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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

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

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

Delicious Duck! Don’t be scurred!

14 May

Happy Monday Friends!

I just want to say THANK YOU for all of your continued support and readership!  You’ve heard it from me before but I feel so blessed to have readers! It’s nice to not be writing to a brick wall even though my pictures are shit, I cuss and commit the occasional  but ever present typo.  Props to you and as always, feel free to share with friends and family.  Living Paleo will CURE you, literally.  Remember- FOOD FIRST!!!

Anywho! I did some cooking this weekend, most notably made an amazing meal with duck! I got the organic free range duck breasts and legs from Whole Foods.  The other ingredients were from my CSA box.   To be honest though, the breasts were SO much better than the legs and MUCH easier to eat.   I’d just go with them if this is your first duck try.

Remember- you’re a “chef” if you’re fearless in the kitchen.  To illustrate, here are some of my favorite quotes by Julia Child, she’s pretty much a goddess 🙂

“This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!”
― Julia ChildMy Life in France

“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.”
― Julia Child

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”
“The best way to execute French cooking is to get good and loaded and whack the hell out of a chicken. Bon appétit. ”
― Julia Child
“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.”
― Julia Child
“Fat gives things flavor.”
― Julia Child
“…no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.”
― Julia ChildMy Life in France
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My dish consisted of crispy roasted duck, blanched Italian carrots and sauteed dino kale with onions.

Roast Ducky:

4 breasts

1/2 stick butter

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 tbsp garlic (chopped)

3 tbsp rosemary

Salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 400.  Salt and pepper the duck on both sides.  Melt the coconut oil in a stainless steel pan and start to brown the duck skin side down (about 6 minutes) and repeat the same thing on the other side.   Before you pop it in the oven throw in the butter, garlic and rosemary.  Make sure to scoop up the goodness on top of the breasts (baste) and in it goes for about 15 minutes.  Check it mid way, flip and baste on some more goodness.  Take them out and LET THEM SIT DAMMIT- for about 10 minutes 🙂 There will be a beautiful layer of fat, if you’re not fully into consuming lots of good fat, it’s easy to pick around although I don’t recommend ignoring it.  YUM.

Blanched Italian Carrots: 

Place the carrots in boiling water for about 10 minutes or until tender.  Have a bowl of ice water ready to go.  When the carrots are done put them in the ice bath.  I just tossed them in Petrini’s Original  dressing (all Paleo approved ingredients).

Sauteed Dino Kale:

1 bunch Kale

1 whole white onion, coarsely chopped

3 tbsp EVOO

1 tsp balsamic vinegar

Salt and Pepper

Heat up the EVOO in a stainless pan and add the onions.  Saute for about 15 minutes or until translucent.  Add the kale, stirring frequently and saute for  about 15 minutes or until tender.  Drizzle with balsamic and VIOLA!

Live to Thrive,

Lauren

Herb Roasted Curry Veggies

11 May

Happy Friday Lover Muffins!

I wanted to share a quick recipe with you that’s great to take to a Paleo potluck! Plus, again with the CSA box- I’m drowning in organic veggie bliss and loving it!

Herb Roasted Curry Veggies:

1 head cauliflower

1 head broccoli

2 large spring onions (green)

1 handful FRESH tarragon

1 handful FRESH rosemary

1 tbsp curry

salt and pepper

1/4 cup coconut oil

Preheat the oven to 400.  Break up the broccoli and cauliflower into bite size pieces and chop the herbs up nice and fine (especially the rosemary).  Melt the coconut oil in the microwave and toss all the ingredients together.  Roast for 15-20 minutes or until they look slightly crunchy.  I popped this back into the oven for about 5 minutes on broil when it was eat time at “Koby’s” lol.

Live to Thrive,

Lauren

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