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To Paleo or Not to Paleo? That is not a question!

Hello readers! I hope you are having a fabulous day and that you’ve had a fabulous week! I can say that  mine has been pretty darn nice. I started a new training plan this week that you can find by going to Mother Pumper and signing up for her newsletter. You will receive the entire 60 day program FREE! She also uploads the workouts to YouTube! Yay!

With this amazing training plan I’ve decided that I really need to take control of my diet. Like, for real. No more excuses.

So, I’m looking into the Paleo diet. While it seems like a tough transition, it seems to be SO worth it! I’ve absolutely noticed intolerance to certain foods like grains, dairy, etc. since eating a cleaner diet. Now I really want to take it to the next level of “clean” and see what my body is truly capable of, without the restrictions these foods put on it.
Restrictions? Yes. When I eat certain foods I feel tired, lazy, no motivation, less interest in just about anything. Not to mention the stomach/ gastro issues that come along with it.
I’m going grocery shopping Friday so I’m making my list now and researching all things Paleo.

I found this interesting and worth sharing:
“Why No Grains?
*Not healthy, no nutrients, not suitable for our digestive system – (causes weight gain and bloating)
*Contain anti-nutrients (phytates- more on that soon)
*Contain lectin (grain protein causes gut irritation) > celiac: gluten intolerance > destruction of villi in intestines > a vast array of digestive/gastrointestinal problems: constipation – heart burn – colon disease – IBS – varicose veins – indigestion – colitis – gall stones – hemorroids – appendicitis – hiatal hernia – duodenal ulcer
*Gluten (wheat, oats) disrupts insulin signalling (1 in 33 people have celiac disease)
*Lead to carb addiction (bread anyone?)
*Kitava study: No cancer, diabetes, heart disease or obesity. Intro to grains/dairy/legumes = disease started
*Inuits: 85% fat, 15% protein, no carbs = no disease”

(You can find the rest of the article here.)

I will NOT be going 100% Paleo because I do LOVE my Body FX products. There are a couple that I can’t live without like our Protein FXEnergy FX and After FX. The Shake FX will be a tough one, too. I’ll probably keep those babies on hand for those days when I just need something quick or I know I’ll be too busy to eat right. 

The hardest part for me is finding clean/ Paleo recipes that everyone will enjoy. I see all kinds of delicious looking recipes all over the web only to find ingredients not pleasing to my husband. If you have a favorite recipe site SHARE IT in the comments! I need all the help I can get!

 

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An important PSA and Project “Fiti Wants to RUN”

Today is day 1 of project “Fiti Wants to RUN”. We had a break in the rain so I took my chances and went out. It wasn’t very far, but I did intervals with 3 of them being jogging.
I’m taking the safe route this time and SLOWLY building up to running. This is the price I have to pay for spending so many years being inactive and neglecting my health. My body was so torn down that I have to be very careful or I will be hurt and unable to exercise at all. The last time I tried to get into running, last year, I ended up with horribly painful shin splints and couldn’t do anything for quite some time. I was uneducated, I didn’t recognize the difference between good pain and bad pain, and I pushed too hard making the problem worse.
It was my husband who gave me a wake up call while I was feeling sorry for myself that I couldn’t run. He said something like “You basically spent most of your life not exercising. You’ve only been doing this a few months. Things are going to hurt.”
Shin splints, bad knee, excess weight, no cardiovascular strength. That’s what happens when you sit on your ass eating whatever and however much you want, smoking cigarettes because when you were young you wanted to be grown, and ignoring ALL of the info given to you throughout your life about nutrition, health, being active, and just taking care of your body.
We are either rewarded or punished for how we take care of ourselves. It’s up to us.

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Tilapia Foil Packets

I LOVE this idea! Everyone gets to pick their own seasonings and veggies that go into their packet, so everyone is happy, and if not it’s their own fault. *hehe*

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This one is mine. It includes the tilapia, zucchini, squash, red bell pepper rings, a small scoop of oil and some zesty lemon seasoning with a couple lemon wedges. My sweet potato fries are in the oven, too.
What’s on your table?

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Lunch!

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Lunch!

Yum!
Sauteed or stir-fried:
Leftover Chicken tenderloins, zucchini, squash, tomato, celery, carrot. Coated lightly with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkled with garlic salt and wheat germ. Cooked in a pan coated with nonstick cooking spray.

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FOOD, and more food!

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100% Natural 2 Ingredient Flourless Pancakes

Seriously, 2 ingredients! Gluten free, flourless, delicious!
2 eggs
1 very ripe banana
** Beat eggs. Smash banana well. Mix together. Cook on greased or sprayed  griddle or frying pan heated to med-med/high.
Note: For these to cook properly the banana needs to be smashed really well so it blends with the eggs.
The bottom left photo shows them cooked around med/low-medium. The bottom right shows them cooked around med-med/high.

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Just some healthy foods

Last week I was on an apple, tomato and boiled egg kick.
The odd photo is fish with baked sweet potato chips and broccoli.

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Plain Greek yogurt, smashed banana, cinnamon.

A very ripe banana works great for this.
Smash a banana until there’s hardly any chunks. Mix in with 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt. Top with ground cinnamon.
THE best way to enjoy yogurt is to add your own flavors! Controlling ingredients is so important!

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Organic Brown Rice Quinoa, Eggplant, Zucchini, Bell Pepper

My healthiest lunch ever!
I sauteed all the veggies in extra virgin olive oil. Placed them on top of a serving of organic brown rice couscous. Yum!

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Easiest Pancakes Ever!

This recipe is so easy, and very tasty. Great for a quick breakfast!

1 packet Quaker Weight Control instant oatmeal, I used maple and brown sugar, my son had cinnamon
1 egg
**Beat egg. Mix in oatmeal packet.
Let sit 30 minutes while you get ready for work, go for a jog, whatever.
Cook on heated, oiled skillet. Don’t attempt to flip until the first side has set.
Serve with peanut butter and syrup, just syrup, peanut butter and honey, sliced banana or plain.
Having them plain makes these a perfect on-the-go breakfast. Make one larger pancake rather than two small ones. Wrap it in a paper towel and take it with you. Enjoy on the way to work.
Note: I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m thinking of kind of combining this recipe with the above pancake recipe. Like this:
2 eggs
1 well smashed banana
1 serving (1/2cup) quick oats

What do you think? That sounds to me like a perfect all natural breakfast!

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Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade granola bars don’t last very long in my house. We all love them! 

1) 2 cups oats
2) 3/4 cup packed brown sugar (less if you prefer less sweet)
3) 1/2 cup wheat germ (can be substituted with another dry ingredient like quinoa flakes)
4) 3/4 tsp cinnamon
5) 1/2 cup flour
6) 3/4 cup raisins
7) 3/4 tsp salt
8) 1/2 cup honey (I ran out and used syrup, super tasty just not as healthy)
9) 1 egg
10) 1/2 cup oil (no thanks! I used peanut butter)
11) 2 tsp vanilla
** Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13×9 baking dish.
** In a large bowl, mix first 7 ingredients. Make a well in the center, pour in honey, egg, oil, peanut butter. Using hands, mix well. (If using peanut butter instead of oil I don’t recommend using hands. It’s just too sticky.) Pat evenly into pan.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until edges begin to turn golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes then cut into bars using pizza cutter.
Do not allow bars to cool completely before cutting. They will be too hard.

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Orange Smoothie? No, not the fruit. The color!

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Orange Smoothie

I was feeling a little adventurous yesterday after my workouts and decided to create a new and healthy smoothie. I’ve been making a banana oatmeal smoothie for my husband pretty regularly, but haven’t had one myself in quite some time. I’ve really been enjoying actually eating my food rather than drinking it. My new favorites are oatmeal (with different fruit additions) for breakfast and either fruit and veggie salad or a fruit and veggie plate with a boiled egg.
Yesterday, however, I was thinking yummy smoothie. I call it Pineapple Oatmeal Banana Smoothie. You may be wondering why orange isn’t in the name. I completely understand, I was wondering the same thing! Here’s what I came up with: people will automatically assume there’s an orange in the recipe, and it’ll be fun when I make it for someone and they get the surprise of it being orange!
Now, the first sip was something new. I’d never had this mixture before so it was a little shock to the taste buds. The flavor was good, just unique at first. After a few more sips it was totally delicious! My taste buds have learned to adapt pretty quickly these days, I think. R
Curious about what is in this orange without an orange smoothie? Let me fill you in…

Ingredients:
6 ounces pineapple juice
2/3 cup frozen banana slices
1/4 cup oats
1/2 cup sliced CARROT!

Yep, that’s it! Of course you can thicken it up with some non fat Greek yogurt and make it more filling. I was trying to go for a dairy free lunch. I’ll admit it didn’t keep me full for long. I would probably add spinach (I’m completely out), maybe some berries (was out of those, too) to give it more substance for a meal replacement. As is, it’s a tasty and healthy snack or dessert smoothie.

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