Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Kicked it up a Notch... or 2!

Hola Guys!  I know I haven't posted in a bit but, I took the weekend to really get organized and get my butt in gear.  I have been so crazy at work (8am to 5 or 6pm) that by the time I get home, make dinner and prepare for the next day, it's beddy time.  That being said this might be a long post considering we have some catching up to do.

After last week being so crazy, I went for a glass of wine after work with my colleagues.  I was starving and wanted to keep with my diet so I had a small pomegranate salad and black bean cakes.  I am officially gluten and sugar free so I stuck with it.

Saturday was my cheat day, so for lunch I had a small garden salad and snuck french fries off my girlfriend's plate.  I had 2 slices of pizza for dinner and boy it was yum.  I have to tell you though after eating even that little bit of gluten I would rather stay off, even on my cheat days.  It just really does feel SO different.  Every thing about it, the bloat, the heaviness.  I can just do without.

Sunday I was back on the train.  My boyfriend and I made brunch after watching the Liverpool game in bed most of the morning.  My boyfriend's Mom turned me on to this absolutely incredible paleo bread that I am now ADDICTED to.  It does have a sweet flavor to it, but regardless I would sub it for bread with absolutely anything; breakfast, sandwiches, etc.  Also, it the EASIEST thing to make that I have ever tried, especially for bread.  I mixed some chopped chives and dill with cottage cheese, and topped the bread with this mixture, then avocado and tomato...FAB!!

Paleo Breakfast Bread

  1. In a large bowl, with a hand blender, mix almond butter until creamy
  2. Mix in eggs, honey, vanilla and stevia
  3. Add salt, baking soda and cinnamon
  4. Mix well with hand blender until all ingredients are combined
  5. Transfer batter into a well greased 8 x 8 inch baking dish
  6. Bake at 325° for 12 to 15 minutes
  7. Serve
Serves 4

This is exactly how it looks when it comes out.  I do prefer baking it in a glass dish.  Something about it just does better.  I coat the pan with coconut oil just FYI.  I've never really been a big bread person, but if you are and you are going gluten free, then this is the stuff for you.  I'm not a huge fan of the gluten free breads from the grocery stores so this does me just right.

 For dinner I had one of my fave salads.  Aaaaaaagh, I am currently so obsessed with the Dole BBQ Ranch Chopped Salad.  Here's the thing: I can buy a couple of bags of this and be set for the week.  All the chopping is done for me.  It has kale and green and red cabbage.  I love the crunchiness and I don't have to do the chopping.  I just toss out the topping packet and use it as my base.

This time I topped it with:

Chicken breast
Fat free feta cheese
Pear slices
Pine nuts
& Annies Lemon Chive Dressing.

I usually make my own dressings but this one has no sugar.


Back on the grind as usual... I had set a personal goal that after working out for one month I would tackle going in the mornings before work.  Which means getting up at 5am or 5:30am, depending on the day.  This is a HUGE feat for me considering I am the worst morning person EVER!  After getting my bearings over the weekend I decided this had to happen sooner.  I just can't sacrifice my evenings.  My first round of P90X I woke at 6am and was, in the end, much happier for it.  The feeling of having my workout done for the day is exceptional.
So, drumroll please.... Yesterday and today I have started my morning workouts.  Yes people, 5am.  I had to make sure the gym was even open at that hour.  Duh, it was.  As long as I hit the hay between 9 and 9:30pm, I'm good to go and I definitely relish in being done for the day.

As of yesterday I'm also trying a different routine.  I started a plan I saw on Pinterest and I like it so far.  I get 25 minutes of cardio and then a full body workout in total 45 minutes to an hour.  It's listed as a 10 week program but I'm going to stick with this one as long as it is challenging me.

This list has you working 7 days a week which I'm not sure I'll do, but I like the range of different exercises.  I like to do yoga one day and rest one day.  It's the old P90Xer in me.  There's also not a lot of arms in this which if I stick to I will have to add later, because I can't do two and a half months of no arms.
Paleo bread with cottage cheese and a matcha green smoothie.
Aaaaaagh, ready for another obsession... this Matcha Green Smoothie.  Amaze, and it gives you natural energy and is a super food, YAY!

matcha vanilla smoothies
Yield: 1 smoothie
Serving Size: 1
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 to 1 cup original Almond Milk (amount is your preference)
  • matcha powder - a few teaspoons to a few tablespoons depending on your matcha and your taste. I use one tablespoon
  • vanilla bean - a tiny scrape from about 1-inch of the pod. I use half a pod
  • a few handfuls of ice
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  1. Blend everything together. Taste & adjust to your liking. Add some sweetener if you wish.
Notes: The vanilla bean pod isn't completely necessary, it was just a nice addition. If you don't have one handy, just omit it rather than substitute with vanilla extract.
Recipe adapted from Love & Lemons
Snack: gluten free pretzels
I had the same salad as last nights dinner but with strawberries instead of pears, YUM!
Chili!  Best recipe ever.  It's my Mom's and it's award winning literally.  I won people's choice at a chili cook-off, and it's the easiest thing ever.  I also use all organic and sugar free ingredients.

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Mama's Chili
I won a people's choice award at a chili cook-off with this recipe and it is the simplest thing in the world to put together.  Feeding a crowd?  you can just double or triple the recipe.
  • 1 Tbl olive oil
  • green bell pepper (diced) 1
  • sweet onion (diced) 1
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 14.5 oz. can stewed tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 2 heaping Tbls chili powder
  • 1 Tbl cumin powder
  • few dashes worcestershire
  • 1 Tbl dijon mustard
  • 1 clove (minced) garlic
  • to taste salt & pepper
  • 1 16 oz. can kidney beans
Add olive oil to pre-heated soup pot. Add peppers and onion and sauté until translucent, 2-3 minutes. Add ground turkey and cook until no longer pink, 5-8 minutes. Add the next 8 ingredients (all except the beans), and cook on low (simmer) for 2 hours. Add the kidney beans and cook for another 30 minutes. Serve with toppings of choice & enjoy!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 servings

In my last post I talked about posting complete lists of nutritional items.  This really helps me know and understand what is what.  So, for instance, if I read somewhere that it is optimal to eat "so many" grams of protein, I would know which foods I'm eating have protein in them.  Today's list is protein.  I keep this handy so I'm aware of what I'm eating.  I'll be doing one on fiber and complex carbs as well.

Keep in mind that veggies have small amounts of protein too.  Most starchy fruits and vegetables or leafy green vegetables are the highest.  Below is a pretty good list.

Well, I think I've covered it for the past couple a days.  Because my routine is becoming just that "Routine", I'm thinking of posting fitness stuff every couple of days and giving myself more time to contemplate other types of posts.  I know I'd really like to post on all of my other interests and as long as I'm keeping up with my food diary it should open up some time.

Can't wait to see where it goes!

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