Analyzing “fad” diets

Recently my mother just purchased a “diet” book by a famous talk show celebrity.  I had asked her what persuaded her to get the book and she said something like, “ooh it was on sale and have you seen his wife, she’s hot!” So this caught my attention and I proceeded to ask her what has she learned and what this guy is preaching about to these desperate people to eat.  Me being me I didn’t agree with the nutritional values he explains to have, and like for example what your basic meals say for breakfast should be.  So I explained to my mom that every human being is different but we were all derived from the same upbringing therefore our bodies are all functioning on most of the same organs.  I believe that all these “fad” diets out there are just a way to make money for some people and a lot of it is brainwashing.  People should figure out what works best for them as an individual.  But if you really think about it, was our bodies created to digest an overly processed bowl of cereal that once started as a grain then processed through machines over and over then coated with loads of sugar? Well heck no! I believe that you should fuel your body with nutrients derived off the land and that haven’t been manufactured and process with chemicals that our body can’t digest.  My boyfriend made a great point the other day, he simply said before you eat something think about how many hands have touched that food before it’s been in yours… Was it once a grain then shipped here to be broken down, processed, then shipped there to be shoved in a box that could survive a nuclear hollicost? Or was is picked out of a field then cleaned and put freshly on the shelves at your local store? I thought wowy what a great point and that’s why I wanted to share it with you all.  So just remember to really think about where your food comes from and how it’s been made. 

Chocolate pumpkin cookies

Chocolate pumpkin cookies
1/2 small can pumpkin purée

1/4 cup coconut oil melted

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp honey

1 cup almond flour

1/2 tsp bakingpowder

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp cocoa powder

Preheat 375 degrees F. Mix wet ingredients to dry. Scoop 2 tbsp of dough for one cookie. Bake for 11 minutes. Serve warm and ENJOY!! NOTE: dough will be runny but rises once cooked 😉 MAKES: about 9 cookies

 

 

Sweet sweet summer time

Howdaaaaay friends! Just a quick update for ya… So let me start off by saying I joined a new crossfit gym in the little bitty town of Ripon and I’m lovin it! Such a welcoming group and amazing new friends I’ve met.  And the rush and high I feel after are super doops amazing!! 

Throw up the chill-copter because Summer is officially here and staying on track can be a little challenging when all you really want to do is sit poolside with a cocktail, but for me I like to work hard to play harder.  So I do believe it’s ok to splurge now and then because let’s face it, we are all human beings and we should all do what makes us genuinely happy! And remember, a little off-roading never hurt nobody as long as you don’t venture too far off the path 😊.  So stay cool and classy my friends and remember to keep it as clean as you can

Paleo Chicken Marinade

For me I make a butt load of chicken for my meals during the week and yes it can get a little blah sometimes.  So I enjoy coming up with different ways to season my breasts(wink wink). 

6 thin cut chicken breast (thin cuts make a better choice proportion wise)

2 whole lemons

3 fresh garlic cloves

1 handful of cilantro 

SPICES: black pepper, salt, and red pepper flakes(to taste)

DIRECTIONS: squeeze lemons in bowl.  I crushed my garlic with a garlic press next into same bowl. Then add chopped cilantro last and stir. I used a glass Pyrex dish for the chicken. Pour marinade over chicken and add in spices. And waaaaala! Then cook to your liking whether it be on the BBQ or baking. ENJOY! 

My 1/2 marathon v-card has been swiped! 

This past weekend I completed my first 1/2 marathon in Portland, Oregon! My 51 year old dad and my amazing boyfriend both took on the challenge with me. It was absolutely perfect and I couldn’t be more proud of all of us! 

When I officially decided to start my paleo journey I also wanted to get into running and accomplish a half marathon but wanted it to be a destination race.  About 3 years ago I visited Portland and loved it! The beautiful scenery, lucious green trees, and laid back vibe.  Not to mention the weirdness and free spirited grungers either.  I figured it was the perfect match and the weather is on point for running! So we booked the rock-n-roll 1/2 marathon around late January I would say. 

A part of me was thinking holy crap, 13.1 miles running am I cray? Maybe, but me being determined I knew I could do it! So my training began…I remember doing 5 miles for the first time and thought holy moly my legs are about fall off am I really sure about this? But I knew the more time and effort I put into it the easier it would get.  So me being excited(and a couple glasses of wine deep) I was telling my dad he should do it with us! “Come on dad you’re a badass I know you can do it” probably were about the words used. So he said hell yea, and I couldn’t be more proud of him. Two heart attacks, triple bypass, and a whopping 51 years old he killed it! And not to forget my love and best friend, he commutes 5 days a week and doesn’t have a lot of free time to train. I know he was iffy at first but he finished so strong and I wouldn’t want to have finished the race with anyone else! 

If you are considering doing something like this I would absolutely recommend to go for it!! It’s such a great feeling to accomplish a goal you set for yourself and not only did I just complete my first 1/2, I appreciate running and the feeling it gives me!  I believe that if you truly set your mind on something you can make it happen. Go at it with 100% and don’t give up and I promise you will succeed!  

I cannot wait for our next 1/2 marathon journey! Philly, DC, Vegas…the options are endless and this is only the beginning! RUN HAPPY MY FRIENDS!