The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Day 3 of clean eating was like getting hit by a train.  I went to my Crossfit box in the morning and felt like everything was moving in slow motion.  A 65# push press felt like 130# and I don’t know how I managed to make it through the box jumps unscathed.  I felt like a slug. By the time I left the gym, I had a headache creeping in.  If I hadn’t experienced a detox from the paleo transition before, I would have sworn I was getting sick.  The good news is that this funk would be temporary.  I knew it meant three things. 1) I was purging all the garbage that I had been bombarding my liver with for the past six months. 2) I needed to check and make sure I was getting enough water and nutrients in my system.  Keeping a food diary makes this so much easier.  3) The road to recovery was within reach!

The last time I transitioned to a grain-free, sugar-free way of life I didn’t hit the detox phase until about the second week into it.  I remember cursing everything under the sun and feeling like the life was being sucked out of me.  In fact, I distinctly remember wanting to quit at that moment. Thankfully I didn’t and within a few days I started to feel lighter, less bloated and full of energy.  I felt better than I ever could remember and was no longer stuck in a constant brain fog.  The first time around I had to blindly trust that it would all be worth it.  This time, I am actually excited that three days into it I can already feel the effects of the detox.  I know that clarity is right around the corner.

Detoxing is a common occurrence with any transition like this and the folks over at Paleo Plan do a great job of explaining it in this article: http://www.paleoplan.com/2011/03-02/the-dreaded-detox/

On to the good stuff. Last night, dinner was leftover ham, a trio of veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots), and some homemade sweet potato fries. Sweet potatoes have caused quite a stir in the paleo community- and while they are acceptable in a paleo diet, it is important to note that they are high in carbohydrates. So if you are looking to lose weight and burn fat in the fastest possible way you may not want to eat them, or if you do, in moderation.  We tend to eat them on days with high intensity workouts.

Sweet potato fries are pretty simple, but I think the right combination of spices is key.  Last night I went a little spicier than usual and loved the outcome.

Sweet Potato Fries(before baking)

Sweet Potato Fries

  • 2 Sweet Potatoes, peeled & sliced into 1/4 inch strips
  • 2 TBL Olive Oil
  • Onion Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Preheat the oven to 450F.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Throw the sweet potatoes in a bowl, toss them in oil and then add the spices. Toss them with tongs to try and coat them as evenly as possible. Make a single layer of the fries on the foil.  Bake for about 15-20 mins and flip.  Bake another 15-20 mins.  Depending on how thin/thick the fries are cut the cooking time will vary.  Once done to desired crispiness, remove them from the pan and place them on a paper towel for a few minutes to cool off and absorb some of the excess oil.

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