Holy Guacamole

Day 1 is in the books and we survived with minimal complaints from the husband.  I’m not gonna lie.  Yesterday’s menu was solid despite being in a pinch for time.  It also helped that that today is garbage day and we needed to clear some leftovers out of the fridge.  Thankfully I have a few days off before I head back into the office which means I have time to prep for the next week.  I find the transition of eliminating sugar and grains cold turkey and switching to a food plan like this is to make sure you have plenty of options prepped and ready to go.  Planning is key. I’d rather have too many snacks available then to find myself hungry and scrambling to find a healthy food source.  That to me is a recipe for failure.  A few hours of prep means that I won’t have a meltdown later. Nobody is pretty when they have a meltdown.

Lunch:

  • Paleo Buffalo Chicken Strips (Leftovers- I promise to find this recipe and come back and edit this post because it was amazing)
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Guacamole
  • Raw Almonds

Dinner:

  • Steak Fajitas w/ Red & Green Peppers & Onions
  • Bed of Romaine Lettuce hearts
  • Homemade Guacamole**

I know I’m about to toot my own horn, but the guac today was incredible. I felt like I was back in Mexico, minus the beach, warm sun and ice cold margarita….

  • 2 Ripe Avocados, mashed
  • 3 Drops of You Living Lime Essential Oil (this stuff is the bomb- tastes great and the guac stays green!)
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cilatro
  • 1 heaping scoop of pico de gallo

Before turning in for the night, I prepped everything in a blender cup so Jon could just wake up and blend a fresh spinach & berry protein smoothie for breakfast.  He’s also got a lunch bag filled with tuna, hard boiled eggs, granny smith apple, carrots, guac, raw seeds & nuts, olives and a paleo bacon brownie bite**… If I haven’t locked up wife of the year already for 2015, I must be doing something wrong. 😉

Side note:

I don’t personally know George who runs Civilized Caveman Cooking… but he rocks.  His recipes are just enough to get you through a craving so you don’t trash your diet.  If you haven’t checked him out, do it. If I ever meet him, he’s getting a big hug from me.  These Bacon Brownie Bites of his are my favs.

http://civilizedcavemancooking.com/recipes/desserts/chocolate-bacon-bites/

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The Last Supper

Last night we said goodbye to not only to a memory filled year, but also a diet full of sugar, grains and processed foods.  About a month ago, my husband suggested that we start a paleo challenge for thirty days starting January 1st.  My jaw hit the floor.  My grain eating, chocolate loving, sugar is a food group husband had fought me every time I had suggested clean eating in the past two years and now this was his idea.  I pounced at the opportunity.  During the previous six months, my diet had turned to garbage.  I desperately needed to reset and it would make life so much easier if he was on board.  Yesterday we planned our meals for the next six days, made the shopping list and ventured out to the store.  Let me tell you, shopping is so much faster (and less exciting) when you can only shop in the produce and meat departments.  I couldn’t help but laugh when Jon figured out that some of his staple pantry items were being eliminated.  And even when I offered that he could back out of our challenge, he reaffirmed his commitment to eating clean for the next 30 days.  We stopped at Meatheads and picked up our last supper and headed home where not a single cajun fry was wasted.  As the clock approached midnight, Jon poured one last beer and dished up some leftover desserts from Christmas.  3, 2, 1… goodbye 2014. Goodbye sugar and grains.  Hello 2015… clean eating day 1.

Now, before you take a swig of your haterade and call the paleo police, let me first off preface this with the fact that I know that our diet isn’t going to be perfect. I am not claiming that everything that we are eating is paleo.  Hell, I’m sure some people would argue that none of it is.  Awesome.  Call it what you want.  I don’t care.  Our goal is to clean up our diet and make smarter, healthier choices in 2015.  At the end of thirty days, we will reassess where we are at, make adjustments and continue to move forward.  Hopefully this blog will help keep us accountable and entertain a few of you along the way.

Today’s Breakfast:

  • Spicy Breakfast Sausage
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Lemon Basil Drop Biscuits**
  • Strawberries, Blueberries, Orange Slices
  • Black Coffee

Recipe for Paleo Drop Biscuits:

http://paleoonabudget.com/2014/10/13/paleo-drop-biscuits/

I borrowed this recipe from Paleo on a Budget.  They were fantastic.  I added 3 drops of Young Living Lemon Essential Oil and about 3/4 tsp. of dried basil but you can substitute any herbs that you like in place.

One meal down… 98 to go.  Happy New Year!