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Paleo March – The End

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Wow, what a month!

Just to recap in case you’re just joining in here, for the Month of March I had myself a Whole 30/strict paleo experience. No dairy. No legumes. No grains. No treats.

I was a bit nervous as I went to measure myself again… I thought “What if I stay the same?!”. Haha, absolutely not the case.

Lost an inch around my waist, half an inch on my hips, a little bit around my thighs. My final weigh in was 147lbs, which is actually the very same as the beginning of the month… so I think it’s safe to say I gained  some muscle, which was one of my goals!

As an aside, the whole weight on the scale thing is an area that irks me a bit since so many women hold stock in their ‘number’ on the scale. I think the number is irrelevant  It’s the outcome on the outside that you’re really going after, a measurement, a shape etc. That’s my take.

The dreaded bathroom scale

It is just a number!!!     

Also, it’s important to note that it tends to be more difficult to lose weight in the winter months. Your body naturally wants to retain more fat to keep warm cause it’s smart like that! Where I live it’s still cold with snow everywhere, so I’m betting I will really lean out once we get some warmer weather! I’ll keep you posted.

Overall the month was a great success for me and I will be keeping up many of my new Paleo habits, like:

  • limited fruit intake
  • no snacking before bed
  • limited smoothies
  • more balanced meal construction (protein, fats and plenty of veggies)

I have been able to fuel my body with delicious foods over the past month…a few dud meals (that’s what happens when you try new things) and never compromising the pursuit of healthy eating.

For my fitness regime, I was at the gym 5 times a week, every week for this month. Weight training 3 times per week, Yoga and Spin class once each. This is a good balance for me, although once with weather improves I will most likely incorporate more running and walking into the mix since I like being outside, and Future Husband and I can do these things together!

I encourage you if you’re on a path to feel better and bring your body closer to it’s ideal weight to try out Paleo for 30 days, track your progress, and see what it can do for you!

I will continue to share recipes, hurdles and more on my journey of Paleo (and my wedding! in September.) The idea of fitting in that dress is a large source of motivation for me.

Have you tried a 30 health regime? Did it work for you?

xo BB

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Days 24 + 25

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Gah! I’m falling behind on my blog posts! I’m going to keep this pretty short and sweet, I will say that I LOVE having meals prepped Sunday night, so breakfast and lunch for most of this week (especially since it’s a short one for Easter!) are good to go! I’m warming up to the Food Planner App, I suggest you give it a shot if you want to organize you meals and grocery shopping on your smart phone :)

Day 24 (Sun)

Breakfast: Sweet Potato Hash with Chorizo Sausage, onions, peppers, spinach, kale and 2 eggs. A reason to look forward to the weekend!

Breakfast Hash with Eggs

Love. Love.

Lunch/Snack: Bacon Cabbage. I’ve made this before, and I will continue to make it. So GOOD! I have learned though that despite the cabbage being cooked, it makes me extra gassy… so I need to watch my timing of when I eat it LOL

Dinner: BUTTER CHICKEN! I’ve posted my recipe HERE. Go to it and make it for yourself. Please. It’s very very good! Served on a bed of spinach.

Best Butter Chicken

Seriously. I’d eat this everyday if I wasn’t afraid of getting sick of it…

Day 25 (Mon)

Breakfast: Roasted Veggies (brussell sprouts, radishes, onion, beets and chorizo sausage) + 2 hard boiled eggs

Lunch: Leftover Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti (I liven up the spaghetti squash a bit by drizzling some olive oil on it + garlic powder, works well, should try with real garlic)

Mountain of Spaghetti

It’s mountain of food! I didn’t actually finish all of this for lunch… saved some for a snack later.

Snack: Green pepper, celery and leftover spaghetti squash spaghetti

Dinner: Leftover Butter Chicken. I just cannot get enough. Served over spinach.

Thoughts: I need to watch out for eating too much before I work out, on Sunday I ate a bit too much bacon cabbage (cause it’s so good!) before I hit the gym, and it was not a fun feeling to be that full at the gym. It’s better to go a little bit hungry, then have a post workout meal.

What are your favourite post workout meals? What’s your routine like?

xo BB

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Days 26 + 27

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I am preparing for the end of my Paleo March. The end is near. I need to pay my rent tomorrow before the long weekend. And I am getting very close to the number 30.

Looks like I’ll be all said and done a bit early, I have a friend coming to visit over Easter (on Friday), and we will be making some delicious pulled pork, some kind of chocolate dessert thing AND going out on Saturday night to a comedy/dinner event in town. So Friday night, I will be indulging in my first ‘treat’ since February… a wee bit excited about that! It’s all going to be Paleo though, still staying grain and legume free… might be incorporating some dairy.

My diet shouldn’t take away from a fun weekend with my friend, who is understanding for sure, but let’s be honest, I can have a great weekend and stay withing the realms of Paleo while indulging a bit. I think I’ve earned it! I’ll let you know how it goes :)

Day 26 (Tues)

Breakfast: Roasted Veggies w/ Chorizo Sausage + 2 hardboiled eggs

Lunch: Leftover Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti (I know, again! There was a lot of it!)

Snack: Pecans + Almonds. (Fact: There used to be Macadamia nuts in my snack bag @ Work… however I ate them all first)

Dinner: Salmon & Crab Cake and bacon cabbage. Kind of OD’d on Bacon Cabbage again, yet still managed to get hungry again right before bed. WTF?!

Day 27 (Wed)

Breakfast: Roasted Veggies w/ Chorizo Sausage + 2 hardboiled eggs

Lunch: Salmon + Crab Cakes

Snack: Cucumber + Green Pepper Salad with Balsamic vinegarette, and 1 leftover Salmon Cake

Dinner: Chicken + Sausage Soup, thai curry stir fry veggies with coconut milk

I have found the tools for success! And I want to add to the tool belt too. There are a few books I’ve been meaning to read : The Primal Blueprint, Gary Taubes’ book, and maybe Loren Cordain’s Paleo book…and maybe a few books that are completely different from Paleo. Like Skinny Bitch. Ugh, someone on my facebook was talking about some tips from the book and now I feel compelled to read it just to get a different viewpoint on health and diet. And to see how very WRONG it is. Cruel, I know, but curiosity really is killing me right now.

My next post will be the end of my month, but I will still post my meals for the whole weekend… and my final measurements and weight to see my progress. I feel awesome, but I’m a little nervous that there won’t be any difference in my size… I’m probably being to hard on myself though. We shall see!

xo BB

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Paleo Butter Chicken Recipe

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This, behold, is the best Butter Chicken I have ever made. Ever.

Best Butter Chicken

Seriously. I’d eat this everyday if I wasn’t afraid of getting sick of it…

I have adapted the recipe from Everyday Paleo, and holy shit is this amazing – borderline Indian restaurant good – and Paleo guilt free!

FYI I pre-make my chicken for this, slow bake some thighs or legs with curry powder and light olive oil. This looks like a long list of ingredients, but it really only takes 20 mins to make this amazing meal.

Ingredients

  • Approx 3 cups of separated Chicken
  • 4 tbs coconut oil
  • 1.5 medium yellow onions (diced)
  • 4 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • Juice of 1 fresh lemon
  • 2 tbs Curry Powder
  • 2 tsp fenugreek powder
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tbs cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder (can sub in cayenne… use more if you like it HOT)
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tbs ginger (fresh or powdered)
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 small cans of tomato paste
  • Bay Leaf
  • 1 can of full fat coconut milk
  • 3 tbs melted grassfed butter

Method:

  1. Heat dutch oven or large skillet to medium heat. Melt coconut oil in skillet, and when heated add diced onion and minced garlic.
  2. Once onions are just starting to become clear, add curry powder, coriander, fenugreek, cumin, cardamom, chili powder, ginger, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Mix in and saute for 5 mins, stir frequently.
  3. Add tomato paste and bay leaf to onion + spice mixture, and turn down heat to Low. Cook for 3 mins, stir often.
  4. Add coconut milk and parted chicken and melted butter to the pot or skillet. Stir together, and cook on Low for about 10 mins. Mix every minute or so.
  5. It’s done! Should be a thick, orange curry. If you prefer it not as thick add 1/4c more coconut milk.

Serve on bed of spinach like me, or over roasted cauliflower. Cauliflower rice would be awesome too! This serves 4-5 people… or dinner and leftovers for 2!

Experiment, make it your own and ENJOY!

xo BB