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FitViews 30-Day Paleo Challenge Journal Prompt #4

Almost there! I'm so excited for all of us that made it to the end of this challenge. Well. Done.

For our last journal prompt I'd like to revisit the first one. Take stock and answer these questions again. Then go back to your first responses and see what changes you've experienced.

"How have you been feeling lately? Emotionally, physically, and mentally. Take a few moments and just take inventory in all three areas. We often don't realize just how much certain foods and our eating habits in general affect us.

Take note of everything you can think of. Revisit this journal entry if you think of other things to add. How are your energy levels? How is your sleep? How is your hairand skin? Your joints? How are your workouts going? How's your sex drive and your stress levels? How about your relationship with food? Are you comfort eating, binge eating, compulsive eating, self-medicating with food, not eating enough, eating past full... Do you have any aches, pains, or headaches going on consistently? Are you mostly happy, sad, mad, scared...

Now, I'm not saying this challenge is going to 'cure' anything, but I think it's important to take a hard look at where we are right now. It's amazing what we live with on a daily basis and often barely notice it anymore. By writing it all out you will have something to look back on at the end of the challenge and really see what has improved and what may have been food-connected.

Also, take your weight and measurements. I recommend doing this only once and then again at the end of the challenge."

I hope you've all seen positive changes! I'd love to hear about them. 

I want to thank everyone that has gone through this challenge with me (whether you made it the whole way or not!). I have immensely enjoyed the facebook group. You have all inspired me.

HUGS!

Weight Loss Vlog 2 aka The Truth About Paleo and Weight Loss


I think there are a lot of misconceptions out there about Paleo and weight loss. I'd like to attempt to clear some of those up. First, in my humble opinion: No, Paleo is not the magic pill for weight loss. My thoughts and experiences with losing weight on the Paleo diet:


It seems like there are those out there that imply that you can eat unlimited amounts of Paleo foods and still lose weight. If you really think about that, it doesn't make sense. Overeating is overeating no matter the foods. Now, many will regulate their appetite and get back in touch with their hunger and fullness cues easily on Paleo. But there are those that will not and will continue to consume too much food (healthy food though it may be).

There are also those that seem to imply that Paleo is the answer for everyone looking to lose weight. From personal experience, I believe that just isn't the case. It's not a one-size-fits-all thing. I do agree that 30 days of strict Paleo is a great place to start. Just be aware that if you don't see the results you're looking for after those 30 days you may need to adjust your approach as I have.

Also, and yes I'm guilty of this too, enough with the Paleo treat recipes. Yes, it's amazing to be able to have bread, or brownies, or cookies, or whatever food, that is paleo-fied. It can keep many of us on track when we crave those foods. They're a nice thing to make around the holidays insead of diving into junk food. I'm sure that those that are at a healthy weight, don't have metabolism issues, and do crossfit like crazy can eat them with abandon. But many have gotten the impression that these recipes can be a part of a Paleo weight loss plan. Not so, these recipes are very much so just treats. For me these paleo-fied recipes are my 'cheats'. They're not an every day food. If you are trying to lose weight on Paleo (or have blood sugar issues) be very careful with these recipes. Some can do them occassionally, while others will find they stop weight loss efforts in their tracks.

Yes, I'm a huge supporter of Paleo and believe it's absolutely the right way of eating for me. I also firmly believe Paleo is amazing for overall health and well-being. However, if you are thinking about Paleo strictly for weight loss reasons just realize that it is not the magic pill (though, as I've said, many are quite successful). Also, if you're struggling losing weight on Paleo consider the two alterations I mentioned in the video.

I hope that's helpful!

Books recommended in the video:
Keto Clarity
Good Calories Bad Calories
Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It
The Paleo Solution


Weight Loss Vlogging

I need to vlog again. It helps me.

So, here we go...


Coffee next Monday? :)


FitViews 30-Day Paleo Challenge Journal Prompt #3


We're halfway through! I hope you're all feeling as fabulous as I am.

For today's journal entry I want to ask:
Are you taking care of you?

It's so easy to get caught up in our jobs, in taking care of others in life, or in just plain being busy and let ourselves fall to the bottom of our to-do lists.

Are you taking care of you? Are you making the time to take care of you?

Do you give yourself some quiet time to pray, meditate, or just be still? Are you giving yourself time to be active, to move your body, to workout? Is your sleep a priority? Do you give yourself the time to plan, shop, prep, and prepare good nourishing food that will fuel your body and make you feel great? 

Are you putting your job or other people first and letting your needs slip? Are you resenting others because you aren't taking the time to take care of you?

Are you taking care of you? If not, what things can you start doing today to change this.

It is not selfish to take care of yourself. It is an absolute necessity. I'd go so far as to call it a responsibility. If we make that time to take care of ourselves, to make sure we are at our best, we will be so much better to our friends, family, job... 

OK, this may sound strange, but think about it like this: we know that if we take care of our car it will run better and longer for us. We change it's oil. Buy it new tires. Wash it. Take it in for a tune-up. If we don't, it may just leave us and our family on the side of the road some day. 

Same for ourselves! If we don't take care of us...

Hugs! I'm so proud of you all. See you in the FB group.


Paleo Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer Recipe

 

It's that time of year again! Pumpkin-time that is. Yes, yes, I want all. Things. Pumpkin. Right now.

Sorry, not sorry.

However, I'm currently doing a 30-day clean Paleo challenge. So no PSL's for me. Dangit.

Unless....

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

Ingredients
1 can Organic Classic Coconut Milk
1 Tablespoon Organic Pumpkin
2 teaspoons Organic Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Organic Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon Organic Cloves
1/8 teaspoon Organic Ginger
2 Tablespoons Grade B Organic Maple Syrup (completely optional-leave out for a sweetener-free, strict Paleo, 21 Day Sugar Detox, and Whole30 friendly coffee creamer)

Directions
Add all ingredients into your blender and blend well (about a minute). Store in your refrigerator.


Add (to taste) to your coffee or try with espresso for a 

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte!



Options:
  • To make this more low carb or keto friendly you can leave out the maple syrup. If you desire more sweetness you can add a low carb friendly sweetener (like stevia, Truvia, etc) to each cup of coffee as you make it. 
  • If you don't like coconut milk and prefer dairy you can replace it with half & half or even heavy whipping cream (just don't blend it so much) instead.
  • To lighten this up try using almond or cashew milk instead of the canned coconut milk and replace the maple syrup with stevia.


Enjoy! Let me know if you try it.




FitViews 30-Day Paleo Challenge Journal Prompt #2


Woohoo! We made it through week one! I'm so proud of everyone.

As I mentioned before, I encourage you to take a little quiet time for yourself. Get up a little earlier or stay up a little later if need be. However you can fit it in, grab a warm cuppa and take a few minutes to write out your responses.

For today's journal I want everyone to take a hard look at their eating habits. Just like any other habit sometimes they're good and sometimes they need a little work!

What are your eating habits? Do you eat at a certain time every day? Do you eat meals or graze through the day? Are you eating when you're hungry? Are you eating past full to uncomfortable? Are you focusing on nourishing your body or strictly focusing on what tastes good? Are you only focused on nourishing your body (or some other goal) and not caring about food's taste? Are you afraid of hunger? Are you ignoring your hunger? Do you remember what real hunger feels like? Do you finish your plate just because it's there or do you stop when you're full? Do you eat out of boredom, stress, anger, sadness, or simply because it's 'time' to eat? Do you eat to celebrate? Do you eat out of peer pressure?

Start with these questions and go where it takes you. Take a hard, real look at your habits. Again, no bashing, only self-love and self-care here.

I'd like us all to focus this week on getting back in touch with our bodies' natural hunger and fullness cues. It's amazing how out of touch we can become, especially if we've been on the diet yo-yo in the past. Pay attention to your body. Learn to listen to it again. Before you eat ask yourself: Am I actually hungry or am I just eating for some other reason? When you're eating pay close attention to when you are full. Try not to dictate to yourself what you think you 'should' be doing and just listen to what your body is telling you.

I know it sounds simplistic, but as someone who had completely lost touch I cannot stress enough how important this is.

Re-visit your journal throughout the week to check in with yourself.

HUGS. Again, I'm so proud of you all!


Paleo Spaghetti and Meat Sauce


Have you ever blown up a spaghetti squash in the microwave? I have. Multiple times. I don't recommend it. It's quite the mess to clean up. And the noise? Will likely make you jump.

I kept seeing people say to just cook the whole spaghetti squash in the microwave. Don't bother cutting it, they said, it's so quick and easy, they raved. Ya, no. I blow it up.

So. You've been warned. If you do dare to put the thing whole in your microwave, at least make sure you have the camera set up...

Paleo Spaghetti with Meat Sauce:



Ingredients

1 spaghetti squash
2 lbs lean grass-fed ground beef
1- medium yellow onion, chopped
1- 14.5 oz can organic fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1- 6 oz can organic tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons Celtic sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons organic basil
2 teaspoons organic oregano
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon organic granulated garlic

Directions

"Noodles"
Cut the stem off the spaghetti squash and then cut the squash in half length-wise. Remove seeds. 



Place on a microwave-safe plate and cook in the microwave for 8 to 10 minutes. "Noodles" should come out easily with a fork and be tender, but not mushy.

Sauce
Heat your skillet to medium and add the grass-fed ground beef. Brown until cooked through and add in the chopped onions and spices. Cook 2 minutes. 



Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and water. Cook 10 more minutes, stirring often.



Serve the spaghetti squash "noodles" topped with meat sauce. YUM!




Let me know if you try it!

Paleo Spaghetti and Homemade Meat Sauce