Don’t Look Back, You’re Not Going That Way

Don't Look BackI love this quote. So much. And I totally just happened upon it, but it’s so applicable.

Well I’m happy to report that I am finally feeling back to normal, better than normal actually (despite the fact that I STILL have not received my biopsy results back yet). I have found a regimen that has helped my digestive issues subside for the most part and keep me cleaned out so I think that has really made a huge difference in how I feel, which has in turn given me more motivation for the Whole30. Minus a few aches and pains when I run I’ve been feeling great.

Some of the things I’ve been doing (or not doing) that I think have really made a difference are:
1) Drinking a warm glass of lemon water right when I wake up-They say this is really good for hydration and cleansing. I spice mine up with some freshly grated ginger and cayenne pepper for an added boost and I really feel like it helps give me a fresh start in the morning.
2) No dairy/sugar- I add sugar because I’m sure it is making my body happy to be without it, but really I think the dairy has made a huge difference. Sadly, I miss my goat cheese and yogurt, and ice cream of course…but not the big belly ache.
3) Drinking a cleansing tea at night-really do I have to get into it? Cleaning out helps you feel fresh, and when you feel fresh you want to put fresh into your body. Kapiche?

Here’s the rundown of how my meals have been looking:
Friday
Breakfast- “Monkey Salad”–bananas, blueberries, almond butter, coconut chips
Dinner- 90/10 Grass Fed Beef Burger with tomato “bun” and guacamole
Snack- Small almond milk latte
WOD- Light 4 mile jog with the dog (no rhyme intended)
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Saturday
Breakfast- “Monkey Salad” & Egg white scramble with spinach, mushrooms, and organic sun-dried tomatoes
Lunch- Leftover Grass Fed Beef Patty
Dinner- Scallops sautéed in ghee over spaghetti squash
Pre-Run Snack- Santa Cruz Organic Unsweetened Cinnamon Applesauce cup, 10 raw cashews ^^SO HAPPY to have found a pre-run snack that doesn’t cause severe gastrointestinal distress halfway through my run
WOD- 8 mile run
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Sunday
Breakfast- Egg white scramble with spinach, swiss chard, mushrooms, and organic sun-dried tomatoes
Lunch (Post-Workout Snack)- Smoothie with spinach, coconut milk, chia seeds, and Nature’s Bounty Complete Vitamin Shake Mix Chocolate
Dinner- (Out) Pistachio crusted mahi mahi with mashed sweet potatoes and asparagus
Snack- Few slices of Boars Head Honey Maple Turkey and some strawberries
WOD- Kickboxing with burpee challenge & Yoga sculpt:abs

Monday (Today)
Breakfast- Egg white scramble with mushrooms, spinach and organic sun-dried tomatoes
Lunch- Whole Foods Summer Kale Salad, 4 slices of Boar’s Head Honey Maple Turkey, sweet potato with ghee and cinnamon
Dinner- Salmon filet and NomNom Paleo’s Swiss Chard
Post-Workout Snack- Super Greens smoothie with Sambazon’s Super Greens w/ Ginger, Organic Hemp Protein Powder & a spoonful of Brad’s organic almond butter (almonds are the only ingredient!!)
WOD- 6 mile run
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So this weekend I went to Costco and stocked up on some awesome stuff. I have been going to Costco for some staples for forever, but when I really looked around this time I found some AHmazing stuff!
(Sorry I don’t have prices but I PROMISE it’s a better deal than what you’re paying, as long as you use it all)
Organic Spinach (giant bag)
Organic Power Greens Mix (Chard, Spinach, Kale) (Giant bag)
Organic Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Baby Bella/Cremini Mushrooms
Organic Baby Carrots (giant bag)
Medjool Dates
Individual Guacamole Packs!! (Got way too excited about this because I can bring them to work)
Organic Apples
Coleman Farms Organic Chicken Breasts
Roasted Red Peppers
Sambazon’s Super Greens
Ghee
Wild Salmon
Organic Grass-Fed Beef
Large jar of Organic Almond butter (that ish is expensive at the grocery store)
Eggs, Egg Whites
Chia, Hemp
All Nuts/dried fruit
And if you’re not on a super restrictive diet like me right now:
3lb tub of plain Fage Greek Yogurt
Goat Cheese
Specialty nuts (coconut vanilla cashews, dark chocolate coconut covered almonds, dark chocolate coconut covered bananas, etc.)
All Grains–Quinoa, Farro, Freekeh, yup they have all the weird ones
Nature’s Path Organic Pumpkin Flax Granola (ugh I miss this in my yogurt)
Specialty Trail Mixes, Granola Bars

Really I’ve never not been able to find something I wanted in bulk at Costco, but I’m just so proud that they carry so much awesome healthy stuff!

 

 

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Circuit Work-It

So the week is almost over and I’m feeling pretty good. I’ve been surprisingly satiated after my meals and I don’t feel deprived. I’ve been pretty much eating a lot of eggs, salmon and greens, and  I am totally okay with that.

Breakfast: Smoothie with kale, blueberries, pineapple, and organic hemp protein
Lunch: Spinach salad with grilled chicken, mushrooms, red peppers, and cucumbers, tossed in balsamic vinaigrette

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Super excited about my new salad box, the green tray part acts as an ice block!

Dinner: Baked salmon and kale/butternut squash stir fry20140502-005041.jpgSnacks: “Monkey Salad” inspired by Good Cheap Eats Whole 30 meal diary  (mid-morning), two dates with fresh ground almond butter (post-workout)
WOD: 20-Minute HIIT, Popsugar 7 minute HIIT, Popsugar Plyo Circuit, Arms: Low Weight Toning, The Toned Arms Plan Level 3

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So far so good

So I made this crazy claim saying that I wanted to do a Whole30 (20, since I’m going on vacation). I didn’t realize that saying it on here made it kind of a commitment, and I’m a very noncommittal person. But so far so good. Honestly it’s just all about meal prep.

Monday:
Breakfast – Blueberry Avocado Smoothie
Lunch – Grilled chicken breast, marinated mushrooms, and roasted parsnips
Dinner – Grilled summer squash, ground turkey stuffed bell peppers
Snack – 1/2 larabar
WOD – 6 mile run 🙂 finally back at it

Tuesday:
Breakfast – Egg scramble with organic sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and proscuitto
Lunch – Grilled turkey burger patty, homemade guacamole, homemade sweet potato fries (I used coconut oil instead of the suggested canola)
Dinner – Salad with mushrooms, olives, red peppers, broccoli, cucumbers, and balsamic vinaigrette
Snack – Banana with Trader Joe’s almond butter (no sugar added)
WOD – 15 minute elliptical warm up, Popsugar Dumbbell Blast Circuit Workout, Popsugar 7 minute HIIT (3 times through)

Wednesday:
Breakfast – Egg scramble with organic sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and mushrooms
Lunch – Grilled salmon salad with side of cantaloupe
Dinner – Turkey slices, celery, apple, almond butter, 2 hard boiled eggs (dinner was more like a series of snacks as I was on the go)

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Also, my new bikini came in the mail, so if that’s not motivation I don’t know what is.

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I’m A Slacker….

Yes I know, I haven’t posted in quite a while. But I assure you it’s not because I’m gorging on all sorts of unhealthy junk and I don’t want to share what I’ve been eating. Nope, I haven’t been eating much of anything these days. Since my trip to the ER, three visits to the gastroenterologist, and colonoscopy I have fasted for two days, eaten 1 decent meal, and gotten zero answers about all of this stomach trouble I’m having. While I’ve lost a solid 6 pounds, I’m steadily gaining it back with each solid meal that I eat. I actually had a really difficult time figuring out what to eat before I even had to fast for two days. Three days before a colonoscopy you can’t have raw veggies, nuts, or any fruit containing seeds–aka basically everything I eat. I found it humorous that while most americans with their burgers and fries could eat normally with no issue, I was struggling to find things to eat. Needless to say, paleo and colon prep do not pair well. I was trying to find ways around the rules. “Kale chips aren’t raw…so I can eat that right?” Unfortunately I’m still waiting on the biopsy so I won’t know what’s going on for about another week. What has all of this meant for my half marathon training? Uh, yeah about that…Having severe stomach pain, little or nothing to eat, and being on heavy meds has made it pretty much impossible to train. I’m slowly easing back in though. I did some weights and circuits yesterday and did an easy 4 mile run today. It’s going to be interesting to see how the 10 miler goes on the 10th but I still plan to run it.

The good news out of all of this, is that cleansing my system sort of gave me a fresh start, and with only 20 days until I hit the beach, I think I’m going to start a Whole30 20. For those of you who don’t know what a Whole30 is, here’s a great summary: http://whole30.com/step-two/. I’ve seen a lot of sample meal plans and as long as you take the time to plan and prepare it seems pretty simple. I know my sweet tooth will probably rear it’s ugly head a few times during it, but I already swore off sweets until vacation anyway. I have prepped most of my meals for the week and they are compliant, so as long as I don’t snack off track I should be off to a good start!

Have you ever done a Whole 30? What did you discover about food allergies or aches and pains?

Day 48: Happy Easter!

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I apologize for my lack of posts these past few days. I ended up in the ER on Thursday with severe abdominal pain and have been pretty much non-functional since. I’m scheduled for the specialist to get in there and figure out what’s been going on on Friday, so until then I’m just taking it day by day. Not going to lie, I’m pretty pissed how badly this is setting back my half training, and I have no idea how I’ll run the 10 miler in two weeks. I did, however, manage to prepare a fantastic (mostly) Paleo easter brunch! Eating it on the other hand proved to be a bigger challenge than preparing it…

Enough gloom and doom though because I hope everyone is enjoying a Jesus, family, and food filled day! Our brunch consisted of:

Bacon, spinach, mushroom, sun-dried tomato, & goat cheese frittata

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This frittata was a hit and so easy to make! The cast iron skillet makes it simple to prepare and beautiful to present. I had looked up tons of paleo frittata recipes, but all of them I either wanted to add or subtract something so I ended up with my own creation (obviously, since anyone who reads regularly has noticed that I put this combo in like everything–especially my egg scrambles). I got some nitrate/nitrite free bacon from The Fresh Market and sautéed the whole pack in the skillet, then set aside and poured all but a little of the fat off. Sauteed the mushrooms, spinach, sun-dried tomato and then poured 10 whisked eggs over it (The number of eggs you use will depend on how big your pan is). Cook on the stove until the edges are set and then top with goat cheese and basil and broil until the top is fluffy and cooked. This was so good and easy I think I may just start making these at the beginning of the week and reheating for breakfast instead of chopping and scrambling every morning!

A crepe bar (I made special paleo crepes for myself, everyone else ate regular). Complete with nutella, strawberries, and bananas this was tied for favorite dish with the frittata! The recipe for the crepes is in my earlier post and these can be used for anything from crepes to fish tacos or just as simple lunch wraps! Looking forward to using my leftovers for lunches this week.

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Sweet potato “hashies” (hashbrowns) –stolen from Whole Family Strong

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Proscuitto wrapped asparagus

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Omg these were so easy and delicious! I just took two spears of asparagus and wrapped with thinly sliced proscuitto and broiled for about 8 minutes and they were perfecttt. Did I mention I hate asparagus?

Deviled eggs (I didn’t eat-not paleo mayo)

Chocolate covered strawberries NOM

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I used the dark chocolate dip from The Fresh Market so that makes it okay right? :p

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Day 44: We’ll Try Again and We’ll Fail Again Because that’s what Progress Looks Like

meredith progress So I’ve been a little obsessed with Grey’s lately (hello 9 seasons on Netflix).

I have been eating super clean and paleo lately and my stomach problems have been relentlessly hindering any sort of progress so I am going to the doc soon to figure this ish out. Yesterday I had my all veggie egg scramble, salmon salad for lunch, and grilled chicken with green beans for dinner. Today I started the day with egg whites, smoked salmon, and strawberries. Mid-day I snacked on some celery and almond butter, had a very late lunch of a Kale Lemonade juice from earth fare and a plain turkey burger, and dinner was hard boiled eggs and a few slices of steak. I’ve been surprised at how easy it’s been to keep things really simple without getting too bored or wanting to get off track. I haven’t faced too much temptation, but my boss did take me to lunch at an awesome mexican restaurant and I chose the salmon salad (I even had them omit the corn, beans, and cheese & put dressing on the side so it was literally just salmon and greens) and it wasn’t even a difficult decision. I know change takes time and I’m not expecting abs overnight, but I have just been miserable lately with how my stomach looks, and the way I feel is not normal so hopefully going to the specialist will clear that up so I can start to see some progress.

On the bright side, I scored some major deals on spring clothes today (if it would ever get warm).

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Easter Romper anyone?

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I’m so thankful for Campus Kitchen. Leading my shift every week really brings me so much joy. Today we had an awesome group of girls who were super efficient so we finished up faster than ever and still made a ton of food! Salmon, egg casserole, roasted sweet potatoes, greens, and fruit salad–the seniors we feed eat almost as good as me! On days that we feed them that is; there is a reason they are our clients. When I first started out doing deliveries, it really disturbed me that most of our “hungry” clients were obese. How could someone be obese and hungry at the same time? Unhealthy foods are the cheapest foods available–and I think that’s a serious issue. Why isn’t eating what our bodies are designed to eat economically friendly? Why does the government pay the corn and wheat industries to mass produce so that processed versions are in everything the average american eats? It absolutely disgusts me how hard it is to eat healthy, when I tell people I’m on paleo they are legitimately baffled and wonder what I even eat/how much it costs. And they are right, it shouldn’t be expensive to eat correctly, it shouldn’t cost extra to eat locally grown foods, and we certainly shouldn’t be charged more to buy foods free of chemicals they shouldn’t have contained in the first place. The system is so wrong, and that’s something I want to change. I don’t know when, I don’t know how, but that’s my ultimate goal one day. I hope that if I do nothing else with this blog, I educate someone enough to get them motivated to demand change to this failing food system of ours.

Day 42: Because who likes to wear pants?

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So I guess you could say I had as good of a Monday as anyone could have, minus the rain (except I’m sure my sinuses are probably rejoicing). I prepped everything the night before so that I could relax and sip my coffee juice in the morning. Yesterday I accomplished my 8 mile run like I said I would, but I was 11 seconds off my usual 6-8 mile pace and I know exactly why. My mom made pancakes, and since I was overly tired and we were out of eggs, I gave in and ate them…big mistake. Okay, so I know I could have turned them down, but I am one of those weirdos that HAS to have breakfast food before I can have any other kind of food, and since we were out of eggs and egg whites, and we don’t keep cereal around the house, I basically had no other options. Trust me, I won’t be making that mistake again anytime soon. At about the 5 mile mark I was doubled over in pain, my stomach was distended to the point of looking very pregnant, and I was sobbing every time my feet hit the ground. The only reason I continued to run instead of stopping was because I had to get back to my car somehow and I wanted to get there asap. I literally had no idea I would have such a terrible adverse reaction, all from what I used to consider my favorite breakfast. All the more reason to keep with paleo. Be on the lookout later this week for a post all about Grain Pain.

So due to my lesson learned through severe pain, it was very easy for me to stay on track today. Plus I really cannot stress the importance of preparing ahead of time if you’re busy like me. It makes it so you have no room for excuses, and you won’t be as likely to fail because you gave into a craving due to hanger (anger caused by excessive hunger). I prepped all my veggies and put them in a bag so that I could make a quick juice in the morning–kale, celery, cucumber, apple, parsley. I think next time I’ll add another apple or something to give it a little more flavor because this was not my best juice (my favorite is this one). The juice tided me over for a while, but like I said, I am such a breakfast person. I packed a greek yogurt and some homemade Apple Pie Paleo Granola I made yesterday and grabbed it out when I got hungry. This granola turned out sooo good, and I haven’t liked any of the paleo “granola”s I’ve tried in the past. Here’s the recipe, I added some hemp hearts (I bought them to be used by themselves as paleo granola and was sorely disappointed) and chia seeds. It’s so good I was eating handfuls of it by itself.

Apple Pie Paleo Granola
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
7 medjool dates, chopped
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the nuts/dates/shredded coconut to a food processor and pulse to slightly chop nuts, add spices and pulse again. In a bowl whisk together the wet ingredients, then place in food processor with nut mixture and pulse to combine. Evenly distribute the granola on the baking sheet, bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden. (Keep an eye on it, the edges will burn)

Lunch was a grilled chicken breast and a sweet potato. I snacked on an apple and some almond butter mid-afternoon, and then took an indoor training/weights day due to the rain. Solid two hours of arms, back, and ab work. Dinner was shrimp skewers and broccoli kale slaw 🙂

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