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Paleo Recipes and Real Life Adventures

Author: mrskrbrown1

Layered Pumpkin Parfait, Vegan and Paleo

Layered Pumpkin Parfait, Vegan and Paleo

I remember when I was little my mom would make “Fancy dinners”. We’d often find some sort of layered dessert in the fridge for later. Hers were often pudding cups or jello treats, but we loved them and I always thought they were so cool. […]

Vegan Pumpkin Crumb Bars

Vegan Pumpkin Crumb Bars

  Warm Pumpkin spice bars are one of my favorite Autumn treats to whip up for my family. We had our favorite pumpkin recipes from Paleo Magazine. This year, I have been focusing on vegan recipes because I have so many friends who avoid dairy […]

9 Things To Tell Yourself Everyday To Kill Negativity

9 Things To Tell Yourself Everyday To Kill Negativity

Inner Chatter is a Goal Killer!

We do it to ourselves every day.

As soon as we wake up, we tell ourselves, today I am going to do better (as if yesterday you failed).

We walk to the bathroom and glance at ourselves in the mirror. We immediately begin tearing ourselves apart. I have a blemish, gross, I’m such a wreck! Is it possible to gain 10 lbs. over night? I don’t think I was this fat yesterday. A gray hair? Oh my gosh, I’m just done! I’m not even worth it.

We get dressed, head downstairs, crank the coffee into our veins and continue our day of finding flaws in ourself.

Our Words Have Power

What we speak into our lives and into the lives of others holds value. When we constantly tear ourselves down, we begin to feel down and bad about ourselves. Words can put us in a very dark place if we don’t watch what we say.

We need to be our biggest cheerleader and begin speaking positivity into our lives. Our words should build us up, speak life and encourage. Check out these 9 things we can say to ourselves everyday to begin reaching our goals and creating a positive lifestyle.

9 Things To Tell Yourself Everyday:

  1. Every Day is a Fresh Start: If you didn’t like yesterday, try to make today better. We are lucky to wake up every day and get the chance to start fresh.
  2. People make mistakes, it’s what they do to correct their mistakes that matters: Go easy on yourself. We all make mistakes and you can either pity yourself or learn from the mistake. Mistakes help us improve!
  3. People who speak negatively about me, don’t really know my heart: Don’t give negative people power over your life. If someone is judging you from behind a computer screen or from a distance, that’s on them. You can’t let someone who doesn’t know the real you, bring negativity into your life.
  4. I can achieve my goals, but I have to work hard: Accomplishing your dream isn’t easy. You have to work hard and put energy into it, but you can achieve it if you try.
  5. I am loved: Stop picking out your flaws and start loving yourself. Look in the mirror and say it proud! God loves you and you should love you too!
  6. I am important: You weren’t put on earth randomly. Each and every one of us has a purpose in life. God’s plans for you are important and you are here intentionally.
  7. I can choose Happiness: We will have bad days and dark moments. We can choose happiness in situations. Take time to count your blessings and reflect on how far you’ve come in life.
  8. My past doesn’t control me, I can start over at any time: Everyone has a history, some more wild than others, but no one is perfect. What we did when we were young and dumb doesn’t have to be who we are today! Yes our past is important, but it doesn’t mean we can’t move on and be better now. We have this amazing ability to learn, grow and improve our lives.
  9. This is the only life I get, let’s make it epic: Don’t give up on yourself and quit. Stop letting your negative thoughts stop you in your tracks. This is your life and you get to control how you impact the world.

 

Build yourself up and speak positivity into your life. You deserve to be happy and feel amazing!

Paleo Honey Biscuits

Paleo Honey Biscuits

Print Paleo Honey Biscuit These quick and easy biscuits are perfect for school lunches, a side for your hearty soup and all your biscuit needs. Course Side Dish Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 12 minutes Total Time 17 minutes Servings 9 Biscuits Ingredients 2 […]

Fall Recipe Round up

Fall Recipe Round up

September is here! I’m ready for apple picking, pumpkin patches, bonfires and fall boots. I love all things Fall Obviously, my favorite fall activity is picking fall fruits and baking. I throw on my over sized sweaters, prop my doors open and light spiced candles […]

Pumpkin Spice Bites

Pumpkin Spice Bites

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Pumpkin Spice Bites

Spicy Fall Pumpkin Bites are just what the season ordered! 

Course Snack
Servings 9 Bites

Ingredients

  • 6 Dates
  • 1 tsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 tsp. Pumpkin Spice
  • 2 tsp. Pepitas Ground

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients ( minus 1 tsp. Pepitas) in a food processer 

  2. Place mixture on parchment paper and stick in the fridge for 30-40 minutes

  3. Ground the last tsp. of Pepitas 

  4. Remove batter from fridge and roll them into bite sized balls

  5. Roll balls in Pepitas and serve! 

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte

#basicwhitegirl post here. Fall is pumpkin spice everything month. My youngest sisters are sprinting to Starbucks as I write this to get their pumpkin spice fix. I used to be right there with them for my sugary latte. While I can’t handle the sugar anymore, […]

Easy Pumpkin Waffles

Easy Pumpkin Waffles

Pumpkin everything season is almost here! The best part about this season for me, this recipe right here. Going Paleo doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice the exciting parts of the pumpkin food season. This is my favorite pumpkin recipe and probably one of my […]

10 Things I learned going from Paleo to Vegetarian!

10 Things I learned going from Paleo to Vegetarian!

I don’t know if it is just my own community and social media, but I have seen an uptick in people eating Vegan. A few friends attribute it to the recent Netflix Documentary, What The Health, while others are just playing with their diet to cure a health concern.

My initial reaction to ditching meat is summed up in this photo:

Recently, I met a women who had been Vegan for a year. She said to me, “I know you are Paleo, so we are the exact opposite.” I can’t say this offended me, but it did give me something to think about.

Paleo, Vegan, Pescatarian, Vegetarian? What’s the difference?

It’s no surprise when people tell me that they are trying to eat better, but don’t know where to start! Google clean eating and you’ll get a massive amount of options.

The search can be overwhelming and drive people to just sit and cry into their pint of ice cream instead. 

Image Credit: http://freefromharm.org/common-justifications-for-eating-animals/do-different-people-really-need-radically-different-diets/

The Vegetarian Challenge

Little did the women I met earlier know, I was already 5 days into my vegetarian journey! After hosting clean eating challenges every month, I decided that this month, I’d create some vegan and vegetarian meal plans to challenge myself.

I told myself to give it 7 full days and then I could quit. I completed 2 full weeks!

If you have been following me for any amount of time, you know that I have been Paleo for almost 6 years. I won’t go into details of my journey, but you can read it here on Marks Daily Apple.

I feel that too often, we find a diet or a belief and we dive in without doing our own research. I didn’t want to follow something blindly! With that said, we as humans, tend to shut out other opinions when we believe we already have the right answers. I didn’t want to be one of those close minded people either.

So this month, I decided to launch my 14 day group and challenge my diet by going totally Vegetarian. I let up on my paleo lifestyle a little. While I maintained 100% gluten- free and soy free, I wasn’t as strict in all areas. 

Paleo to Vegetarian, What Did I Learn? 

  1. Going Vegetarian Wasn’t That Hard. Going from a Standard American Diet to a Paleo Diet, was a harder transition than going from Paleo to Vegetarian.
  2. Going Vegetarian helped me to focus on making sure the bulk of my diet is plant based. Sometimes, even as vegans or vegetarians, we can forget to eat more vegetables. Breakfasts can consist of a baked good rather than vegetables. Our lunches can be sandwiches, rather than a big veggie filled plate. We often fall into that old lifestyle of veggies are for dinner! This was a good kick in the pants to eat vegetables with every single meal!
  3. I can survive a vegetarian diet! I was hungry for the first 3 days and my body was craving meat. Once I got past the cravings, my body really didn’t feel any different. My energy remained the same and I was reaching my workout goals with no issues. I always thought I needed meat every day, now I know, I can be pickier about the meat I eat.
  4. Not all meat is equal. While I already knew this from being paleo for almost 6 years, we sometimes fall back into the habit of just eating any meat. At home, we eat organic, grass- fed meats. When we are out, we don’t always follow that rule. I want to really maintain a focus on the quality of meat that I consume because I feel that is important. Now that I know I don’t need meat with every single meal, that will be easier to accomplish.
  5. Oreos are vegan! Just because someone is vegan, it doesn’t mean it is the healthiest diet. Just like with any diet, we need to be careful we aren’t consuming processed foods and junk. Vegetarian and vegan diets always sounded so healthy to me, until I tried this challenge. That had me researching and reading labels like crazy!It amazes me the things that are vegan and vegetarian!
  6. Vegan is a lot more strict than vegetarian. I met some vegans on my journey and found out way more about the lifestyle than I had previously known. Vegan is such a personal lifestyle that goes way beyond just food. Vegan are super passionate. One girl I spoke with said, “There are times I am on the phone with clothing companies before I buy a shirt I like, because I need to see if they are vegan friendly!” I get sick of reading food labels, I can’t imagine having to read food, clothing, furniture and labels for every product I own. I give vegans props!
  7. I like meat. I enjoy a good burger now and then. My second day as a vegetarian, my husband decided to take me to my favorite burger joint! I had to order a vegetarian burger. While I loved the vegetarian burger, I missed my red meat!
  8. Will I go vegetarian forever? No, I believe there are some benefits to eating high quality meat. With that said, I will probably make the bulk of my meals plant based and eat meat a couple times a week. I no longer feel the need to pack my plate with mostly meat.
  9.  Vegetarian, Vegan and Paleo aren’t that different. Yes, one eats meat, two eat eggs and some dairy products, one avoids all animal products. However, when we get down to it, the goal of all 3 diets is to focus on plants as a main source of nutrients. Many of the Paleo meals I eat, are also vegetarian or vegan approved.
  10. I Love a challenge! Taking time to push myself with food gives me time to think and reflect on how I live and feed my family. I found some incredible delicious recipes that I can incorporate into my weekly meals. My son discovered a love for eggplant! I encourage you to break down your food barriers and mindset, give a plant based diet a try for just a few days.

After doing a ton of research on Vegetarian diets, I decided that Dr. Hyman’s article resonated with me more than any other article I’ve read about food. I absolutely love his vision of food freedom and balancing our diets. More plants is the way to go!

I got asked if I was going to try full Vegan next, I am not sure thats on the menu right now but I am not against it. I love finding what works for me and I love trying new things. Will you give Vegetarian a try? What scares you about trying new diets? How can I help?

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Back To School Spiced Apple-Nut Bites

Back To School Spiced Apple-Nut Bites

Nothing says Fall is almost here like back to school! Be prepared for after school snacks and cool fall days with these tasty bites. Print Back To School Spiced Apple-Nut Bites Looking for a quick, back to school snack? Something quick you can whip up […]


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