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Back To School Paleo Style

This time of year is always challenging. On top of all the clothes shopping and supply buying, going back to school Paleo style presents it’s own unique pitfalls.

Since Jeff had his Crazy Idea and we changed our whole lives last January, one thing that has been remained constant is our dedication to eating healthier as a family.

Right now I would say we eat paleo 95% of the time. Even more this month, since Jeff is doing a 2nd Whole 30 and I am trying my best to support him.

As we approached back to school with our kids, we needed to have a plan. Here are some tips we have come up with to keep your family on track as the busy fall days begin.

1. Plan your meals, plan your meals, plan your meals. This time of year is easy to throw your hands up and say, lets get McDonald’s or pizza tonight. If you plan your meals, hopefully you’ll resist this tempation. For us this week it looked like this….

I cut up all of my veggies for a roast I was fixing in the crock pot this week. I also thawed out all of my meat for the week, and physically wrote down what we were having for dinner each evening. [Read more...]

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Beef, It’s What’s is for Dinner on this Whole 30!

This week I fixed this fantastic recipe for a steak cilantro lime marinade for the family. Jeff found it on Chow Stalker. We fell in love with it.

I did make a few modifications you should note.

I used a tri-tip rather than a flank steak, and I cooked the steak in a cast iron skillet in the oven at 450 degrees for 90 minutes. Yum yum.

I served it with grilled zucchinis (just brush with olive oil and Italian seasoning and put on the grill) and…

sweet potato fries that I made by shaking them in this mix in a ziplock bag:

  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1 tbs of cumin (OK maybe I sometimes use more)
  • 1/2 tsp of pepper
  • 1 tsp of salt

I have tried many different versions of sweet potatoes fries from various paleo web sites and cook books. This one I came up with myself through trial and error. It is by far my favorite.

Here is a picture before they went in the oven.

I cooked the sweet potato fries at 450 degrees for 1 hour (turning them over once 1/2 through). If they weren’t cooking in the stove, with the steak I am sure they would not have taken this long.

So that is just some of the food we have been eating on this Whole 30.

Aren’t you jealous?

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Summertime Meal Paleo Style – Kabobs

Hey here is a crazy idea for a Summertime meal Paleo style. It’s perfect for a quick dinner. It’s totally paleo. It’s yummy and easy breezy for summer nights.

We had some friends over last week, and I concocted this idea for kabobs that is a little less expensive version than using steak. You use meatballs instead. I also used zucchini, something I hadn’t tried before. They came out delicious, and the kids loved them. You should totally try them.

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Flying – An Unexpected Upgrade

On Sunday Julie and I headed to the airport for a flight to Oregon for the week to do some consulting. As we boarded the plane and settled in we were greeted with an unexpected upgrade. No, it wasn’t a bump to first class, or business class, but we were greeted with extra space and it kind of felt like an upgrade. It’s amazing how much more room there is in an airline seat when you weigh 45 pounds less. I’m not sure who enjoyed the space more, me or Julie, but it was the most comfortable flight I’ve been on in years.

So, if you travel a lot, or just fly occasionally and struggle with fitting into the cramped seats on a plane, why not give yourself an upgrade. Start eating better and get to a gym, you’ll love the unexpected benefits that come along with it.

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The Craziness Continues – An Update on Jeff’s Crazy Idea

Hi everyone! Just a quick video update as we approach the four month marker for my crazy idea. Check out the video to find out about the 120 day update, our Paleo diet, my frustation with hitting a plateau, running adjustments, another Whole 30, and what to expect in the upcoming weeks.

Thanks for stopping by Jeff’s Crazy Idea today. I would love for you to share your thoughts and any updates on your crazy idea in the comments below.

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Paleo Breakfast Burritos

After my last post I got several questions about the sausage.

What in the world Julie do you use all of that sausage for?

Remember, thanks to Jeff’s Crazy Idea, we actually eat a hot breakfast everyday. No more cold cereal for the kids. No more bagels, toast or muffins.

Paleo breakfast burritos are one of my favorite meals to fix. Before being introduced to Ed’s Gym and eating paleo, we would make breakfast burritos on the weekends. Now we have them all the time breakfast or dinner, minus the flour tortillas

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Grocery Shopping Has Changed Since Going Paleo

People ask us all the time what has been the biggest change since Jeff got all crazy back in January. Honestly? Everything.

But one thing specifically that I didn’t notice overnight, that has become a major shift for our family is how we do grocery shopping. Prior to Jeff’s Crazy Idea, I shopped regularly at Wal-Mart (don’t hate, it was fast and economical).

I still shop at Wal-Mart for household items, but rarely if ever for food. Here’s why—almost everything we eat is organic, fresh and goes bad in about a week. So we shop at Costo. Every week. This week Jeff was even offered the Executive Membership because we are there so much. Yay for rewards programs!!

Here is just a sample of some of the consistent items we pick up on a regular weekly grocery shopping trip to feed our family of 5 (Jeff, Julie, our 14 year old son, 12 year old daughter, and Grandma Freda who is 89): [Read more...]

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When you eat junk, you feel like junk

When you eat junk, you feel like junk. Pretty simple really, but sometimes I can be a little slow. Since we finished the  Whole 30 we have been primarily sticking with a paleo style diet, but we have tried adding some non-paleo items into our meals to see how we react. Not that we didn’t already have a good idea of how some of the foods would affect us, but sometimes experience is the best teacher.

So we tried them. Bread, mostly in the form of buns is the biggest culprit. Surely that won’t be that bad. Wrong. We’ve tried it in different forms and always get the same result. We enjoy it while we are eating it, but within a matter of a couple hours we feel it. Grumblings in the belly, followed by a total crash. No energy and a desire to go to bed by 8:00 pm. We tried it again on Friday — not sure why honestly. But it was convenient and easy. Same action = same results. We got it. We get it! When you eat junk you feel like junk. Lesson learned – again.

Julie and I have been talking about doing another Whole 30 because we were feeling so much better right after the first one, and because the second one won’t be nearly as hard since we have stuck to a mostly clean diet (except for the few experiments). Anyone want to join us on this next one?

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No Leftover Paleo Chicken Soup

Well, we are almost two weeks post Whole 30 and our family is still sticking to our new paleo life-style pretty well. We have opted for some organic low sugar salad dressing options—mainly so Jeff will still continue to eat salad (he swore off balsamic vinegar and oil completely after having it so much on the Whole 30). So you could say we are all about making healthy compromises right now. For me it is having white potatoes every couple of weeks.

Here is a recipe based on a Paleo chicken soup I found in the Paleo Comfort Foods cookbook. I tweaked it just a bit to make it a little more family friendly. This soup has become a huge hit! The kids love it and it is a great option for cold, Colorado evenings.  And I love it because I get to use bacon grease! I thought it would be really hard to eat chicken soup without noodles, but you know what, this is so tasty you don’t even miss them. I increased the amount of chicken called for in the original recipe to give it some bulk, so that we feel full after eating it. [Read more...]

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On The Road Post Whole 30

We finished up our Whole 30 last Monday and on Wednesday Julie and I had a trip to Seattle for a full day training we were giving for a group of non-profit leaders in the Northwest. We knew it would be a bit of a challenge to keep to our post Whole 30 diet and we packed some snacks to help us out. In our planning, we decided to stick to our diet for the most part, but that after the training we would allow ourselves to have something we hadn’t had for a while.

We had some time after we landed in Seattle before we could check into our hotel so we hopped in the car and headed downtown. We were trying to find a Whole Foods, but the maps app on our iPhone took us to two wrong locations. So we gave up and headed towards the Pike Place Market area. We looked for a restaurant that would be fairly friendly to our diet, but since I don’t like seafood, we didn’t have a lot of luck. We settled on the Hard Rock Cafe – not the first thought you have for healthy food. We both ordered a burger with no bun or cheese and a salad. I’m sure there were some things in there not on our Whole 30 plan, but we finished that on Monday, so we did our best given the circumstances and our level of hunger. [Read more...]