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To Paleo or not to Paleo… August 22, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — laurenzo @ 8:28 pm

So some may say I am doing the Paleo diet.. but I say.. I am not on a “diet” I am just not eating all the bad things that add poundage to my derriere . When I was going to a nutritionist she told me that my body likes to cling to carbs for dear life and not let them go. Must be the Italian in me screaming for pasta every day . So i was cutting down on my carb intake for awhile..however i was still eating at least 2 servings a day with my cheats in here and there. On top of that Matt was not really on board at the time and was still eating his usual .. so you can imagine how hard it was trying to make two dinners at night..or getting so frustrated with what I was eating wishing I could be having what he was having. So after about 2 months and 10 lbs down I was feeling good , but started to plateau.. and that didn’t feel so good. Also I was spending far too much money to go sit once every two weeks and go over what I ate and get weighed which I could do on my own. So i cancelled the nutritionist BUT I did join a fabulous gym in its place that has a full staff of nutritionists so win win! So after a few months of going to the gym 3 times a week I don’t see any changes ..except some slight muscle definition in my arms.. (welcome to the gun show) . So again I am at a cross roads .. what can i do to jump start my metabolism?

Getting engaged.. definitely jump started my butt into gear. Matt and I aren’t trying to make a big deal out of getting married. We have both been down that road..but after much deliberation have decided to have a small ceremony in our hometown and celebrate with our closest friends and family. Even if we aren’t making it a big to do I still need to look great right? So even though we have a very long time before we say “I Do” I figure it’s going to take me just as long to get in shape. There comes in Paleo.. after speaking to some friends that follow this way of life and reading up on it it seems to be not so hard. Matt and I are both on day 4 it’s going pretty well. I have been doing a lot of prepping and a lot of cooking so that there is something to grab if we are starving. I would say the worst part is going to be lunchtime, especially when we are at work. It’s very tempting to go out and get something quick and easy and not so healthy.. I have a feeling we will be brown bagging it sooner than later.

So far I am not even sure if some of the things I made are considered Paleo freindly but one thing I do know there were no grains of any sort involved.. all protein and veggies. Saturday I made Kale Chips.. they were amazing.. Brian was even chowing down on them and when they were all gone he asked for more! Classic! Kale chips are the easiest things to make. 1 bunch of Kale , cleaned and stems trimmed. Cut the kale into chip size pieces  . Toss in 1 tsp olive oil and kosher salt. Spread out on baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 300 degrees.

I would say the hardest thing to do is plan. When I come home at the end of the day I am totally brain dead. So to come home and have to think about what to cook is a bit daunting. Also eating breakfast was never something I was used to. It’s easy to grab a doughnut or a bagel but to make a conscious decision before I’ve had my coffee .. ugh. Sunday morning I had an extra burst of energy and decided to make us breakfast. To not torture Brian he got belgian waffles. For Matt scrambled eggs and sliced melon, and for myself a spinach, mushroom and onion fritatta. I even had enough left over to last a few days . ( recipe to follow below)
So I am confident that this time I am going to do it right. I am not thinking about dieting, or what I cannot eat..more of what can I challenge myself with. I am sure I will get super frustrated since I live for macaroni and me mows.. but I’ll survive and I will vow only to eat them if Nanny is cooking ­čÖé . Plus it helps that Matt is doing this along with me ( thanks babe ).

 Sunday Morning Fritatta

6 whole eggs ( or 3 egg yolks and six egg whites – or all egg whites)

1 cup sliced mushrooms

1/2 an onion chopped

1 cup chopped spinach

salt & pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 325 degrees

In a medium saucepan saute mushrooms and onion in cooking spray until onions are slightly translucent.

add salt & pepper to taste.

Add the chopped spinach and saute until just wilted.

cover an 8″ pie pan with cooking spray. Add the sauteed veggies to the bottom of the pie pan. whisk eggs and pour over mixture. Bake for 20 minutes.



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