Body Changes

Well I’m not yet done my journey, so this isn’t a true after, it’s more like a ‘part way’.  Yesterday I went bathing suit shopping and it wasn’t super awful!  That was a nice surprise.

I had my lower legs lasered so don’t have to shave, hurts like h*ll although so totally worth it.  Anyhow, I was rubbing on a scrub cream the other day and i noticed my calves are getting so firm, what a fabulous surprise that was.  It totally made my day, lol. Re-reading that it sounds like I haven’t washed my legs for months, hmmm…

Here’s a visual for you. Same weight to within a lb!  In May (post knee surgery recovery) I started exercising again.  First month was Tony Horton 10 min trainer 3x a week.  Last 4 weeks has been at Oranj fitness.  Each week I aim for 2 Yoga, 1 TRX bootcamp (for strength not Cardio – I do squats or lunges and lift light weights while everyone else does Cardio) and Zumba for my ‘sprint’, although I’m struggling a bit with my Zumba.

Changes Apr to June 2012

Changes Apr to June 2012

My body and I love real food and shockingly, exercise, lol!

Primal Taco Boats

My kids LOVE taco’s.  Those gooey flour tortillas are a key part of it, so tonight when I made ‘Taco’s’ I couldn’t call them Taco’s even if we wrapped them in lettuce, there would have been a chorus of drama, so instead Taco Boat’s were born!

Taco Boats

  • 1.5 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 Pkg Epicure’s Taco Seasoning
  • 1 lg Avocado
  • 1.5 Tbsp Epicure’s Guacamole Dip Mix
  • 1 can diced tomato
  • Lime Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Poco Salsa Mix
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • Shredded White Cheddar
  • Romaine Leaves

Cook your ground beef with 1 pkg Epicure’s Taco Seasoning.  Mash your Avocado with your Guac spice, 1 Tbsp Lime Juice and 1/2 cup Sour Cream.  Mix your Tomato with 1 tbsp Lime Juice and your Salsa Mix.

Load the yummies into your Romaine leaves and munch down!

Taco Boat Prep

Taco Boat Prep

 

What to eat! Hmmm…

So those new to Paleo or Primal are always confused about what a day looks like.  First off, you need to know what you CAN and CAN’T eat, this is the BIGGEST question those new to this lifestyle ask me.  Mark’s Daily Apple (http://http://www NULL.marksdailyapple NULL.com/primal-blueprint-101/#axzz1xGymGcin)is a great resource and for simple science behind Paleo check out Robb Wolf’s The Paleo Solution.

The biggest difference between Paleo and Primal is that Primal is more accepting of Dairy than Paleo is.  If you’re not bothered by Dairy then go for it.  The most important thing is to honor what you feel and experience in your body.

I have ALOT of inflammation so Cod Liver Oil is key for me, 1 Tbsp every day help keep the aches away!  I also had my knee repaired this spring and have gotten back to fitness.

As a very brief overview of what I eat:  lots of poultry, fish, eggs, some red meat, tons of veggies, some nuts and seeds, coconut and coconut milk, some fruit and use good healthy fats like Olive and Coconut Oil.  I eat cheese now and again and use alot of Coconut Beverage (unsweetened) and Almond Milk.  I eat clean.  Nothing has been processed (well.. the bacon has!).  I make my own Mayo – it’s SUPER easy and even my kids don’t like the store mayo anymore!

Just last week I read The Primal Blueprint and after a year of living Paleo (and falling off the wagon when travelling, which is monthly) I finally figured out how come my weight loss has basically stalled the past 4 month.  In looking at Mark’s Carbohydrate Curve (http://www NULL.marksdailyapple NULL.com/the-primal-carbohydrate-continuum/#axzz1xGymGcin) I had a HUGE AHA MOMENT!   I was eating Paleo/Primal AND my daily carbs were in the 100-250 range daily for the days that I have tracked on ‘My Fitness Pal’ from a couple months ago, and those days are typical for me.  That’s a maintenance and weight gain place.  I’m now tracking my carbs for two weeks so I can see what 50-100 carbs is like and the weight has been dropping off again!

Day 1

  • 9am  2 eggs, in Coconut Oil
  • 1pm Leftover Swordfish & Creamy Cauliflower
  • Afternoon Bengal Tea with Almond Milk
  • 4 – Late afternoon – 2 carrots, 4 Celery Sticks & Handful of Pistachios
  • 6 – Big Ass Salad
  • 3 Tsp Norwegian Cod Liver Oil
  • 9 – 2 Tbsp Almond Butter

Day 2

  • 7:30 am – 2 eggs in Coconut Oil
  • 11am Post Bootcamp – Quick not completely paleo Protein Shake made with Coconut Beverage
  • 2pm  Famished and at Natural foods store to buy Cod Liver Oil.  Grab jar of Macadamia nut butter.  Eat 3 Tbsps in car
  • 5pm Taco’s in Lettuce leaves – Taco Meat, Salsa, Sour Cream and a sprinkling of cheese, ‘wrapped’ in a lettuce leave
  • Raw veggies

Day 3

  •  2 eggs in Coconut Oil, 2 slices bacon
  • Lunch on the fly!  2 Haddock Fillets with Epicure’s Lemon Pepper Sansel – cooked 3 mins in my Steamer
  • 4snack – 1 cup Epicure Salsa with 8 or so Celery Stalks as the scoops, a few slices of beef jerky
  • Tuna Patties and a nice gooey blob of goat cheese with 1/2 an english cucumber, thickly sliced, used like a cracker

Curried Coconut Spinach

I was heading out of town and had ½ a can of Coconut milk and a whole lg container of fresh spinach in the fridge, both needed to be used on my last day, so out of necessity this recipe was born!

•    Tbsp or so of Coconut oil
•    1 med onion, diced
•    5 cloves garlic
•    ½ to ¾ a can of Coconut Milk (my fav is real Thai)
•    2-4- tsps of your favorite Curry Paste, I used a bit of both green and red
•    1 lg pkg of fresh spinach, chopped

Saute onion and garlic in coconut oil until lightly browned.  Add your Curry Paste and Coconut Milk, once simmering drop in your spinach and cook until nicely wilted.  Enjoy!

CURRIED COCONUT SPINACH

CURRIED COCONUT SPINACH