Whole 30

A dear friend of mine recently embarked on the WHOLE 30 with her family for many reasons.  She blogged about it…it was wonderful…..you can read about it HERE!

But it has had me thinking about how that was one of my VERY FIRST BOOKS I read about health and nutrition about 7 years ago when I first was learning about WHOLE FOOD (Paleo) living.  I loved it!  Yet I have allowed cooking hacks.  I have allowed complicated whole food eating to dominate sometimes.  And I know why!  BECAUSE my dear daughter and hubby still miss the cakes, bread, and some other processed junk.  My hubby not nearly as much as before….but my daughter for sure still “jones” for junk.

With all my hoshimoto/thyroid/adrenal stuff it can sometimes just feel UGH!!  BUT I have been realizing as I have been digging deep with the generational healing stuff that I LIKE MY FOOD SIMPLE AND BASIC!  I DON’T NEED IT COMPLICATED.  And if I model it to my family and just continue to shop only WHOLE FOOD and not make a fuss about it…..well then it will just become a way of life for them as well.  Thus whatever choices they make outside of the home is their responsibility but I can make the choices for in the home AND NOT FEEL GUILTY for not buying  “gluten free” treats and processed junk….because it is still JUNK, not WHOLE REAL FOOD!

I have decided I am not buying ANYMORE “junk”…..I WILL make sure there is plenty of fabulous snacks and food always cut up and available and served with a smile.

I am sure they will come around eventually…lol….

What are your struggles with WHOLE FOOD eating!?  What resolutions can you make about your grocery shopping that turns your food into fabulous adventures rather than frustrations?!  Take a moment to think about it….pray about it….journal about it….then take action!

Hugs and blessings always my dear readers….family….friends….
~Kelly 🙂

My Tasty Personal Template

My personal template for a good old fashioned hot dog:

1. great uncured, no gunk, organic hot dog
2. two leaves of romaine lettuce
3.  mustard, and any toppings you usually love…onions, sauerkraut….hot peppers….anything!

What I have learned about making this life for me…

I loved a quote I heard awhile back in a  podcast I listened to from PaleoHacks!  Their guest on their #17 podcast was John Durant. (Yes This was a long time ago but it was worth relistening to and sharing with all of you!)

John Durant talks about his book: The Paleo Manifesto (I received it as a Christmas gift last year…LOVE IT)  and some of the cool things he discusses in his book!

It was awesome!  If you have the time you really should click the link above and listen to the podcast.  It is approximately an hour but worth it.

I loved how he addresses how we need to fine tune what works for us and our bodies and our lifestyles.  basically once a person really understands what a Paleo “diet” (really I prefer lifestyle) is all about and have taken to it…then tweak it to work for you!

For example, some people’s bodies have no complications with their digestive systems when they take in a little bit of grains, legumes, or dairy…even gluten…from time to time.

BUT….then there are others that it creates havoc either physically, mentally, or both.

And here is my take on this….

The only way we can possibly know what works well with our bodies and what doesn’t is a person must be willing to clean out their system for 30 days of all gunk…sugars….breads….grains….legumes….dairy….
Getting back to basics: MEAT, VEGGIES, FRUITS!

And then a person can play with a few things, reintroduce items one at a time.

Plus, this will allow you to know what is right for your body not only physically but mentally and spiritually.  What is going to help you lead a fulfilling and peaceful healthy lifestyle?

After all if you are obsessed on getting it “perfect”, well that is going to create stress.  That is going to increase cortisol and stress levels, which in return isn’t going to help your mental health.  Instead when we approach life (mind, body, soul) holistically we are able to see we have different needs with our food, fitness, and faith at different times and seasons of our life!

Once, I was really mentally free from the gunk of sugar I was able to start playing with exactly what works for me and what doesn’t.  What I love is every time I learn something new from research or a podcast or continued education….I determine if it is something that could work for me or if it is something I even want to try just to experiment.

What I love about being A REAL FOOD pursuer…(Paleo) is the openness to always grow and learn what is best for my mind, body, and soul!

For example, I have learned over the last 5 years by being my own test/lab rat in this is….

.1.  Bread (includes pasta)….won’t touch it…don’t miss it….not tempted…won’t waste the space in my belly when I can fill up with lots of great meat and greens and be much more satisfied! (plus no more insulin spikes to effect my PCOS).

2.  Grains…every time I think I can have a little popcorn here or there….it explodes in my belly and oh my goodness gracious I am beyond uncomfortable…sooo not worth it anymore!   As for rice and beans, I really could careless….the only reason I have taken bites of them is to make sure I made it right for my husband and daughter who are not ready to give up their beans and rice :)…But too many of “testing/tasting” over too many days….I can feel it in my ankles and knees….thus….not worth it anymore!

3.  Dairy….I will have heavy cream from time to time….but I have fallen in love with coconut milk that it’s not even an issue….  I do miss my cheese from time to time…but I have found a sprinkling of a good aged Parmesan does the trick for me….but this is a “treat”  for me otherwise I can easily find myself turning to cheese…and in return retain lots of water in my joint area, acne, and congestion.  Yuck!

4.  NO SUGAR….EVERY TIME I think oh I will just have one cookie with my little one, or just a bite of cake….it messes with my hormones and my mental health….it is sooooo not worth it!   ***The only exception to this is a full fat really creamy, real sugar cane, ice cream.  The dairy proteins and fat balance out the sugar….thus I can do a bit of it.  But then I have to really be mindful of how I am feeling and my emotions for a few days to make sure I don’t start leaning on Paleo treats….because all they will do is continue that spike…because after all a treat is a treat….some yes are better than others…but a treat is still a treat!

***You might ask why am I willing to have this treat….because it brings  a smile to my daughter…her love language is time and gifts and for her, the fact that I am willing to give her this gift of my sacrifice and truly enjoy that time together means more to her than all the stuffed animals in the world!

This is my personal template!

What is your personal template?

St. Teresa had a template!  She lived boldly for God.  She sacrificed without hesitation because she knew it was right for her life.  She listened to her mind, body, and soul!

Many blessings,
~K:)

Tasty Tuesday: curly carrots

Here is an easy and thrifty way to save and not waste :-)!!!!
Everytime I peel carrots I come up with a new way to use the peelings rather than throwing them or even just composting them!
This dish is the peelings of carrots sautéed in a pan with coconut oil on medium to high heat with salt, pepper, World Market Thai seasoning mix. 
I make sure the oil is pretty hot then throw the peelings in. I like getting them where they are seared on the edges then toss and flip the peelings.  
They are tasty to snack on, toss onto a salad, roll into a chicken lettuce wrap. You are limited only by your imagination!
So go peel some carrots and have some fun with your seasonings, good fats, and lots of imagination!
Blessings,
K 🙂

Warrior Women on Wednesday!

This will be brief….but I am WAY excited that Wellness Mama has started a Podcast!

I love reading her blog.  She gives such great information on how to live a whole foods, natural life for EVERYTHING!!!   

Not just food…but cleaning…..health care….being a mama…beauty…..and soooo much more!

I just had to share my excitement with everyone.   After all as we become more intuned with our true femininity as women we realize we are Warriors as true WOMEN!   And that is what I love about this woman….she is a woman….a mom….a wife….and seems to be so proud of it!!!!   And strives to do everything (at least from what I read) to be true to who she is as a woman, a wife, a mother!

Have a glorious night!
Blessings always,
~K

Paleo: Protein, Power, Peace

I have been wanting to post about some of my favorite sites I go to to continually learn and grow through this amazing lifestyle I have embarked upon for over 3 years now.

It started out as a spiritual journey….that has turned into the most amazing life changing experience for my mind, my body and my soul!

But with this posting I promise to not get drawn out….I will just give all of you my favorite spots I go to for resources: recipes, Q&A, support, etc.  And I will give a summary of why I go to that particular site!

I have two main sites I go to:

balancedbites.com  and everydaypaleo.com

BALANCED BITES:

Understanding the science of food….how it hurts or heals us.
Sugar Detox recipes
Game planning for a sugar detox
excellent podcasts

EVERYDAY PALEO:

Fitness tips
great support as you read about her journey
recipes
mental support
family support

Now I am going to just list all the sites I read and then put them into categories :)….

Elana’s Pantry

Excellent source for recipes!!!

Mark’s Daily Apple

Excellent source for fitness and the science behind the food.

Food Babe:

Understanding the science about the chemicals in our foods.

Paleo Hacks:

Support forum with other Paleo’s
recipes
podcast

Whole 9:

I first learned about this site because of their book “It Starts with Food”

It is truly about getting back to basics…REAL FOOD!  Challenging yourself for 30 days to eat nothing but real food….
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As far as categories are concerned these are how I look for something in each of these categories.  Listed in the order of how I go to them :)….

RECIPES:
Elana’s Pantry
BALANCED BITES
EVERYDAY PALEO   ***ironically….I think Sarah Fragosa has amazing recipes…but I have all 3 of her cook books so I go to my hard copies more than the blog site…:)…

WELLNESS OF MIND HEALTH:
EVERYDAY PALEO
BALANCED BITES

SCIENCE:
BALANCED BITES
Food Babe
Mark’s Daily Apple

FITNESS:
EVERYDAY PALEO
Mark’s Daily Apple

GREAT SPOT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PALEO AND SUPPORT:
EVERYDAY PALEO
BALANCED BITES
Mark’s Daily Apple
Paleo Hacks
Whole 9

MOST FAMILY FRIENDLY:
EVERYDAY PALEO
Elana’s Pantry

EXCELLENT PODCASTS TO LEARN MORE AND GREAT GUESTS TO LEARN ABOUT THEIR SITES AND HOW THEY CONTRIBUTE TO THE PALEO/REAL FOOD COMMUNITY:
EVERYDAY PALEO
BALANCED BITES
Paleo Hacks

***I am going to finally mention one I haven’t really had the chance to delve into the site as much as I would like to yet….but I really enjoyed hearing her interview on Paleo Hacks podcast….Primal Kitchen.

And it was with that podcast and interview that I learned about Eat to Perform.

I don’t know much about those last two yet….but I look forward to reading and learning more!

Finally MOVEMENT…..my favorite spot to just watch/read/hear about quick ways to keep my body mobile and intune with how it is suppose to function and work is:  Aligned and Well.  Katy gives great sound science on how our bodies need to be respected.

SUMMING IT UP….

If I absolutely had to choose….

It would go back to the beginning of this post….BALANCED BITES and EVERYDAY PALEO.

And if you still pushed me…

I guess EVERYDAY PALEO would win because it is geared around family….they are both parents they understand the ins and outs of parenthood.

BUT….BALANCED BITES reminds me to be real…and it gives me a feeling of Gilmore Girls…lol….

So….

Those are my top spots for now….

I am continually learning….thus….

The list is continually growing…

I will add as I come across more or as I think of ones I may have forgotten!

Until then….

Many blessings to all of you…

Have a blessed week full of “P” POWER! :)….

~K 🙂


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