Eating Paleo: I’m Not Perfect.

4 Jun

Hello Fellow Updaters!

What’s new? It’s been over a week since my last update and it feels like it’s been forever! I took a break from blogging to spend some time with family for my little brother’s wedding.

The wedding was really great and I’m so glad I was able to attend but I also missed you all! If you noticed, last Wednesday I mentioned blogging about eating Paleo on vacation. Well, I was planning to write a post about staying Paleo while on vacation but I ended up not sticking to my normally Paleo lifestyle on this trip …

What?!

Yes, it’s true. I kept it pretty healthy (other than the last couple days of the week) and just chose to enjoy the time with my family without adding the stress and pressure of eating Paleo while on the road. I know this could have been a great opportunity to pioneer a Paleo vacation but I decided not to do it.

Why?!

The long and short of it is that I didn’t want to add stress or complicate the events of last week. I ate Paleo where I could but when it came down to it, I decided that some gluten, refined sugar and dairy were OK for the occasion. Don’t get me wrong here, I started out fully intending to eat Paleo and blog about it. I got through the first half of the first day including flying to Tennessee, driving, getting really hungry and not being around any Paleo-friendly options before I decided to concede.

Basically, my sister and I hit a point where we were way too hungry and surrounded by absolutely horrible meal options (Burger King, McDonalds, etc.) when we decided to go to a breakfast spot for eggs, bacon and maybe a little bit of  pecan waffle :) At first I was reluctant to write that last part but why should I be? If anything this post demonstrates further that I am only human and definitely not perfect.

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That’s what I wanted to share with you today. Yes, I’m sure it is possible to eat Paleo and even do the Whole30 while on vacation. It would take much more planning than I did but it most certainly could be done. I decided to lighten up on my regular Paleo regime and alleviate any added food decision stress by going off the Paleo path for a week.

How do I feel now? Heavier, kinda bloated and sluggish. I knew that would be the case and I chose to take a break anyway. My sister asked me if I was feeling bad (as in guilty) because I took a break from eating Paleo for a week. I told her honestly, no I wasn’t feeling at all guilty because I gave myself permission to take a break. It wasn’t a surprise and it wasn’t a sin. I simply told myself that I was in control and choosing this deviation from my routine.

I’m not perfect. I never claimed to be and I hope you aren’t putting the standard of perfection on yourself when it comes to what you eat and your health. However, don’t use your imperfection as a crutch for complacency either. It’s a balance. Know your limits and yourself. Choose to return to a healthy place if you do take a break from your healthy habits. Do it right away and don’t make excuses.

Enjoy your life … even the imperfections.

~ Kate

Paleo Fries: What to Do with Jicama Pt. 1 + Meet My New Nephew!

22 May

Remember how I said I was experimenting with Jicama? Well, my first phase of experimentation has officially begun! What did I make? Seasoned Jicama Fries! How did they taste? Pretty darn good. I think the key is in the seasoning. I tried the Jicama plain and it has the consistency of a white potato without the chalky/starchy aftertaste. It wasn’t bad it was just kind of bland, which could be really great if you’re adding it, uncooked, to recipes for some added crunch.

I may even use it for those taco shells I mentioned in my video about what to do with Jicama. It really seems like a very versatile food. I’m so glad I like it! Oh, before I share the recipe, check out this cute guy:

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No not Daniel! (although, heck yes he’s pretty darn cute!) The little bundle of cuteness in his arms …

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Meet little Graham Allen! He’s Daniel’s sister’s baby and he’s just a week old. He’s adorable and super cool (notice his relaxed ‘chill’ state?)

We were able to spend a whole day with him and his happy parents last weekend. It was awesome.

OK enough showing off. Here comes the food …

Paleo Jicama Matchstick Fries

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Paleo Jicama Matchstick Fries Recipe

 

I took this Food Network Recipe and used light EVOO instead.

I also found that they tasted best when they were crunchy and turned brown. This is how my first batch looked:

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They looked like french fries but they weren’t cooked enough. So I put them back in until they turned brown like this:image

Perfecto! The seasoning combo was really good. It’s just a combination of salt, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika. I could totally use it on sweet potato fries too. I liked them so much I think I’ll make them tonight too!

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Paleo Jicama Matchstick Fries

What’s your favorite way to eat Jicama? Have you tried fries? Any suggestions?

Enjoy!

~ Kate

The BIG Problem with Calorie Counting and WW Points (aka the Benefits of Eating Paleo)

20 May

Daniel and I have had several outings and events with family and friends over the past week or two and I decided to not be ‘strictly Paleo’ about some of them … needless to say, I’m in recovery mode now. If you eat Paleo, you know what I mean. If you don’t, why the heck not?! Seriously, I understand that to each their own and that we’re all different but I want to talk about one of the BIG differences between eating Paleo and other diets and that is: Immediate gratification.

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Why Eat Paleo

Eating Paleo involves omitting foods that disrupt your digestive system. Obviously it’s more than that but for the purposes of today’s post I want to start here: No grains, dairy, beans, soy, corn … Why? There are lots of technical reasons but the BIG idea is that those things mess with your digestion and are overall much harder on your body (sometimes even long-term.)

I’ll use myself as a real-world example here … When I’m eating fruits, veggies, healthy fats and meat, I literally and absolutely have no problem with how my body responds to what I’m eating. That means no:

  • Food guilt
  • Constipation
  • Lethargy
  • Weight-gain

Benefits of Eating Paleo

I attribute these benefits to really listening to my body. If I eat something that’s processed or has unhealthy ingredients, my body tells me it’s not cool. I can know in less than 30 minutes of eating if something isn’t the best for my body. It’s kinda crazy. I’ve entered into this relationship with my body (that sounds really zen but it’s true) where I can tell if something’s wrong very quickly. I have a heightened sensitivity to what’s good and what’s bad for me to consume.

Drop the Calories. Ditch the Points.

I remember when I used to count calories or keep track of Weigh Watchers points. I would go over my calories and points and it would make me feel guilty and slow my progress in weight loss. But the major problem with that wasn’t either of those things. The major problem was that I didn’t actually see/feel how those decisions were negatively effecting my body and health. It wasn’t immediate. It would take days or weeks to realize that I was gaining weight or feel the other impacts of those unhealthy choices. That would lead me to make prolonged poor choices.

Not so with Paleo.

When I choose to eat something on the unhealthy side of the spectrum, it isn’t just adding more calories or points to my day, or food guilt with no other tangible side effects. Because I’m more in -tune with my body, those unhealthy decisions now have a very tangible impact on how I feel and how I function. My body is saying,

  • Hey you’re hurting me! What is this stuff?
  • Could we go back to the unprocessed, real food please?
  • I’m not sure how to process this junk you just fed me!!

… or something along those lines.

We only get one body. It’s our responsibility to treat it well and give it the fuel it needs to thrive. Your body doesn’t speak in calories or points.

Let’s make the change to treat our bodies with respect and ditch the junk.

P.S. I just found out that I will be featured in an upcoming book  (!!!) … The Calorie Myth ! How cool is that? The author, Jonathon Bailor is heading up a non-profit health education system, SlimIsSimple.org, that’s on a mission to keep nutrition simple. No calorie counting. Just simple, real food. (Basically it’s Paleo without the label.) Learn more via this handy video featuring 10 Tips to Live Better. Very cool!

~ Kate