Monthly Archives: July 2018

Let’s Talk (healthier “treats”)

Something I’d really like to talk about is PERFECTION and GUILT.

When it comes to healthy eating I think many of us put really strict (unreasonable) rules on ourselves. Our expectations are perfection. Never falling off track, never having a treat. Many of us have an all or nothing attitude. When we fall short of perfection our guilt creeps in and creates a huge mess.

I’ve heard many people say things like “Well I screwed up at breakfast and ate off plan so my entire day is ruined.” Or “I’ll start over tomorrow.” Or “I’m so bad, I ate (fill in the blank) today.” Or “I’m going to have a cheat day.” Or “I just blew my diet so I’m going to eat whatever I want today.” It’s such a strange relationship many of us have with food.

We beat ourselves up over these little slip ups and then punish ourselves by either jumping completely off the wagon, or putting even more rules on ourselves. Or worse, just not eating at all.

I’ve learned over the past 4 years that while eating healthy all the time is best case scenario, it’s not realistic. Life is also about balance. Why does a slip up mean an entire day is ruined? Why do we need an ENTIRE day to “cheat”??? And if we choose to have a “cheat” why do we feel guilty about it afterward?

I’m not saying eat a salad for lunch and an entire box of Oreos for dessert. Or a box of donuts or an entire pizza. And treats should be just that, a treat. Not something that you have every day with every meal. That’s not reasonable either. But there are healthy “treats” out there, and healthier options. And occassionaly, I think it’s okay to have some.

*Here’s my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe from Primal Palate sweetened with maple syrup and made with almond flour instead of bleached flour

/https://www.primalpalate.com/paleo-recipe/chocolate-chip-cookies/

I don’t blog often, and honestly, I’m not even sure if anyone even reads my blog, but if you do, and you are choosing a healthy lifestyle, please don’t plan for perfection. Please be kind to yourself and take baby steps if you need to. Realize that a healthy lifestyle is a continuous journey, not a destination. One foot in front of the other. If you slip up, just get back up and try again.

I say this all the time, but If you eat something off plan, just make better choices at your next meal.

Every meal is an opportunity to feel better. Use your opportunities wisely.

Some healthier treats:

I really enjoy a sliced banana or dried banana chips with almond butter

A couple pieces of a dark chocolate bar (72% cacao or higher) Theo Chocolates are great!

Berries

Coconut whipped cream with fruit

An occasional paleo baked good (banana sweetened muffins, almond flour cookies or Simple Mills brand cake or cookie mix)

A fruit crisp with paleo friendly topping

A Hail Merry tart (I eat half because these babies are rich and delicious!)

Hopefully some of these ideas help you treat yourself without so much guilt! ♥️

Cheers to 4 years! (BLT Breakfast Salad)

I have been eating a paleo diet since July of 2014 which means I’m coming up on my 4 year anniversary! Time sure flies!

I feel great, my skin is more clear than before, and I no longer suffer from what was probably IBS. (I was never diagnosed, but I had constant stomach issues every time I ate something). I don’t feel bloated anymore, and I have maintained a pretty consistant weight over the past 4 years.

I do have to confess that there has been one thing missing from my Paleo lifestyle though, and it’s a pretty major factor too.

Exercise.

Over the past four years I have only worked out sporadically, and really it’s only been the 2-3 weeks leading up to a vacation or trip somewhere. So this might be a total of 12 weeks in 4 years….that’s pretty bad.

I’m not quite sure why I lack the motivation to work out. I don’t really enjoy the typical gym scene. I feel totally out of place when I go to one. So I prefer to work out alone, but that’s where there’s not much accountability. I am pretty thin and have been most of my life, so I guess I just thought I could do a yoga dvd here and there and stay in shape.

Last month my husband and I were able to attend Paleof(x) in Austin Texas. We got to sample tons of new, healthy, Paleo and Keto products, hear a few motivational speeches about health and nutrition, and we had scans done at InBody, which is a body composition analysis. What I learned from my scan was pretty eye opening. While I may be thin and my weight is pretty much right on for my height, my body fat percentage and my muscle mass is not. Which means I should maintain my current weight but convert some of my fat into muscle. And this is where movement and exercise come in. It’s the one and only way to convert fat to muscle. It just has to happen.

And there is my dilemma, lack of motivation and a space that I actually enjoy working out in…Obviously I want to be healthy. I would not have been eating this way for this long if I didn’t, but I just lack that commitment to movement. Ugh. Where can I find it?!?!

Well, I’m glad to say that I joined a gym on May 14th. Almost 8 weeks ago! Its called Get Fit, and its not an ordinary gym. The workouts are different every day. They use a class setting (no more than 50 people in a class) They encourage community, and they can modify your workout based on where you are at in your journey and if you have any injuries. They use a combination of TRX, dumbbells, bands, balance balls, kettlebells and your own body weight to give you an intense but movement based full body 50 minute workout.

My goal has been to work out at least 3 times a week. I’ve mostly been able to reach that goal with only a couple weeks squeezing in only one workout, but that’s far better than where I was before.

Little by little this place is growing on me, and I’m really excited to meet some new people that have similar lifestyles. Everyone that works there has been super friendly and helpful. If the instructor doesn’t recognize you they come over and introduce themselves right away. It is quite a community, and maybe that’s the part I’ve been missing all this time! I definetly get a crazy intense workout every single time, and i feel like I’m getting a little bit stronger already. I just need to keep going!!

I’ll keep you all updated on this new part of my journey. And hopefully I’ll have an opportunity to do another InBody scan soon to see if I’ve made any improvements.

If you are local to my area and want to check out Get Fit, they have locations in Modesto and Oakdale. Their website is www.getfitcommunity.com You can try a class for free, and they also offer boot camps.

BLT Breakfast Salad

Your base can be any lettuce you like. (I prefer red romaine or spinach)

Top it with:

sliced cherry tomatoes

olive oil

pink salt

Pederson Farms (Whole30 approved) bacon

and 1-2 fried yolky eggs