Thursday, February 14, 2013

Hellllooooooo blogosphere!  I have missed you!


Where have I been you ask?  Here, just feeling like I had nothing to write about.  But lately, I've been thinking in terms of what I could blog and that is a sure sign it's time to get back on here.

To sum things up, we did really well as a family during the holidays.  Yes, we had some cookies and pumpkin pie, but for the most part, stayed with our clean eating diet.  Then I started to get a little lazy.  And when Mom goes down, the rest of the family goes down.  With my husband traveling a LOT, the kids and I ate out a little too much.  Or I caved and let them eat macaroni and cheese (granted, all I buy now are Annie's or Back to Nature).  That was their dinner.  Mac and cheese.  I didn't even make a vegetable.  gasp   But on those nights I did cook, I made healthy, clean choices.  I even made a few new recipes.  Let's see if I can find some pictures......
Like these homemade Cheez-its I made for the road trip to Grandma and Grandpa's house at Christmas.

Then the sugar somehow got me again.  I struggle with sugar addiction, so even eating a few M&M's is a problem for me.  It leads to this horrible roller coaster of sugar highs, crashes and looking for my next dose.  This all culminated with my worst eating day in history - Fat Tuesday.  It's such a blur (yes, this was only two days ago but I'm still coming out of the sugar coma) that I can't even remember what I had for breakfast.  I do know that I had a calzone for lunch, pancakes and fastnachts for dinner and another fastnacht that night.  Ugh!  Why, oh why did I ever think that was a good idea?  Maybe because I had decided weeks ago that I was going to go Paleo for Lent.  That means no wheat of any kind, no bread, no crackers, no whole wheat tortillas, no bread, no cakes, no cookies, no bread.....and I guess I thought I could carb overload before Lent started.  That led to a horrible nights sleep on Tuesday, splitting headache, and a day of lethargy yesterday.  I went to bed at 9:30 (compared to my usual 11:30). 

Now, I'm beginning my cleanse.  I made a delicious lunch yesterday that literally took me less than 10 minutes.  It started with some leftover quinoa, and then I remembered I had one salmon fillet left in the freezer. Here's a picture....
Yummy!!  Then for dinner I made some chili (Paleo approved) with this recipe from Whole Foods.  It really hit the spot as we watched huge snowflakes fall outside our windows. 

I'm excited (and nervous) about this new journey.  I've wanted to try a gluten-free, wheat-free diet for a while.  I'm finding some amazing Paleo recipes on sites like this, or this, or this one that I think my family will also enjoy.  And there are recipes for muffins and pumpkin breads!!  Hooray!  If you'd like to read more about what it means to eat a Paleo diet, you can read about it on this page by Robb Wolf. 

Now, I'm off to go for a jog in this glistening snow, before it melts away.....

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