Is It Weird To Show You My Food Log?

I hate doing food logs. And I’m doing this one primarily because it gains me one point a day for my Crossfit Paleo Challenge at Medusa. But I thought you might find it interesting too.

Crossfit Paleo Challenge log: Week 1

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When You Plan Your Meal Around Coconut Aminos

I started by looking around for a dessert recipe and ended up with an Asian inspired paleo and 21 DSD compliant feast. This happens when I cook sometimes. First I discovered the Zenbelly Pork Ginger Scallion Meatball recipe on the Paleo Parents blog. However, I didn’t have Coconut Aminos, so I picked some up at Whole Foods. I also got these cocoa nibs, though I’m not yet sure what I’ll do with them.

ImageI had an incredible jalapeno cabbage slaw recently which inspired me to pick up a Savoy Cabbage during the same shopping trip.  I didn’t have a particular plan, but I did think that a coleslaw would be an easy thing to add to packed lunches this week. This Martha Stewart recipe is the closest I’ve found to the light cabbage slaw with a little kick. Since I’m thinking 21 DSD, I’ve omitted the sugar altogether. I used the garden chives in the second picture, and saved the giant scallions for the Pork Meatballs. Over all the coconut aminos seem to work in the place of soy sauce, adding a salty umami flavor. It worked perfectly and turned out to be a nice asian-ish curry dish. The meatballs could even be made with chicken or ground beef if you aren’t a pork eater.

Asian Cabbage Slaw

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I felt like the meal needed something else, so I roasted a spaghetti squash to add to a coconut milk curry. The recipe, from PaleOMG, also called for coconut aminos, so I was really doubling up on whatever protein stem cell goodness they offer. I let the curry and the squash cook together for a while as I wanted it to be less like a vegetable and more like a noodle…if that was possible.

ImageSo here is a picture of the final meal. But the Asian Cabbage Slaw that I was so excited about was missing! I totally forgot it, which is disappointing because I think it really would have made this picture a bit more interesting.

However, the whole thing was an awesome meal, even though the kitchen was pretty hot by the time I was done cooking. Best of all is that I think I’ll be eating the curry and slaw for most of the week in packed lunches.

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21 Day Sugar Detox

This is the second time I’m doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox, the first time was in mid April of this year and it was awesome. This time I wanted to get back to the core of the program about 80% of the time. And making low-sugar modifications the rest of the time. I’m not even going to count days anymore, this is just going to be a permanent change in my diet. During my first detox I found my mood improved, it was easier to get up in the morning, I had more control over my cravings, and I lost weight. It was awesome. However, a few weeks after I finished the Detox, I found my habits slipping right back to where they had been pre-Detox.

So I’m back, returning to an eating habit that makes me feel better in so many ways.

 

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An Unexpected Job Search Lesson

One time I didn’t get the job. I didn’t even get an interview. But there was still a lot I learned from the experience.

The rejection, via email, was not totally unanticipated as I had heard they had an inside candidate. However, I was hoping for an interview because I thought I was fairly well qualified. An interview might have been a bit much to ask for given the situation. Here is what happened: Continue reading

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Windy Day at the Beach

Windy Day at the Beach

Still better than a good day at the office?

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Facing the Sun

African Violet. Grown on the windowsill facing North East.

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The Newest Batch is a Little Spicy

A Little Spicy

Using the infused oils I made last weekend (realizing now that I only posted the pictures to FB , and so I added them below), this soap has a spicy citrus scent. Kind of masculine, but only in that it isn’t floral. It is a short batch, 3lbs of soap in a 5lb mold.

(l to r) yarrow/mint, lavender, paprika, turmeric

(l to r) yarrow/mint, lavender, paprika, turmeric

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