Nominated for The Versatile Blogger!? WHOA!

4 Jun

Happy Monday!!!!

So……I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger by the wonderful, beautiful, incredibly talented Megan, her blog is Food and Fitness.  Prepare to drool.  Thank you so much lover muffin!!

Now, because I follow directions like a good girl, I have to post 7 random facts about myself.  LOVE

1.  I hate thunder, like LOATHE it.

2.  I usually accidentally under cook chicken (ask Nicole).  Gross.

3.  My husband and I have a really weird “voice” for our boxer.  Meaning, she can’t talk but we pretend and talk for her in the “voice.”  She is witty, quite bitchy and intolerant of most human activity.

4.  I only own 2 pairs of undies that aren’t from Victoria’s Secret

5.  I’ve played the piano since I was 3 and kick my ass everyday that I don’t play (It’s in my 2012 work plan)

6.  I’m REALLY good at roasting anything.  I’ll roast your Havi’s and make them taste good, honest.

7.  I will kick your ever loving ass on a snowboard.  16 years and counting🙂

Okay now I have to nominate 15 other bloggers for the award so here goes!  Well, I can’t narrow it down to 15, so here’s 21🙂

  1. Whole9Life
  2. Health Bent
  3. Robb Wolf 
  4. Everyday Paleo
  5. Nom Nom Paleo
  6. PaleOMG
  7. Olivia’s Palate
  8. Paleo On A Budget
  9. Mark’s Daily Apple
  10. The Paleo Solution Blog
  11. Balanced Bites
  12. 150 Years Young
  13. Cultfit
  14. Paleo Comfort Foods
  15. The Food Lovers Primal Palate
  16. Primal Diet Radio
  17. Underground Wellness
  18. The Clothes Make the Girl
  19. The Beautifully Strong Project
  20. Paleo Works
  21. Civilized Caveman

Live to Thrive,

Lauren

THANK YOU

31 May

Happy Thursday Thirsty Thusters!

A quick post to say thank you for reading my blog!! I appreciate every click, scroll and page that you look at, and most of all I appreciate you! Big things are coming…..

Live to Thrive,

Lauren

How to “GO” Paleo

30 May

Happy Hump Day Everyone!

Today is THE day to make a change in your life. Because what else to we really have if we don’t have our health? Doesn’t the state of health in our nation scare the ever loving shit out you?? This post will be a step by step guide to help you make the most important decision of you and your family’s life. To quote one of my favorite Paleo gurus, Beverly Meyer say “FOOD FIRST!”

The shift to not eating grains or dairy or processed food can be a bit scary but I promise you it’s easier that it sounds. Before you send your family on a full blown violent revolt, focus on YOU. The main thing to remember here is to eat REAL FOOD, ditch the sugar and do away with grains and legumes.

Check out the links below to read about exactly what the lifestyle entails and why. You can also poke around “My Favorite Things” page to admire my favorite authorities on all thing Paleo and beyond.

First up- start a food journal. Write down EVERYTHING. I don’t care if you pretend sneeze and shove a jelly belly in your mouth- write it down.

Now that you know your stuff via the links above, lets take this bish to the kitchen. Before you start taking away bad things from your diet, you need to ADD good things. For example, if you’re not eating grass fed beef or free range eggs and chicken try incorporating those into your next shopping trip. Start experimenting with new vegetables and cuts of meat and lots of them. Try some new raw cheeses (raw diary is a grey area in Paleo land) Keep in mind the “add on” phase should go on for a couple weeks depending on your comfort level with the change. Bulk up on spices and fresh herbs. Onion and garlic are your two new best friends, love them. ADD ALTERNATIVE FATS– Coconut oil, ghee, EVOO, duck fat, rendered lard etc.

Next you’ll need to take an inventory of your kitchen. Particularly- your cupboard and your refrigerator doors. I want you to make a pile on your counter. A pile, regardless if you donate these items or throw them away or slowly trade them out for more natural/Paleo friendly substitutes- of all the pasta, rice, items with high fructose corn syrup, items that have ingredients that you can’t pronounce and dairy. Check your cupboard, your fridge, freezer and your CANDY DRAWER (yes, that too you sneaky bitches) and step back to take a look (send me a picture if you think of it!). You’ll get a good idea of what’s vital to replace, what can be trashed, what can be donated and what you can’t bear to get rid of. Baby steps lovers.

Next up is to change the way your dinner plate looks. Instead of meat, veggie, grain/legume change it to meat, veggie, veggie. If you eat tons of grains and very few legumes, cut out the legumes first. And start substituting “better” grains. Quinoa is a good bet, wild rice as well. Just know that these foods will be a thing of the past and your body will LOVE you for it!

After that, you’ll need to evaluate your breakfast and lunch options. For breakfast think eggs and BACON, smoothies and frittatas. For lunch think giant salads billowing with fruits and veggies with meat or fish. That’s the beauty of you reading this blog, you have access to recipes and meal planning galore!

Now we need to address the family. If you’re single think of this step as addressing your peers and parents🙂. In my case for a while, I cooked a side dish of grains or legumes for my hubby. After a while he succumbed and felt bad that I was having to do the extra work in the kitchen. BUT, if that realization doesn’t happen for your significant other, have him or her make it themselves. Gently tell them that this is a decision you’re making to create a healthier family and because you’re queen/king of the kitchen what you say goes- “but by all means, make yourself a pot of rice.” They will….for a while…. Muah ah ah ah! Be sure to share with your family why you are making these changes and how it makes YOUR body feel (you will have stories galore of more energy, better sleep, more regular poops etc. lol).

Do not forget your cheat meal!!!!!! I’m dead serious when I say you must literally eat anything your little heart desires for one meal, once a week. You can even start with a whole cheat day if you need.

As for booze, ah…vino! Set a limit for yourself, vodka or tequila soda with lime is best due to the low sugar content. Red wine is better than white. Alcohol metabolizes as sugar anyway so there’s no winning. I AM NOT GOOD AT THIS STEP YET!

Lastly, you must know that this change is a progression and you will make mistakes. Dust yourself off and make better decisions for the next meal. Also, pure Paleo does not consist of a portion control element but use your judgement. A wheelbarrow of almonds probably isn’t the best idea if weight loss is your goal. Love you guys, thanks for reading and as always I’m here to answer questions.

Live to Thrive,
Lauren

Ps- Don’t forget to MOVE and GET ADJUSTED and TAKE YOUR FISH OIL

Paleo Camping!

29 May

Happy Tuesday Lovers!

I just got back from the most amazing camping trip and boy did we eat!! I thought I would share some of the recipes and photos so you can Paleo Camp next time you go!  PS- We’re potato friendly when we camp! And don’t you DARE throw out your bacon grease🙂. These are the dishes I had my little paws in but we had many more.

Paleo Breakfast Hash:

3 large sweet potatoes

1 bunch kale

1 whole onion

1/4 cup bacon grease

1 small handful tarragon

1 small handful rosemary

Salt and Pepper

Cajun seasoning

Saute the herbs, potatoes and onion in the bacon grease for about 20 minutes or until tender.  Add the kale and fold into the potatoes as they cook down.  After about 10 more minutes the kale should be tender.  Spoon into a bowl, it’s great with eggs!

Jack Daniels Chicken:

1 package chicken thighs

1 lemon

2 tsbp cayenne pepper

2 tbsp honey

1 cup Jack Daniels whiskey

1/4 cup bacon grease

Season the chicken with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.  Heat the grease in the pan on your camping stove and add the chicken, browning on each side for about 10 minutes.  Once it’s reached it’s desired crunchiness mix the Jack and the honey together.  CAREFULLY pour over the chicken, there will be fire….oh yes, there will be fire!!!  After the flames have died down squeeze the whole lemon.  I kid you not, this chicken will change your life.

Sammy and Casey’s Potato Sausage Hash:

1 package sausage

2 whole onions

4 large yellow potatoes

Salt and pepper

Add all ingredients in a dutch oven and cook over an open flame for about 25 minutes.

On top of this we had a shit pile of eggs each morning, griddle cakes (made from nut and coconut flour of course), bacon, sausage, green salads, tri tip, tuna salad wraps, carrots and nut butter, fruit and that’s all I can think of right now.  There’s more though I promise….and oh yeah, we ate REAL S’MORES!!! Muah ah ah ah ah!!

Let me know if you have questions about what else to pack and how I planned meals, I made an excel spreadsheet, just saying.

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Live to Thrive,

Lauren

Paleo Gai Pad Krapow

22 May

Happy Tuesday Friendly Followers!

Last week, I got to make one of my favorite dishes! Gai Pad Krapow or “Chili Garlic Chicken” as my Dad an I call it.  I also found a new trick with Cauliflower rice :0.  This dish was inspired by a little restaurant in West Hollywood that my Dad went to for years and then decided to try and duplicate in his own kitchen.  It’s morphed a bit over his renditions and now mine (sometimes I really eff this up but I think I’ve got it down now :)).  It’s served over cauliflower rice, the trick is just chop it up really fine after you steam it instead of the food processor.  The consistency is perfect!

First things first, you have to start the fish sauce.  This citrus-y spicy sauce literally makes the dish.

Fish Sauce:

10 limes

4 tbsp fish sauce (or to taste)

1/2 serrano pepper

3 cloves garlic

1 tbsp raw organic honey

Juice the limes and chop the pepper and garlic.  Set aside a small amount of the lime juice in case you add too much fish sauce and it gets too salty.  Slowly add fish sauce tasting as you go, it should be tart but not pucker tart and savory but not overly salty.  Add the remaining and refine, let it sit for at least 30 minutes.

Stir Fry:

6 organic, free range chicken thighs

10 cloves garlic

2 cups snow peas

2 bell peppers (red or orange are pretties)

1 serrano pepper

1/2 jalapeno pepper

1 cup FRESH basil

2 eggs

2 heaping spoonfuls coconut oil

Heat the oil in an electric wok or in a large pan over high heat.  Add chopped garlic and hot peppers and chicken (prepare for HOLY YUMMY SMELL and if you’ve kicked the heat up a notch watch for the steam! It will burn your eyes.  Yes, I like it this hot-not reflected in this recipe :)).  Spoon in a couple spoonfuls of the fish sauce mix and saute stirring constantly for about 5 minutes.  Add the other veggies (not the basil) and saute for another 15 minutes or until the veggies are tender.  Turn the heat off after chicken is cooked through and stir in the fresh, loosely chopped basil.

Heat up another small bit of oil and fry 2 eggs.  Spoon some of the fish sauce mixture, add salt and pepper and serve over the stir fry.  DOUSE WITH FISH SAUCE MIXTURE! Delish!

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Live to Thrive,
Lauren

From the Vault!

16 May

Happy Wednesday Fantastic Followers!

I thought it would be fun to take a look back in time and share some of my favorite recipes and posts.  Two other exciting items, I have a really exciting project on the horizon but I can’t tell you what it is yet  :), and I’ll be updating my blog pages soon to separate out the recipes by beef, chicken, veggies, sides etc.  I’ve got so many posts now, how could you be expected to scroll through all those and get to the goodness!?

 

Paleo Sauces

Carnitas Tacos!

A plethora of Information

What is Paleo?

Paleo Lasagna

Meat Cups!

I hope that satiates your appetite for a bit.  This week: You can still count on my non Paleo adventure in Israel as well as my FAVORITE DISH EVER!!

I appreciate every single one of you!

Live to Thrive,

Lauren

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