Death by Gymnastics and Clean 30 Day 2 – Kalua Pulled Pork, Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli.

I find gymnastics torturous. I was never one of the little kids on the playground swinging from rings or doing handstands and cartwheels. I liked the swings. Nice and simple and completed while sitting on my butt. Starting today, every wednesday’s strength class will be devoted to work on CrossFit Gymnastics movements. These include handstand walks, pull ups, muscle ups, dips, rope climbs and L-Sits. I was dreading going in today because I find those movements so incredibly hard. They require a lot of upper body strength and perfect movement patterns. I also have a ridiculously strong fear of kicking up into a handstand. So much so today that when it came to that part of the workout today I nearly burst into tears when my coach told me I had to do it. We worked slowly with him grabbing one of my feet and holding it in the handstand position for 15 seconds. After about 10 minutes I was able to kick up into one on my own. But the excitement from this was short lived, as we next started to work on “skin the cat“.

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This awkward movement requires a lot of core and shoulder strength as you start hanging from rings, bringing your legs up until you are straight up and down with your feet in the air and head towards the ground, then continue to bring your legs around so that your shoulders are twisted behind you… and then you flip back around. I had to do them with a little jump off the ground to get me going and I found it very difficult, once I had made it around once, to come back around again. Add it to the endless list of things to work on.

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Next it was on to muscle ups, which was kinda a joke as I can’t even do kipping pull ups yet. I practiced my kip glide as I watched the guys (I was the only girl today) land muscle up after muscle up. A part of me couldn’t help but feel really lame just sitting there swinging back and forth like an idiot. But, nothing comes without some practice so I just keep swinging along and practicing my kips.

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This evening I went back for the regular WOD, since it had the second benchmark workout for the Clean 30 Challenge. It was 3  * 2 min AMRAPs of Pull ups, Push ups and Sit ups back to back. Can’t wait to see how much I profess over the next 30 days!

For my Clean30 dinner today I made Kalua Pulled Pork, sweet potatoes with bacon and broccoli.  I cooked the sweet potatos by skinning them, cutting them into strips, placing some bacon on them and cooking them in the oven. It makes them have a hint of bacon deliciousness.

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Do you like gymnastics?

What is your favorite gymnastics move?

Clean30 Day 1 – Mustard Chicken Thighs RECIPE, Sautéed Spinach, Cooked Carrots and Mashed Cauliflower

Clean30 Starts….. NOW. Well, technically this morning but you get the point. In case you missed my post about the Clean 30, my box is doing round 3 of 30 days of strict paleo. It’s meant to show you how good eating clean can make you feel, look,  and how much it can improve your fitness… also…the most important part… it’s a competition. You get points for different achievements (attending CF WOD is 2 points, working out outside CF 1 point, totally clean meal 2 points, a day with no no alcohol 1 point, 7+ hours of sleep 1 point so on and so on) and you keep track of them on a nifty little scorecard they give you.

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You also do three benchmarks WODS on day one and then again on day 30 to see how much you progressed. You get points for your progression as well.  You are placed on a team, with a coach who sends you encouraging emails and helps you throughout the process.  In the end there is an individual winner and a team winner. But really, in the end,  aren’t we all winners?… awww……

ANYWAY, today’s dinner: Mustard Chicken Thighs, cooked spinach, cooked carrots and mashed cauliflower. The entire dinner for 2 and leftovers took me all of 15 minutes to prep and a total cook time of less than 30 min. So easy.

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Mustard Chicken Thighs

2lbs chicken thighs

1/4 cup melted butter/ghee

2 tablespoons mustard

pepper to taste

1. Melt butter in microwave, takes about 10 seconds.

2. Mix butter and dijon mustard and pepper.

3. Spread on chicken thighs

4. Cook in oven at 350 for about 20 minutes or until done.

5. Go spend the rest of your night relaxing because dinner took no time at all to make.

For the spinach – I placed raw spinach leaves in a saucepan with a bit of water, garlic powder, butter and salt. Cooked on medium for about 10 minutes.

Cauliflower – Steamed in a pot until soft, mixed in nutribullet with butter and salt.

Carrots – steamed for about 20 minutes and squeezed orange juice on top.

IF YOU DON’T LIKE COOKING and still want delicious gourmet paleo meals for $12.40 a meal – check out my last post on Caveman Cafeteria’s meal delivery. They are offering $50 off a month of delicious and nutritious meals if you use the promo code “BeAboutIt” after clicking here. 

Caveman Cafeteria Meal Delivery – 50$ Off PROMO CODE

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Imagine every city in the US having a vertical farm, so that all produce can be grown locally and organically, with a kitchen at the bottom to produce natural, wholesome food. That’s the vision that Caveman Cafeteria: Where the Hunters Gather, a Denver based gourmet Paleo company is aiming to achieve. They are hoping to become a household name over the next 25 years, creating delicious meals that can be delivered to your door for a simplified, healthy lifestyle.

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I had the pleasure of first discovering Caveman Cafeteria in May last year. I liked them so much that I wrote about them here, on the blog. Last Friday they were one of the vendors that came to the Chris Kresser talk that I attended. I chatted with the owner about their paleo meal delivery, which delivers 40 meals per month to people living in the Denver Metro Area. Some of their meals include: Curried Chicken Salad, Pepper Crusted Beef Steak with roasted red peppers and asparagus with garlic aioli,  Irish Lamb Stew, Slow Roasted Wild Boar and so much more.  The menu changes regularly, so you won’t get bored eating the same things over and over again.

The owner offered me a $50 off promo code, which reduces the cost of the meals to $12.40 per meal. No excuse to not eat healthy, wholesome foods if you can have it delivered to your door! Click here if you are interested and enter the promo code “BeAboutIt”. It’s time to start treating your body right so you can finally see just what you are capable of.

Powered by Bacon Meatloaf – Paleo Recipe

I eat a lot of bacon. Real bacon, not the stringy little packaged kind. The thick cut, meaty, smokey delicious kind. So much so that the guy at the meat counter recognizes  me as the bacon girl. On Monday night I order 2 lbs of it. I came back in on Wednesday to grab some chicken and he asked if I was back for more bacon. I jokingly told me I still had a 1/2 lb left and he believed me. I’ve probably eaten that much in 48 hours before.  I used to shun bacon like the evil fatty devil I thought it was, so I think I’m just making up for 26 years of deprivation. 

Last week I was growing PaleoOmg for now recipes and stumbled across a bacon meatloaf recipe. I started salivating like Pavlov’s dog and I knew I had to make it right away. I spent an hour I had between classes getting the ingredients and prepping it so all I had to do when I got home was pop it in the oven. I give to you Paleo Bacon Meatlof. I literally forgot to take a picture after it was cooked because I was too excited to try it, so you are stuck with the precooked version. Imagine that just crispier. If you’re a vegetarian/vegan (Hi Liz) I am not quite sure why you click on a link called Bacon Meatloaf, but you might want to stop here. 

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Precooked Heaven in a Pan

There is both a meatloaf and a delicious sauce to cover the meatloaf with. Here are both ingredients:
 
For the Meatloaf:
  • 2-2.5 lb grass fed ground beef
  • 1 cup almond meal/flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons onion powder
  • 11 sliced uncured bacon, 2 sliced cooked and diced
For the  Sauce:
  • 1 (6oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 onion, minced
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ⅓ cup water or broth
  • 2 tablespoons apple butter (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard (no sugar added)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • pinch or two of ground cloves
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • splash of hot sauce, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Dice up your 2 pieces of bacon and throw in a frying pan to cook up for about 5-7 minutes.
  3. While the bacon is cooking, mix together all other ingredients (except for your 9 slices of bacon) in a large bowl. Once your 2 pieces of bacon are done cooking, add them to the bowl and fully incorporate into the mix.
  4. If you are me, now layer the remaining bacon and meat mixture in a meatloaf/bread pan so that you have meat/bacon/meat/bacon. Or, just do it the way Paleoomg says and put the bacon on top. But that is less fun. 
  5. Cook for 45 minutes.

NOW, onto the sauce.

  1. Brown onions in frying pan with some form of fat (olive or coconut or bacon grease)
  2. Add the garlic and stir together to cook a bit more.
  3. Add all other ingredients and mix together, then let simmer for 10-15 minutes (or longer if you have time-I usually want to eat as quick as possible).
  4. Now sit around and wait hungrily for the meat loaf to be done so you can pour the sauce on top and get to nomming.

 

Do you like Bacon?

What are your favorite ways to eat bacon?

 

 

 

CrossFit Potluck, Nanos 3.0 and Nipples

Disclaimer: you won’t be seeing any real nipples. It’s not that kind of blog. However, you may think twice about choosing the pink Nano 3.0s. The first day I wore them I got told they remind people of (a) pepto bismol, (b) the easter bunny or (c) nipples.  When I got the nipple comment I immediately got a flashback to a delicious cake I made for a Mardi Gras Party two years ago.

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Now you can tell me, do these shoes remind you at all of nipples? Or have I just been traumatized now so that every time I look at them that’s what I see?

Besides the color, I love the Nano 3.0 for CrossFit. I had been lifting in my Adidas Adizero (my favorite short distance running shoes), that are very minimalist. I didn’t realize that when you are Oly Lifting you benefit from having a heel in the shoe, who knew?! The Nano’s have a slight heel to toe drop (4mm), plenty of forefoot cushioning that make it easy to transition from Oly lifts to box jumps to attempting and failing to jump rope (like me) to short sprints. They are pretty heavy, compared to my Adizero’s, so I wouldn’t recommend them for anything over 1/4 mile run, but they are perfect for your typical cross fit workout and definitely help with the Oly Lifts.

Last Friday my CrossFit gym had a Paleo Potluck to celebrate people who had signed up for a Whole 30 challenge.  I was not one of those people, but I went anyway since it was Halloween themed and I wanted to see everyone in costumes. I dressed up as a cavewoman, which I thought was pretty CrossFit/Paleo appropriate.

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Our coaches all competed in a WOD, in costumes, which was pretty entertaining. Not a bad looking group..

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Photo Stolen from Danit

The food was also amazing. I made pecan stuffed dates wrapped in proscuitto and baked. Super easy, super delicious.

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There were so many delicious foods I can’t wait to try out, especially the deserts. Bacon Date Cookies anyone?

It was a lot of fun to be able to meet people outside of your normal weekly WODS, who all share in your interest and love of CrossFIt.

How was your weekend? Do anything to get in the Halloween Spirit?

Paleo Cranberry Pumpkin Spice Protein Breakfast Cake

Oh ya know, just a Friday night in procrastinating from doing some reading for school by switching off between playing with my dog and whipping up some food in the kitchen. I feel like that is how I spend 60% of my life.

But, honestly, could you say no to this face?

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Seeing as how every day I get a lot of people coming to my blog for the Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal page, I figured I would dish out another Pumpkin Spice related recipe as that seems to be an ‘it’ thing right now. So, I give you: Paleo Cranberry Pumpkin Spice Protein Breakfast Cake. Say that 5 times fast. It’s just a variation on the lemon blueberry. More appropriate for fall/upcoming thanksgiving holiday.

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Paleo Pumpkin Spice Protein Breakfast Cake

12 eggs

1 cup almond flour (or coconut flour if you prefer it)

1/2 cup maple syrups

3/4 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup pumpkin

1 tsp salt

1tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking soda

1.5 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup fresh cranberries

1. Mix the eggs, pumpkin, coconut oil, vanilla extract and maple syrup together in a bowl.

2. Mix in flour, salt, baking soda and pumpkin spice.

3. Stir until combined. Slowly stir in cranberries.

4. Pour into baking container. I used one about 8*8, but any size will work as long as you check it now and then to make sure it’s not cooking too fast.

5. Bake on 350 for about 30 minutes, or until no batter sticks to a knife when you stick it into the cake to the bottom.

Paleo Asian Meatballs (Whole 30 Compliant)

I am a hungry hungry hippo right now. I am sitting at school counting down the minutes until I can go home and snarf up some meatballs I made last night.

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I should have brought another snack to eat since I have work then class until 7:45 on Monday’s, but alas I failed to plan well. At least I have something absolutely delicious to come home to. My sister told me to make this last year when she did Whole 30 and it took me only 11 months to make them! I wish I had made them 10 months and 29 days sooner, because they are amazing.

Word to the wise: don’t put half of your balls in a glass container to cook, then place the glass container directly on the bottom of the oven. It will shatter into 5 million little pieces that you will not want to clean up at 10 at night while cursing yourself for being an idiot.

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Whole 30 Paleo Asian Style Meatballs

2 lbs ground beef

8 shitake mushrooms, diced

3/4 cup  sweet potatoes, diced

1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce (without soy if you are paleo)

2 tablespoons tomato paste

salt/pepper

1tbs coconut oil

1. Mix all ingredients except the coconut oil together. Don’t be scared to get your hands dirty and hand mix everything together to ensure it’s fully blended.

2. Put oil on cooking sheet. Form into meatballs in whatever size your heart desires.  Place meatballs on cooking sheet.

3. Bake at 375* for about 15-20 minutes.

Paleo Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti and a Pumpkin Patch

Today was a gorgeous fall day, with a bright blue sky and beautiful orange leaves. My boyfriend and I decided to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and get in the halloween spirit by going to a pumpkin patch.

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Cottonwood Farms in Boulder offers a corn and hay maze, lots of farm animals, and a pumpkin patch with some gorgeous pumpkins. Somehow my boyfriend has made it 29 years without ever carving a pumpkin. That is unacceptable to me and my love of fall activities. We will definitely be fixing that this weekend with the two perfect pumpkins we picked out.

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Tonight I made one of the most delicious paleo recipes I have made yet. Unfortunately, it just looks like mush on film, but I PROMISE you it is worth it. I have to give credit to PaleoOMG for this one.

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Paleo Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti

  • 1 large spaghetti squash, cut in half lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons fat (I used duck fat)
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, finely chopped
  • ½ cup hot sauce
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • chopped green onions, to garnish
  • sprinkle of red pepper flakes
For the mayo (this will render about ⅔ cup mayo)
  • ⅔ cup avocado oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste

1. Cut spaghetti squash in half length wise. Place them face down on a baking sheet and cook at 350 for 25 minutes.

2. Put coconut oil in a pan with cut up chicken. Cook until the chicken lightly cooks on the outside, with no more pink showing. Cut up garlic, onions, carrots and celery and add to pan.

3. Mix the ingredients of the mayonnaise in a bowl, whip lightly until thickens.

4. When onions are translucent, add the cooked squash to the pan, mix in the mayo and the hot sauce. Cook for about five minutes and enjoy!

Trust me, take a leap of faith on the mushy yellow heap and make this recipe. I promise it will not disappoint.

Do you like fall activities? Do you have a special fall ritual?

Paleo Slow Cooker Kahlua Pulled Pork.

I have an amazing co-worker who brings me delicious Paleo food on a semi regular basis (and also has a blog!). She introduced me to this delicious and incredibly simple recipe from NomNomPaleo. It is so easy that at 10:23pm I realized I had forgotten to make it, but by 10;30 I was in bed and it was cooking away in the crock pot. Now that is the type of mid-week recipe I like.

Paleo Crockpot Kahlua Pulled Pork

4 lbs pork shoulder

4 pieces of bacon

4 cloves of garlic.

That is literally all you need. It sounds like it wouldn’t be flavorfull, but trust me it took some self restraint to not each a lb of it as soon as it was done.

First, line the crockpot with the bacon.

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Then, stuff the garlic cloves into the folds of the meat, wherever you can fit them.

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Place the pork into the slow cooker and cook on low for about 12 hours, or until soft and thoroughly cooked. Mine was only 3lbs and I let it cook for only 9 hours and it was fine.

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The fat will melt off of the bacon and the pork, making it soft and tender when it’s done. Absolutely amazing. It will make you feel like you are at a BBQ in Hawaii.

Also, unrelated. you HAVE to watch this commercial. I am obsessed. If you don’t like it, we are no longer friends. It makes the song Applause by Lady GaGa a hundred times better.

#Fitfam: Coverup for Eating Disorders?

Before I had a blog I was a member of the Twitter #fitfam.  The #fitfam on twitter and tumblr is where thousands of “anonymous” twitter users come together to bond over a love of fitness and strength. Or so they say.

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(Common #Fitfam Picture)

I joined looking for people who shared a love of a healthy lifestyle, a place to find recipes, share tips and inspiration.  What I found was a large percentage of #fitfam accounts that used being “fit” as a cover up for eating disorders. It wasn’t hard to get followers, I had 80 within the first day, each one desperate for advice on how to lose weight and for someone to commiserate with. Each one posting things on their own twitter accounts chronicling every single thing they put in their mouth, sharing guilt about missed workouts while at the same time talking about how they didn’t want to be “skinny” they wanted to be “fit”. They would then share photos with the hashtag “fitspo” that showed women equally as skinny as the eating disorder idealized “thinspo”, just with a small amount of muscle mass. (Following pic NSFW)

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(One of the MOST often posted pictures of “#fitspo”, posted with the remarks that this body was attainable if you worked out enough compared to stick thin “starving” girls, even though it’s just as impossible for most to achieve)

In the 72 hour period that I was a member of the #fitfam I witnessed multiple people talk about how their twitter account triggered past eating disorder behavior, while still having multiple exchanges with others about what breads were the lowest calorie and how many calories other girls ate, following it all up with “I feel bad for the girls who want to be skinny, I want to be strong #fitfam”. I would throw out questions asking girls for their fitness related goals, trying to shift the focus on what you could do with your “fit” body and not how being “fit” looked.  While at the end of my 72 hr fitfam experience I had almost 250 followers, not one responded to any post on fitness goals or ability.

Just to see the reaction, I tried posting trivial things like “Wheat will make you look bloated” I would get 15 questions about how much wheat do you need to eat before you look fat, mixed in with “omg no way! Maybe that’s why I look like a blimp.”

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(Things like this showing pride in effort were simply ignored)

After 3 days I deleted my account. It made me too sad to continue watching hundreds of girls, a lot of them in high school, picking apart every aspect of their body and truly believing looking a certain way would bring them happiness. I could relate and I feared if I hung out long enough I would begin to think the same way again. Feeling guilty for missing a workout is not healthy. Restricting and then binging is not healthy. Hating yourself based on what you consumed that day or because you don’t look as good as the unrealistic “fitspo” that you stare at is not healthy.

This article came out last week describing exactly my experience. I hadn’t written about it before because I didn’t want to get personal or offend people. Of course there are people who follow the #fitfam groups to truly find motivation to accomplish goals other than becoming thin and hot. But as the ice was already broken I thought I’d put it out there for people who currently are an active part of the twitter/tumblr fitfam to stop and consider if you enjoy being fit because of what you can accomplish, or if you believe achieving that perfect fitspo body will truly make your life better. Almost all the girls AND guys I saw on twitter were consistently lonely, no matter how amazing their body was, and hoping that they would be happier and have more friends once they obtained that perfect body. Just like I mentioned in my previous post,  image is not what makes you happy. You have to change your relationship with the world from the inside, changing what you value and what’s important. Once you do that, the image on the outside won’t matter as much.