Veggie Noodles?

Veggie Noodles?

In my quest to maintain a healthy eating style, I long ago made the decision to switch to mostly paleo diet. I made this choice for a few reasons. First because like many members of my family,  I suffer from acid-reflux. My grandmother had it, my father has it….so guess what? I grew up eating just like them and I have it. Was it brought on by three generations of bad eating? Is my family just genetically predisposed to having difficulty with certain foods? Doesn’t matter, it’s here to stay.  Secondly, I eat paleo (mostly) because I feel the difference in how my body responds to not eating gluten and processed carbs.

That doesn’t mean I don’t eat any….because I do. I just severely restrict them to only a day or two each week.

When I do deviate it is always for a few predictable things. My goal now is to find acceptable substitutes for those few items. Pizza is hard. How do you replace a pizza crust? I have tried the gluten-free options and my answer there is NO. The second is pasta. And this is where I seem to have caught a break.

Thank you Wegmans!

Say hello to some new friends:

Sweet Potato noodles

Beet Noodles

Butternut Squash Noodles

I know, I know, you can make that yourself. I have tried, and it’s not always as easy as it looks. These have a beautiful consistency to them.  It spares me the aggravation of having a kitchen freak out because mine don’t have the same thickness, or my hand slipped and cut them short, or I have hurled said produce against the wall in frustration……(it happens).

But here are these wonderful things, thoughtfully made and freshly packaged. Why would I not buy them and save myself the stress? News flash! I have. This week I will be trying the sweet potato noodles with some sautéed broccoli, black olives, tomatoes and Italian sausage. In subsequent weeks I will be adding in the others.  Wegmans also has riced cauliflower so I will be sampling that as well.

I am happy that my grocery store is on board with healthier eating, and I will use my dollars to support this trend. Maybe it will stick. My fear is that I will fall in love with these only to have them vanish in 3 weeks because I am the only one who likes them. But I am happy in my small victory. One step in the right direction towards a permanently healthier life.

Shhhhhhh……

Shhhhhhh……

I dedicate this morning to silence. Not total silence, I am not talking about completely tuning out the world. I am  suggesting that just for a minute or maybe a few, you just listen to your body. Block the external and let the internal volume naturally increase on it’s own. We don’t do this enough. It only takes about 5 minutes or so.

How are you feeling? Are you stiff or sore? Are you thirsty? Do you feel run-down? Hungry?

Now take what you have learned and do something to correct it. Stretch, drink water, eat something healthy,  maybe find time for a nap??? If done consistently then these little fixes can translate into big results.

Health is like investing for retirement. Small consistent investments can pay larger dividends in the later years.

Pain is Temporary.

Pain is Temporary.

Today’s workout:

30 minute AMRAP (Yes I stole that from Crossfit)….

10 Kettlebell Swings (Russian)

10 calorie Row

10 Goblet Squats

10 calorie row

10 Kettlebell Cleans

10 calorie row

Record actual time of death when complete……

Kidding. Keeping the weight light (1 pood=34 lbs.). The idea is to keep moving. Rowing is rest time, so the pace can be slack, just not slow.

 

Next Day follow up (7/20/16). I think I set the worlds record for onset of D.O.M.S. I powered through that thing in the end, I went a minute over because I was hell-bent on finishing one more round.

I left the gym at 4:30 PM. I had noticeable muscle soreness by 7:00 pm. Just like you should never drunk text, you should never program a workout, while jacked up on Pre-workout.

Chipotle….I love you.

Chipotle, yes…chipotle.I know I am probably late to the game on this one. I don’t care. It just so happens that it’s sort of on the way home from work. So on saturdays, when I go into work for a few hours to try and get some stuff done in peace, I hit the gym after and then on to a fabulous bowl or salad.

I had watched countless fitness people on Youtube raving about it. thought it looked good, and always told myself if we ever get one here, I gotta try it. Well, now we do, and now I can. 

But is it healthy? I think so. I think it is just from the standpoint of I can run through their pretty cool online nutritional calculator, and create a meal. This way I have a plan before I step through the door.I had a salad today with steak and chicken, fresh salsa and guac. 66 GRAMS OF PROTEIN! Only 13 grams of carbs, and 35 grams of fat. Low-carb, high ptoein, loaded with healthy fat, what more could I sk for post-workout. 

The youTube hype wasn’t just hype after all. 

Happy eating!

Chipotle….I love you.

Chipotle, yes…chipotle.I know I am probably late to the game on this one. I don’t care. It just so happens that it’s sort of on the way home from work. So on saturdays, when I go into work for a few hours to try and get some stuff done in peace, I hit the gym after and then on to a fabulous bowl or salad.

I had watched countless fitness people on Youtube raving about it. thought it looked good, and always told myself if we ever get one here, I gotta try it. Well, now we do, and now I can. 

But is it healthy? I think so. I think it is just from the standpoint of I can run through their pretty cool online nutritional calculator, and create a meal. This way I have a plan before I step through the door.I had a salad today with steak and chicken, fresh salsa and guac. 66 GRAMS OF PROTEIN! Only 13 grams of carbs, and 35 grams of fat. Low-carb, high ptoein, loaded with healthy fat, what more could I sk for post-workout. 

The youTube hype wasn’t just hype after all. 

Happy eating!