Paleo Chili Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 pound grass-fed ground beef

1/2 yellow onion

1 can Rotel

1 jar roasted red peppers and garlic in olive oil

1 cup greens of your choice (spinach, beet greens, kale, etc)

1-2 bay leaves

1/2 cup chopped green onion

1 tbsp coconut milk (optional)

1 cup chopped cauliflower (optional)

If you choose to add cauliflower as a substitute for rice, boil it in water until soft. While it boils, sautee ground beef in some olive oil from the peppers. Remove beef when it it browned, and add onions. While the onions sweat out, blend Rotel and peppers in a blender. Do not drain the peppers. Add the blended peppers and tomatoes into the translucent onions. Drain the cauliflower, and use a food processor to make “rice.” Add the bay leaf, cauliflower, and browned beef to the peppers, tomatoes, and onions. Let simmer for 8-10 minutes. Wilt in the chopped greens, and add the coconut milk if desired. Add chopped green onions when ready to eat.

Serves 4-6.

The coconut milk is more just a visual thing for me. I think it looks more appetizing with the coconut milk.

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My Whole30 Experience

Day 1

Breakfast: 0.75 serving Gluten free protein shake with egg whites

Lunch: 1 serving fritata with spinach, mushrooms, peppers, onions, carrots, bacon, and hot sauce, 10 baby carrots

Dinner: Salmon cakes with guacamole and baked zucchini, 4 dill pickle spears

*I was hungry most of the day and had a terrible headache. IDK if this was the diet or just the day. I also clarified butter myself for the first time last night. Cooking with it tomorrow.

Day 2

Breakfast: 1 serving Gluten free protein shake with egg whites, green tea with lemon

Lunch: 2 servings fritata with spinach, mushrooms, peppers, onions, carrots, bacon, and hot sauce, 4 baby carrots

Dinner:  1 servings stir fry with chicken, shrimp, miracle noodles, onions, peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, garlic, carrots, hot sauce, 4 dill pickle spears

*Felt better today. I ate more, so I think that was the headache problem. It’s kind of hard to keep my calories up.

Day 3

Breakfast: 1 serving fritata with spinach, mushrooms, peppers, onions, carrots, bacon, and hot sauce, hot water with lemon

Lunch:  1 servings stir fry with chicken, shrimp, miracle noodles, onions, peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, garlic, carrots, hot sauce, 5 baby carrots

Snack: Half cup cucumbers with guacamole

Dinner: Chicken and bacon salad with avocado, tomatoes, and Greek vinaigrette

*The major test is this weekend. Weekends are where I usually fall apart, but I have to remember my goals. I’m going to suggest restaurants that I know have healthy options.

Day 4

Breakfast: None

Lunch: Fajita steak and vegetables, guacamole

Dinner: ½ baked chicken, mashed sweet potatoes

*I was challenged by a friend who said I couldn’t eat entirely paleo at a Mexican place. I just ordered fajitas with no tortilla. HA

Day 5

Breakfast: Protein shake with egg whites

Lunch: Chicken bacon chopped salad with egg, tomatoes, cucumbers, and oil & vinegar dressing

Dinner: 10 chicken wings with red hot sauce

Day 6

Breakfast: protein shake with spirulina

Lunch: 1 servings stir fry with chicken, shrimp, miracle noodles, onions, peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, garlic, carrots, 5 baby carrots, 2.5 tbsp almond butter

Dinner: zucchini-carrot-bacon latkes (3)

*I’m feeling good today. Making it through the weekend gave me more confidence that I can do this. Plus, the initial headachey period is over. 20% done.

Day 7

Breakfast: 1 serving fritata with spinach, mushrooms, peppers, onions, carrots, bacon, cold water with lemon

Lunch: 0.75 servings stir fry with chicken, shrimp, miracle noodles, onions, peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, garlic, carrots, 1 zucchini-carrot-bacon latke

Dinner: 12 brussels sprouts braised in butter and roasted, 1 oz lamb shank (bad), 2 slices turkey, 1 handful pistachios

*I’ve been doing some minor lifting and major running. I have sooo much energy these days.

Day 8

Breakfast: 1 serving fritata with spinach, mushrooms, peppers, onions, carrots, bacon, hot water with lemon

Lunch: 1 serving cabbage soup, 2 slices turkey, 2 tbsp guacamole, ½ cup cucumbers julienned, 1 tbsp paleo mayo

Dinner: 1 stuffed peppers with ground beef and cauliflower, 1 dill pickle

Day 9

Breakfast: 2 carrot-zucchini-bacon latkes

Lunch: Cabbage soup with leftover stuffed pepper filling, half cup cucumbers with 2 tbsp guacamole mayo, 5 baby carrots

Dinner:  Celery root and cauliflower puree, 4 oz halibut, small handful pistachios

*Growl, I really wanted a piece of chocolate today. Didn’t help that Irina brought me a big bar of bubble chocolate from Russia, which is my favorite. Grrr. I have to leave it sitting in my desk for a while. My lunch was delicious though. Cabbage soup is great when I can add a little butter and meat to it.

*Ahhhhh!!! I want chocolate!

Day 10

Breakfast: 1 carrot-zucchini-bacon latke

Lunch: Cabbage soup with leftover stuffed pepper filling, half cup cucumbers with 2 tbsp guacamole mayo

Snack: cauliflower and celery root puree

Dinner: Steak, shrimp, and roasted veggies at Applebee’s

*Steph brought in lemon blueberry bread today. It about killed me. I’m fine when I don’t see these things, but there’s a little party today and the good stuff is everywhere. Ahhh!!!

Day 11

Brunch: Bacon and eggs at Friendly’s

Dinner: A ton of watermelon, a hot dog with mustard (no bun), a chicken salad with veggies, and 4 clams

*I know my dinner was huge, but I was hungry from my lack of food earlier. I know a hot dog is not the best thing ever, but I wasn’t at home.

Day 12

Brunch: 2 scrambled eggs, 1 cup strawberry slices, 3 small slices watermelon

Dinner: chicken tenders, cucumber salad, fruit salad

Day 13

Breakfast: Protein shake with chia seeds, grande pike place from starbucks

Lunch: cabbage soup with leftover stuffed pepper filling, half cup cucumbers with guacamole mayo

Dinner: 4 oz halibut, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and celery root puree

*Awesome 5.6 mile run today. I’m feeling awesome even though yummy food is still tempting me.

Day 14

Breakfast: 2 eggs, onion, spinach, pepper, 1 pc bacon omelet

Lunch: Picked at a chicken/bacon chop salad from Joe Mama’s

Dinner: tomato/spinach/onion stuffed mushrooms caps with salami, Brussels sprouts, 2 dill pickles

*I feel like crap, but it’s not from the diet, just Mother Nature. Nothing looks good as far as food. I’m hoping all these cravings I’ve been having are hormones and this will get easier.6.3 mile run though.

Day 15

Breakfast: 1 hard-boiled egg, hot sauce

Lunch: 4 oz halibut, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and celery root puree

Dinner: Grass fed ground beef with tomatoes, onions, peppers, and mushrooms

*Ouch, uterus. Ouch. Going to the farmers market today.  Dinner will depend on what I find there.

Day 16

Breakfast: Omelet with bacon, onions, peppers, and scallions

Lunch: Salad from cafeteria – iceberg, tomatoes, cucumbers, turkey, onions, olives, cauliflower, watermelon, oil and vinegar dressing, a nectarine

Dinner: Pistachio crusted chicken with garlic, roasted zucchini and Brussels sprouts, some watermelon and strawberries

*Almond or pistachio crusts on meat are pretty much the best thing ever.

Day 17

Breakfast: 2 hard-boiled eggs with hot sauce and paleo mayo

Snack: Nectarine and coffee

Lunch: Watermelon and Grass fed ground beef with tomatoes, onions, peppers, and mushrooms

Snack for drive: Strawberries, blueberries, pistachios

Dinner: Lobster tail, 15 small shrimp, broccoli (Red Lobster)

Day 18

Breakfast: 2 eggs, 2 pc bacon, 2 sausage links, 1 slice ham, tea

Snack: Pistachios

Dinner: Burger with onion, tomato, and a pickle

Day 19

Breakfast: Coffee, almonds and cranberries from Starbucks

Lunch: Gluten-free cheesesteak at the ball park with crabfries. Delicious, and the fries were a total cheat. Oops

Dinner: Pear and walnut salad

*Yeah, I know. But the crab fries were awesome. Have you ever had those things?

Day 20

Breakfast: Coffee, pistachios

Lunch: Salad with cucumber, broccoli, onion, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, almonds, oil & vinegar, watermelon

Dinner: Almond crusted chicken, roasted beets & zucchini, detox tea

Day 21

Breakfast: Nectarine, hard-boiled egg with hot sauce and paleo mayo, detox tea

Lunch: ½ Can of tuna, strawberries and melon, 1 cup red pepper and ground beef soup, Earl grey tea

Dinner: almond crusted chicken with butter and chia, roasted beets and Brussels sprouts, detox tea

*I’ve been running 5-7 miles/day and lifting! Just call me “The Champ.”

Day 22

Breakfast: Omelet with bacon, onions, peppers, and spinach, detox tea

Lunch: Salad with veggies, turkey, almonds, red pepper tomato beef soup

Dinner: Homemade red pepper, tomato, and beef soup with chia, beet greens, and green onions, strawberries, super cookies (lemon not ginger, made with nuts and seeds from Whole Foods)

ginger snaps

Day 23

Breakfast: Naked green juice, detox tea

Lunch: almond crusted chicken with butter and chia, sautéed spinach and beet greens

Snack: Baby carrots and Whole Foods fresh ground almond butter YUMYUMYUM

Dinner: Cajun almond salmon, 1 large chopped zucchini roasted, detox tea

*Feeling great. Working out almost every day, sometimes twice a day. I went on a Whole Foods binge, haha. Got all kinds of good stuff to finish up this Whole30. But then I might just decide to keep doing it and take over the world.

Day 24

Breakfast: 2 hard-boiled-eggs with hot sauce and paleo mayo, detox tea

Lunch: Homemade pepper, tomato, and beef soup with chia, beet greens, and green onions

Snack: Cantaloupe and honeydew

Dinner: 2 Cajun almond chicken thighs, cauliflower and celery root puree with spinach, 1 slice ham, 1 slice turkey, 2 slices hard salami

*Chia seeds are wonderful. They make everything more filling.

Day 25

Breakfast: Cantaloupe and honeydew

Lunch: Turkey, ham, salami roll-up, watermelon

Dinner: two gluten- and nitrate-free chipotle chicken sausages with mustard

*These chipotle sausages from Whole Foods are really delicious grilled and make a great, quick paleo dinner.

Day 26

Breakfast: Turkey, ham, salami roll-up, watermelon

Lunch: Baby carrots and almond butter

Dinner: two gluten- and nitrate-free chipotle chicken sausages with mustard

Day 27

Breakfast: watermelon juice with chia seeds

Lunch: Homemade pepper, tomato, and beef soup with chia, beet greens, and green onions

Snack: ½ can tuna, almond butter

Dinner: 2 Cajun almond chicken thighs, cauliflower and celery root puree with spinach

Day 28

Breakfast: 2 slices turkey, 3 slices hard salami, coffee

Lunch: Homemade pepper, tomato, and beef soup with chia, beet greens, and green onions

Snack: Baby carrots and almond butter

Dinner: 2 Cajun almond chicken thighs, cauliflower and celery root puree

Day 29

Breakfast: Coffee

Lunch: almond crusted flounder filet, beets, cauliflower and celery root puree

Dinner: 2 cajun almond chicken thighs, steamed broccoli

Day 30

Breakfast: 2 slices turkey breast

Lunch: Homemade pepper, tomato, and beef soup with chia, beet greens, and green onions

Snack: Baby carrots and almond butter

Dinner: Big green salad from Giant Eagle

*I actually feel like I could do this all the time. The hardest part is eating anywhere other than home. If I’m with a friend’s family, I feel bad telling them I won’t eat something. And when I’m at a restaurant, I’m very tempted to drop the rules. But overall, I feel amazing. Good food makes you feel healthy.

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Wherever I cheated, and I did cheat once or twice, I have it marked along with whatever poor excuse I had. This just gives you an example of how you could do it. Don’t judge me 😛

The Definition of the Paleolithic Diet

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The Paleolithic or “paleo” diet is not really a diet. It never ends. You are not supposed to do it for a specific period of time or a certain portion of the week. Proper paleo is 24 hours/day every day of the year. Only whole foods are really allowed. Think of it as not eating anything with ingredients. Instead, you are eating a single ingredient. Foods include grass-fed meats, fish and seafood, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Dairy, grains, legumes, and processed foods are not allowed.

Yes, this sounds tricky. Believe me, I know. However, I challenge anyone reading to try this for 30 days with no cheating. When you are done, I dare you to tell me you do not feel amazing. This diet suggestion was originally made by Whole9 Life.

http://www.whole9life.com/2013/08/the-whole30-program/

I have tried it, and I still do my best to stick with the rules. I cannot say for others who have tried it, but the benefits I noticed after only a few weeks were: sounder and more restful sleep, more energy during the day, a higher metabolism (I could tell because I was always hungry), less stress since there is no calorie counting, clearer skin, better hair, and an increased desire to exercise. I sometimes exercised twice a day to burn some of the excess energy!

Now are my results typical? Yes and no. I’ve heard people say they had similar things happen. I’ve also heard that this diet can cure things like Type II diabetes and ulcerative colitis. Is this a fact? Absolutely not. Is it a fact in some cases? Definitely yes. Is it worth it for anyone to try it? 100% YES YES YES

In subsequent posts, I will go over each of the food groups that I suggest you leave out and tell you why they should be left out.