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  1. Didnt take pics of breakfast or dinner. Breakfast was same thing I've been having. Dinner was a salad, ribeye steak, and sweet potato hashbrowns. Lunch was leftovers.
  2. Day 4 Workout: 30 minutes of Turbofire. Breakfast: Same as I've been having, plus an orange. Loving these cara cara oranges, I got a huge bag of them at costco. Lunch: Leftover bacon guac burger with sweet potato fries. I was so hungry I didn't even bother with a plate, I ate it right off the foil I heated it up on. Dinner: Roasted chicken leg and thigh, garlic green beans sauteed in ghee, and roasted kabocha squash and a LaCroix lemon soda water. I also had another orange and a few (I swear, only a few) home-made apple chips. The apple chips are kind of food without breaks, but I just got a dehydrator for christmas and my aunt is coming in to town tomorrow, so I wanted to make a bag of apple chips for her and my mom, but I had to make sure they were good right?
  3. After taking a year off from exercising to work on other health issues (was having heart problems that made me afraid to workout, but now they are under control and I'm ready to get back to working out) I am feeling pretty pitiful. Even when I was working out regularly, my cardiovascular endurance/stamina was not great. I get really out of breath really fast, and when I get out of breath/my heart rate is up, it makes my throat hurt really bad - never really sure why. I would like to do either a color run or the dirty dash this year, but I'm worried there is not enough time to get fit enough to do one of them. I do not have a gym membership and can't afford one right now. I do have a workout video series called Turbofire by Beachbody which is mostly HIIT and cardio workouts with a few resistance band strength workouts. I also have a 20# kettlebell, and I've been doing some bodyweight stuff like squats, lunges, pushups (against my kitchen or bathroom counter because I can't do real pushups yet, not even knee pushups) planks, etc. Running/walking outside is kind of out as there is snow and it's 28 degrees right now (at 11:30am) and I work from 8:30-5, so it's dark until 7:30 and gets dark again before 5, so it's even colder once the sun goes down after work, so yeah...cold. I can run for about a block before I'm doubled over gasping for breath anyway. I need some kind of workout plan for the cold months that I can do inside, then maybe something to add like walking/jogging once the weather gets a little better. Thanks
  4. Good luck with your whole30! Did a 15 minute HIIT workout. It ended up taking more like 30-40 minutes though because I kept having to pause it to rest. But I did finish it. And I got my kettlebell! Now I can start doing kettlebell workouts. Breakfast: eggs, brussels sprouts and bacon, sweet potato hashbrowns with an orange and some moroccan mint green tea. Lunch: leftover stirfry and lacroix lemon soda water Dinner: lettuce wrapped grass fed burger with bacon, guac, pickles, and sweet potato fries.
  5. Craving sugar a little, but not too bad. No carb flu yet, but I don't think it will be too bad if I get it at all. While my sugar dragon is still alive and well, my tolerance for sugar is still way lower than it used to be. Breakfast: Same as yesterday. I tend to eat the same thing for breakfast every day until I get really sick of it, then figure out something new. It's one less meal to think about. Lunch was leftover stew with a lacroix lemon soda water and an orange and dinner was a stirfry with grass fed sirloin steak, snow peas, carrots, broccoli, and green onions in a sauce of coconut aminos, fish sauce, ginger and garlic with some black pepper. I was starving when I got home so I ate a handful of black olives while cooking dinner.
  6. This will be my log as I attempt to drop the last 30-40 pounds I have to lose, and get into shape enough to do Color Me Rad in June, and the Dirty Dash in July (hence the title). Today I started a whole30, which I'll probably carry on to 90 or more days. I really want to kill the sugar dragon once and for all. I'll be doing a semi AIP whole30, as I've been AIP for 9.5 months but have reintroduced some things like eggs, black pepper, pecans, and even dairy though that's now out again because whole30. I also want to workout consistently, as in 4-6 days a week. I ordered a 20# kettlebell that should be here saturday, and I'll be doing Turbofire workouts, plus bodyweight stuff. So this is where I will track everything. This morning I did the Turbofire Core 20 workout video Breakfast: I had a HB egg before working out, then breakfast after, so it's only 2 eggs on a bed of sauteed brussels sprouts and bacon with a side of sweet potato hashbrowns. Everything cooked in ghee. Lunch: Leftovers from dinner lastnight. Chicken legs marinated in Nom Nom Paleo's orange sriracha chicken marinade (skipped the glaze, even though it's amazing, I have not reintroduced nightshades and it includes honey) with green beans cooked in coconut aminos, fish sauce, garlic and ginger, and roasted garlic mashed cauliflower. Also an orange and LaCroix lemon soda water that aren't pictured. Dinner: Used my new Instant Pot pressure cooker to make beef stew. It's so good. Stew meat, carrots, onions, cabbage, bone broth, a little nomato sauce, splash of fish sauce, thyme, rosemary, and bay leaves, plus a sprinkle of parsley on top to make it pretty.
  7. I finally got a smart phone. It is android, looking for a recipe/meal planning app that is good. I'm using MFP to track food, but I'd love somewhere to store recipes and make meal plans and shopping lists. Thanks
  8. Some of my go-to dinners are: Roast a whole chicken (coat with a little oil, salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning) with carrots, onions, sweet potatoes, turnips, any combo of root veggies you like, scattered around it. I roast my chicken at 375 for 2 hours. I eat it with the root veggies for dinner that night, have leftovers for lunch the next day, then have the remaining meat for salads for another day. http://nomnompaleo.com/post/65246577688/orange-sriracha-chicken This recipe is the bomb. Seriously. I just do some stirfried veggies on the side, like broccoli, carrots, green onions, peppers, whatever with a little coconut aminos, fish sauce, garlic and ginger on them. This is Autoimmune Protocol (because I'm on it right now) but it's seriously the best meatloaf I've ever had, paleo or not, AIP or not. Feel free to put ketchup on it if you like. http://autoimmune-paleo.com/nutrisclerosis-meatloaf/ I serve it with http://nomnompaleo.com/post/11136213353/roasted-kabocha-squash http://www.phoenixhelix.com/2013/03/11/simple-tender-pot-roast-with-holy-grail-gravy/
  9. Last time I had my cholesterol and stuff checked was something like 6-8 years ago. My total cholesterol was fine (something like 140-150 ish), and my LDL was fine, but my HDL was just below where they wanted to see it (39), I think my triglicerides were a bit high too. I was about 100lbs. overweight and had a crappy diet consisting of fast food and stuff from the deli counter, you know, the corn dogs and jojo's, not the cold cuts and sandwiches. I lost 65lbs. went full on paleo, and got my blood tested again about 4 months ago. My total cholesterol went UP to something like 190, but all of that increase was HDL. My LDL was the same (somewhere in the 80's) but my HDL skyrocketed to 89, more than double what it was. Basically, dietary cholesterol has very little if any bearing on serum (blood) cholesterol. Your liver produces it's own cholesterol and THAT is where the cholesterol comes from that clogs your arteries. The reason your liver produces cholesterol is because cholesterol plays a vital role as a building block of many hormones and messenger chemicals in the body (like Vitamin D3) but it also produces cholesterol to patch lesions on the insides of your arteries, like a scab. Those lesions are caused by high blood sugar, and high insulin levels, both of which are very, very irritating to the arteries. I once heard a heart surgeon describe high blood sugar and insulin levels are like running a coarse wire brush through the insides of your arteries, it scrapes them up. high cholesterol is your bodies response to inflammation, it is a symptom of a greater problem of chronic systemic inflammation, not the problem itself. Also, high total cholesterol is meaningless so long as your ratios of HDL to LDL and triglycerides are good. I also read an article (can't find it now) that said that higher cholesterol in women is actually healthy, and protects them from heart attacks.
  10. Don't cook any chicken in a crock pot for longer than 6 hours or it will end up with a texture like canned tuna, dry and mushy. My favorite crock pot recipe is to take a pork roast, sprinkle generously with salt and gratuitously with cracked black pepper, place in the crock pot, then sprinkle with about a tablespoon of juniper berries, the leaves of a couple sprigs fresh thyme, and a couple bay leaves. No added liquid. Cook on low for 8 hours and shred. It tastes just like chipotle's carnitas. Serve on lettuce with guac and salsa, in tacos, whatever, it's delicious.
  11. Went to the cardiologist last thursday. He said I had a heart murmur and wants me to get an EKG and wear a holter monitor for 24 hours. I found out the EKG is going to cost $1000 because I haven't met my deductible on my insurance yet. I cried all day yesterday. But I need to get it done to know what's going on. This is something that has held me prisoner for a year now, and I want to be free of it. I want to know exactly what's going on and whether or not my heart is healthy enough to exercise. I also decided to start the autoimmune protocol, so my diet is even more restricted...not only can I not have all the things that whole30 limits, but I also can't have ghee or clarified butter, nitrites and nitrates, nuts and seeds, any thickener or preservative or artificial color in food, no nightshades or nightshade spices, no seed spices (that includes black pepper!), no gluten cross-reactive foods (including yeast - no kombucha or fermented foods - and a number of other things) and no eggs. I also need to limit fructose to 10-20 grams a day...I don't even know how much fructose is in anything I'm eating...I'm still working on reading The Paleo Approach to figure out everything I really need to eliminate, so it's an ongoing process.
  12. Went to my new Naturopath on Wednesday. I've never had a Primary Care Provider in my adult life, so this is new to me. I like her so far. She thinks it's awesome that I brew my own kombucha and encouraged me to try fermenting pickles and sourkraut as well, which I've been thinking of doing anyway. She suggested a bunch of supplements to help with my anxiety and heart health including Vitamin A (preformed, not beta carotene) both internally and topically for my psoriasis, fish oil, B complex with Folate (not folic acid), and L-theanine for anxiety and phytisone for adrenal support. She also refered me to a cartiologist for an EKG and stuff to make sure my heart palpitations and chest pain aren't anything more serious, plus all the standard labs like thyroid and lipid panel. I got blood drawn for those this morning.
  13. http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2014/02/13/real-women-photoshopped/
  14. Haven't updated this in a while. I've been logging all my meals over on the whole30 forums. I'm on day 26 and going strong. I feel really good and I'm hoping I can reintro full-fat, high-quality dairy on day 31 and nothing else and just stick with eating whole30 + dairy for at least another 30-60 days. I really want to break my sugar addiction. I haven't weighed myself, but my tummy looks like it sticks out less, so whether it's less bloating or actual weight loss, I'll take it. After my whole30, I want to work on making sure I do some form of exercise every day, whether it's the beginner bodyweight routine, or DDR in my garage. I prefer to workout in the morning, but I have a hard time getting up in the morning still. I just want to keep sleeping, even though I've gotten a solid 7-8 hours.
  15. I don't have anything to add about weight gain (I have the opposite problem) but I wanted to tell you that in the US (where most chickens are kept in deplorable conditions) only about 1 in 30,000 eggs has salmonella. Salmonella only gets into eggs that come from sick chickens, so if your country has better standards for farm animals than the US does, and/or you get organic/free range/humane certified eggs, the chances of getting salmonella is pretty low. It's almost non-existent if you raise your own chickens and know that they are healthy and well cared for.
  16. Felt kind of groggy this morning and had a very mild, subtle headache most of the morning. I was a bit cranky too, but that could have been PMS, or having to do something really crappy and frustrating at work just as easily as the "kill all the things" phase. On the bright side, my breakfast kept me satiated all the way to lunch. About 15 minutes before lunch I started to get really hungry. M1: one egg, 4 oz. home made breakfast sausage, 1 small sweet potato with ghee M2: Leftovers from lastnight's dinner, plus HB egg and half an apple. M3: Apricot chicken with spinach and roasted butternut squash. Glass of kombucha.
  17. Did well today. I was a little foggy and slow today at work, but part of that was the computers fault because it was really slow and I couldn't get a good rhythm. I wasn't tempted at all by the chocolates and cookies in the break room though! Getting a bit of a headache now at 9pm and kind of hungry...really tired of being hungry all the time! M1: 1 small crock pot sweet potato with a pinch of Himalayan salt and a spoonful of ghee, 4 oz. home-made breakfast sausage crumbled up and sauteed with kale and ghee, BP coffee Snack: 1/4 of an apple and HB egg M2: Leftovers from dinner lastnight M3: Lamb and beef mixed with dill, garlic powder, salt, pepper, a dash of Red Boat fish sauce, lemon juice, and a little avocado oil formed into patties and pan fried. A mixing-bowl salad with kalamata olives, cucumbers, and dressing made with red wine vinegar, lemon juice, avocado oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, mustard and dill. Cup of kombucha.
  18. I've actually done one whole30 before. I lost 6 pounds and felt really good. It's how I discovered I was gluten intolerant. I feel like I did decently today. I was hungrier than I expected and started to get a headache mid-afternoon. Not sure why. It's too early for carb flu. It could have been less caffeine than usual, but I don't think that's it either because I had my morning coffee like normal, and don't usually have any soda until I get home from work at 5:30. It could have just been hunger though. M1: Egg Foo Young and BP coffee with a couple tablespoons coconut oil, some home-made almond milk, and some coconut milk, and about half a cup of blackberries with about a 1/4 cup coconut milk on them. M2: Mixing bowl salad with pan-seared chicken breast, kalamata olives, and home-made dressing of red wine vinegar, avocado oil, compliant mustard, and salt and pepper. Had a small handful of raw almonds too. M3: Pork Siu Mai Meatballs and Spicy Garlic Green Beans and Carrots and a glass home-brewed kombucha I got my kitchen all cleaned up after the disaster I made of it the last two days, made about 2 1/2 cups ghee, and made fresh fruit fly cultures for my poison dart frogs, so I feel fairly accomplished today
  19. Starting a whole30 tomorrow. Melissa Joulwan posted this great blog post today that I really identified with. http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2013/12/31/version-ourselves-2014/
  20. For many people grains actually cause a lot of health problems. Grains contain phytates, which are anti-nutrients that prevent your body from getting any nutrients out of the grains. They also contain proteins such as gluten that can cause inflammation and immune responses that cause the body to attack itself, leading to auto immune diseases like psoriasis, chrones, IBS, RA, and many others. Besides even all that, a high carb diet promotes inflammation in the body by creating high blood sugar and high insulin levels (both of which are highly irritating to the inside of the arteries and cause lesions that are scabbed over with cholesterol and plaque) and ultimately leading to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Even if you don't buy into the whole "caveman" theory of the paleo diet (which I don't) the foundation is a low-inflammatory diet that removes foods that frequently cause allergies, auto-immune responses, inflammation, and various digestive issues in many people.
  21. I have no idea, I've never made a pizelle (I had to google it just now to find out what it was). You'll have to experiment and see.
  22. I've decided to do a whole30 starting January 1st. I think I need the structure of the rules.
  23. I try to eat Paleo, but these cookies are Christmas to me. My Grandma made them when my mom was little, and my mom made them when I was little. They are the only Christmas cookie my family makes, and we only make them at Christmas. I have to have them every year. It's tradition. So, since I am gluten intolerant, I wanted to at least make a gluten-free version. I also wanted to send some to my cousin, who is both dairy and gluten intolerant. I didn't think I could successfully make them paleo with almond and tapioca flours and the like and maintain the character of the cookie, so I decided to just make them gluten and dairy free. I found a gluten-free baking blend flour at the store with sorghum flour, rice flour, buckwheat flour, potato starch, tapioca flour and other flours all mixed to theoretically make something that would behave like wheat flour in baked goods. I have to say, they turned out quite good. They are tender and crispy, though more brittle than the wheat flour version, and the flavor is very good still. Anise Cookies 1 c. cane sugar 1 c. brown sugar 1/3 c. coconut cream (or let coconut milk sit in the fridge, then skim the thick part off the top) 3 tbs. molasses 1 egg ¼ tsp. salt 4 c. gluten-free flour baking blend ½ c. ground anise seed Preheat oven to 375. Sift the sugars to make sure there are no clumps. Cream the coconut oil, sugars, coconut cream, molasses, egg, and salt in a bowl with a hand mixer until well mixed and slightly lighter in color. Add the ground anise and flour and mix with a wooden spoon until just incorporated. If using a cookie press, use the disk shaped like ^^^^^^^^^^^^ and squeeze out in long ribbons on a greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with colored sugar and bake for 10 minutes. While still hot out of the oven, use a spatula to cut the ribbons into 3-4 inch pieces, then let cool on a piece of newspaper. They will crisp as they cool. If you don’t have a cookie press, roll the dough into a 2-2.5†thick log and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight until firm. Unwrap and cut the log into 1/8†thick slices and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges just begin to darken, and let cool on a piece of newspaper.
  24. High cholesterol is a marker for chronic systemic inflammation. Acute local inflammation is like when you break a bone, strain a muscle, bruise something, etc. It is the bodies response to trauma and is very healthy and healing. Chronic systemic inflammation is when there is inflammation happening all over the body all the time, and it is very detrimental to health. I am of the belief that all disease comes from chronic systemic inflammation at the root. Both sugar, and insulin in the blood are very irritating and inflammatory. The body uses cholesterol as a patch or scab to cover lesions on the insides of the artery walls caused by chronic high blood sugar and insulin resistance. The body can get cholesterol two ways: from the diet, or it can be manufactured in the liver. If you have lots of inflammation, your body will make it's own cholesterol to try and scab those lesions, whether you consume a lot of cholesterol or not. That is why people in excellent shape who run every day and eat tons of "heart-healthy whole grains" and avoid red meat and eggs like they're poison drop dead of heart attacks and strokes. Because those grains are carbs that raise blood sugar. Most of the fat in our own bodies is saturated fat. Saturated fat is used to make cell walls, skin, hair, and nails. The myelin sheath that surrounds neurons is made from saturated fat and there is research that shows a lack of saturated fat, and high-quality fat in general can cause alzheimers and dementia, as well as MS and other neurological degenerative diseases. Saturated fat from high-quality sources such as coconut oil, grass-fed ruminants (beef and lamb), butter and heavy cream from grass-fed cows, and eggs from pastured poultry, is a natural source of energy that humans have prized for millennia. Our bodies know what to do with saturated fat because it's what most of our own fat stores are comprised of. There is tons more information, but I need to go to bed. Check out the book It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. It has several chapters that explain all the science behind the paleo diet like why polyunsaturated fats are really terrible for you, and saturated fats are really good for you, as well as all about chronic systemic inflammation, insulin resistance, and high cholesterol.
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