New Year, New Me

At the beginning of the year, I starting eating Keto/Paleo. Keto itself is a high-fat, low-carb diet while eating Paleo is focusing on real foods. The thing I found the most helpful in preparing to transition into Keto was Leanne Vogel’s The Keto Diet.

I have been eating Paleo now on and off for the last 4 years. I just feel better avoiding gluten and dairy. Which became even more important after being diagnosed with Hashimotos a couple of years ago. And yet even with eating healthy foods, I fell into the trap that I was eating too much of the good stuff. Thus I’m currently at my heaviest weight. I have a history of knee issues and have developed planters fasciitis. I knew that I needed to do something to turn the ship around for myself and for my family. Based on my research I decided that Keto is right for me, right now. I wanted to use my blog to share my experience with others.

Week 1

Day 1 & 2 – The hardest part of this transition to Keto: FAT. Eating enough of it to meet my macros goals. And figuring out how to reach my macros every day. Right now I’m using My Fitness Pal and entering what I eat after every meal. I was already tracking before transitioning to Keto and I had a relative idea of what food are high carb. But actually having to factor in macros (fat, protein, carbs) is completely new.

One of the things we purchased in preparation was a spiralizer. We have a little handheld one that I never use because it’s too tedious and you waste a lot of the vegetables. We got the Inspiralized and love it! In the first week, we used it twice thanks to this recipe from The Healthy Foodie: Ground Beef over Zoodles: https://thehealthyfoodie.com/ground-beef-over-zoodles/

Day 3 & 4 – CARB CRAVINGS. These were the days where I found myself craving carbs. As I was going to sleep on Wednesday night I found myself thinking about HG Supply’s flourless chocolate cake with whipped cream and strawberries. And as we’re making plans to go out this weekend and trying to find a new restaurant to try. I found myself thinking a LOT about french fries. I am definitely looking forward to incorporating carbs ups in a few weeks. For more information check out Healthful Pursuit.

Day 5 – Early day for me. Rocket Fuel latte, flax seed bread for breakfast. Man was this a long day. But that’s probably cause it took me forever to fall asleep and not Keto. Side note: since doing a Whole 30 a couple years ago I’ve been extremely sensitive to caffeine. I’ve only been able to tolerate drinking decaf. 😦 But in the last five days, I’ve enjoyed some regular coffee with coconut oil. So that’s exciting!

WEEK 2

I’m now into week two and I’ve seen both weight loss and non-scale victories. It is

I’m loving both the scale results and my non-scale victories. It’s been easier to hit my macros and eat food that I love. I can’t wait to see what the next month of Keto has in store!

“My soul rests in God alone, from whom comes my salvation. God alone is my rock and salvation, my fortress; I shall never fall.” Psalm 62:2-3

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5 Big Healthy Eating Tips

Fitness and healthy eating are now a huge part of my life. Healthy eating has become a habit and most of the time it’s easy. I have to admit that while eating a salad at Chick-fil-a I had massive cravings for some Chick-fil-a nuggets! I will admit that the Chick-fil-a nuggets are a huge comfort food for me but I stuck it out and tried to enjoy my salad. Fighting cravings is hard but over time it does get easier.

Here are my 5 tips for healthy eating:

1. Don’t buy junk food and don’t allow it in your home.

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This one is simple. If you don’t buy it, you can’t eat it

2. Shop the perimeter of the super market.

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The perimeter of the grocery store, typically houses fresh foods such as produce, meats, and cheeses. Stick to the perimeter and avoid processed foods. Only go to the inner aisle when you have a specific thing to buy.

Eat real food!

3. Pay attention to the ingredient list.

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Check out some of the ingredients in Sunny D. Corn syrup, less that 2% of the juices, canola oil. Sucralose. Not something you want to put into your body.

Here’s one of my favorite snacks:

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Here’s the ingredient list: pure sea salt, sprouted chia seeds, organic sprouted quinoa, sweet potato, stone ground non-GMA corn, and sunflower oil. Now that’s something worth eating, you know exactly what your eating and none of it is chemicals.

Don’t just read the front package, pay attention to the ingredients inside your favorite foods.

4. Drink Water!

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5. Don’t call it a diet.

The word diet has such a negative connotation. It feels restrictive. We’ve all tried “diets” and failed. When you view it as a living a healthy lifestyle or lifestyle change. You are able to see your healthy eating in a positive light. You don’t feel restricted or denied. You feel empowered. You feel stronger. Change you inner voice vocabulary and see what a difference it makes in your life.

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I hope these 5 tips helped!

Comment below if there is another diet or fitness topic you’d like me to write about.

Just Say No….

To RICE!

Rice has been eliminated from our diet, for the second time this year. My husband and I are still trying figure out the balance between healthy eating and budget. For now we’re sticking to a mainly chicken diet and plenty of fruits and vegetables.

It was only a few years ago when I spent a year living by myself and started learning how to cook. At the time I had a lot going for me to keep myself at a healthy weight, I lived in the city and walked everywhere. At one point I was even walking forty minutes a day due to my student teaching gig. Between the busyness of student teaching and the walking I was doing I was pretty healthy. Fast forwarding to the present, both my husband and I have realized that we need to make changes in our lifestyle. Right now that means removing unnecessary carbohydrates from our diet.

I am learning to be a better cook, continually searching out recipes that are cheap and easy to prepare. My go to recipes lately have been Chicken Afritata, Chicken Nilaga, and Chicken Asado. The great thing about these dishes is that they are easy to cook and have lots of vegetables. The website I’ve been using lately is Overseaspinoycooking.net. Using their recipes I’ve gotten great results and more confidence in cooking Filipino food for my husband.

One of the things that has struck me as I cook these dishes is how much they remind me of home. Now keep in mind that I’m not Filipino, I married into an amazing Filipino family and while dating my husband spent time in their families homes growing to love the food they prepared. We now live 13 hours away from home but our sense of smell keeps us connected. I never really had this feeling before, this connection with food. I think one reason why is that a lot of the recipes include fish sauce, which has a very strong smell and had taken me some time to get used to. But these smells carry with them the memory of the family we love back home and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

In many ways, this connection reminds me of our connection with God.  In food terms, the stronger the Filipino dish is in aroma the more connected I am to home. Spiritually, the stronger my prayer life is the stronger my connection is with God. This past week, I’ve been impacted my 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” I have been doing my best to put this into practice, using times of anxiety as times of prayer. May God Bless you as you start this week, and thank you for visiting my blog!

~Stacy

Change is Good.

This past week seems like it was really crazy, maybe it was just getting back to the daily grind after Christmas break.

It’s been a week that has left me considering new possibilities on the horizon. Interestingly enough it had me looking into the medical field, which I never thought would be a possibility or interest. I just want to feel like more than a babysitter at a job.

Anyways, this isn’t a place where I’ll go too much into the other parts of my life.

The first week of Paleo has been great. Aside from learning how to cook while incorporating more vegetables, and learning how much time this takes. I feel like I living in the kitchen as I try to prepare healthy meals for myself and my husband.

Friday nights meal was Sloppy Joes and Basil Spinach, this was a cinch to prepare and was gobbled up by my husband. .  

My favorite meal of the week was my reintroduction of the Green Monster back into my diet. I first found out about the Green Monster about a year and a half ago from Iowa Girl Eats. Her blog was the first blog I starting following, and helped to plant the seed to start my own blog.

Having a Green Monster for breakfast gave me a tremendous amount of energy, I didn’t even need to have coffee I was so energized. The best part is that it keeps you full all the way till lunch time.

Since we’re following the Paleo plan, I tweaked the recipe to fit my needs.

Green Monster Smoothie 

Ingredients:

1 sliced frozen banana

4 cups Spinach

1 tablespoon Almond Butter

1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk

1 Scoop Whey Protein

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in blender until smooth

After doing a great job all week following the Paleo plan all week, we decided that since we were going out with friends tonight we would let ourselves have a cheat night. We went to Cheesecake Factory and the food was great. But one things for sure, I’m actually getting used to not eating carbs and found myself wishing there were more vegetables. I guess change is good after all.