental preparation ahead of time just to squat down within doing the flop and crack the seat routine.

Here's what we ate:
breakfast:
ham, mushroom spinach frittata muffins
clementines

lunch:
Hugh Jass salad with

  • balsamic basil vinaigrette (I'll post the recipe later, this thing is so ONO)
  • assorted crudités 
  • roast beef strips
  • a few olives
snack:
apple with almond butter

dinner:
pork and watercress soup (onion, pork belly, ginger, chicken broth, some kind of choy, watercress, Hawaiian salt)


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Day 5 Paleo log

Breakfast:
Sweet potato hash and fried egg

  • sweet potato (microwaved earlier in the week and diced)
  • Big Spazz's homemade bacon and ends
  • onion
  • bell pepper
  • salt and pepper
Masala chai tea

Snack:
clementine

Lunch:
Hugh Jass salad with half a boiled egg, leftover steak and orange peppers, lemon vinaigrette

Dinner:
Pork adobo
Green salad



Saturday, April 20, 2013

Day 4 log

Today was a hard day because I was hungry and dizzy, but here's the truth.

Breakfast:
Last of the ham veggie frittatas
Tea
Clementines

Lunch:
Boiled egg
Soup

Dinner:
Steak salad
Sautéed mushrooms and spinach
Sweet potato
Lemon mustard vinaigrette

The cheat:
Small bowl of tin roof sundae ice cream

Egg Fu Young Soup


When spring is rainy and gloomy, and just a little chilly, and I am huuuuungy like a mother, this kind of stuff comes out of my refrigerator - kind of like garbage soup where anything goes, but I wanted egg drop soup and with the leftover broccoli slaw and onions, it tasted like egg fu young.

Ingredients:
2 T coconut oil
1 onion, diced
4 C broth (I had about 2 cups of vegetable stock and 2 cups of chicken stock)
1 t fish sauce
1 t sesame oil (although I think I forgot this and it tasted good anyway)
1/2 t ginger (I had ground ginger)
4-5 eggs, scrambled (my eggs looked a little less than large, so I used 5)
salt and pepper to taste
handfuls of broccoli slaw or grated carrot and grated broccoli
green onion to garnish on top

Directions:
Saute onions in coconut oil, add broth and flavor, get it boiling while eggs are scrambled.  Taste broth, adjust seasoning, and swish veggies in broth. Don't overcook. Stir soup and drizzle eggs into boiling broth. Serve with green onion.

DAY 3 LOG


Breakfast:
Ham and veggie frittata
clementines
herbal tea

Lunch:
Beef broccoli
salad
mixed veggies

Dinner:
Lap with lettuce cups
Egg Fu Young soup

Friday, April 19, 2013

Day 2 Log

Breakfast:
2 ham and veggie frittatas
2 cuties

Lunch:
Big salad with spinach, broccoli slaw, olives, red peppers, tuna

Snack:
Apple with almond butter

Dinner:
Prosciutto wrapped asparagus
Sweet potato spears
Salad
Roast chicken

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ham and Veggie Frittata


Made these little nuggets of eggy goodness last night for breakfast on the go, and this morning I popped a couple in a container, supplemented with two little clementines, some herbal tea and that was breakfast. Big Spazz actually sent me an email saying the egg muffins were "super good," which is a great thing because that's what's for breakfast tomorrow too.

Ham and Veggie Frittata

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease the muffin tin with coconut oil or other "grease." Makes 12

Ingredients:
2 T grease (I used coconut oil because I have always wanted to use my coconut oil that I got from the health food store)
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 bell pepper (I used red)
3 cloves garlic
handful of broccoli slaw
handful of other green like spinach (I used collard greens taken off the stem and cut in ribbons - can't spell the french term)
tomato diced (I used tomatoes that were going mushy and they worked fine)
2 handfuls of ham or other leftover meat not found in a can
8 large eggs
1/4 cup coconut milk
2 T coconut flour (used as a binding, thickening agent)
Hawaiian salt
ground pepper

Directions:
Stir fry onions, garlic, bell pepper in coconut oil until onions are translucent. I am in love with the smell of coconut oil melting into the onions after so many months of water "frying." When almost done, add in the other greens for a flash stir. Season


I added my meat (assuming it's cooked, otherwise cook with onions), slaw and tomatoes at the end and started to mix my eggs, coconut milk, coconut flour and salt and pepper.
Pour egg mixture into veggie mixture, and pour into greased muffin tins, about 3/4 of the way up. I left it in about 25 minutes, but check after 20. 

These can be eaten straight out of the oven, cold or warmed up later in the microwave. I'm definitely not a hard core exercise person, so 2 was good with a fruit, but if you burn a lot of calories, then go for 3. 




Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Pork and Broccoli Slaw Lettuce Cups


I only had a few days to really do some research on the paleo diet, so I will need to borrow some recipes from some of the blogs I saw and just adjust to what I already had. It has to be better than our lentil fail from our first Eat to Live dinner.

Pork and Broccoli Slaw Lettuce Cups 

modified from NomNom Paleo
The ingredients:
1 lb. meat (ground beef, etc.) - I used stir-fry pork strips
shiitake mushrooms (I used a hand full) - softened in warm water, squeezed out and slivered
1 Maui onion, diced
2-3 slices of bacon, diced for the oil in pan
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small bag of broccoli slaw (about 3-4 cups)
2-3 stalks green onion
cilantro, coarsely chopped
1-2 T fish sauce
1-2 T cider vinegar
1-2 T coconut aminos ( I don't have this, so maybe Braggs amino until I find it)
Hawaiian salt
fresh black pepper

Stir fry the bacon to create grease, then put in the pork seasoned with some Hawaiian salt. When the pork is almost cooked, add the onions, shiitake, garlic


When the onion is translucent, add the seasoning. They should be equal, so start with 1 tablespoon each and taste, adjust.


Add the broccoli slaw until it's slightly soft, add green onions, black pepper, and take it off of the heat and clean the lettuce for the cups.


Made some pan choy with garlic and sesame oil.


Use any lettuce. We used red leaf lettuce.


Hereʻs the finished pork slaw.


Leaving Eat To Live Failure for the Paleo


I am not an Eat to Live success case. I just couldn't do it, and my body just kept getting more worn down and more worn down. At 45, I feel much older than that. I need a new shoulder, new knees; I have no gall bladder. . .  My monthlies were getting heavier and heavier until I was on one and then two 600 mg iron pills per day. 

My doctor sent me kicking and screaming to my OB/GYN because the anemia made me dizzy and lethargic. I tried to exercise, but instead of making me feel better, I felt more dizzy, like I was going to just pass out. The vegan diet did not cause my iron issues, but I have always been iron deficient, just that it was not as bad. Basically, I am doing a Novasure procedure to burn the lining down in my uterus, creating a hostile uterus to try and stop my body from hoarding in my uteral wall. Nice dinner conversation.

My iron issues, added to an "Imua Challenge" at work leads me to day one of the Paleo diet. It seems odd to start at dinner, but I did my physical assessment this afternoon and heck if I was going to start before. Paleo, like Paleolithic, caveman, so nothing that would orally be farmed instead of hunt and gathered (grains - even whole, soy, wheat, etc.)

I am once again as heavy as when I started Eat to Live, and having taken the advice of a good friend of mine to get rid of my big clothes, I am in a dire situation if I want to show up at work with more than the four pairs of pants that fit me. 

In the picture of my shopping tonight, I didn't change much except that I have a roast chicken for tomorrow night and the alcohol and green olives are for Big Spazz's alcohol obsession. First he was obsessed with his smoker so we have homemade bacon, smoked pork chops, smoked meat, and on and on. Now he is into alcohol. This is cavemen diet, not Mad Men diet, but he is determined to move on from his Old Fashioned to drinking martinis this week. 

I'm pretty much on my own for this one, so all I can do is try my best.