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Paleo Recipes and Real Life Adventures

Month: February 2012

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

       Today Brandon and I had a chance to share the most recent events in our lives with our church community. Brandon meets with our pastor once a week to hang out, have breakfast and talk about life together. During this time he […]

30 Day Trial: You Can Do It

30 Day Trial: You Can Do It

I found this on Balanced Bites blog a few days ago and I signed up. We have been primal/ paleo for over 3 months now and we are still learning new things all the time. I am constantly keeping up to date on research and […]

Spicy Chicken Soup

Spicy Chicken Soup

A beautiful 65 degree day! Had a nice 2 mile run outside around the neighborhood with Brandon. Then he installed our new pull up bar. (I can’t do pull-ups so I should probably call it something else!) I had Brandon put me up on the bar and then I hung and slowly let my self down. I did this twice for chin-ups and once for pull-ups. Then I did 6 Standing pull-ups (Lean back with feet on the ground and slowly pull and release yourself from the bar). 3 Australian pull-ups (An upside down push-up using the bar).  For some this may sound easy but… pull ups are hard. Then I had to do 5 “REAL” push ups. After all the working out, I was glad I had thrown dinner in the crock pot this morning.  This gave us time to work out, enjoy the beautiful weather and have a little quality time before bed. 


For Dinner I made up a spicy/hot chicken soup 


Spicy Chicken Soup

Ingredients: 
1 C. Celery leaves, chopped finely
4-6 Chicken Breasts, cook whole
1 (8oz. can) Tomato Paste
1 Jar Tomato Sauce + 1 Jar of Water
1 Tbs Chili Powder
1 Tbs Hot Sauce
1 Whole cloves of Garlic
3 On the Vine tomatoes, diced
Salt and Pepper to taste.

Add all the ingredients into a crock pot. Cook on low heat for 7 hours. 
Shred the chicken into chunks with a fork and mix the soup well.  Add more Hot Sauce if you would like more heat to the flavor. 




Enjoy! 
Where is the Magic Fairy Dust?

Where is the Magic Fairy Dust?

              I wish I could tell everyone that there is Magic Fairy Dust that will make life 100% perfect by eating healthy, working out and making good choices when it comes to your lifestyle but… It would be a […]

Arugula Stuffed Chicken

Arugula Stuffed Chicken

Early morning for Brandon and I. We got up at 5am and went to the gym for day 2 of our training. We were lucky enough to get into the Philadelphia Broad Street 10 Miler. One of the largest 10 mile races in the United […]

Eggs, Eggs, Eggs- It’s just an Egg right?

Eggs, Eggs, Eggs- It’s just an Egg right?

I was never a huge egg eater. I rarely ate eggs unless they were in my cake batter, in fact, the smell of eggs grossed me out and the runny yolk UGH!! 
Now that we have been eating healthier, I eat a lot of eggs paired with meat or veggies- I still break the yolk so that it isn’t runny. I make Omelets, scrambled eggs, hard boiled etc. To save money I currently buy my eggs from COSTCO! With all of the recipe’s I make, I use a lot of eggs. Most of my healthy breads/muffin recipe’s take a lot of eggs- sometimes 6 EGGS!!!!  
So buying healthier eggs would be really expensive. But is it worth it? What are the health benefits of buying a farm fresh egg compared to eggs at the store? Do I buy cage free or free range? Who knew an egg could be so complicated. How many eggs can I eat a week? Don’t eggs raise cholesterol? Won’t we have a heart attack if we eat too many? I don’t know- it depends on what you read and where you look. I say, do some reading, eat some eggs and see how you feel. I have been eating no more that 6 eggs a week because I notice that if I eat too many, I don’t like them. hahaha. The Bible says all things in moderation so go with that and eat what you want.  It’s an EGG PEOPLE!!!!! 


Here is what Mark Sisson says about eating eggs. 


Here is another article that I read about how to raise Omega 3 in diet and lower Omega 6. This is a pretty good article that shows the goods in Grass- Fed, farm fresh eggs. CLA is 5 times more present in those types of eggs and it helps fight cancers and fight heart disease. This was interesting research and gives some good advice on why these types of eggs are more beneficial. 
My grandparents have chickens and they live in a beautiful house on the farm and they are happy and healthy and they make some delicious eggs- big, healthy eggs! If only I lived at home and could eat these eggs for free 🙂 

Look behind the people. the little white chapel and the red barn  are for the chickens! They are so happy 🙂 


My friend Katie sent me some information and this picture of a farm fresh grass fed egg on the left and a cage free egg from Whole foods on the right.

Note the rich yolk color
 Here is another photo from Happy Critters Ranch

                                          



Here is an analysis from  Joel Salatin’s latest book. He owns Polyface Farms in Virginia.

“So if anyone ever tells you that there is no difference between the nutrition in between a conventional vs. pastured raised food (note: “pastured” is different than “organic”) show them this! Here is the nutrient profile of a conventional USDA standard egg vs. that found in an egg from Polyface Farm:

Vitamin E: USDA – 0.97 mg / POLY – 7.37mg
Vitamin A: USDA – 487 IU / POLY – 763 IU
Beta-Carotene…: USDA – 10 mcg / POLY – 76.2 mcg
Folate (Folic Acid): USDA – 47 mcg / POLY – 10,200 mcg – Hello pregnant ladies!
Omega-3s: USDA – 0.033 g / POLY – 0.71 g
Cholesterol: USDA – 423 mg / POLY – 292 mg
Saturated Fat: USDA 3.1 g / POLY – 2.31″ 

In conclusion, I feel like eggs are good for you. I don’t think you have to limit your egg intake unless you feel sick from eggs. I think that you should do your own research and find out what is best for you. One day, I will own my own farm and raise my own happy eggs just like my grandparents. For now and for financial reasons, I will continue to buy my eggs at Costco unless I calculate that I can save money from Farm Fresh eggs. We are currently looking into some co-ops that might make this a possibility. I don’t think the eggs that I am eating are bad for me, they just aren’t the BEST for me. Knowing about the CLA and looking at the vitamins, omega 3’s and cholesterol difference in eggs, clearly we can see the best choice in egg.  With the way that I am currently eating, I feel healthy and happy and energized and I don’t think switching my eggs will change that but in the long run, my goal is to get the best for my family and that will be Farm Fresh, grass-Fed Eggs. 
http://happyhensfarmgirl.blogspot.com/
Happy Egg Eating!
Power through Friends and Social Media

Power through Friends and Social Media

Today I woke up to a really nice email from a friend of mine that I used to work with. She and her husband have been making some eating changes and she has sent me some great blogs and ideas via facebook. Yesterday, we were […]

Irish Soda Bread and Fun in Loudoun County

Irish Soda Bread and Fun in Loudoun County

Today we spent our afternoon walking around the Loudoun Grown Expo in Purcellville, VA (about 30 min from our house). It was really fun to see all of the different opportunities for buying local produce, meat, cheese, HONEY and even skin care products. We met […]

Wheat Belly

Wheat Belly

How do you live without bread? The Bible says to eat bread! I feel sorry for you that you have to eat your burger with just lettuce! Don’t you need bread when you are running 13 miles? People need bread when they burn off calories and you go to the gym a lot! Bread has a lot of nutrients that your body needs- cutting it out all together is not healthy! Don’t you miss a big slice of bread or rolls?

These are all things that Brandon and I heard when we started taking bread out of our diet. To those thoughts above I say this:
                                                     

At first I missed bread and even had a roll at Texas Roadhouse a few months ago. As soon as I ate that roll, I got a headache and I haven’t eaten bread since. I have been doing a lot of research about how bread is made and how it has changed over time. You are not eating the same bread that was in the Bible! You aren’t eating the same bread your great grandparents ate. The wheat from today is full of hormones and chemicals. There is a chemical in wheat flour that makes you crave…MORE WHEAT FLOUR, sugar and junk food!

I need protein for training and running,  I need to stay hydrated and I need to make sure that I am getting a good healthy diet full of Omega 3’s, Vitamins, veggies (add some starchy veggies for long training’s) and fruits. I do not need Carbs for my runs. I think that is a myth that runners made up so that they didn’t feel guilty for eating an  entire loaf of Great Harvest Apple Scrapple Bread! (yes I did this before my half marathon…oops!)

I read an article today about the things in our foods that we don’t realize. Interesting item added to some of the breads:  commonly seen on packaged food labels as L – cysteine, or L – cysteine Hydrochloride (HCL). The additive can be produced in two ways: synthetically, from non-organic bases such as petroleum, or directly from human hair. It can be much cheaper to use human hair, which contains up to 8 per cent of the natural amino acid cysteine

A friend of mine sent me an article written by Dr. Hyman and it talks about how wheat flour is not the same as the wheat flour from back in the day. I suggest reading this article to get a better understanding of what you are putting in your body. I am not saying that everyone has to go Primal and eat like me. I know it isn’t practical for everyone. But I do suggest that you start paying attention to the foods that you are consuming. Read a label- if you don’t know what it is, research it before you put it in your mouth.

Another good read is “Wheat Belly” by: William Davis

When I was about 18 my mom and I were very interested in our digestive system and our issues with bowl movements. We watched all of those “Colon Cleanse” infomercials and we were fascinated by the ones with the “TAR bowl movements”.  WEIRD! Any way, with that said, we stumbled across Kevin Trudea and his book “Natural cures- things they don’t want you to know about”. After reading his book and looking into health care and the side effects of every medication doctors prescribe, my mom and I became very skeptical of the shots and medications doctors are giving out. It is amazing how easy it is to get drugs today. I will not even get started on the drugs they are giving children and immunizations that they give to babies.

My recommendation is to read, research, investigate and pay attention to what you are putting in your body.
Try cutting out Wheat flour for 4 weeks and see how you feel. It has been interesting to hear the stories of others who have cut out wheat flour and then trying it again (yuck/ouch!). If you need a bread type fix switch to almond flour and try some of your favorite recipes. I have made pizza, muffins, fried chicken and I am currently working on trying biscuits. You are smart- don’t let the government sucker you into getting sick or having cravings that are bad for you! 🙂

Love King Crab Legs

Love King Crab Legs

Love is knowing someone has your back, knowing someone will be there to take care of you, knowing someone will support you through your ups and downs. We don’t need Valentine’s Day to feel loved but it doesn’t hurt! Brandon and I don’t go out […]


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