Hello my Paleo friends!
Since I haven’t been writing over the weekend, I decided to combine my weekend paleo plans with some extra tips and recipes!
So, I’ve been at the cottage all weekend (my boyfriends parents mostly) and I thought for sure I’d have to give up all hope of staying on this health kick. This is a family who loves cheese, bread and wine more than any other family I know! And on top of that, they are all in great shape. The fact that I convinced my boyfriend to cut out cheese for even a week was beyond anything I could have hoped for.
Anyway, getting to it.
Some of you may not know this, but uncooked kale actually has a negative effect on your thyroid. My naturopath told me this and I was very upset because I LOVE kale. After a moment of sadness, I decided to look up ways to cook kale and making kale chips was the first recipe I found.
This may be the most simple recipe I show you. It is 5 super steps:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Wrap a baking tray with aluminum foil
3. Wash the kale, rip it into equal size pieces and put it on the tray
4. Put Olive Oil, Lemon, Garlic Powder and Salt on top
5. Cook for 12 minutes
THEN EAT IT.
My friend will kill me for that picture since she’s convinced she can teach me how to plate things properly. In my last article on Guacamole Devilled Eggs I found myself apologizing (as I am now) for how it looked. Trust me, it tastes better than it looks! PLUS YOU CAN TRY ANYTHING! Balsamic Vinegar, Cayenne Pepper if you like heat, Pepper, Lime, Cinnamon and Sugar (if you want a treat). You can basically do whatever you want with it, so experiment!
Food PART 2:
I found out that being up at the cottage and having a BBQ to cook everything is the BEST way to stay on this diet. I figured I might fall off because I thought I might not be able to cook enough things that I could actually eat and I’d be hungry. In reality, I didn’t have to put oil on anything, and I could cook meats with no added oils or cooking aids. I could put asparagus on the BBQ and actually just enjoy the taste of asparagus with the possibly a little bit of lemon or something to add flavour if you want.
FOOD Part 3:
Sticking to eating right – As I mentioned (and you can see), I’m not cutting out red wine. There are people who go so much more hardcore than I ever will. Anyone who has read my previous posts knows that I’m not a “DIETER” and the whole point of this was to be healthier than I have been. The problem with “diets” is that they DO NOT WORK. Unless you’re willing to deprive yourself for the rest of your life of the things you love to eat, then you will eventually stop the diet and go right back to your unhealthy ways.
Instead, I’m all about the 80/20 rule (I try for 90/10). So if you’re finding it difficult to stick to this diet, pick one small thing that have some health benefits. For the purpose of the diet I’d try to keep it as natural as possible, but if you LOVE having a greek yogurt int he morning, then have a SMALL greek yogurt in the morning and then the rest of your day can be full on Paleo. If you LOVE having a glass of red wine with dinner, have a glass of red wine. Deprivation leads to failure and failure leads to disappointment and lack of happiness and motivation. There is a correlation between happiness and healthiness. Don’t think of this as something that you’re doing TO yourself but rather FOR yourself and it will be much easier.
I found out something a while ago that’s surprising but really does work.
I don’t care what you say – if you read something motivational, it can change your whole point of view on something. Sometimes I read things like Daily Motivation on theBerry if I can’t get into the mindset of working out. I also find that wearing shirts with something as simple as “Just Do It” written on them, really helps me focus. I can read it back to myself and it’s like my own little motivator staring me back in the mirror.
I found another shirt that I’ve had a lot of compliments on and I’d like to share it.
In light of WORLD CHOCOLATE DAY, I thought this shirt was appropriate. I find this shirt really actually helps my workouts (if I have a mirror in front of me of course). I’m not even a HUGE chocolate icing fan, but it makes me think of all the reasons I’m working out. Whether it’s food that I want to eat, or things I want to look good in, or just my health in general. It’s what I think about while I work out and it gets me through workouts and makes me push harder when I don’t have someone there to push me.
Another motivational tool I use is an app called the “Nike+ Run” app that you should definitely check out (if you are a runner obviously). I’ve had a lot of friends who really like it, and you can challenge your friends so it motivates you to get out and show your competitive side!
Finally, here is a fun video for you thats some kickboxing to get your body moving:
This is a pretty simple workout that you can do anywhere. So if you are up the cottage and can’t go for a run, or don’t have weights, try it! There are some fun moves and it’s definitely better than nothing!
Until next time