Monday 121008

Every minute on the minute for 8:00, complete:

2 Deadlifts
20 Double unders

Post loads and rounds to BTW.

Kellie in a strong overhead position!

Almost thirty days down of strict Paleo/Zone experiment and yes, I’ve learned some important lessons.  Here’s some……I’ll have more for you later.

1.  Most importantly, my body is much happier and balanced when weighing and measuring my intake of real food.  It’s far too easy to let little things into my daily nutrition that over time add up to sabotage my goals.  Simple things like eating too much protein here and there, or a little bit of dairy here and there–>make a huge difference for me.  I’ve shed 10#, improved my performance (strength included), sleeping better, more energy, etc. 

2.  It’s important not to forget or underestimate how incredibly addictive sugar is and how dang hard it is to kick, even just when having a little bit here and there.  It’s hard coming off of it, but it’s oh-so-important for my longterm health and goals.

3.  Keeping accountable is important, so whether you have a friend to talk with everyday, a food log, part of the Nutrition Program (awesome btw!)–>do it!  Crap food surrounds us everyday, at every turn, at every event, and all those ploys on your self-restraint are exhausting.  Sad but true but also not insurmountable.  Making the decision to take control of your health and make the right choices before you are faced with junk is so important, and empowering when you know that you are in charge of how you feel.  

4.  Found out again how zoning my food regularly is much more affordable.  Not overeating protein, not randomly snacking or having regular “cheat” meals has meant that we’ve saved incredibly which has made it easier to afford organic fruits/vegetables, and grass-fed meat.  

So am I gonna go crazy now that I’m done with 30 days this week?  Heck no!  Why would I want to give all that up?  This is for a lifetime of health and nutrition that I can live with happily.  Habits are earned and kept.

So now we give you……thanks to Robyn and Sara…….No Potato! Potato Salad!

3 block lunch on the go, delish!

Ingredients:
2 heads cauliflower
3 cups diced celery
1 cup diced white or yellow onion
1 20oz jar dill pickles (NO sugar)
13 eggs
black pepper, paprika, 2 tbsp fresh dill (or dried)
olive oil
apple cider vinegar
yellow mustard

Preparation:
Start by boiling your eggs. Place 11 eggs in a pot with cool water so that they are all submerged. Bring water to boil without lid. When it comes to a boil remove the pot from the heat and cover with a lid. Let sit for 12-15 minutes and then place eggs in cold water. Then, rinse cauliflower and cut off ends. Steam florets for 10-15 minutes until soft but not too soft! Place steamed cauliflower in large bowl and allow to cool (I stuck mine in the freezer for a few minutes). While it’s cooling dice your celery, onion, and pickles. Peel eggs and chop them as well. When cauliflower has cooled chop into small pieces. In a LARGE bowl, mix all chopped ingredients together. Now it’s time to make your mayo!

Mayo:
In a blender, add:
2 raw eggs
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp yellow mustard
pinch of sea salt
dash of paprika

Start the blender on a low setting and leave on. Measure ½ cup of olive oil. SLOWLY add in tiny amounts of the oil. For example, pour in a tiny amount every minute. This will help the mayo to become fluffy. Although because there is less oil in this recipe than others it will still be pretty runny. When it’s done, stir it into the cauliflower mixture. Add dill, pepper, more paprika, and any other spices you might desire (I added cayenne). And voila!! No potato, potato salad.
ZONE EXCHANGE:
1 cup salad= 1P 0.5C 2F

Meal idea (3 block): Use 2 cups salad (2p 1c 4f). Add 1 oz diced rotisserie chicken(1p), 1 cup cherry tomatoes(0.5C), and serve on a bed of greens (freebie!). Add 1 block fruit of choice. Note: Don’t worry about the 1 extra block of fat!

Comments

  1. Lindsey Hodel :

    Thanks for these great tips. I have one to add. When I focus on proper hydration and drink plenty of water, I am much less likely to get hungry in between meals or cheat with snacks. It’s one of the easier things I can do to stay on track.

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