WIAW: Hello Dairy!

Hey there my nutty comrades…happy Wednesday, which means 1) it’s halfway through the week -yes!! and 2) it’s time to link-up for some What I Ate Wednesday!  If you’re new to WIAW, it’s a fun foodie link-up & great chance to get inspired with some new-to-you food choices!
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A big thank you to Jenn @ Peas & Crayons for hosting!

Some of you may know that I had been participating in a Paleo Challenge the past few weeks that was hosted by Giselle.  I did ok, but totally cheated one day so that I could have pizza & ice cream when I went to the theme park.  I won’t lie though – what I REALLY missed was the dairy!

I’m not a huge dairy hound, & I do NOT drink milk, but I really did miss my Kerrygold Grass-fed butter & cheese!  I had done the challenge in part to see how my body felt after cutting dairy out again  - Verdict?  Well, I didn’t really notice a difference.  Like I said, I don’t drink milk & I only really consume the butter (minimal dairy) and the cheese, which is a fermented product, so lactose is low.  Plus, the butter & cheese that I am consuming is of high quality, organic and/or grass-fed (contains CLAs & other good stuff).  It doesn’t bother me, so I’m going to adapt my personal paleo template to include some of it.  Any paleo police out there can just – deal. WIAW: Hello Dairy! WIAW real food primal paleo dairy clean eating

Ok, now that all of that has been cleared up – on to the food!!  These are my eats from yesterday (Tuesday)& it was the first day off the challenge.

BREAKFAST…

I ended up nearly running out of time before heading to the food pantry to do my volunteer shift, but I couldn’t leave without breakfast!  Thankfully, this concoction was quick & easy, plus kept me satisfied all morning long.

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The makings of some delicious bulletproof (style) coffee

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Fresh blueberries, free range hard-boiled egg, & Bulletproof (style) coffee (w/2T butter, 1/2T MCT oil, & pumpkin pie spice)

 MID-DAY SNACK…

I needed to run a few errands after the pantry shift, so I grabbed a Quest White Chocolate Raspberry Bar to hold me over – & satisfy my sweet tooth. WIAW: Hello Dairy! WIAW real food primal paleo dairy clean eating

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It was good! It’s definitely been awhile…

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Enjoyed a couple of my homemade Healthy Gummies while making my lunch.

LUNCH…

I had a late lunch once I got back home… threw together a bunch of spinach, small grilled organic free-range chicken breast, roasted kabocha squash, blueberries, avocado, almond slivers, & Tessemae’s Balsamic dressing.

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Yum.

 AFTERNOON SNACK…

I’m so snacky in the afternoons lately… I had some Kerrygold cheddar cheese & some of my home-brewed kombucha while I read Shakespeare’s Othello (homework, but love it).

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DINNER…

Brian was planning on being gone again all evening for a golf outing, but it fell through… we didn’t have any dinner plans – so we ordered Chinese food!  I got steamed mixed vegetables with chicken & then added my own Coconut Aminos to it at home.

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Mmm… I love Chinese food!!

EVENING SNACK…

A classic – banana with raw crunchy almond butter on it.  Simple, but amazing.

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nom nom nom

Well, there ya have it!  That’s what I managed to stuff into my face yesterday.  Amazing how liberated I felt being able to have some cheese & butter again!  It really is the small things in life, isn’t it?  ;)  Happy Wednesday friends!!

Dairy:  love or loathe it?  Best snack combo – go! (I’m going to say banana & almond butter)


Fighting the Inner Monster

Hey there friends!  Well, as the title infers, there is a little battle going on inside me lately… & it’s not a pleasant one!  It’s my good ‘ol friend the Sugar Monster trying to get out again.

I thought I had him chained down & under control, but lately, since I’ve come out of ketosis (super low-carb) & started eating a few more carbs… well, he’s gotten quite brave.  And hungry.  In other words – he’s trying to take over.  

I’m finding it difficult to control myself with fruit… & anything else that I can possibly find in the apartment that is sweet.  Thankfully, I didn’t have much for sweet stuff at home at all… only a few LARABARS and some fresh berries & bananas.  Oh, & coconut shreds.  ;)

My sweet tooth at times almost seems insatiable.  I feel like I’m eating EVERYTHING some days & am putting on a bit of weight.  Gah.  

You see, this was one of the brilliant things about ketosis – hardly any sort of sugar cravings… because I hardly had anything very sweet.  Now that I’m out of ketosis & am having some low-sugar berries & some more veggie carbs – well, I just want anything sweet & feel like it’s so hard to stop.  Can you imagine what would happen if I kept actual junk food in our apartment?  Yikes!

I know that I am such an “all or nothing” type of person, which is why I did well in ketosis because I just didn’t really have the fruit and/or anything very sweet.  Now that I can have some, well… it just doesn’t fit into the nice little “moderation” box for me.  I wish it did, but I just don’t operate that way.  

Since I don’t have plans to go back into ketosis (& can’t afford to lose any more hair right now), this means I’m just going to have to keep fighting the fight & beating that darn Sugar Monster over the head every now & then when he gets out of hand.  ;)

If you’re an all or nothing type like me, how do you deal?  Can you relate?

Six Flags Great America & Weekend Eats

Happy Monday friends!  Hope you all had a marvelous weekend… I sure did!!  In fact, I’m linking up to Katie to celebrate some (MIMM) Marvelous in My Monday today since it was such a great weekend!
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Thank you to Katie @ Healthy Diva Life for hosting such a positive link-up to start the week!

Saturday… 

Brian & I went to Six Flags Great America (in Illinois) with his sister, Jen, & her husband, Mike… soooo much fun!!  It was about a 2 hour drive each way, so we decided to get an early start to get a full day in at the park.

I started my day out with a delicious & nutritious breakfast…

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We arrived to the park pretty much when it was just opening, so that was perfect!

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We’re there!!

It was about 80 degrees out & sunny… so nice!  Since it was going to be really busy, we opted to buy the Flash Passes at the park, so that really cut down on standing in line – I highly recommend spending the extra money for one.  Instead of waiting an hour+ in line, we waited about 15 minutes at the most.  Definitely marvelous!

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One of my favorites!

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Raging Bull in action!

I think that X-Flight was my second favorite.  We thought about trying to get on the new coaster, Goliath, but the wait was over 2 hours!!  Yikes.  No thanks!

Lunch break… we left the park to find something slightly more nutritious than the usual, overpriced, greasy park fare.  We came across a Jimmy John’s near the entrance, so that’s what we decided on.  I had the Gargantuan (minus the Italian dressing) as an unwich, yum!!

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After our lunch refuel & getting to sit in the A/C for a bit, we headed back to the park, ready for some more adventure…. & The Demon!

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Me on The Demon!

After a few more rides (like Batman & Superman), SOME people were feeling some ice cream for a treat… I may, or may not, have succumbed  - since if I’m being honest, it’s REALLY hard to pass up ice cream when the three people you’re with are eating it & you LOVE it too!  So yes – I cheated on my Paleo challenge & had some Birthday Cake ice cream.  So worth it. #cheater #IScreamForIceCream

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Delicous, creamy, goodness…

We did a few more roller coasters… & some bumper cars to round out the day!  Such a good time!

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Me, Mike, & my SIL Jen

I think we figured we got on about 9 rides – not bad!!  It definitely drained us though!

After Brian & I got home & showered we decided to treat ourselves to a relaxing night in… & pizza!  We ordered from Glass Nickel Pizza – we got half pepperoni & mushrooms & the other half chicken, mushrooms, & spinach.  Can you guess which half I chose? Six Flags Great America & Weekend Eats theme park Six Flags Great America roller coasters MIMM Jimmy Johns Glass Nickel Coldstone amusement park

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Delicious pizza!  It’s been awhile since I had pizza & Glass Nickel definitely hit the spot!

Pizza & watching some Locked Up Abroad… does it get much better?  :)  Oh, & I got to cuddle with this fur-face that missed us!!

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Mya <3

Sunday… 

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Brian & I had a low-key kind of day… got a nice walk in, some homework done, & got back on track with my healthy eating.  A marvelous weekend, for sure!

How was YOUR weekend?  Have you ever been to Six Flags Great America?  If so, what’s your favorite ride?

The Week In Fitness #48

Hey there friends!  Happy Sunday!  Time for another fitness recap from this past week, with The Week In Fitness!

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Monday 7.14.14: Super Fast & Super Sweaty Circuit Workout, & a 2 mile walk

Tuesday 7.15.14: 2.8 mile walk

Wednesday 7.16.14: Elliptical intervals & a 3 mile walk

Thursday 7.17.14: Les Mills Pump & Burn workout, & 1.8 mile walk

Friday 7.18.14: Elliptical intervals

Saturday 7.19.14: Rest day (walked around at Great America a LOT though!)

Sunday 7.20.14: 3.5 mile walk

Overall, not a bad week of fitness!  I ended up getting 2 days of strength workouts in & 2 days with some low-impact elliptical intervals/sprints.  I’d say that’s a win!  Plus, quite a bit of walking.

Miles walked this week: 13.1

How was YOUR week in fitness?  Did you make your goals?  

Homemade Gummies

Hey friends!  I have another little recipe to share with you all today & it’s a fun one that is great for gut health too!  This is a gelatin based recipe, so if you’re looking to sneak some gelatin into your diet this is a perfect way to do so & to have it taste good & be fun!

First off, if you’re not familiar with what gelatin is… it’s a colorless, powdery substance derived from collagen & animal by-products.  It’s often used to thicken & set food, in jello, some ice cream, & gummy items.

Gelatin is basically a mixture of peptides & proteins, so it is a great repair & building mechanism.  It has many other health benefits too, such as:

  • A source of protein & collagen (building blocks for healthy tissue, hair, skin, & nails)
  • Great for joint health & can help aid in recovery
  • Can help tighten loose skin
  • Aids in digestive health

Are you ready to get into the gelatin action & enjoy some of the many health benefits?  Here’s a fun little gummy recipe that I’ve been enjoying!

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To flavor these gummies, I added in a single serve packet of the Propel Zero water enhancer!  It added a nice subtle kiwi strawberry flavor, along with some added B vitamins.  Plus, I add in some of my home-brewed kombucha, so it has more probiotic & healthy gut effects.  It’s a win-win!

Homemade Gummies

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. On the stove top, boil a small amount of water (enough for 1/4c).
  2. While the water is boiling, in a medium bowl, combine kombucha, lemon juice, & Propel flavoring packet. Stir well.
  3. Measure out the gelatin & keep in a separate small bowl.
  4. Have molds for the gummies set aside & ready to go.
  5. Once the water has boiled, set a 1/4c of it aside & quickly stir in the gelatin into the kombucha mixture. Don't worry if it all doesn't completely dissolve immediately. Then quickly add in the boiling hot water & mix well. I usually use an immersion blender to blend it up to a frothy consistency & make sure it's all blended evenly.
  6. Pour the mixture into your gummy molds or a pan & place in the fridge for at least an hour, but best if it's several hours or overnight.
  7. Remove from molds & store in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy!
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If you’re looking to buy some fun gummy molds, I came across these & they look like they’d be fun!  Gummy bears are always a winner!

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Hope you enjoy this recipe for some healthy gummy snacks!  Just a word of caution – DON’T smell the gelatin or the gummies!  The gelatin smells HORRIBLE, but once you make the gummies, it tastes fine (just avoid giving them a good sniff). Homemade Gummies recipe propel zero primal paleo kombucha gummies healthy gut gummy snacks gummy bears gummies gelatin  Gelatin is just one of those things that weirds me out, kinda like raw liver.

Have you ever made your own homemade gummies?  Ever smelled gelatin or liver – & if so, does it weird you out too?