This summer has been both awesome and a bit of a shit show. Awesome in the fact that we’ve been traveling on our bike and seeing a lot of Ontario. I for one had no idea that our beaches were so incredible! I also didn’t realize that I was such a beach lover until this summer.
This summer I also finally said screw it an I threw on a 2 piece bathing suit at the beach. The amazing part – nobody puked or said one word to me. In fact I don’t even think anybody glanced in my direction!
Now traveling around has also made me realize that when I’m out like this I don’t always make the best food choices. We visited a lot of port towns and as we are all aware there’s that one restaurant that makes the best fish and chips and we love our fish and chips. So between this and my joints bothering me I haven’t been at the gym all summer. Hence the shit show part of my summer – my pants are getting tighter again.
Seeing as I can’t workout as hard as I was I’ve decided to focus more on my nutrition. After all, what we eat is 70% of the battle right. Since I’ve started this health journey I’ve been eating mostly a paleo diet. The one thing that I can say I really miss is pasta – I LOVE pasta. I was told when I had those cravings to eat zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash. Well you know what – although both of these are good they in no way replace pasta for me. Now if I have a true hankering for pasta I eat quinoa pasta. I know it’s still not ideal but it’s got to be getter than what I was eating before.
This week I was finally back in the gym. See how there’s nobody behind the desk int the photo? It’s because the fainted that i walked through the front doors and they’re still on the ground! Well getting back into the gym after 2 months was the kick in the ass that I needed to get this health train moving again. I had also met my friend Tammy, from That Mom Blog, at the gym – which is always an inspiration to me. She and I talked more about nutrition during our workout than anything else. She talked about completing a 30 day paleo challenge and how much better she felt.
nounnoun: Paleo diet; plural noun: Paleo diets; noun: Paleodiet; plural noun: Paleodiets; noun: Palaeo diet; plural noun: Palaeo diets
- a diet based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans, consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit, and excluding dairy or grain products and processed food.“I’ve recently started the Paleo diet and have also given up caffeine”
Well, I came home from the gym and while I ate breakfast i started to plan. I looked through my paleo cookbooks and picked out some recipes that i had wanted to try but hadn’t. Now that i had my trusty list it was off to the grocery store. A couple of weeks ago I bought an Insta pot so I also planed my food around that as I really wanted to use it more and find out exactly what it could do. Hint – it can do a lot!
I have found for me batching cooking is one of the bast things I can do to keep in track. When I get up in the morning I don’t have to think about what to make because it’s already done. When it’s not ready I tend to skip eating and just drink coffee which isn’t a good habit. Batch cooking also allows me to have meals and snacks ready for when I’m heading out of the house. I just pack stuff in my cooler bag and i’m not getting hungry and hitting a drivethru while I’m out and about. Eating like this works for me because I’m ok with eating the same meal for a few days in a row.
I wasn’t planning to start eating 100% paleo until September but you know what I’ve discovered- You’re ready when you’re ready and i’m ready now. It’s only been a couple of days and i already feel better (other than the headache from detoxing). I’m back drinking my 4 litres of water a day. I’m back to eating a full big breakfast and lunch and dinner. Which also means my family is eating better too. When I cook I cook enough fro everybody. So if they want it they are welcome to whatever is in the fridge.
Here’s what I made this week
- mushroom and asparagus fritta
- turkey sausage patties – I use to buy turkey breakfast sausages at Costco but they stopped selling them so i needed to figure our how to do them myself and I actually prefer mine and they take minutes to make.
- Life In Pleasantville’s Pub Style Chicken Curry (I used coconut milk instead of cream and served it over cauliflower rice)
- Beef Carnitas served over that Costco kale and brussels sprout salad that we all love.
- roasted chicken breast for sandwiches and stirfry.
- along with vegetables, peaches and apples for snacks we’re all set for a week of good eats.