Paleo August Week 2

Man, I love Moab. Every time I go there I wonder why I left. Then I remember that it’s nearly impossible to find a year-round job, there are no large stores for anything except groceries (not even a Target!), and you can’t do anything productive during the day between May and October because it’s too hot. BUT I still love it, and I had a great weekend.

I was even impressed with my ability to stick to paleo! Out of seven meals eaten either on the road or at a restaurant, my indiscretions were limited to 5 tater tots, an ear of corn from the grill (I am really having a hard time with this… I mean, it’s CORN SEASON!), a few handfuls of tortilla chips, one PBR and 1/2 of a blueberry muffin. I am pretty proud of myself. I didn’t keep a journal this weekend but I found that it’s really not as hard as it sounds to eat paleo on the road if you are willing to do things like order plain grilled chicken sandwiches and pull them from the bun, buy bananas instead of Sun Chips at the gas station, and Just Say No when your boyfriend offers his chocolate malt to you after a 4-hour rappel through a slot canyon.

How is it going for anyone else? Even if you aren’t doing this particular challenge, what goals have you set for yourself in August and how did the first week go?

Super Fluffy Paleo Zucchini Bread Pancakes

Day 2 of Paleo August, and I am proud to report that not only did I not eat a single bite of Ben & Jerry’s (!), I also accompanied a co-worker to Good Times and didn’t even sneak a fry. Man I am good. Unfortunately I did mess up on accident, as last night I was about 90% of the way through a delicious, juicy, salty ear of grilled corn when I remembered, “Ah crap, corn is a grain.” But I’m still counting Day 1 as a success because despite that semi-major gaffe, it wasn’t on purpose… so somehow I think it’s less bad.

Also, last night we made Paleo Zucchini Bread Pancakes! This was inspired by a recipe from Smitten Kitchen, which is my very favorite food blog but is not even remotely Paleo. So I looked at her recipe, realized it was essentially a normal pancake recipe with a little extra thickener, some nutmeg, and shredded zucchini, and went to town trying to convert it using a basic almond flour pancake base. It took a little trial and error but here ya go!

Ingredients:

1.5 cups almond flour

3 whole eggs

3 egg whites

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 tbsp nutmeg

2 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp raw honey

pinch of salt

1 medium zucchini, shredded

Directions:

Combine all ingredients except egg whites together in a large bowl.

In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whip egg whites until white, stiff peaks form. (This is where the fluffy comes in. I did this using my own two hands and a fork, so no excuses!)

Slowly fold the whipped egg whites into the batter.

Cook pancakes over medium heat in a greased skillet–we used coconut oil but I bet butter would be better…

Notes: Zucchini is pretty watery, so you might find that you want to add a little more flour. I used 2 tbsp of honey because I wasn’t planning on serving the pancakes with syrup, but if you are using syrup you might only need 1 tbsp of honey. Also, the batter can be refrigerated for later use but the egg whites won’t stay fluffy so that will change the consistency of the pancake a little bit.

Search Terms

Want to know something funny? In WordPress, you can see what search terms have led people to your blog, ostensibly so that you can use that information to write more relevant and/or searchable content. I try occasionally (mostly via Pinterest) to attract readers, but do not exactly try (i.e. know how) to make my blog searchable or not searchable. Thus I get some pretty great search terms that lead folks over here. For example:

“What does appendicitis really feel like?” Not sure.

“CrossFit hot chicks” I liked this one because it taught me that the phrase ‘hot chicks’ is still in use out there.

“Will my body change after 1 day of CrossFit?” No. It won’t.

“Is wine paleo?” I think it’s pretty close!

“My arms got smaller from CrossFit” Well, how big were your arms when you started?

“Bicep man!” No joke, this one had an exclamation point, making me believe this person was looking for information about a superhero called Bicep Man. Potential Halloween costume?

“Homemade Paleo Butter” Um, if you are the person who searched for this… Did you make it? Was it good? Can I have some?

“Why am I terrible at wall balls?” This one was probably my favorite. You poor person. You are not going to find help with wall balls from this blog, but you will at least find empathy.

I just thought you guys might get a kick out of those, because I definitely do. Also, today is officially Day 1 of what I am now calling Paleo August (original, eh?)!  So far, so good, seeing as all I’ve had to navigate thus far is breakfast. But we have a big quarterly meeting this afternoon that our entire company participates in, which Ben & Jerry’s is CATERING. Did you know Ben & Jerry’s catered? I sure didn’t. Is it a massive injustice that this is happening on Day 1 of Paleo August? Yes. But I will stand strong! Probably.

August Paleo Challenge

The never ending quest to not become that last guy.

People. I am in major need of getting back on the not-eating-crap bandwagon. The biggest culprits in my life right now are chips (to go with guacamole, obviously), cheese (who let me buy a block of cheese? come on), and juice. Surprise! Fruit juice is bad for you… it spikes your blood sugar just like soda does. We drink green juice sometimes, but lately I have been actually buying things from the store like cans of sweetened iced tea and Odwalla lemonade. Organic? Doesn’t matter. Still really, really full of sugar.

Posting my grocery list didn’t work, constantly complaining about how little willpower I have is obviously ineffective, so I am going to try a month-long, low-sugar personal Paleo/CrossFit Challenge of sorts for August. Is Paleo the only diet that would work to help keep me from eating crap? No, but it’s the one I’ve found that keeps me withing guidelines that are realistic for my life. I like that it focuses on keeping your body balanced and giving you fuel that your body is less likely to store as fat, and I also like that it emphasizes organic meat and produce. Is it perfect? No. But my current diet is definitely way less perfect.

The GOALS (which I like better than calling them rules, which they also sort of are):

1. No grains of any kind

2. No added sugar of any kind

3. No dairy of any kind

4. NO! Alcohol

5. No Progenex (instead I am going to recover using real food like pieces of chicken or fish)

6. Drink at least 64 oz. of water per day

7. Take at least 3g of fish oil per day

8. Eat out 2 meals or less per week

9. Have at least 2 weeks with 4 or more WODs

10. There is no 10th rule. But lists look better when they are in multiples of five, don’t you think?

This personal challenge will go from August 1-August 31 (yes I just definitely had to look up how many days are in August). I am not going to weigh or measure, but I am going to keep a very detailed food journal.

But more importantly, I hope that maybe some of you out there would be interested in doing something like this with me in August! If you want to do this little challenge, you can use my rules or modify them if you’d like–the biggest thing is just about sticking to Paleo principles and maintaining some restrictions while making it doable for your life! If you are thinking about doing this, leave a comment and I would love to be able to post some of your daily food journal entries and/or creative recipes throughout the month!

In other news, I apparently was too busy wallowing about my knee yesterday to talk about the really cool and scary thing that we saw this weekend! The BF, the dog, and I were walking through a marshy field across from Summit Lake on Mt. Evans on Saturday, heading back towards the car after hearing some thunder approaching, when I turned around and saw a funnel cloud about a mile away from us. It was pretty crazy, not only because it was so close, but also because we were at an elevation of about 12,800 feet, and I had no idea tornadoes could even form that high up! Also, you should know that as a child I had a legitimate panic-attack-inducing phobia of thunderstorms… and while my fear is not as debilitating as it once was, I don’t think you ever really fully get over a legitimate phobia. On the other hand, The BF used to be an amateur storm chaser. You could not have had two more opposite people standing in that field at that moment. So I stood there shaking, trying not to hyperventilate… while The BF took pictures.

Anyway, we survived, and apparently this funnel cloud actually touched down as a legitimate tornado at about 12,500′, making it the second highest altitude tornado ever recorded. Pretty crazy that we were right there for it!