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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

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

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

A question for my peeps

28 Apr

Hey Lovers!
I need your advice on something.. I’m headed to Israel and want to do a really nice job with a photo documentation/blog project. In terms of ease of use, Instagram seems like the simple choice. I’ll have my phone with all the time I’m sure and I like the thought of not carrying another device around. That being said, I have my normal camera with me and it takes better quality photos but I’d have to schlep it around with me.

Advice pweety pwease! !

Live to Thrive,
Lauren

And the winner is!!!!

27 Apr

Happy Friday!

Thank you so much for entering my giveaway this week! It’s a great way for me to generate readership and get to know who’s following my blog! You guys are great!

Sarah Johnson – YOU ARE THE WINNER!!!!!!!!
sjohnson615@gmail.com

I’ll send you an email as well, I need your shipping address for the Meenut Butter and The Paleo Solution!

WOOP WOOP!

Stay tuned for another post today kids 🙂

xoxo

Live to Thrive,

Lauren

Weekend Love plus****GIVEAWAY****

23 Apr

Happy Monday Everyone!

I hope you had a fantabulous weekend.  I got to play at the Earth Day festivities on Saturday and literally sat on my arse all day yesterday.  Well, until I had to drag myself off the couch and start prepping some food for the week that is!  Also, not sure if you all took my poll last week but the results were pretty inconclusive so I’d like to give it another round to see what I can learn and then post accordingly 🙂

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Now for the giveaway!!! As promised, I’m giving away a jar of Meenut Butter as well as copy of Robb Wolf’s The Paleo Solution.  A winner will be chosen at random at 9am PST on 4/27/2012.  Good luck, here are the rules:

  1. Like my SheShredss Facebook page.
  2. Follow me on Twitter 
  3. Share one of my blog posts or a link to my blog on your own Facebook wall.  www.sheshredss.com
  4. Leave me a comment telling me that you’ve completed these tasks.
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I wanted to share my favorite salsa.  This stuff is what dreams are made of.  Check the ingredients if you can read them.  I pretty much put on everything.

Some brekkie biddles! I baked some of my favorite black pepper crusted bacon from WF.  Threw together a 4 egg scramble with mini bell pepps, farmers market green onions and ground turkey and topped it with the amazing Casa Sanchez Salsa.  I had some leftover cole slaw and thought that would be nice random thing to eat for breakfast!

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This next recipe, well, I pretty much blew my own socks off.  It was SO easy and I eyeballed it.  Eyeballing and baking and Lauren is typically a pretty scary combination but not this time!

Holy Fantastic Banana Bread! 

2 1/2 cups almond flour

1/2 cup coconut flour

2 eggs

2 tsp baking powder

2 super ripe nanners

1 tbsp honey

2 tsp salt

1 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp nutmeg

3 tsp vanilla

Preheat the oven to 375.  Mix the flours and the baking soda and in a separate bowl, mix the eggs, melted coconut oil, spices, bananas, walnuts and vanilla. Combine the two bowls and mix well.  Place in a greased loaf pan and bake for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  I used foil in my loaf pan because I couldn’t find my glass one and only my tin one, which is kinda scary.  It worked just the same.

Live to Thrive,

Lauren

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