Thinking Out Loud: Snacks & Stuff [video]

Hey there friends!  Happy Thursday to ya!  I’m going to link-up for some Thinking Out Loud today since I have some randomness to share with you all today!

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Thank you to our host, Amanda, for hosting!  Click on over to Running with Spoons to check her out, along with lots of other bloggers!

Ok, so first up, I created a new video/vlog, whatever you want to call it.  I wanted to do a chit-chat/coffee talk kind of format… wasn’t sure what to talk about for the first one, so I talked about some of my favorite paleo/primal snacks, as well as some new-to-me ones I just picked up the other day.  Warning: it’s a bit awkward… I’m not the best video girl. Thinking Out Loud: Snacks & Stuff [video] Thinking Out Loud snacks random thoughts primal paleo healthy snacks coffee with karey coffee talk

If you like it, let me know!  If you don’t… well, like my parents said, if you don’t have anything nice to say, sometimes it’s best to say nothing at all. Thinking Out Loud: Snacks & Stuff [video] Thinking Out Loud snacks random thoughts primal paleo healthy snacks coffee with karey coffee talk

Also… if you have any suggestions, or even questions for a future episode, please leave them in the comments or email me at: karey@nuttyabouthealth.com.  Thanks!!

IN OTHER NEWS…

  • I finished watching the show Weeds on Netflix (eh, it was ok) & started to watch Gossip Girl (I’m late getting on this one, I know).
  • Saw a great movie the other day – Divergent.  LOVED it!!!
  • Just finished reading The Fault In Our Stars – sad.
  • Finished my summer classes – yay!!! I now have about a month off before Fall semester starts.
  • I FINALLY broke down & spent the money to buy The Paleo Kitchen… looking forward to whipping up some new recipes soon!
  • I came across a BUCK book sale last night for Kindle books & was just in time to nab Eat The Yolks, as well as Death by Food Pyramid.  So excited!  Can’t wait to read them!

OK, what’s on YOUR mind today?  Have you read any of the above books?  Were you able to make it through my video? Sorry, it was long!


WIAW: Recent Eats

Hey there, foodie friends!  It’s the best day of the week – What I Ate Wednesday!!!
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If you’re not familiar with WIAW, click on over to Peas & Crayons & check it out! Big thanks to Jenn for hosting this tasty link-up!

Today, I thought I’d show most of Monday’s meals & a few from yesterday as well… just to switch it up a little bit.  I feel like I eat the same things so often – I’m a creature of habit & tend to stick with what I like. WIAW: Recent Eats WIAW primal paleo crock pot clean eats bulletproof

BREAKFAST…

Lately, I’ve been loving the Bulletproof (style) Coffee made with KerryGold Grass-fed Butter & MCT oil.  Yum.  I’ve been pairing it up with a hard-boiled free-range egg or two & some fresh berries.

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Monday…

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Tuesday…

Can you tell I have a thing for skull mugs?  ;)

LUNCHES…

On Monday I made a tasty zoodle curry type dish with onions, chopped Applegate beef hot dogs, & lots of Thai spices.  So yummy!

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Zoodles!

Yesterday, I decided on a big salad with green bell pepper, avocado, Applegate chicken & ham, & some Tessamae’s Cracked Pepper dressing.  Mmm…

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DINNER…

On Mondays I like to try to make a crock pot meal that Brian & I can enjoy when he’s finished working since it’s usually a very busy & tiring day.  The last thing he wants to do then is come home & have to grill us up some dinner.  Soo…. I threw together another one of my crock pot meals – a grass-fed chuck roast that I pan seared on each side before tossing it into the crock pot, then I added in sea salt, pepper, baby carrots, celery, a sweet potato, onion, & some thyme, & a cup of red wine.  Let it cook low & slow all day…

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Then, shortly before it was ready I whipped up some Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes” to go with it.

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I thought it was a fantastic, tasty meal, but I think Brian thought a bit… otherwise.  It’s my bad though – he’s not a fan of sweet potatoes & I tried sneaking one of those bad boys in there.  Lesson learned.  I tried to get him to love cauli mash too, but the mission was a fail.  Guess it means there’s more left over for me! WIAW: Recent Eats WIAW primal paleo crock pot clean eats bulletproof

SNACKS…

Been loving fresh fruit & nuts lately.  I also came up with an amazing snack today – coconut cream with fresh peach, strawberries, blueberries, a few pecans, & some shredded coconut.  Amazing.

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Hope you enjoyed a peek at some of my recent eats!

What’s your current favorite snack?  Favorite crock pot meal?

Paleo Perfectionism

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Paleo Perfectionism is something that has been coming up a lot lately… & I’m pretty sure it doesn’t even exist.  So why am I talking about it?  Well, I guess it’s because I feel like there’s a lot of emphasis put onto something that isn’t even all that attainable.  It seems like some people are criticizing others for not being perfect.  Silly, right?!  Why bother stressing over something that is so out of reach & doesn’t even affect you?  I mean, c’mon… who is perfect anyway?  Certainly not me.  And you know what?  That’s ok.

Paleo is all about eating healthier, embracing whole foods & focusing on nutrient density.  At least this is what it means to me.  Yes, there are paleo “guidelines”, but to me, that’s all they are – guidelines.  If you’re familiar with Chris Kresser, then you know that he encourages people to personalize paleo & find what works for them.  He promotes starting with a paleo template & then customizing it, according to you & your tolerances & preferences.  I think that’s pretty nifty.  

Any move towards paleo, primal, “real food”, aka clean eating, whatever you want to call it is definitely progress & a positive thing in my opinion!  I don’t think we should be calling people out for things that aren’t necessarily technically paleo (the dreaded “paleo police”) – it’s discouraging (& sometimes even offensive) to others.  Instead, we should be applauding any efforts and/or changes towards moving towards more REAL food & food how nature intended.  If someone is curious about paleo or primal & wants to move towards adopting that sort of lifestyle, any changes they make should be applauded.  Change isn’t always easy.

No one is perfect & I’m sure we all have our slip-ups, or times we’re “off the wagon”.  I know I do.  I’ve been slacking a bit lately with my eating… allowing a few too many treats, especially of the frozen, creamy variety.

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Even though I try to promote a primarily paleo/primal & REAL food approach, it certainly doesn’t mean that I NEVER go against that & treat myself to something that I really love – like ice cream!!  Life is too short to not allow myself a treat here & there, especially since I tolerate dairy just fine – & I enjoy it.  #IScreamForIceCream

BUT – what is not cool is if I get flack for having this treat because I posted it on social media.  The reason I post it on social media in the first place is 1) to share my cute little treat with friends, & 2) to show that I am NOT perfect.  I always try to be real.  I have treats on occasion that are not necessarily paleo/primal & are not grass-fed and/or raw dairy.  Besides, I have NO idea where I could even find that around here.  Never seen it, plus I’m pretty sure it’s illegal in WI to sell raw dairy.  Anyway…

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Even if I get some flack, I do not regret my ice cream sundae.  Life is short.  I broke the rules, smiled at my sundae, & ate the crap out of that thing. Paleo Perfectionism primal paleo perfection paleo

I don’t know any paleo people who are perfect.  Many make adaptations to their paleo templates & add white rice and/or dairy.  I’m one who adds in some fermented high quality dairy.  It’s not perfect/strict paleo, but it’s what works for me & makes me happy & feel good.  I don’t seem to have a problem tolerating it, so why not enjoy it & some of the benefits I can get from it?  Do what works for YOU.  If you’re striving to make the best & healthiest choices for yourself (& enjoying an occasional treat), I don’t see anything wrong with that.

If we were perfect – life would be boring.  What would we have to strive for?  I don’t want to be perfect, I just want to be the best me that I can be.  

I want to strive to ENCOURAGE, not discourage. Paleo Perfectionism primal paleo perfection paleo

What do you think?  Do you modify paleo to fit YOU?   Progress or perfection?

MIMM: Bands, Cars, & Baseball

Hey there friends, happy Monday to you!  I really hope you’ve had a marvelous weekend & are ready to start Monday off on a positive note – speaking of marvelous, Monday, & positive… how about we join Katie for some Marvelous in My Monday (MIMM)?!
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Big thanks to Katie at Healthy Diva Life for hosting – click on over & check out all of the marvelous happenings!

Well, this past week & weekend has definitely been both action-packed & marvelous!  So much so, that I thought I’d share it with you, mostly in pictures.  Pictures are always nice on a Monday morning, right?  Little reading & processing… great for when you’re not fully awake yet. MIMM: Bands, Cars, & Baseball Sister Hazel passat new car MIMM marvelous Brewers baseball Bar 430

THURSDAY…

Brian’s sister, Jen, & her husband Mike came over after work so that they could go to Waterfest (the outdoor music festival on Thursday summer nights here in Oshkosh) with us.  Sister Hazel was playing as the headliner that night & Mike is a BIG fan, so we all decided we’d go.  Plus, Waterfest is literally right down the street from our apartment – so it’s a no brainer.  We all got some dinner before the show & walked down the street to a newer place that we wanted to try called Bar 430.  I got the Bacon Burger w/out the bun, a side of raw veggies, & a glass of wine – it was pretty good!  Overall, not a bad place, but the service left a little to be desired. MIMM: Bands, Cars, & Baseball Sister Hazel passat new car MIMM marvelous Brewers baseball Bar 430

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After dinner we walked back to our apartment for a bit & then headed out to the show.  Great night!!  Sister Hazel put on a REALLY good performance & I was definitely impressed.  We really enjoyed hanging out with Jen & Mike too, which is always a good time.

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FRIDAY…

Uneventful… I took a quiz for school, went & got my blood drawn to re-check my Vitamin D levels again, & later we went car shopping.

SATURDAY… 

Brian & I drove to Madison (about 2 hours away) with both of our cars to go look at a newer car (2013 white Passat SE) we’d found online & were interested in.   We don’t need to have 2 vehicles when Brian walks to work everyday.  So… we test drove the car, loved it, but ultimately fell more in love with the one next to it, which was basically the same thing, but with a few less miles (only about 7,000 miles on it)… and it was black, rather than white, with a sunroof.  Sharp.

After sitting at the dealership most of the afternoon to work out appraisals for both our trade-ins, etc… we traded in these two higher mileage vehicles…

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For this gorgeous 2013 Volkswagen Passat SE (w/sunroof)…

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We are very happy with our decision & love it!  Now we just need to get those windows tinted & it will be perfect. MIMM: Bands, Cars, & Baseball Sister Hazel passat new car MIMM marvelous Brewers baseball Bar 430

After the car fiasco was finished we decided to head down to State Street in Madison to walk & have some dinner (we ate at a Mexican Bistro).  I always love walking down that street, it’s such a fun area & I love seeing the huge Capitol building in the distance.

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We ended the night be seeing the movie Divergent – LOVED it!!!  I highly recommend seeing it, if you haven’t yet.

SUNDAY…

Brian & I headed to Milwaukee with our friends Adam & April for a Brewer’s baseball game!

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We had a great time, but unfortunately, the Brewers lost to the Mets.  The highlights were a Jimmy John’s unwich for lunch & the wiener race.  Once we got back to our apartment we all walked across the river to Dockside Tavern to have a quick dinner before Adam & April headed back home.  I had the Tavern burger, bunless, with sweet potato fries.  It wasn’t so marvelous - very greasy & salty.  Ugh.  We had good company at least though!  ;)

We were exhausted after getting back home, so we spent the evening relaxing & watching some Naked & Afraid on TV.  Anyone else love that show?

How was your weekend?  Tell me something marvelous!

The Week In Fitness #49

Howdy friends, happy Sunday!!  How’s your weekend thus far?  Hope it’s been fantastic!  Mine has been pretty great, although very busy.  Busy is good though – especially when it involves a new-to-me car & a Milwaukee Brewer’s game.  ;)  Anyway, I digress… let’s get to this week’s past fitness recap, shall we?

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Monday 7.21.14: Sexy Seven Strength Circuit Workout & 1.8 mile walk

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Tuesday 7.22.14: Elliptical intervals

Wednesday 7.23.14: 2.9 mile walk

Thursday 7.24.14: Jackie Warner’s X-treme Timesaver Training

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Friday 7.25.14: 3.1 mile walk

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Saturday 7.26.14: Stair sprints 

Sunday 7.27.14: Rest day

Overall, not a bad week of workouts.  I really liked pulling out the Jackie Warner dvd… it was a nice, sweaty challenge!  Didn’t walk as much this week, but I got some nice long ones in.

How were your workouts this week?  Do you have a favorite workout dvd?