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Not All Coconut Oil is Created Equal: How to Choose the Right Coconut Oil

28 Jan

Happy Monday!

I was going to share this post with you yesterday but the power went out to our building. I had to leave my groceries in the car to keep them cold and walk up 17 flights of stairs in the dark. It was an adventure to say the least.

Anyway, as many of you know, I’ve been eating Paleo since August and I’ve been using coconut oil ever since. I initially heard rave reviews about how great coconut oil is and how wonderful it makes your food taste. Well, that wasn’t really my experience. Turns out, there’s a HUGE difference between coconut oils. So I made a video for you, explaining the difference and what to look for/avoid when it comes to choosing a coconut oil.

Coconut oil can be used to cook, saute and fry in place of butter and shortening. You can use it for baking, too. OH and I just found out that it can help keep colds and even the flu at bay because it contains lauric acid. Lauric acid converts to monolauri to fight for your immune system.

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Enjoy and I hope this video gives you a little more insight into which type of coconut oil to choose and spares you from making the mistake I did.

 

~ Kate

*Disclaimer: I’m not trying to bash/promote a specific brand. These are my opinions based on a some research.

What’s In My Grocery Basket 1.23.13 + 3 Meal Planning Shortcuts

23 Jan

Have you ever gone waaay to long between trips to the grocery store? Yeah, that just happened. I’ve been going non-stop for a couple weeks now so Daniel volunteered to go to the grocery store this week (so thankful!) Anyway, it may not look like much but I think you’ll be surprised to see that these ingredients actually stretch a lot further than you think they would. I’ll explain …

photoOn the List

1 head of Cauliflower

1 Bag of Romaine Mix

1 head of Iceberg Lettuce (we like this for tacos AND wraps)

2 Tomatoes (only 1 pictured here)

1 Cucumber

3 Grapefruit (already ate one!)

2 Cans of Coconut Milk (he got Goya, which I haven’t tried before so we’ll see)

2 packs of All-Natural Bacon

1 Carton eggs

1 Sweet Potato (shredded)

1 Bottle of Balsamic Vinegar

2 Packs Spicy Italian Sausage (not completely Paleo but Daniel like it so we eat it together)

2 Filets

2 lbs Ground Beef

So, here are a couple of things I do to get the most from my groceries and have some convenient, just heat-them-up meal options.

Cauliflower – I make my Cauliflower Puree and combine it with other dishes throughout the week like pre-cooked ground beef (see below.)

Ground Beef – I brown this with some sausage mix from the Well Fed Cookbook and then combine it with Cauliflower puree.

Sweet Potato – This is SUPER easy if you have a food processor. Just another reason I am in love with mine. Just shred and you have an instant addition to eggs and bacon in the morning. It lasts for all my breakfasts throughout the week. It really goes far!

So, that’s the list for this week … what’s in your grocery basket?

~ Kate

Accept Your Flaws and No One Can Use Them Against You

21 Jan

Kateupdates Not PerfectKateupdates Happy Monday!

Woah it’s been a crazy few days. So, as I’m sure you noticed, I didn’t share my grocery basket with you yesterday but that is only because I didn’t get to go grocery shopping as planned. Instead, my amazing husband is going to hit up the grocery store for me since he has MLK day off. This whole starting a business thing is proving to be pretty time-consuming and until I’m completely done with my “office-job” next month, Daniel has been pitching in and helping even more than usual. ::love him::

OK so today I want to encourage you with this thought: you will never be perfect. I’m not trying to single you out here because the same thing applies to me. This is a lesson I’ve been learning for some time and I need reminded of it because I’m a bit of a perfectionist. There, I said it. Whew. That means, when it comes to eating healthier and choosing to make my health a priority, it only makes sense that I would try to apply my perfectionist tendency to those topics as well.

And, because I let it “all hang out” here on my blog, Facebook page, YouTube channel, I get lots of feedback on what I’m eating, how I’m eating it and if there’s a better alternative. I love getting comments and learning right along with you as to what truly is healthiest to eat and do but I want to say that this health journey is never going to be perfect. Mistakes happen. Indulgences happen.

So, if you mistakenly eat something that has ingredients you typically avoid, don’t beat yourself up or freak out. Just avoid it in the future. Do I sometimes eat peanuts in my fruit and nut mix because that’s what the grocery had and I was hungry? YES. Did I eat cheese while hanging out with girlfriends last night, even though I’m allergic to dairy and it’s not really Paleo? Yep. I’m not perfect. Neither are you. And that’s OK.

Decide what’s important to you and don’t beat yourself up about the little things. The road to extraordinary isn’t perfect. It’s unique, just like you.

Good. Now that we got that out-of-the-way, we can have a way less stressful week. 😉

~ Kate

P.S. I’m going to share my grocery basket AND this fabulous recipe for Almond Meal Chicken Fingers soon so stay tuned.

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