Paleo Update

Holy MOTHER OF GOD. You know when you see yourself, and you’re like ‘I look ok but I could stand to lose a couple pounds, but I don’t hate myself.’ That’s where I was at a few months ago. I thought, for just having a baby, I was doing pretty good. And I was. I was, by my standards, a sloppy mess, but I was working hard at losing the baby weight and that made me feel good about myself. Actually,  I shouldn’t say that. I lost the baby weight within months of having Charlotte, but my body never rebounded. SO I was more trying to get my actual body back to where it used to be, not so much the weight. ANYWAY! As you know I started doing the Paleo diet again, sometime in March I’d say? Maybe April? I forget, but I know it was before Easter, because come Easter I stopped. Not on purpose, it just got too hard to keep up with, and then summer came and it got even harder. I still tried to eat better and I added in a few Paleo recipes a few times a week, but I was no longer eating strictly Paleo. 

About a week and a half ago I had the courage to step on the scale again after falling off the Paleo wagon. I avoided it for a long, long time because I was certain I had gained back all of the weight I lost. AND much to my surprise, I was only three pounds away from my goal weight! I decided, screw this, I’m doing it. And today my friends, I hit that target weight and it feels so mother effing good I can’t even explain it! A week and a half ago I decided I was going to start eating MUCH better, got rid of most of the junk food in my house and replaced it with healthy alternatives (it’s super easy to do with a child since I have to have these foods around for her anyway, now we can share hah). I also started doing yoga one to two times a day, either in the morning before Charlotte wakes up, or at night after she goes to bed, and sometimes both. When I told my husband I hit my goal weight this morning he goes, “good, can we stop eating healthy now?” HAH! You would think that, but now that I’m here I don’t want to lose it, especially after how easy it’s been and how great it’s making me feel. Want to see my progress? Brace yourselves.

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oh my god, woof. It is INSANE the difference just a few months can make! I’m going to try my hardest to keep posting healthy/paleo recipes on here, because honestly, that’s pretty much what got me to this point, just changing up my diet and I’d love to share them with you guys! 

Far left I was 117.6. The middle picture was taken exactly one week later during the peak of my paleo diet and I was 114.6. The far right picture was taken today after eating healthy but not strictly paleo, and keeping up with yoga daily, I am 110.4 pounds! BOO YAH BABY. After having Char I kind of fell into a depression, especially with summer approaching I pretty much just accepted that I was never going to get my old body back. I was going to the gym, I was eating “healthy” and nothing seemed to make a difference. But after looking at these pictures next to each other it shows you just have to stick with it. Set a goal and don’t stop until you get there! If I can do it so can you! Until next time, kisses!

 

Recipe: “Spaghetti” with sautéed Kale.

This recipe was actually a little frightening to me. I have never experimented with spaghetti squash before, but my sister-in-law makes ‘spaghetti’ with it ALL the time. I figured it was time to step out of my comfort zone. And come to find out, that was the easy part. The sauce was what was intimidating!

IMG_2940In the above picture we made it with the Bolognese sauce it called for in the recipe, but if I were to make it again I’d probably just toss my own sauce over it because it’s pretty much paleo and this was a pain in the ass, HA. Ok so instructions for both (spaghetti and sautéed kale) are as follows:

Spaghetti Squash:
All you need is literally…. the squash. One large squash was exactly enough for my husband and me. If you’re cooking for 3 or 4 people I’d buy two, and so on. 

Step one: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Step two: Cut the squash in half lengthwise.
Step three: Remove the seeds from the middle, much like you would do to a pumpkin.
Step four: Place the halves cut side down on a baking sheet. Cook for 28-35 minutes.
Make sure to check the squash at the 28 minute mark. If it overcooks it’ll become mushy and you won’t get the ‘spaghetti’ effect you’re going for. Scrape it with a fork and it should shred. If it scrapes easily you know it’s ready.
Step five: When the squash is completely cooked, scrape the halves with a fork. They will end up looking like little piles of angel hair pasta, pretty much. Pour your favorite (paleo or healthy!) sauce over the squash strands and you’re all set!

 

Sautéed  Kale
What you need: 1-2 bunches fresh kale. (1 bunch was enough for 2 people.)
1-2 cloves garlic – minced.
Juice from 1 lemon.
1-2 tablespoons coconut oil.

Step one: rinse and trim kale. Make sure to cut off JUST the leaves! If you get a piece of the stem when you’re taking a big bite it will taste really, really bitter and gross. Chop leaves into bite size pieces – they sauté faster.
Step two: Melt the 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a large non-stick frying or sauté pan and add garlic. Cook garlic for about 30 seconds then add half the fresh kale. Cook, stirring constantly, for about a minute, then add the rest of kale.
Step three: Let everything cook down for about 10 minutes. Make sure to keep stirring so garlic doesn’t burn.
Step four: When kale has finished cooking, spoon onto a plate and cover with a little lemon juice.

You can add salt and pepper to taste for any of these dishes, but I’m trying to stay away from using TOO much salt. If you’re going to add some, make sure to use SEA SALT. 🙂 ALSO my husband LOVED the lemon juice on the kale but it’s easy to overdo it. If you’re only cooking one bunch of kale, squeeze just half the lemon. 

And there you go friends! That is one of my healthy dinner recipes. Give it a try tonight, I promise it’s super yummy and you won’t even realize you’re not gorging yourself on carbs!

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Introducing the Diet Diaries!

As we all know I have a 9 month old daughter. Since having her, I’ve lost a few pounds here and there, but nothing significant. Actually… I got down to my pre-baby weight relatively quickly BUT my body was, obviously, not the same. And not just not the same, like, nowhere NEAR what it used to look like in my previous life, hah! I really wasn’t super motivated to go to the gym or work out, even though I have a great friend Kelsey who motivates me to do a class with her from time to time. I have never, ever, ever in my life been a diet person. I just have no will power. Can’t do it. However, I woke up one day, looked at myself in the mirror, gagged a little bit, and realized summer is only a few months away. My husband and I belong to a beach club close to our house and the thought of being in front of anyone in a bathing suit makes me want to crawl in a hole and die. SO I decided it’s high time I start losing the rest of this baby weight. Time to get motivated.

A few years back my husband and I did the Paleo diet while we were doing Crossfit. I used to be terrified of cooking… I absolutely hated it. So this diet really sucked for us, hah. It’s all fresh food and clean eating, it’s also called the ‘Caveman Diet’ basically eating only things that cavemen would have eaten, but I’ll get into all that later. So I was really bad at the Paleo diet because I hated cooking and it’s ALL cooking, ALL the time. Now I love to cook… it’s weird, but all of the sudden I enjoy it. We bought this enormous Paleo cookbook last time so I dug it out and realized they actually plan out your meals for the week up to like 8 weeks or something.. maybe even more. So I’m like ok, they plan this out for me literally step by step, there’s no reason not to do it. So I literally sat down, picked out all of my meals and sides and snacks for the week, went to the grocery store and bought myself and my husbands a week’s worth of some healthy ass shit. Excuse my French. Long story short (not really, sorry) we have been on this diet now since Tuesday the 5th, I’ve lost 6 pounds and Matt’s lost 8. We do one week strict, strict Paleo and have one cheat day. Then the next week we do a looser paleo (I MAY have a little cheese and here and there, shh, don’t tell anyone), and again, have a cheat day. Then the next week (this week) we’ll be strict again. So the point of this whole post is that I am going to basically document my weight loss and how I’ve been doing it. There are some really amazing recipes that I want to post too. (I’ve been taking pictures of almost everything I make, cause I’m weird like that). So I’ll post a menu for the day and maybe that way you guys can try out some healthy meals too! It’s been pretty fantastic and I feel really great about myself, I sleep better, have more energy during the day, and it’s been fun to cook and try new things too!

Tomorrow I’m going to post the first week’s pictures with a few menu items from the week. I’m taking a set of pictures every week, mostly to keep track for myself but whatever.  That’s what’s coming your way to stay tuned!

Anyway, since it is Monday I wanted to share with you an adorable video of my babe, Charlotte. She has this little trick that she’d been doing since she was like two months old and lately she does it all the time. And more recently she’s added me to the trick, so I had to video tape it. Hopefully it brightens up your Monday a little bit. 😀 Until next time, kisses!