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Asian Inspired Paleo

I was in the mood for Chinese last night…so I Googled recipes from the Chinese Restaurant-Paleo style.  Ding Ding Ding we have a winner!  General Tso’s.  The recipes I saw online looked promising.  I ended up combining a few…the next time I make it, I have to try to make my own sauce.  I wasn’t really thrilled with the sauce recipes online.  Does anyone have any good suggestions?  Send em’ my way!  It tasted good, don’t get me wrong…I just think the sauce could have been made a little different.

Tonight for dinner, asian inspired as well, I just made some beef and broccoli.  I have the asian dishes pretty much down as far as making my own concoctions, and what I can put in them and such.  Just did some sesame oil, sesame seeds, coconut aminos, and some green onions.  I really enjoy this dish.  There’s a lot of meals you make that don’t seem so compromised.  Meaning, just because they are Paleo, doesn’t mean they taste “Paleo”, per se.  I enjoy cooking so much now that I actually cooked some pasta and made some garlic bread for my dad today.  It wasn’t Paleo, but I was okay with it.  I wasn’t tempted to eat it or anything…considering it was one of my favorite non-paleo meals.  I was proud of myself for being able to just make it and not even think twice about it.

I had a really busy day, so I just grabbed some eggs and roast beef for breakfast, and a Quest bar for lunch.  Then ended up making dinner, but not even actually eating it.  I made a lot of food the past few days, so tomorrow may be leftover day!  Maybe I’ll try my hand at some Paleo ice cream again.

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“Every day may not be good,

but there is something good in every day. “

-Unknown-

Life is Awesome

Ahhh, yes.  Dinner was another tasty success!  I made these little meatloaf “cupcakes”.  I put the ground beef with all the seasonings and cooked, chopped up bacon, into a cupcake tray and put it in the oven!  Bam!  Individual meatloafs, with plenty left over for a quick grab the next few days…including breakfast tomorrow!  Went with some asparagus with balsamic and garlic as a side.  Healthy and scrumdiddlyumtious!  It didn’t take long to make either, so another meal on the quick list.  I want to go big tomorrow for dinner…guess I’m going to have to do some research in the morning.

I wonder if there’s a way to make a Paleo bagel with Paleo cream cheese??  Anyone have any suggestions?  And on a totally different note, Thanksgiving is coming soon (I know it’s still far away), but has anyone ever had a Paleo Thanksgiving?  I’m looking forward to constructing one this year!  It may be a challenge, but I’m ready for it.

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“A journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step.”

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Feeling Better Now Than Ever Before.

This is getting easier by the day!  I must say, I am pleasantly surprised.

I made buffalo chicken “pasta” for dinner last night.  It came out better than I expected.  I had some extra Paleo friendly buffalo sauce that I had made for another meal, so I used that.  I had some today for breakfast.  Paleo breakfasts are much more filling than what I used to have, between the bagels and cereal…neither of which I miss.

Been reading a lot of Paleo articles online; comparing conflicting opinions about certain things.  Also learning the difference between Paleo and Primal.  Some articles about “why Paleo is bad” are rather comical.  Obviously, you can’t believe everything you read online.  I noticed with this lifestyle, you just have to figure out what formula works best for you and go with it.  Use other people’s observations and advice as guidance.  Give it at least 30 days to see how you really feel…I promise it won’t take that long to feel the difference.

I drink coffee, but I don’t actually enjoy coffee.  I work a 3am-11am shift at work, and with it, brings many challenges as far as sleep and diet go.   I need coffee to get through most mornings.  At the beginning of this huge change in my life, I was drinking one cup of coffee with no sugar and heavy cream, or coconut milk.  Now, I sometimes enjoy a pumpkin coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts…cream, no sugar.  I’m well aware that there’s probably so much sugar in the pumpkin flavored syrup they use, but it hasn’t affected the way I feel, and I don’t drink it everyday.  If your worried about the sugar, you can ask for less syrup.  I also read in a lot of places that you can enjoy a little bit of sugar in your allowed, one coffee, a day.  Like I said, your way of living needs to work for you.  If you find that the little bit of extra sugar in your coffee in the morning isn’t making you feel good, then you probably don’t need it.

So as I was saying, I work an early shift; this causes my sleeping and eating habits to be a little bit out of whack.  Before I started living Paleo, I would eat so many useless carbs when I got to work.  After an hour or two, my body would just crash and I would be starving!  This all led to overeating and comfort foods.  I started working here in 2007, and since that time I gained a good 40lbs. (…and since I started Paleo, I lost 21lbs. so far!)  I always felt so drained, and when I got home I would just lay around.  Now I’m happy to say that I feel better now at 30, than I did when I started working here…and I was 24 years young!

Yesterday, I decided to take out my tape measure and take some measurements.  Back in January, I took measurements because I decided to dedicate my life to the gym (which didn’t produce anything close to the results I see with Paleo).  Yesterday, my measurements were INCHES smaller than back in January.  I’m talking 4-6 inches in some places!  I don’t know if I said it before, but take pictures!  Take one everyday, full body…if not everyday, at least once a week.  One of my friends actually told me to wear an outfit…then in a few weeks, take a picture in the same outfit.  I am so proud of myself, and so lucky to have the support that I do have.

“If you want something bad enough, you’ll find a way.

 If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”

-Unknown-

Busy Days and Leftovers

Last night was leftover night.  I was pretty busy the whole day, so my buffalo chicken pasta has to wait until tonight.  I’m kind of excited about it because I LOVE SPAGHETTI SQUASH!  juss’ sayin.  🙂  It’s better that I’m doing that today anyway.  I took out the chicken too late to defrost yesterday.

I’m working on designing some t-shirts, but I’m not sure how I’m going to approach it yet.  So stayed tuned for that!

Over the next few weeks I want to work on making my own spice mix for some beef jerky, and maybe a recipe for some delicious, amazing, you won’t believe it’s paleo, cookies!  It will be quite the mission, but I’m ready to take it on, full steam ahead!

“If you want something you never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.”

-Unknown-

Another Day, Another Reason to Love Paleo

For real.

Lazy Sunday…I woke up later than I wanted to…at noon!  For breakfast, I ate a Cookie Dough Quest Bar, and that held me over for a bit.  I watched some football, did some laundry; then I went food shopping.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do for dinner, so I just kind of walked around the supermarket to see what I was feeling.  I ended up grabbing some steaks, avocados, and tomatoes.  I grilled the steaks and then I made some guacamole.  Put the steak on a plate…put some guacamole on top.  Yum!  For a side, carrots, broccoli, and bacon go in a blender…and viola!  It was rather delicious.  Tomorrow for breakfast I plan on having eggs and some guacamole…I’m so fancy sometimes!

Okay, so as a reward for hitting a 20lb. loss, I cut my bangs!  I haven’t had bangs in years and I love them.  🙂  It’s the little things in life.

“Do not reward yourself with food.  You are not a dog.”

-Unknown-

Chicken Thighs and Green Beans

For all my loyal blog readers, I went with the chicken for dinner yesterday, fish tonight for dinner!  I’m not the biggest fan of dark meat, but I went with the boneless, skinless chicken thighs; I’m more inclined to get chicken breast usually.  So I baked them with a spice mix for about 45 minutes to an hour, then I cooked up some green beans (it’s questionable as to whether or not they are Paleo, but I’ve read that they are okay on Paleo…and that’s my final answer).  I cooked them up with some butter, garlic, and lemon pepper.  They came out SO good.  Like I said in my previous blog, I was feeling adventurous, so I made my own gravy…EPIC FAIL.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  It was alright, but I definitely won’t be making that again.  If anyone has any good Paleo gravy recipes, please send them my way!

I went to a little market place close to my house that sells mostly gluten free stuff, but had a small Paleo section they were working on expanding.  They didn’t have much, but they had the Paleo Bread that I had been seeing online.  Needless to say I picked it up, brought it home, and made a tuna sandwich…another EPIC FAIL.  It just didn’t do it for me.  I much rather would use the Paleo pizza dough recipe, and use it as bread.  I’ll experiment with the rest of the Paleo bread I have, maybe toast it or use it as a hamburger bun, but like the gravy…first and last time I try that.

My fish dinner, also epic fail.  I baked some talapia with onions and tomatoes.  I was never really a big fish person, unless it’s sushi.  And although it may have tasted good, I just don’t really have the taste buds for it.  The real deal breaker was the bone in my fish…bit that, then I was really done. HaHa  It just wasn’t my day for food, but trial and error.  I shall learn from my mistakes!  I have a feeling I’m going to stay away from the fish dishes from now on.  I’ll probably do more with shrimp and mussels…because shrimp and mussels are AWESOME.

“I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.”

-Unknown-

A Whole New World

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I’m really learning the ins and outs of Paleo living.  Other Paleo blogs have been a HUGE help with tips and guidance.  I’m hoping that my blog can do the same for others.  I’ve been learning better, healthier options for things that I’ve grown to love over the last 30 years of my existence.  Well over a month into it, and it’s just how life is now.

Cheers to the weekend!

“I’m gonna make the rest of my life, the best of my life.”

-Unknown-

Best Feeling in the World

…it’s when your clothes start getting too big!  My jeans are pretty much unwearable.  I feel like a little kid in them!  I LOVE IT!

Okay friends, if you find the right formula and it works for you, then stick with it.

So dinner…I made a “cream” of mushroom soup tonight, the “creaminess” was from avocados and water mashed up in the food processor.  It had red peppers, mushrooms, onions, garlic, and basil.  It was delicious!  I paired it with some steamed broccoli, zucchini, and onions; sauteed in sesame oil, sesame seeds, and coconut aminos.  I was feeling a little under the weather today, so I didn’t want to make something that took hours.  The soup and veggies took about an hour or so, maybe even less time than that.  Tomorrow, I was thinking fish for dinner, or maybe chicken?  I’ll do my research in the A.M. and see what I find.  Haven’t had fish in awhile…feeling adventurous!

“Skip the diet.  Just eat healthy.” 

-Unknown-

Breadsticks?!? No Way.

breaksticks

Yes way.  I made some awesome breadsticks for dinner tonight…and totally Paleo, thanks to “PastaToPaleo” and this recipe Paleo Breadsticks.  I made some marinated steak with bruschetta on top, and as a side I made some AMAZING olive salad.  I found the recipe for that here: Italian Olive Salad.

I’m setting out to make anyone who decides to “come to the dark side”, not miss all the unhealthy food they left behind, and help them realize that it’s not dark at all.  So far, I’ve succeeded with a few meals; still have a way to go.  I am starting to dabble more into making my own recipes and twists on things, just haven’t mastered anything yet.  Don’t worry, when I do, I will absolutely post them for you!

“Focus on the journey, not the destination.”

-Greg Anderson-

Holy Sweet and Sour Chicken, Batman!

I have been craving sweet and sour chicken from the Chinese restaurant for weeks, so today, I set out to find a Paleo version of it!  The recipe, Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken, seemed promising, so I set forth on a mission to create it!  I stopped at the grocery store and grabbed all the ingredients, and needed to pick up extra stuff to make Paleo ketchup.  As a side, I decided on kale with avocado salad.  I’ve only had kale steamed, so I was excited to see how it was in a salad!

It took me almost 2 hours to make the entire meal, start to finish.  There is more than enough for leftovers for the next day or two.  I was completely shocked when it tasted exactly like my favorite meal from the Chinese restaurant that I have been wanting so badly since I changed to Paleo.  Alas, I have an almost exact replica to what I used to eat at least once a week, sometimes more.  I am so incredibly excited about making this meal in the future, and fairly often.  Looking forward to have my leftovers for breakfast and lunch tomorrow!  Oh, the little things in life.

So the kale and avocado salad was super tasty, and really easy to put together.  I honestly didn’t have high expectations for it, but I must say, I was pleasantly surprised.  It was just kale with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, grape tomatoes, onions, and avocado.  I drizzled a little balsamic on it, too.  Yum!  Kale is such a tasty leaf to have in a salad, who knew?  (definitely not me)  I will certainly be using kale more often.

Now, I’m going to enjoy some hot ginger tea, and call it a night.

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

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