Food Quirks

As I’m adjusting to my new paleo eating style, I can’t help being aware of several other issues I have regarding food. My issues are related to more than a history of overindulgence. I have anger issues when it comes to food. The smell of food that I can’t stand makes my blood boil, and if I can hear someone eating or drinking, it really sends me off a ledge. These problems are irrational in nature, but that doesn’t make them any less real.

Let’s look at the smell factor first… If I can smell someone cooking anything that is unappetizing to me, I get tense. And believe me, this can be problematic in relationships. I’m aware that not everyone has a taste palette identical to mine, but somehow I feel that they should, or they should at least refrain from cooking/eating those foods which I find offensive. Then there’s the smell of someone’s breath after eating foods I abhor. Sorry, but if you eat onions, you better not breathe in my face, let alone try to kiss me. The smell of onions trumps any ounce of love I have for someone in that moment; however I have yet to be in a romantic relationship with someone else who doesn’t love them. Karma? Who knows.

photo-11But food smells aren’t the worst of my problems. The sounds are the most problematic. All of my life I’ve had problems with hearing other people eat or drink. The sound of chewing, crunching, slurping, gulping… I can barely type those words without having a reaction. It has been a problem since childhood (according to my mother, whom I used to condemn for her noises). It seems to have gotten worse as I’ve aged. I’ve managed to get through most of my adult life eating with others in a crowded restaurant or with a distraction in the background (music or tv). Quiet candlelight dinners are not an option with me. A couple of years ago, I found out that there is an actual disorder called misophonia, which describes my problem perfectly. It isn’t just me being super bitchy or irritable; it’s an actual neurological issue that sends me (and others, as it turns out) into a state of rage. But that doesn’t make it any easier for those around me.

So, it seems that many of the things that I either truly enjoy or truly loathe revolve around food. Definitely something for me to ponder as my eating habits change. These things also make me a more difficult person to be around. So, I guess I’m sorry for that.

Coconut Chicken Tenders

Happy Friday all! I posted a facebook photo of the delicious coconut chicken tenders I made for dinner last night, which generated some salivation among friends. They are paleo (and gluten free), tasty enough to eat without a sauce, and very easy to prepare. Here is the simple (and visual) recipe:

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Cover chicken in coconut flour

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Dip chicken in egg (mixed with a little almond or coconut milk)

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Cover chicken in shredded coconut

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Bake for 20 minutes (or so) at 400 degrees

ENJOY with your favorite veggie side or sweet potato!

Paleo Lunch (and a little popcorn)

OK, so I cheated… Everything has been going so well, but the other night I had a big time craving for popcorn. Not popcorn drizzled with lots of butter or caramel, just plain ol’ popped popcorn. So, rather than trying to trick myself into thinking that a handful of nuts would suffice, I gave in and had some damn popcorn. And I’m not kicking myself for it. I figure it could have been a lot worse, right? I didn’t give in to an ice cream sunday with all the toppings or a big bowl of pasta. I had about 2 cups of perfectly popped grain (popped in olive oil, of course). I’ve been reading more about how a lot of Paleo eaters adhere to an 80/20 rule most of the time, so if I abide by those guidelines, I didn’t cheat at all! The point is it didn’t guide me too far astray, and I’m still loving the change in my eating habits.

I can say that besides the popcorn incident, I have been having a good time coming up with new cooking/eating ideas. My Pinterest account has never seen as much usage as it has over the past two weeks! I’m also thrilled that it is inspiring others in my life. Friends are starting to send me recipes and share their primal stories with me. My little sister asked my advice on what she should bring for lunches. A few simple ideas I mentioned were: tuna & avocado, grilled chicken breast with frozen veggies, salads (stick with olive oil based dressings), and leftovers. When making a meal for dinner, I often think about making enough to bring to work the next day for lunch. Pretty simple! Also, when going out for lunch with a group, there are always ways to rearrange the menu items to comply with a Paleo lifestyle. A sandwich without the bun and veggies (instead of fries) can always be an option. A perfect restaurant choice for the Paleo dieter? Buffalo Wild Wings!

Dry rub wings + veggie sticks = perfect lunch

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Getting Results!

The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing. -Walt Disney

Well, I’m definitely doing it! After 11 days of paleo dieting I’ve lost 7 pounds, and I feel great! I went to the gym today, and I had tons of energy for my workout. I even bought myself a bottle of Shiraz to celebrate my win with a small glass, but now I don’t know if I want to drink it. I’m doing so well, and I don’t want to add the extra calories. This doesn’t even sound like me… Usually you couldn’t pry a glass of wine from my hands, but I definitely don’t want to ruin the fat burning stage my body is experiencing.

Here’s a photo of my dinner last night: grilled chicken, broccoli, zucchini, mushrooms, red peppers stir fried in olive oil with lemon juice. YUM!

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Getting Started

Hi.  I’m Stacey.  I never imagined starting a blog about healthy living  (and that isn’t necessarily all that I will be sharing); however I made a turn in my life a little over a week ago, and I feel inspired to write about it.  In a nutshell, I’ve always been a “curvy” gal, but recently I hit a point when I looked in the mirror and thought “Enough is enough!”  I’m fat, and I don’t like it.  I’m in my not so mid-thirties, and if I’m ever going to be healthy, this is a good time to start.  Upon the recommendation of a friend, I watched a documentary called The Perfect Human Diet, which focused on the evidence behind eating on a Paleolithic diet plan.  Something clicked.  Of course our bodies are biologically wired to eat animals and plants.  It’s what we’ve been doing for 20,000 years, and how humans have evolved.  So, it only makes sense that obesity became a big problem when we started incorporating grains, processed sugars, and such into our diets within the last 100 years.  Our bodies weren’t built to eat this way.  Duh.

Consequently, the very next day I made the decision to eat Paleo style.  This was a week ago.  I told myself I would start with a 30-day commitment, and see where it goes from there.  I have to admit, the first couple of days were rough.  I had a constant headache from the caffeine and sugar reduction.  I was crabby and hungry, because I didn’t prepare for meals in advance.  I didn’t falter though, because I had made myself a commitment.  And wouldn’t you know it, by the 4th day, the headache was gone, and I was starting to feel pretty fantastic.  It’s amazing how good you can feel when you aren’t overstuffing yourself with crap.  In fact, food has been tasting even better than it did, because I was actually tasting it, rather than covering it up with sauce, cheese, sugar, etc.  After getting inspiration from some other Paleo bloggers and pinners (on Pinterest), I’m thrilled to be creating simple meals from delicious food that nature intended.

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A delicious paleo friendly ratatouille!

Have I been eating perfectly according to the Paleo plan?  Well, not exactly, but I’m pretty damn close.  I still have coffee in the morning (usually an Americano with a little almond milk and ½ a packet of sugar in the raw).  Nobody wants to know me without my morning coffee, and some Paleo peeps say it isn’t technically cheating to consume naturally occurring caffeine.  Well, I doubt any cavemen were enjoying a morning cup of joe, but I allow myself this pleasure/routine.  I’ve replaced diet coke with La Croix (cavemen probably didn’t drink carbonated water either, but with zero calories and no sweetener, I figure it can’t hurt).  After my initial 30 days, I plan on allowing myself a little dark chocolate and red wine, too.  Because hey, I have to have a little fun, right?

So, there you go.  If you want to follow along on my journey, feel free.  I will definitely be blogging about other interests in my life, but the focus of this blog will be on creating a healthy, happy, new me!  And away we go…

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Goodbye fat girl!

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