Near Death Experience


Todays guest blogger is no stranger to danger! He’s tall, bald and handsome…and, oh yeah, he’s my husband! Tim has been doing the Paleo Challenge for 14 days now! I asked him to share his experience with us. Tim is a counselor who works with students at Multnomah University and also has a private practice called Lighthouse Counseling in Clackamas. He enjoys watching sports, playing an occasional round of golf, the color purple and spoiling our cat, Halo.  Enjoy!

Near Death Experience

I’m bald.  I’m back.  And I’m better than ever.  That’s right folks, it’s time for the Week 2 recap from Tim, (husband of Kim, your favorite blogger and nutritional expert).  Let’s get this party started!

Week 2 of the Paleo Challenge was, for the most part, much easier than week one.  Cravings were down, and cheating was minimal.  I allowed myself one “cheat meal” and had some soda and two tacos for lunch one day, but this was more a planned cheat, and not the throw-as-much-crap-in-the-grocery-cart-as-you-could-possibly-stuff-into-your-face-this-weekend kind of cheat that I had last week.  Huge improvement.

I’m the kind of guy who used to live on fast food, pizza, soda, and whatever else was quick and easy, so I’m a little surprised at how much I am starting to enjoy things like kale salad, cucumbers, peaches, plums,  hot water w/lemon, carrots, etc.  Meats like chicken, bacon, turkey, and beef are regular staples, and eggs are playing a big role in my toast-less morning meals.  I miss toast and sandwiches some, but I’m also finding that I can make meals like stir-fry with just meat and veggies, and hardly miss the noodles at all.

Wednesday marked the national holiday of My Wife’s Birthday, and so I agreed to suck it up and go to the torture chamber that is CrossFit for the first time.  I almost died. 

 The WOD (Workout of the Day, to the uninitiated) was to do 5 sets of three clean-and-jerks followed by twenty burpies (an unimaginably horrible exercise that involves falling to the ground on your chest, violently yanking your feet up towards your chest, and then pushing off of your feet and springing upwards while raising your arms to the sky) per set.

The CrossFit gym is owned by Lindsay, a young woman who uses her smile and unintimidating size to convince people that she is your friend.  She is not.  She takes joy in watching people suffer, and I was no exception.  Since she told me I only had to do three sets because I was new, I figured everything would be fine….I was wrong.   

Set One hurt.  Set Two involved more pain, dripping sweat that flooded my eyes, and a regular fear of tossing up my breakfast all over the floor (the unofficial CrossFit mascot is Pukie the Clown, and no, I am not making that up).

I took a short break to walk around and convince myself that Lindsay is not the devil, and then I came back for the final set, which was actually easier than set two (some people said it was easier because I did it slower than most 89-year old women would have, but I’m guessing that the real reason it was easier was because of my supreme athletic prowess had just kicked-in).

Kim was happy that I joined her for the workout, and was more than willing to drive us home so that I wouldn’t have to do any strenuous maneuvers, such as pushing my foot down on the gas pedal.  Surprisingly, I survived the next 72 hours, and by Saturday actually started feeling human again.  Friday I got some good news, as I weighed-in and found that I am down about 9 pounds since we started all this two weeks ago.  I doubt I’ll be able to keep up this kind of pace with the weight loss, but it definitely feels good so far.  Have a great week everybody, and you’ll be hearing from me again soon!

Before the torture session....

After the torture session.

Pumpkin Spice Latte For 70 Calories


My favorite (and I mean Favorite) thing about Fall is not just the leaves changing, the weather cooling, the arrival of pumpkins and delicious apples but the unveiling of the most magical drink….

Now truth be told, the last time I had one, I took it back to Starbucks because they changed the recipe. However, this drink still brings back fond memories for me and ushers in the holiday season.

So, me, being the health weirdo that I am, decided to find a way to make my own version of happiness in a cup. So, my friends, here is how you too can have your very own Pumpkin Spice Latte (Disclaimer: For all you baristas out there, it is actually an au lait but I don’t have an espresso machine so back off)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup brewed coffee (or if you are blessed to have an espresso machine, either a single or double shot)

1 cup Almond Breeze (I use Unsweetened Vanilla 40 Calorie)

1-2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (I like a lot of spice, so I did closer to 3)

1 heaping tablespoon pureed pumpkin (I use Libbys)

1-2 packets Truvia (or Stevia or Maple Syrup)

Directions:

Brew your coffee. In a small saucepan, add the milk, spices, pumpkin and sweetener. Whisk over medium heat until thick and creamy :0)

Pour directly into the desired mug and add coffee to milk mixture. Stir. Garnish with a dash of cinnamon. Sip away!

The glorious thing about this is that it has fewer than 70 calories and no added sugar!! Woo hoo! When you compare it to this….you can sip in peace knowing you are doing something good for your body and mind.

Here is the nutritional info for a Grande Whole Milk Pumpkin Spice Latte, no whip.

49 carbohydrates and 47 grams of sugar will spike your blood sugar so fast you’ll have no idea what hit ya! Stick with this and not only will you save your self $4, but you will feel better all day long!

Fat Blaster Boot Camp!


The holiday season is approaching and we know what that means….lots of food, drinks and sitting on our butts!

Start this holiday season off with a bang!

Join me for a one-day Fat Blaster Boot Camp! The only equipment you need- Your body!

When: October 22nd, 9-10 AM

Where: Mt Tabor, Portland Oregon

Cost: $20

What’s Involved: An active warm up followed up with butt kicking, arm toning, lung burning body weight exercises designed to rev up your metabolism and shed fat fast! So bring a friend and let’s get you burning some serious calories! Any age, shape or skill level can do it! For more information or to sign up, fill out the form below!

It's Gettin' Chili in Here!


It started with tomatoes from my inlaws. Beautiful, ruby red little spheres of delight graciously bestowed upon us! Ok, semi-dramatic, but I am so grateful to have them! So, with half the batch, I roasted them! (Click for recipe)

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All to bring a glorious Beef Stew into existence!

Brandy’s Beef Stew

(I did half the recipe)

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 pounds ground beef

2 pounds of stew meat

1 diced onion

2 cups beef broth/stock

1/8 cup almond flour (I used 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder- to thicken)

1 large can crushed tomatoes

1 can diced tomatoes and chilies

1 small can salsa verde

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons cumin

3-4 tablespoons chili powder

Directions:

-Sear stew meat with olive oil and place in crock pot.

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-Brown ground beef with onions. Pour broth and reduce (which means let half of it evaporate). Add to crockpot.  Add in almond flour.

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-Add in crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, salsa verde to meat in crock pot.

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-Add garlic, cumin, cinnamon, and chili powder.

-Mix and let cook for 4-6 hours (the longer the better!)

While that was cooking and smelling all delicious, I decided it was the perfect time to heat up my chilly house (no pun intended!) and roast away! First up were some beautiful root veggies that I picked up at Grower’s Outlet.

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Here we have a yam, parsnip, rutabaga, golden beet and to be honest, not sure what the bottom one is! I will find out….Gulp!

I skinned all but the yam and rutabaga just for the color effect.

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Then I used my Roasted Root Vegetable recipe to add some seasonings and olive oil. I cut and dressed them up- here they are right before going in!

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45 minutes later….

So yummy!! While those were in the oven, I tried Pumpkin Cookie recipe number two, which turned out ok, but not good enough to post. I will keep working on it :0)

It’s Gettin’ Chili in Here!


It started with tomatoes from my inlaws. Beautiful, ruby red little spheres of delight graciously bestowed upon us! Ok, semi-dramatic, but I am so grateful to have them! So, with half the batch, I roasted them! (Click for recipe)

20110927-190520.jpg

All to bring a glorious Beef Stew into existence!

Brandy’s Beef Stew

(I did half the recipe)

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 pounds ground beef

2 pounds of stew meat

1 diced onion

2 cups beef broth/stock

1/8 cup almond flour (I used 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder- to thicken)

1 large can crushed tomatoes

1 can diced tomatoes and chilies

1 small can salsa verde

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons cumin

3-4 tablespoons chili powder

Directions:

-Sear stew meat with olive oil and place in crock pot.

20110927-190510.jpg

-Brown ground beef with onions. Pour broth and reduce (which means let half of it evaporate). Add to crockpot.  Add in almond flour.

20110927-190500.jpg

-Add in crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, salsa verde to meat in crock pot.

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-Add garlic, cumin, cinnamon, and chili powder.

-Mix and let cook for 4-6 hours (the longer the better!)

While that was cooking and smelling all delicious, I decided it was the perfect time to heat up my chilly house (no pun intended!) and roast away! First up were some beautiful root veggies that I picked up at Grower’s Outlet.

20110927-190435.jpg

Here we have a yam, parsnip, rutabaga, golden beet and to be honest, not sure what the bottom one is! I will find out….Gulp!

I skinned all but the yam and rutabaga just for the color effect.

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Then I used my Roasted Root Vegetable recipe to add some seasonings and olive oil. I cut and dressed them up- here they are right before going in!

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45 minutes later….

So yummy!! While those were in the oven, I tried Pumpkin Cookie recipe number two, which turned out ok, but not good enough to post. I will keep working on it :0)

Cheating Husband


I am so excited to introduce you to todays guest blogger! He’s tall, bald and handsome…and, oh yeah, he’s my husband! Tim has been doing the Paleo Challenge for 7 days now! I asked him to share his experience with us. Tim is a counselor who works with students at Multnomah University and also has a private practice called Lighthouse Counseling in Clackamas. He enjoys watching sports, playing an occasional round of golf, the color purple and spoiling our cat, Halo.  Enjoy!

Hello fans of Trainer Kim!  This is Husband Tim, and I have been invited by my beautiful bride to do a guest post this week, and again after each week of our 30-day paleo challenge.  So, without any further interruption, let’s get this show on the road!
I have no problem eating a meal of pizza with a side of chips.  Beer and soda are my favorite thirst quenchers, while chewy carbs and melted cheese are some of my best friends.  So, when Kim presented the idea of giving it all up for a month-long paleo challenge, you can imagine that I was as excited about this as she is about spending an evening with a nice, fuzzy spider on her leg.  However, I have been wanting to lose some weight for a while though, so I agreed to give it a shot.  After a few tears, I went ahead and waved goodbye to my favorite treats, and said hello to my new friend Paleo.
I’m not gonna lie…..the first four days were tough.  I had cravings galore, fantasized about cold soda, cursed the unending thoughts of cheesy goodness of all kinds, and probably would have sold our cat for a pint of Racer 5 (actually, once the challenge is over, I’ll gladly trade you our cat for a couple of beers).  Oh, and the first two days, Kim was out-of-town, so I may have slacked off and made a few mistakes.  Or, to be more precise, I totally cheated. 
I had Cheetos, beer, soda, candy, and a donut…..okay, two donuts. I always eat a little worse when she is gone, but for some reason, knowing that I wasn’t supposed to eat this stuff made me want it even more.   Walking through the grocery store, I just didn’t care. I wanted junk, so I bought junk.  My self-control was gone, and I devoured anything in site.
I failed miserably at the start, but after getting it out of my system, week one actually has gone really well.  Cravings still exist, but are few and far between.  Now if I want something salty I turn to bacon or a few nuts, or for a sweet treat, a big apple hits the spot.  My belt is a little looser on my pants too, so I know a few pounds are melting away as well.  I’m not going to be a paleo nazi, but I really do want to do this right.  I’ll make a few intentional compromises along the way, but they will be the rare exception, rather than the rule.  I’ll keep you all posted on my progress….so stay tuned.
 

5 Simple Steps To Snacky Success


My favorite blogger was posting on how to roast garlic. I have never done this before, so I busted out my new garlic and followed the easy steps to roasted glory.

As I was waiting for the oven to heat to 400, I though it might be a good idea to roast some other things since I would be heating up our house (which I never mind but Tim hates).

So, I decided to make some Garlic Cheesey Kale Chips.

Garlic Cheesey Kale Chips

Ingredients:

Kale (as much as you want!!)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I recommend using a Misto so the leaves don’t get too heavy)

Garlic Powder

Salt n peppa

Nutritional Yeast

Directions:

1. Heat up your oven to 400 degrees.

2. Wash and dry kale. Cut into small pieces, discarding the stems (stems make icky chips).

3. Lay on a cookie sheet and spritz with olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, pepper and nutritional yeast (if it’s your first time, go easy on the seasonings- you can add more next time).

4. Bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes, keeping a close watch to make sure they don’t burn. Remove when crispy.

5. Devour immediately :0)