Saturday, December 31, 2016

Easy monthly meal prep!

Tomorrow morning I am starting  the year off right! As a busy mom who works full time cooking meals at home every night can be a challenge! I am going to try something this month to see if I can make it a little easier. I am setting up a week of meals which will include a full grocery list, one day for eating out, and one Paleo dessert each week. Then I will be repeating this week each week for  the month. I asked each person what meal they wanted and I made a list. Here is a list of what we are having:
Hamburgers with sliced white and sweet potatoes
Spaghetti With rice noodles
Chicken pasta with rice noodles
Diced chicken with mashed cauliflower and veggies
Steak tacos or nachos
Pork chops with rice and veggies
The rice noodles and regular white rice will be the only grains I will be having. Any dairy that I use for the family I will simply fix my plate before I make the rest for them. Studies show that white rice has no ill effect on the digestive track and is easy for people to digest  which is what makes it ok for a Paleo diet. The idea of the Paleo diet is to avoid foods that cause an autoimmune reaction and foods that are hard for the body to digest. Ok so since I got way off track let's get back to easy meal prep! So I will make this first week of meals and then repeat this same week of meals all month. It will make Sunday meal prep super easy since I will know exactly what I need to do! Each Monday we will have hamburgers which means no guess work when it comes to what is for dinner. Easy peasy πŸ‘Œ
I will be posting later how I am taking One Step at a time towards a new year new me! Happy New Year and happy meal prep and menu planning! 😘

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Breakfast and why it is important



     Starting your day out with a good breakfast is super important! Your body hasn't eaten in about 8 hours so it is in desperate need for nourishment! If you wait till lunch than you are looking at 17 hours since your last meal if you had dinner around 7pm. At this point your body is mad at you and preparing for shut down like a toddler stomping his foot and throwing a tantrum. He wants food and he wants it NOW! Your metabolism is greatly effected when you don't keep it running and you keep it running by feeding it. Just like a car needs gas or a bike needs to be peddled a body needs food to keep it going. Lack of time seems to be an excuse, but this breakfast took about 10 mins to make and you can not tell me you can get through a drive thru quicker than that! This is 3 eggs, spinach, orange bell peppers, ham, and goat cheese. Yummy! The bell peppers are already cut and in the freezer ready to go thanks to meal prep and the spinach is a ready to go bag from Aldi's. I bought the Ham as a big bone in ham that I cooked in the crock pot with brown sugar and pineapples πŸ‘ŒTake time to have breakfast and your body will thank you! 😘




Saturday, December 17, 2016

Welcome!

                                                       
      I am so glad you stopped by! In just two weeks we start a new year! We tend to set up New Year's resolutions with great expectations to make this year THE BEST EVER! Well I would love to help make that actually happen this time! So often when we make these resolutions we make really big changes. "I am never going to eat processed sugar again!" or " I am going to exercise 5 days a week for 30 minutes!" One or two weeks in and we are sitting on the couch eating ice cream. I am a firm believer that success happens when you take baby steps. Can you go all in and be successful? Heck ya you can! For myself and so many others jumping in full force with both feet leads us back to the same habits we are fighting to end. You may ask yourself what do I mean by "baby steps"? So glad you asked!
     First and foremost you have to be really honest with yourself and know your strengths and weaknesses.  If right now you are eating ice cream every night then cutting it out forever probably isn't really going to happen. After you have had a heart to heart talk with your self you need to also be honest as to why you want to start the path to a healthy life. Once you have done that then it is time to start setting some goals! I will get a little more into my goals and why I am choosing them a little later, but let me start off with how I am going to do it. 
    January has 4 weeks in it so each week I am going to choose one change to make. Week one it may be something like going to bed early. All week that is  your only focus and you make sure you stick to it! Week two you will continue with week one's goal, but you will add a new one. It may be things like eat more veggies, drink more water, work out two days, etc.. Week 3 you will add a new thing to your list, but you will keep doing the things from week 1 and 2 still. Make sense? 
     Being healthy involves so many aspects of life so these 4 new habits can be a wide range of things. A few more examples are spending some "me" time each night to take a moment and relax, read the bible, spend some time listening to worship music, try a new vegetable each day, drink less coffee, ect.. These are just some ideas, only you know you so take these next two weeks really thinking about what you want to add, change, or eliminate from your daily life and make a plan! 
     For me I cut out gluten 4 years ago due to being diagnosed with my second autoimmune disease. The more research I do the more I know that I also need to cut out dairy, soy, and corn products. 😩 I have spent the last year or so doing a pretty good job with it, but I have not been fully committed.  Each time I eat the food my body is having a immune reaction which obviously isn't' good. So in January I am going to focus on each of those and make sure that what I am putting in my body is what MY BODY needs not what MY BRAIN craves.
     I am also going to try and simplify meal prep. Instead of each week trying to come up with new and exciting meals that my kids may or may not like I am going to pick one week's worth of meals. Then those meals will be on repeat for the month. For example: Monday-hamburgers, Tuesday- spaghetti......
Then every Monday we eat Hamburgers and every Tuesday we have spaghetti.  I am going to choose meals that I can easily adjust to fit my Paleo needs and allow my family a little more freedom. So on Tuesday I will scoop my food after the meat and veggies are done and the family will eat it with rice noodles and sauce. Each Saturday will be a different meal and our dessert time! Instead of eating ice cream which for us is a regular "issue". It always happens to find its way into our freezer πŸ™ˆ. Below is the dessert we tried tonight!
     Flourless Zucchini chocolate Brownies 😲 Say what?? yep you read that right and guess what?? They were great!! Even my daughter who won't eat a straight up Zucchini at all gobbled it right up! The beauty of hiding veggies is a mom's best friend! Here is the link where I got the recipe at and I followed it exactly. You might could try and shred the zucchini smaller, but I just used a cheese grater and it worked fine.  Here is the link and two different views of it to give you and idea how much zucchini you can see and how moist they are! πŸ’“
http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com/2015/08/flourless-zucchini-chocolate-brownies.html




Well that's it for today! Thank you so much for stopping by! Have an amazing rest of your weekend! 😘

Here are two links to past blogs with a few post if you are wanting some good stuff to read.

http://thepaththatleadmetopaleo.blogspot.com/
http://twobylucy.blogspot.com/