Not all have been huge hits. Heck my dad was pretty convinced I would kill my husband in our first year of marriage of malnourishment.
I will be the first to admit not all my concoctions are great. Some are down right weird, and need to be chucked or something. But the stubborn side of me won’t give up on trying to create tasty treats for my family. And the thrifty side in me won’t just throw something away just because it didn’t turn out exactly the way I would like it to be. The handy thing is lots of recipes that are flops do have the potential of becoming something else if we can just think outside of the box! At the very least…compost!
In my pursuit to nourish my wonderful Frick family in the way I have been learning over the last 4 years: whole, real, hunter-gatherer kind of eating… it has been fun, frustrating, interesting, challenging….and JOYOUS!
Do I get my feelings hurt when they don’t like something: yes! But, I imagine all great chefs have critics and they didn’t just make the great souffle in one time. It took experimentation, trial and error, persistence, and a thick skin! Joseph didn’t let being thrown into the pit keep him down!
Persistence….I have lots of. I actually don’t have much of a choice. You see, especially when it comes to baking, I have never been good at following the instructions, directions. Hence why quite a bit of my stuff has flopped. But as I have learned more and more about herbs, seasonings, spices, real food, flavors….foods of cultures….and SUPER FOOD benefits…..I am actually understanding and loving the science behind why, for example, with baking, things need to be a particular way!
Once I was able to grasp the true science, chemical reaction and why, behind baking, then I was able to truly start tweaking and experimenting. And have many more hits versus misses!
My largest challenge of recent is wanting my wonderful family to receive all the great benefits of some of the superfoods and nutrient dense things that I know they won’t just eat like I eat.
I have found and tweaked recipes to ensure they get more coconut oil, by making them “fudge bites”. Using bone broth when I cook up their eggs. Actually any recipe that asks for water, instead I use bone broth; baked goods I use coconut water or milk instead of plain water.
Food should be something we celebrate with as a family not fight about! It should be something that nourishes us: mind, body, and soul! And that I truly believe.
Thus the pursuit and birth of TASTY TUESDAYS!
I desire to share with anyone who is interested….a few recipes, food thoughts, nutritional tidbits a couple times a month on Tuesdays! Heck I might even be able to build myself up to doing it every week :)!
I will leave you with my first treat that was a huge hit in my home. Some may not agree with my ingredient choices. But again I have to compromise and creating something that will create love and harmony in the home rather than friction and division!
I have given you 2 of the recipes from the pamphlet link from above over the last 2 weeks!
I wanted to share with you my thoughts…my reasoning to make things simple….to keep things real! Thus I thought I should give you exactly what I created to share with a friend and with anyone who wants to just learn different ways to add flavor and fun to their food!
It has lots of great ways to add flavor, satiation, fun, and simplicity!
Hope you enjoy this pamphlet….and all the recipes I will continue to post!
Hugs and prayers to you all always!
I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts during the holidays….months and months ago…
I absolutely loved what Jason said about challenges….whether it is a paleo challenge or any other type of challenge.
The question we should all ask ourselves is why are we doing a challenge? Is it to get healthy? Is it to lose some weight? Is it to lose body fat? Is it just to see if we can do it?
Having been on this lifestyle journey of living real, eating real, being real started about 4-5 years ago. I never thought it would truly change my life but it has. What is great is I have learned something new each week, each month, each year, and each day!
So for me what may have started as a spiritual journey of a Daniel Fast and pray…..brought me to where I am today with my mind, body, soul, well being of living Paleo.
Thus what really spoke to me about the 69th podcast of theirs, that took place on Christmas Eve, is that I too see friends and family who have a scale goal….or say they are going do something with their eating/diet/exercise for a specific designated time frame. But then what? Do they go back to sloppy eating and then get frustrated because they put back on all that weight and then some?
What breaks my heart is how they have now broken their metabolism. They have to work even harder the next time. They have broken their spirit; now they are disappointed or frustrated with themselves.
I’ve been there in the past. Living Paleo has changed that so much for me. Have I hit some rough spots during this journey? Of course. Just because we learn a healthier way of living doesn’t mean that life just becomes easy. It doesn’t mean temptations aren’t there. It doesn’t mean I don’t have a meal, or a day, or even a week where I make choices that I may not be so happy about the outcome the next day or next week.
But the difference is I MAKE THOSE CHOICES WITH A CONSCIENCE DECISION!
So whether I choose to have a piece of cake at a wedding to celebrate that couples union, or I have too many drinks over the holidays…..I knowingly make a choice that I may not feel so great in my mind and gut the next day…..thus I have to decide if I am willing to wait out it clearing through my system to get my hormones, my mind, my body back into balance.
There is not stop and start…on and off…..challenge or no challenge for me…..it is Paleo Power all the way for me!
Now for me a challenge is more of a: do I want to try to train to be stronger for a couple of months, or do I want to increase my speed on a run. Heck I have been even pulling more away from running so much and really adapting what is talked about on Marks Daily Apple.
I know it is not easy for any of us who have struggled with weight due to genetics, poor eating habits, or hormones…..but it is possible to abandon the “sad” (standard american diet) way of living….and truly live 100% authentic!
Thus my CHALLENGE to every friend, family member, EVERYONE….is to quit yo-yo-ing…..and start eating, exercising, praying for life….forever!
4 Years ago I embarked on a spiritual journey that has forever changed my life.
My husband was debating over some career choices. He was struggling with what he should or shouldn’t do. I had at the same time just finished a book on the deep spiritual connection a person can experience through a fast. but what I learned through this book was more than that.
I learned about the different types, levels, lengths, etc…of a spiritual fast. I read about fasting in a way I had never heard of. It changed my heart and mind forever about what fasting really was. Thus, I decided this was what I wanted to do for my husband. I wanted to do a fast and novena as a sacrifice for him to feel a spiritual guidance from God through the decisions he was trying to make.
As I had read in one of the books, I made a contract with God. I stated what I was going to abstain/fast from and for what length of time.
Little did I know that this was going to not only be for him but it would forever shift my life…
…my WHOLE life: MIND BODY AND SOUL!
Spiritually: It taught me to truly and fully lean on God through anything and everything. When I am in a fast I must remember there will be temptations, so the question is what is more important to me, the fleshly desire for that one item, or is my desire for Christ going to be greater?
Mind: I feel an amazing clarity in my mind when I fast. No matter the type or duration. Even though I have found for me a fast that is at least 9 days long are where I experience the greatest clarity. But my one day absolutes can also be profound!
Body: I had no idea that 4 years ago this simple decision would began my journey of truly embracing a whole foods living approach. A journey of giving up all food that truly do not nourish my body properly.
I had no idea that the foods I was fasting from had a name: PALEO!
I find it fitting and beautiful that 4th of July is on a Friday this year because 4 years ago it was after a 4th of July celebration weekend with friends that I started the spiritual fast for my husband.
What did I fast from and how long, that forever changed my life?
I knew I wanted the fast to be at least 21 days. But started it with a novena for my husband with a friend, which is 9 days long.
It was simple: I would fast/abstain from all foods I really loved and desired.…and I wanted to keep it simple!
I gave up:
snacking in between meals
My days were written out like this:
Breakfast: protein shake
Lunch: soup (no meat) with nuts
Dinner: big salad or grilled veggies with a good portion of meat.
It was that simple. AND IT CHANGED MY LIFE!
At 21 days I noticed a shift in my body. And for the first time in my life I didn’t have excruciating pain when my period came. I had suffered with PCOS for 20 years. It was entering into the fall season, thus seasonal allergies….yet I wasn’t watery eyed, sneezy, and miserable. I realized there was something to this spiritual journey; it was changing my spirit, my soul, but it was also changing my mind, my mental health, and my body, my physical health!
I started to read and research about dairy, grains, sugars, and so much more. How all these have effects on our body. I started to feel even more alive. And I am a pretty energetic happy person to begin with!
SOMETHING WAS DIFFERENT!
I have experienced so much in my last 4 years: good, bad, sorrowful, challenging, etc. Yet, through it all I have felt so alive, so amazing. I know with my entire being it is because of this spiritual journey God took me on 4 years ago. It has deepen my faith, deepen my life, and opened up a doorway for my mind, body, and soul for and to HIM!
That can be described in only one way: TRUE FREEDOM!
***Quick note: That fast was exactly that a fast. It had a beginning and an end. But it did lead me to how I eat today. Which is whole real food. No grains, no legumes, minimal grass fed dairy from time to time, NO SUGAR…..
But lots and lots of:
GRASS FED BEEF
AND SOOOOOOOO MUCH MORE….
I eat and try more types of veggies than I ever did before. I try even the main stays in ways I never would have fathomed! I enjoy some fruits, mostly berries, but because they truly are just too sweet for me any more!
Thus on this glorious 4th of July….I celebrate not only our country’s INDEPENDENCE…..but my INDEPENDENCE as well!
INDEPENDENCE from the bondage of bad food choices!
INDEPENDENCE to eat amazing full flavored REAL food!
INDEPENDENCE to live a full life: MIND, BODY, AND SOUL!
Happy Independence day to you all!
My love and prayers always,
***Don’t forget to check out the links I have highlighted above! Would love to hear any feedback, comments, input!