Well, I have finally lasted 2 full weeks (with a really bad week in between – let’s pretend that didn’t happen) of exercising daily, eating gluten, dairy and sugar free and I am 4lbs down. It is so encouraging and makes me want to keep going. It feels good to actually be following the Doctor’s orders – finally, especially knowing that bigger results are in store. It also helps having a very supportive husband. Have I ever mentioned that I have the best husband in the world? Well, I do.
I’ve been told that this exercise called Peak 8 – is supposed to be excellent when you have problems like PCOS. It is a high intensity, interval exercise. How it works is you warm up for 2-3 minutes and then you exercise as hard as you can for 30 seconds, and then rest for 90. An example could be sprinting for 30, and then jogging, or power walking for 90. You can read more about Peak 8 here if you’re interested: http://backstromwellness.com/Peak8.pdf
I wish that I could do the peak 8, but my asthma is pretty bad and I cannot really recover after the 30 seconds quick enough to be ready to go again 90 seconds later. However, Rick and I have been going out a couple times a week and running/walking together. I’m pushing myself and increasing my running time every so often. Right now I’m at 90 seconds of running without stopping and then I just walk until my asthma is recovered and then I run again for 90 seconds and we do it for 30 minutes. It’s kinda neat to see how your body as a whole just gets stronger and changes as you persevere and push yourself. We’ve also heard about this Couch to 5k program which is similar to what we are doing now where you run for a certain amount of time, and rest and then change it every week. Apparently people with asthma have done it can run 5k after 8 weeks!!! How amazing is that? Rick said one time when we were running that this time next year we could be that fitness couple who run marathons together. I can’t even imagine myself being at that point. It would be cool though! Make sure to check in here in a year from now and see if that actually happens 😉
Anyways, on days when we are not outside running together I’ve been doing this Jillian Michaels video which includes strength, abs and cardio training which is good. We are also going to be getting an elliptical soon which will be great! I can’t wait.
The last time I shared some recipes on my blog, I got some positive feedback and was asked to keep sharing! So I thought I’d share some of the recipes I’ve enjoyed lately. I also thought I would just enjoy some ideas for quick meals. When you are eating gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, it can be a bit challenging and boring. You need to learn to get creative and try new things. Sometimes they work out really well and other times they’re a big fat flop.
Breakfast is honestly the hardest part. Eggs. They tend to get boring sometimes, or sometimes you’re just not in the mood! So here are some ideas.
– Fried eggs. This is what we eat pretty much every day. Honestly, an egg fried in coconut oil is A-mazing. Some days I’ll add some hot sauce and there you have it! Simple, quick and filling.
– Omelet. These are nice when you have a bit more time to chop up some veggies. Some onion and peppers, wisk up 2 eggs and add your veggies. Serve with some salsa or even avocado – delicious!
– Paleo muffins. I have this awesome recipe and they are quick and easy. here it is: 2 ripe bananas, 2 eggs, 1 tbs honey, 1/4 natural nut butter, 1 tbs coconut oil, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/4 cup coconut flour, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Mix your wet ingredients in a blender and then add your dry ingredients. Blend till smooth. Scoop into a muffin pan and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350. They are soo easy and yummy! 1 of them doesn’t usually fill me up so I’ll often have an apple with it or something. You can easily freeze them too!
– Smoothie! Smoothies are always good. You can get creative. I usually add almond milk (I like the vanilla kind) and some spinach. I always thought it was gross to add greens to spinach and when I finally tried it – i realized that you don’t even taste it! A great way to get some nutrients!
– Banana pancakes. This is so easy too and nice for a change. Just mash 1 ripe banana and an egg and add some cinnamon and fry it up like a pancake. You can top it with some fruit, some nut butter, jam, even a bit of maple syrup! Yum!
So those are the breakfasts I usually eat. But honestly, I am not a morning person so the fried eggs is what I eat almost every day.
Lunches can also be tough if you don’t prepare. So you can make some chilli or soup and freeze it. Then you can also have left overs or salads. But the important part is making sure that there is enough protein in it to keep you full so make sure you include protein! A simple and delicious meal that I really enjoy is an avocado mashed up with some lime and then dipping a couple rice cakes in it. I love these organic brown rice rice cakes that I buy. They are bit more expensive, but they’re so good and have whole ingredients and aren’t as styrofoamy as the quaker ones are. I’ll usually take some kalamata olives and a boiled egg. It’s super filling and delicious!
Here is a photo of a salad I has this week. It was filled with veggies, an organic delicious salad dressing and nutritional yeast. It was my only grain meal of the week with some quinoa pasta so it was still gluten free. It was so colorful and delicious that I had to snap a photo! The pink stuff is watermelon radish! Yum!
Okay, I’ll show some photos now and really make you drool! Here are some meals I made this week.
Rick pretty much made this whole meal. It was super easy and turned out soo good. It was chicken and green beans in a garlic, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and some Mrs.Dash seasoning (http://www.mrsdash.com/products/seasoning-blends/original-blend). Mrs. Dash is a salt free, natural ingredient seasoning. It’s pretty awesome. This turned out so well, we cut some slits in the chicken which helps absorb some flavor and keeps it really moist. The green beans were cooked just right and were nice and crunchy still. We had some salad with it and I had some water with some frozen berries and lime slices along with it. It was really good! Have I mentioned that it was really good?
Another really easy and AMAZING meal was this coconut curry dish we made. We made enough of it to have left overs for lunch the next day. It was just chicken, broccoli, peppers, onion and zucchini – you could probably use any veggies you like I just used what we had. The sauce was coconut milk, yellow curry paste, cayenne pepper, paprika, salt, pepper and basil. We made this really easy and just put it all in a casserole dish and popped it in the oven for a really effortless meal. It was SO good. I really tasted like a thai dish you would order in a restaurant. It had the perfect amount of spice and creamyness. My only complaint is that it was too liquidy. I was expecting the sauce to be thicker. Next time I’ll probably just use the creamy part of the coconut milk and leave out the liquid that is usually at the bottom of the can. If you’re eating grains though, this would be perfect as is to serve over some rice or quinoa! (I know quinoa is gluten free, but I am trying to limit the amount of any grains that I eat.) here’s a photo:
The last meal I want to share is this pizza I made last night. Oh. My.Goodness. This was the most delicious meal to enjoy on a Saturday evening. It seriously felt like we were cheating – but we weren’t. It was a more carby-starchy meal, but it was still totally gluten, dairy and sugar free.
The pizza was made with a cauliflower crust. This is a bit of work and not something I would make one a week night. It definitely takes some time because you have to put the cauliflower through your food processor until it’s into tiny pieces. Now, before I continue I’ve majorly failed at cauliflower pizza crust before. In the past, I only used 1 medium sized cauliflower which either made tiny little crust, or I would try to stretch it out and it was too thin and would crack and just not work out.
So this time, I used a large cauliflower and I even used another small one. (I had some left over cut up cauliflower in the fridge which was probably about the size of a small head). The other thing to make sure of is that you use parchment paper. This will help your crust not get stuck to the pan. Trust me, after all that work the LAST thing you want is a failed pizza crust. I just about cried the last time I tried and failed.
Once you’re done with the food processor part, pop it in the microwave for about 6 minutes. When that’s done, dump it all into a tea towel. You need to then ring out as much water as you can. It is surprising how much water comes out! Oh, and I strongly suggest letting it sit for a bit before you ring it out because it will burn your hands!
When you’ve used up all your muscles and you can’t get anymore water out – dump it into a bowl. Your tea towel will now stink like fart and you’ll have to wash it several times…or….throw it out. Add an egg or 2 and here’s where you can get creative. I added some garlic powder, onion powder, basil, oregano and nutritional yeast. I LOVE nutritional yeast. It tends to kind of mimic Parmesan. Mix it up – I used my hands! Once it’s nice and mixed – put it on your pizza pan and work it into a pizza dough! Don’t stretch it out too thin, this is why you want to use enough cauliflower to get a good size. Once that’s done, pop it in the oven and bake it at 350 for about 15 minutes.
Does this not look delicious?
Here’s where you can customize your pizza to your likings and get creative!
I used some Tomato/Basil sauce, salami, tomatoes, red onion, peppers, olives, chili flakes, salt, pepper and some nutritional yeast. I then cooked it for about 35 minutes until it looked ready. We ate it with some homemade baked fries which I’ve share in a previous blog which you can find here.
Ready to drool? Here’s the final product:
It was SO good. After waiting so long for this to finally be ready, our tummies were grumbling and our mouths were watering. Jealous?
So this whole eating paleo thing is challenging at times and some days I just want to cheat, but I need to keep going. It’s exciting though, and we are eating such delicious, flavorful, HEALTHY meals!