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Bad, Bad Taco !

Friday, September 14, 2012

I gave in.... during our very busy week (2 away volleyball games, Siberian Husky with allergic reaction and one dr. visit due to daughters red inflamed eyes) my husband complained ad nauseum that we can never for the rest of our lives get fast food. This is a story ( whine, whine, bitch and pout) that I have heard many times before. I always have snacks and can tie us over until we get home. Today however we ended up at Del Taco. I even picked the place because it seemed like I could get a taco salad without much damage.

I know you are laughing right now, but I really put some thought into which poison would be worse and chose tacos.... What I didn't do was research. I am blaming my husband but really 100% goes to me. I could have had an iced tea and gone straight home... BUT I PUT THE FORK IN MY MOUTH LOADED WITH TACO SALAD. Oddly enough as I was sitting there an overwhelming sense of uhh-ooh came over me. It felt wrong and yet I listed off all of the things in the taco salad. Ground beef, lettuce, cheese, tomato, guacamole, sour cream. I did not order beans or eat the taco shell. The rest is all Primal. Couldn't be that bad?

Then I came home and logged on and went over to Del Taco nutrition page so I could track my food for the day. As I sat down my stomach did a huge gurgling flip flop. I am so bloated! Then I broke down the ingrediants after I fell on the floor from the calories and carb counts. A whole taco salad is 845 calories. 69 carbs and the sodium is 2470. Seriously 2470. If this wasn't bad enough, I clicked on the nutrition info for the ground beef. Among the ingrediants were this....
Hydrolyzed corn gluten, wheat protein, soy protein, silicon dioxide, sugar, oats, isolated oat product, caramel color....

I haven't had soy, wheat, corn, sugar or oats in almost 2 months. I feel cheated and silly for not doing my homework. I am the kind of person asking the local butcher the precise ingrediants for his turkey jerkey. I made him go in the back and check the recipie, then I down fake meat and eat a day and a half worth of carbs......

My husband shrugged it off. No big deal, I'll burn it off tomorrow. He's clueless - I got so mad that I sent him to Walmart to look for an item I know they do not have. Bought me 2 hours to get over my misktake and decide if I want to unlock the door when he comes home!!!

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KS_BELLYDANCER 9/25/2012 9:09PM

    LOL @ Sending your husband to walmart for something he wouldn't be able to find. I will have to remember that one.. and I can totally relate to the husband unit being clueless..... Mine certainly is...

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BIKECHIC1 9/20/2012 11:20AM

    OMG!! That is not good on the restaurants side, surely if they advertise it as ground beef it should actually be GROUND BEEF!! They really should bring laws in against that. All you can do is mark it down as a lesson learned and not make that mistake again. Good luck on the rest of your journey, everyone has a blip now and again emoticon

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DEBRA0818 9/15/2012 6:18AM

    Holy cow (although there doesn't seem to be much cow there)! That's some scary list of ingredients for "beef".

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PATKEEF1 9/15/2012 3:59AM

    O M G BEEN THERE DONE THAT emoticon emoticon

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Coconut Oil

Sunday, September 09, 2012

My new love is Coconut Oil.

I am still in the process of discovering new uses for the oil but the math is pretty simple. Add coconut oil to diet = weight loss... skip oil for a couple of days = no weight loss. This stuff is amazing.

So far I use it in my green smoothie in the morning. I made the cauliflower rice with coconut oil, leeks, black pepper and a pinch of chili powder. LOVE IT. I sauté my kale in the oil with a touch of bacon grease. Yum! Also made the kale chips with coconut oil, sea salt and garlic. I probably reek like garlic with a faint whiff of the tropics.

The weight is coming off and I keep pushing it. Our pool closed after Labor Day so the easy daily exercise has come to a halt. Time to put on the walking shoes and keep up the exercise. I did really well in the pool over the summer and will miss it a lot. My jeans are really baggy. My husband laughs all the time because I won't put them away just yet. They look really terrible, but it has been so long since my clothes were baggy. Actually I don't really remember a time that clothes were baggy. I have always outgrown them because I was getting bigger and bigger. Then I bought the next size up. No more... I know I look ridiculous, but I am having a good time in baggy pants. Yes, Mrs. Baggypants it is... for a while anyway. Eventually I will put them away and hopefully have one of those glorious before and after photos..

Hope everything is well with you !!!

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222NICHOLE 2/3/2013 4:52PM

    Thanks for sharing that! That is so interesting. I didn't know it helped for weight loss too. My aunt just gave me some so I was researching the uses for it and I'm glad its so effective. She gave me it mostly for moisturizer and it works really good but now I may have to buy some more to use for food.

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EGALITAIRE 9/10/2012 10:28AM

    I like using it with bacon fat for stir-frying veggies - like the taste of the bacon. Has some many uses - I put some in my morning coffee - adds a nice flavour and increases my fat intake for the day.

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DEBRA0818 9/10/2012 5:56AM

    I was just looking at recipes that called for coconut oil and will begin using it today! It's nice to know it has such a positive effect! I'm with you on the loose clothes (as well as on the experience of only buying bigger ones because the clothes are too tight). It has to be a great experience and I'm looking forward to it myself...


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KICK-SS 9/9/2012 9:58PM

    I use ONLY coconut oil for any cooking. Olive oil once in awhile, especially on a salad - But I like the fact that the C.O. does not burn or taste scorched like some oils do, plus I think it imparts just a touch of flavor to most things - although I do have some here that I use for some things that has no flavor to it, but it's still coconut oil.

I also make a skin moisturizer from coconut oil too. When I start growing "fur" like the outside of a coconut, I'll stop! LOL.

It's good for so many things!!

Also... doesn't it feel good to have some pants that are too loose instead of everything being too tight??? It feels like accomplishment!!

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GETSTRONGRRR 9/9/2012 9:45PM

    I'm a bog fan! I love it on a salad, but I have to mix in a little olive oil too or it hardens up if the lettuce is too cold!

I like to make omelets with it and have found it really takes stir frying veggies to a whole new level (cabbage, leeks, spinach, zucchini, etc)

Keep enjoying and post your good ideas!

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BARBARASDIET 9/9/2012 5:52PM

    Never used it in food, but I love the smell of coconut.

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USMAWIFE 9/9/2012 5:30PM

    have you joined the cocout lovers team on SP. lots of recipes and ideas are posted for coconut

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ARNETTELEE 9/9/2012 5:00PM

  Will try this too. Daughter is so much "opposed" to coconut stuff. I love coconut water and have been taking coconut oil supplements instead of using the oil since it would not be good for my daughter to be so opposed to our meals.

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REDQUEEN2262 9/9/2012 4:55PM

    I bought some the other day, having heard about its benefits. I will now need to do more research based on your blog....good luck with it!

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DEBBY4576 9/9/2012 4:53PM

    I love coconut oil. Have you researched MCT oil. It is 100% Medium Chain Triglycerides. Some swear by it too. Both are good for the brains as well as the rest of the body. But I'm sure you know that.

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IREN0169 9/9/2012 4:53PM

    I need to get back to coconut oil too. Thanks for the reminder.

As for the pants, don't put them away. Get rid of them because you will never fit back into them again!

Good luck on your walking.

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PURSUEJOY 9/9/2012 4:51PM

    So where did you hear about coconut oil? Fill me in ~ this is the first I've heard of it!


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UMBILICAL 9/9/2012 4:48PM

  Gotta try this.

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Kale, Kale and more Kale

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

At the Farmers Market last weekend I purchased two big bunches of kale - curly leaf - organic apples, organic carrots, organic strawberries, an onion, two zucchini, and a bunch of garlic. The organic strawberries were the most expensive, but so worth the money. Sweeter than anything I have had in a month!

The curly leaf Kale is new to me. This was always garnish under my super fattening dinners at overpriced restaurants. Now I am enjoying experimenting with so many different foods. My kale discoveries:

1. Seriously washing the tiny bugs out of the kale was a pain. Twice in the sink bath. I will have to develop a system for washing vegetables. The curly leaves made this a pain.

2. I do not like kale in my green smoothies. Weird I know, but it did not taste good. I am in love with the spinach/ fruit combinations and have cut way down on the amount of fruit. But the kale I had a hard time with. Even with the coconut oil, the kale smoothie didn't do it for me.

3. I love kale cooked and in soups. This week I made chicken vegetable soup with loads of kale in it. I also put it in my chicken stir fry and with the coconut oil and garlic it was delicious.

4. I'm in love with kale chips. First batch was way too oily and salty. Second batch was just perfect. I melted 1 tbs. coconut oil and then tossed 3 big handfuls of kale to coat and lightly sprinkled with sea salt - then baked for 20 min at 350. WOW. These were crunchy and delicious. I even crushed some up on my salad the next day. My girls said they tasted like brussels sprouts. Love them!

Other discoveries this week.... I am getting better at going into the grocery store and grabbing something quick that is still primal. Volleyball season is underway and twice this week I found myself without a snack and lunch. Going into the grocery store hungry is not good. It wasn't even the bakery or super deep fried food - it was the cheese. Strange I know, but I wanted to hoover a block of cheese. Instead I grabbed a small bag of mixed veggies (the kind for stir fry) raw, a hard boiled egg and a chicken breast out of the deli. It was makeshift, but it worked. And I left the dairy behind.

I am still swimming as much as I can because summer is going to come to an end soon. Our family seems to perk up in the Fall. We love football and volleyball and have a lot of activities around these events. I am going to set aside some time this week to plan Primal type meals that I can bring to tournaments and prepare for the girls. Football weekends will be another thing. Hubby loves the chip and dip, little smokies in bbq, etc. and so on.. Maybe I will search for Primal tailgating ideas...... What have you folks made for occasions like this?

I am happy that my weight is still decreasing, but a little anxious too. Fall is our favorite and we love to bundle up, light a fire and eat. I need to be strong about setting new traditions and keep on going ! ! I hope all is well with you.

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DEBRA0818 8/30/2012 6:30AM

    It sounds to me like you are planning to succeed in spite of your trepidation regarding the fall activities. One delicious treat we have at our parties is bacon wrapped scallops. Add to that turkey, ham and beef roll-ups, macadamia and other nuts, jumbo shrimp and veggies and dip and you hardly miss the cheese and crackers, chips and sweets. I'm sure you will get far better advice from less lazy cooks than I, but the important thing is that you've set your mind toward the success horizon.


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MRSCLAUS46 8/29/2012 11:28PM

    I've been taking advantage of the bumper crop of Kale this year too! I'm going to try the Krispy Kale chips next. Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Green Smoothie Convert !

Thursday, August 23, 2012

I gave it a whirl (literally) this morning.

I read so many spark pages and Paleo/Primal blogs that I can't remember where I got this smoothie recipe from. I wanted something that I could incorporate my coconut oil because putting it in my beloved coffee kind of freaked me out. Maybe I will get over that someday, but for now I thought putting the oil in a smoothie would work out well...

I gave up more than half of my daily carbs because I wanted the smoothie to be really flavorful with fruit in case the spinach was too gross. I eat spinach all the time, but wasn't too sure about how this was going to turn out. I will readjust the rest of my day to keep the carbs under 50.... I used:

1/2 c. almond milk
1/2 small pear
1/2 c. frozen blueberries
2 tbsp. slivered almonds
1 tbsp. coconut oil ( I melted first)
1 1/4 c. fresh spinach

All of you smoothie drinkers out there probably already know that the blueberries and spinach turn the shake into a pretty algae color. But it was delicious. Next time I will hold out the pear and only do 1/2 cup of berries to keep the carbs down. But I'm hooked. What an easy way to get over a cup of spinach and Tbsp. of coconut oil in before 9 am.....

I'm on to finding other smoothie recipies .... What's your favorite primal/paleo smoothie?

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OTEN36 8/27/2012 3:57AM

    Kale is great and I add it to my green juice all the time along with spinach. I just add an apple to sweeten it.
Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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ATHENAPOWER 8/24/2012 8:10PM

    Sounds delicious! Usually I can't taste any spinach / kale / whatever other green stuffs are in my smoothies - it's the texture that's weird emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 8/23/2012 3:19PM

    I have done this with out the coconut & it was yummy!! Glad you tried it

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HERBIEDS 8/23/2012 2:19PM

    sounds good i think i might try that thank you for sharing.

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Primal is wonderful!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

With all of my questions about Paleo / Primal / Low Carb / Healthy fats and such my lack of a gameplan meant that my weight stalled. I had lost 20 lbs. at this point and kind of flipped out. What if that was all my body was capable of losing? I was really bummed and needed a plan that I was going to stick with... something I could see myself doing forever.

I started to research Paleo and of course it was the coffee creamer that did me in. For now I seriously look forward to my morning coffee. I couldn't imagine going cold turkey on morning coffee. So my new mindset was, if I can't imagine doing it then it most likely is not going to happen. Setting myself up for failure. Then while searching Paleo recipes I came across Mark's Daily Apple. OMG - like the curtains were drawn back and I could finally see a lifestyle. This is doable. But results?

I bought the book The Primal Blueprint and was so excited. It was like I was back in school, got the highlighters and post it notes for later references. Then I put the plan into action. Hit the Farmers Market in Puyallup, WA with the same budget that I would have used at the grocery store. Had to extend the budget a bit and went to the butcher shop in a neighboring town. This was kind of a pain because I thought... am I going to do this routinely? Then I purged the fridge and started chopping veggies. CAN I TELL YOU HOW DELICIOUS GRASS FED BEEF IS? And how wonderful Kerrygold butter is? Real bacon and chicken sausages made on site. I bought exactly enough meat to feed my family for a week - and added real beef jerkey on top of that. Still have some left over because my portion sizes have gone down considerably. I made thai coconut curry chicken, asparagus wrapped in flank steak on the grill... seriously good stuff!!

The good news: SERIOUS ENERGY. I can not tell you how much better I feel. WEIGHT LOSS. I have come off the plateau and am down 3 lbs. this week. RECIPES. There are so many wonderful combinations that we are enjoying.

The bad news: Can't get husband to give up bread. Slow transition I guess. I just make sure that when he tells me he is completely exhausted at the end of the day that most likely it was something he ate. Every chance I get I explain how the granola bar and ham and cheese on wheat bread are not doing him any good.

So Primal it is! And it seems to be working...
Hope everything is going well for you!


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