Sunday, July 15, 2012

If you want to succeed...'ve got to be prepared!

I've seen a lot of really cute Menu boards on pinterest lately.  In fact, my sister has one that she made.  Here is the problem....I'm NOT a crafty person!  There is just too much pressure to get it right.  And let's be honest...I'm really impatient.  I like the idea of being crafty...I'm just not.

I have been wanting to create a menu board.  I wanted it to be a really cute, crafty one.  But I got impatient and just bought a little magnetic dry erase board from Fred Meyer.  We're also trying to be really diligent about saving money and paying off my car.  So I went the cheap route. I got the board for like $4.  I had a magnetic strip at home that I cut up into smaller pieces.  I had a ton of white note cards that I cut up.  And I had a really cute recipe box that my crafty cousin-in-law had made me a while back.

So after I cut up the note cards I went through all our recipes and wrote them down on the cards.  They are now filed in the recipe box.  Each week I can put the previous weeks recipes back in the box and go through and pick which recipes I want to make and pin them to the board.  Which brings me to my point.

If you want to be successful in eating Paleo...or any healthy've go to be prepared.  You have got to make sure you have plenty of healthy options on hand and ready to go. Kyle and I make a menu at the beginning of the week...make a grocery list and then go shopping once for the entire week.  We were really bad before about figuring out each night what we were going to have for dinner.  In the past, by the time we got around to thinking about dinner we were already hungry and wanted something quick.  A lot of time that resulted in picking something up.  The other problem is we would end up going to the store night after night and getting ingredients that we wouldn't totally use and then they would go to waste.  By making the weekly menu we can make sure that produce gets eaten throughout the week.  Making the menu helps us to save money each week. :)

So...the menu isn't super cute...but it is functional. Hopefully one day in the future I can take the time to make it cute! :)  The next step I want to do is organize all my recipes in a big notebook and number them.  Then I can number the back of the "menu item cards" and will be able to find the recipes easily.

I guess I'll just add that to my list of projects! :)

I'm also working on some other things to help keep our home a little more clean and organized as we are both working lots of hours.  The cool thing is now I have the energy to do it! :)  It seems to be working so far...but it is still pretty early in the we'll save the sharing for a later date.

PB&J Ice cream: Paleo Butter and Jelly ice cream

 PB&J Ice cream 
Paleo Butter and Jelly ice cream

This is the easiest little dessert.  I'll be honest...sometimes when Kyle is working...and no one is watching...I'll just have this for dinner or lunch.  Okay...the secret is out.  All you need is some frozen bananas...some almond butter...and some strawberries.

I always have frozen bananas in my freezer now.  Take them out of the peel...cut them up into smaller chunks and freeze.  I will usually freeze on a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet. (That way they don't stick all together.) Once they are frozen you can put them in a freezer bag and save them for later.

Here is all you do...take out your food processor.  (Have I told you lately how much i LOVE my food processor?!)  Best purchase ever!  If you don't have should get one!

Then you put in your bananas.  I just put in as much as I think I am going to eat.  Next you put in a couple spoonfuls of Almond butter.  Process until they get smooth.  It will eventually turn into the consistency of soft serve ice cream...I just takes a while! 

Top with Strawberries...YUM!!! I got my strawberries from "the secret garden."  Well...that is what I like to call Kyle's little garden on the side of the house. The story goes...unbeknown to me...Kyle had built a garden on the side of the house that I never go on (there are no windows on that side of the house).  One day we were coming home from services, the garage door opens and I see vegetable plant sitting in the garage.  I ask, "What is that for?"  Kyle says, "Nothing."  The tone in his voice and look on his face told me something was definitely up.  Kyle walks me to the side of our house and I say, "We have a garden?!" has been referred to as "the secret garden" ever since.  He says he wanted to surprise me with produce from our garden one day.

Back to the ice cream...It really tastes like ice cream!

There are so many variations you can do with this.  Sometimes I just do banana, no almond butter, and then I top with some slivered almonds and a little Chocolate (no sugar/no dairy).  YUM!!!

This would be another really easy, healthy treat for some kiddos!

I bet you want a bite...don't you?!

No Peanut Thai Peanut Sauce

A few of my friends have been raving about a Thai Peanut sauce recipe this past week or so...I started could I make this Paleo.  I do LOVE Thai food...and I do LOVE Thai Peanut sauce. But Peanut and Sugar aren't really going to work with Paleo. Today we were having the Fried "Rice" Cauliflower I posted awhile back and I thought if I could get it to could be pretty yummy together.

The taste was good...I think I just need to thin it out some more and make sure I use a smoother almond butter.

Almond butter
Coconut milk
Sesame oil
A little honey
Curry Powder
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Cayenne powder
A little black tea (steeped 3 bags of black tea and added a few tablespoons)
Add all together and simmer on oven.

I kind of loved it on the Fried Rice.  I'm looking forward to trying it on a salad or maybe some Thai lettuce wraps this next week.

Tweaks for next time...make sure to have a Thai chili, and smooth almond butter on hand.  I don't think I need to add the sesame oil next time.  And...I need to add more coconut milk/black tea to thin it out a bit more.

I'll keep working on it until I get it right!

Salmon Caesar Salad and Lemon Treats

Today we feature the Lemon. :)  There was lemon on the fish, the dressing and in the "dessert."  I just love lemon!

The weather has been A-MA-ZING in the Pacific Northwest these past few days.  We've been doing a lot of grilling.  Tonight Salmon was on the menu.  I wanted to try something a little different than our typical I thought Caesar!  Now, Caesar is a little difficult when you can't have garlic...that is kind of the key ingredient.  But here is what I did and it turned out pretty yummy.

Caesar Dressing:
1 coddled egg
We didn't have anchovies so we used sardines...haha (2 1/2 of them)
Garlic powder ( garlic!)
A little onion powder
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Put in food processor
Drizzle in Olive oil slowly until consistency you want.

Kyle seasoned the Salmon and added some lemon.  He cooked it perfectly on the grill.

I wanted a little something sweet after dinner so I found what we had in the cupboards.  I wasn't sure if it was going to turn out...but it was pretty tasty.  There was a recipe I saw on pinterest that I would really like to try that is very similar.  I'll have to actually measure the ingredients and let you know how it turns out.

I put the last of the almond flour, the last of the shredded unsweetened coconut...a little coconut flour...juice of half a lemon...a squeeze of honey (I don't usually use honey), some vanilla and a little coconut oil.  I mixed it all together and then put it in the oven at 200 for awhile until they were warm.

I tried drizzling some unsweetened chocolate on a few of them.  It worked for a little sweets fix.  They were best eaten warm.  It is kind of fun experimenting here and there.

Paleo Pizza...Wha?!

Well almost...according to some it is Paleo...and on Friday night "almost" is good enough for me! 

So I don't as a general rule eat dairy.  For the past 30 days I have been pretty strict about that. Jessica was doing her first Whole 30 and I was supporting her in that.  She finished on Thursday...Woo-hoo!  Way to go Sis!  I'm proud of you.  When I'm not being super strict I'll have a little dairy (cheese) maybe like once every couple weeks.   It doesn't seem to bother me.  Some people still eat dairy while eating paleo/primal...I guess it is up to you.  I suggest cutting it out for a while and then reintroducing it to see how your body reacts.

So anyway...Kyle and I like to have this one on a Friday night...sit on the couch and maybe watch a movie.  It feels very indulgent...but still quite good for you!

The crust is cauliflower...yep...cauliflower.  I would suggest trying it with your kids.  A good way to get them to eat some veggies.  They don't even need to know!  C'mon...who doesn't love pizza!

Ingredients: The crust: (This makes 2 pizzas!)
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 eggs
  • Some mozzarella cheese (I'm not sure how much?  A couple cups at the most.  Sometimes I put very little in it when I'm trying to "be good")
  • Italian Seasoning (to taste)
  • Onion Powder (to taste)
  • Garlic Powder (to taste)

Crust Preparations:
  1. Put cauliflower in food processor. (Or you can grate it...I had to do that a couple times when our food processor died!)
  2. Put cauliflower in microwave for about 7-8 minutes.
  3. Take out and let cool.  This step is important...but SO hard when you are hungry!
  4. Mix together cauliflower, cheese, eggs, and seasonings.
  5. Place half the mixture on a pizza pan (or stone) and push it out until it is a good pizza shape.
  6. Bake at 450 for about 15 minutes (until it starts to get golden)

While that is baking...make your sauce. Or you can use a pre-made one...but they usually have sugar in them.

Sauce Ingredients: (somebody might have a really good recipe...I just eyeball things)
  • 1 can Tomato Paste
  • Olive oil
  • A little apple sauce
  • Italian seasonings
  • Onion/Garlic powder to taste

Sauce Preparation:
  1. Mix together and microwave...or prepare on the stove top

When the "crust" is with tomato sauce and whatever toppings you like.  I like to put some Canadian bacon and Zucchini.  I love the crunch of the Zucchini. (Kyle put some pepperoni on his half.) Then top with a little more cheese.

Now put your pizza under the broiler until it starts to get bubbly.  Keep an eye on it. :)  Nothing is more disappointing to getting side-tracked and coming back to burnt pizza!

SO DELICIOUS!! :)  I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.  It makes a great breakfast the next day too...Cold pizza!

Crock Pot Carnitas

This turned out really yummy!! :) (I know the picture doesn't look super appetizing.)  I was planning on making some coconut flour tortillas to go with it - but Kyle ended up having to work overtime and didn't get home until I was already in bed. I just ate mine with some salad. Maybe next time we'll try it with the tortillas.

So this was pretty easy.  It is so nice to come home and have dinner all ready to go. :) I didn't really measure I'll do my best to remember. 

  • 2-3 pounds of Pork
  • 1 can green chili
  • 1 can Ro-tel
  • Cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Paleo Ketchup
  • Vinegar
  • Spicy Brown mustard
  • A little orange juice
Yeah...I can't remember measurements...just a little of this...a little of that.

  1. Put all ingredients in Crock Pot on low for about 6 hours (or more).
  2. Pull apart with fork
  3. Serve

EASY!  And really tasty.  Except I think I would like a little more spice in mine.  Although my sister had some and she thought it was pretty spicy.

Curry Shrimp

Looking for a fast, easy, yummy paleo friendly dinner?  Look no further!  I got the original recipe from Every Day Paleo: Fast Shrimp

I had to omit the onion and I cooked the spinach down a little too much...oops. :)  It probably worked out for the better because my stomach is a little sensitive to spinach.  Below is the original recipe.  I made a couple little tweaks because I can't have onion.  I just eyeballed things...didn't measure. 

I love it because it is so easy...and really quite tasty!

1 lb Wild Caught Argentinian Red Shrimp or other shrimp of your choice (I found mine at Trader Joe’s in the freezer section, raw, tails removed and de-veined)
1 bag frozen roasted red bell peppers and onions from Trader Joes (I used 1 red bell pepper and left out the onion.  I put a little garlic powder and onion powder in.  The second time I made this I did 1 red bell pepper and 1 yellow bell pepper.)
4 big hand fulls of baby spinach leaves
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons coconut milk
1/2 tablespoon curry powder (or more to taste)
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
In a large skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the onions and bell peppers and cook until defrosted and sizzling if using the frozen or until the veggies become tender if using fresh. Add the shrimp and the spinach and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the shrimp curls up and is no longer opaque in the middle. Add the coconut milk and spices, mix well and serve! Serves 3-4. Delicious, fast, no fuss.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Paleo Fried Rice(d Cauliflower)

Tonight I wasn't really feeling what was planned for dinner.  It was a pretty crazy day at work and I just wanted a bowl of something comforting.  So on the drive home I started thinking we might have the stuff to attempt to prepare fried rice.  It actually turned out pretty good. This would be a great winter dinner. A steamy, yummy, comforting bowl of deliciousness!

I almost forgot the most important really does taste like fried rice...not cauliflower!

I really didn't measure anything out. Here is what you'll need:
  • Sesame oil
  • Olive oil
  • 1 large carrot (diced)
  • Peas (I just cut up some pea pods)
  • Chicken (However much you would like) Or any other meat - we had chicken on hand
  • 1 head Cauliflower
  • Fresh Ginger Grated
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Chili powder
  • Cayenne pepper (Next time I'll make sure to have some Thai chillies on hand)
  • 2 eggs (next time I would use at least 3)
  • Garlic powder (you could use fresh)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
*I would add cashews next time...that sounds yummy!

  1. "Rice" cauliflower (put in food processor until the consistency of rice.  Or you could shred it)
  2. Put riced cauliflower in the microwave for about 7 minutes.
  3. Cut chicken into small, bite sized pieces
  4. Cook chicken in a mixture of Olive and Sesame oil.  Season with ginger, cayenne pepper, chili, garlic and salt.
  5. Put chicken aside
  6. Cook Carrot and peas in sesame/olive oil until they start getting a little tender
  7. Put in Cauliflower - Cook until Cauliflower starts to brown a little
  8. Season with more ginger, garlic powder, chili, cayenne, juice of 1 lime, salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Move Cauliflower to side of pan.  Crack 2 eggs (or more) and scramble a little then mix in with the rest of the cauliflower.
  10. Place meat back into pan and cook together for a few minutes.  Season to taste.

Eat piping hot and steaming...this was good stuff! I'm excited to try some different variations!

It was just what I needed after a crazy day...a yummy dinner...a hug from my sweet husband who helped to make dinner and clean up after...and a nice relaxing evening watching a Mariner's game. Okay...the Mariner's game wasn't my choice.  But Kyle is doing laundry right now as he watches and he just swept the floor so I'd be crazy to say something! :)

Paleo shrimp and Crab Cakes

So...this was pretty yummy! made me pretty sick for a couple days.  I thought I could sneak in the onion and be okay....but no!  I get so sick when I eat onion.  I've been doing a good job of avoiding it for a long time and thought maybe a little bit would be okay.  I learned my lesson...again.  I have heard that allergies and food sensitivities can change when eating Paleo, but so far still a no go on the onion.  I think we will make these again...just without onion.  I'll miss you onion!

I don't have exacts for what we did on this one...but here is close enough:
Crab/Shrimp Cakes Ingredients:
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 1/4 onion chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper chopped
  • Quite a bit of green onion chopped
  • Garlic powder (you could use fresh...but again...I'm allergic)
  • About a cup of shrimp chopped
  • About a cup or more of lump crab meat (precooked)
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Black pepper
  • 1 egg (or 2...I can't remember)
  • Spicy brown mustard (Like 2 Tbl?)
  • Almond flour
  • Shredded coconut
  • Coconut oil/Olive oil

  1. Saute carrot, bell pepper, onion in olive oil.  Then add green onion, garlic and shrimp. Cook until shrimp is pink and cooked through.  Place in large bowl.
  2. Mix in the crab, pepper, cayenne, egg, mustard and some almond flour to bind.
  3. Mix together some almond flour and shredded coconut (really fine shredded coconut)
  4. Form "crab cakes" into patties and coat with the almond/coconut mixture.
  5. Cook the cakes in coconut oil until golden brown on each side.


Paleo Pulled Pork and Cole Slaw

Last week we had Pulled pork and Cole Slaw along with Grilled Pineapple and Coconut milk.  It was pretty tasty...and different from our usual.  The nice thing about this recipe is I was able to prepare everything the night before, put it in the fridge overnight, pull it out and put it in the oven before we left for work.  Super easy!  All we had to do when we got home was fire up the grill for the pineapple (and when I say "we"...I mean Kyle!) and then shred the pork and put on the sauce.  It made a ton too!  We had lunches for a couple days and were able to share with some friends from church and friends from work.  This would be great for a potluck!  Oh...the pineapple was SO YUMMY!  Can you believe pineapple was only $1 at Fred Meyer?!

I can't remember where I found the original recipes (it might be tagged on Pinterest).  But here is what we did.  It turned out a little too salty for my tastes.  Next time I probably won't put any salt at all!

Pulled Pork Ingredients:
  • 5-6 lbs of pork shoulder or butt roast (Kyle got the meat...not really sure what it was)
  • 3 tbl of smoked paprika
  • 1 tbl garlic powder
  • 1 tbl dry mustard
  • 3 tbl sea salt (I only used 1.5 and still thought it was too salty!)
Sauce Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup homemade ketchup
  • 1 cup spicy brown mustard
  • Garlic (you could use the real thing...I'm allergic so I had to use garlic powder)
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt (I would was so salty!)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  1. Mix Dry rub ingredients
  2. Rub the pork roast all over and put in fridge (I left it overnight)
  3. Preheat oven to 300
  4. Place the pork in the oven in a baking pan for about 6 hours (until meat is falling apart and tender)
  5. Prepare sauce. Combine ingredients and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  6. Remove pork when it is ready - let rest for about 10 minutes then pull the meat apart.
  7. Combine the sauce and pulled pork. (I didn't mix it all together.  I just served it on the side.)

Cole Slaw Ingredients:
  • 1 red cabbage
  • 1 large carrot grated
  • A lot of green onion chopped
  • (You could add onion - but I'm allergic.)
"Sauce" Ingredients:
  • 1 tbl vinegar
  • 3 tbl Olive Oil
  • 1 tbl mustard (I used spicy brown)
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large bowl mix together all salad ingredients
  2. Blend together "sauce" ingredients
  3. Mix with salad

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

An easy go to

Green Chili Turkey Burgers

I was running a little late from work tonight so Kyle made dinner.  BTW...thanks babe!  I was also pretty hungry because I had went a little too long without a snack. (That happens too often at work these days!)  So we went with one of our quick, convenient, go-to dinners - Green Chili Turkey burgers.

What you'll need:
1 pound lean ground turkey (or whatever meat you prefer)
1 large can diced green chilis
1 egg
Some green onion (from the garden)
Tex Joy (or whatever seasoning you prefer to use)

Mix all ingredients together (you know you use your hands for this part...gross!)
Section it off to create 4 patties.
When forming patties - indent the middle just a little so when they expand they stay flat.
Grease pan with a little Olive oil and cook over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes on each side. (Kyle put a little more oil than I typically do...but I'm not complaining!)

That's it! Easy...right?

They go really well with a yummy salad topped with a little mustard dressing. We ate ours tonight lettuce wrap style -a little spicy mustard, some lettuce from the garden and some tomato. Sometimes we'll make sweet potato fries to go with it too.

So tasty!

I love this meal because not only is it easy - I now have leftovers for lunches (or even breakfast) for the next couple of days!  This is a typical Wednesday night meal when we're trying to make something quickly and head out the door for worship services.

Maybe it will make your weekly rotation too?

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Jessipoo!

Happy Birthday Jessica!  I can't believe we are getting so old! :\  Sometimes I still feel like a little kid...don't you?

My sister, Jessica is doing her first Whole 30 challenge...she is about 2 weeks in.  I'm so proud of you!  Last I checked she said she is feeling great.  Even after working 60 hours last week she still has energy to spare! I wanted to make her something special for her birthday and I know she is a chocolate fan.  While this isn't probably exactly "Whole 30" is Paleo approved...and I thought it would be a good compromise.

I adapted the recipe from one I found from "The Southern Eclectic" - Death By Chocolate Paleo Chocolate Cake.  Her original recipe included agave or honey which I do not typically use.  Several people have been asking about the recipe and wondering if it could be true.  Could you really make a cake with no grains, no sugar, no dairy and it still be worth eating?!

Can I be honest...this is the first cake I have ever made from scratch.  I've never been much of a baker.  But when I had chocolate everywhere and cakes in the freezer cooling (because I was too impatient to let them cool by themselves) and a sink overflowing with dishes (because I wasn't very organized) I just kept thinking of my lovely grandmothers.  I remember baking with them and it brought a smile to my face and a little tear to my eye.  I was always so impressed by them.  And I couldn't help but feeling pretty loved that they took the time to do all "this" and more for everyone.  I kind of got it then...baking is love on a plate. 

I kept trying to remember all their little tips as I was pulling this together....lining the cake pans (I didn't take the time to do that)...How to frost a cake just perfectly (obviously I forgot that part!) As I was putting the finishing touches on the cake and putting the glass lid on it I found myself wondering...Would they be proud of me for creating this...Or would they be shaking their head at me with the ridiculous frosting job...the cracking cakes (because I didn't wait for them to totally cool before taking them out of the pan)...and the complete mess of the kitchen and me wearing half of the batter and frosting.

I decided it would be both! :)  I went to bed with love and admiration in my heart for 3 wonderful ladies.  My Grandma Head, my Grandma McGrew and my beautiful sister, Jessica.  I love, respect and appreciate you all so much!


Here is the original recipe with my substitutions (as close as possible...some of it I didn't really measure):

3/4 c coconut flour
1/4 c cacao powder
1t sea salt
1t baking soda
10 eggs
1 c grapeseed oil (I used 1/2c coconut oil and 1/4c olive oil)
1 1/2 c agave nectar or honey (I used about a pound of medjoul dates, 1/2c applesauce and a shot of espresso. Thin this out in your food processor.  I just kept adding applesauce until it was about the consistency of what I thought honey might be and about 1 1/2 cups)
1 t vanilla extract
1/4 t orange zest (I didn't add this)

1. In a small bowl, combine flour, cacao, salt and baking soda
2. In a large bowl, using an electric hand blender, blend eggs, oil, honey (or Date mixture), vanilla and orange zest
3. Add dry ingredients into large bowl and continue to blend
4. Oil (2) 9-inch cake pans and dust with coconut flour {I use a spray coconut oil from Whole Foods for greasing}
5. Pour batter into pans and bake at 325* for 35-40 minutes
6. Remove from oven, allowing to cool completely then remove from pans
7. Frost and serve

I didn't really follow the Chocolate frosting exactly.  I didn't measure anything out and I used quite a bit of almond butter instead of honey.  But below is the recipe:
Chocolate Frosting
1c dark chocolate chips {the higher % of cocoa the better. Some are in the 40 range, some are in the 60 range, and I try to find at least 72%} (I used some 72% dark chocolate with no sugar added)
1/2 c grapeseed oil (I used coconut oil)
2T agave nectar {same applies as above. Honey worked great} (I used Almond Butter)
1t vanilla extract
Pinch celtic sea salt

1. In a small saucepan over very low heat, melt chocolate and grapeseed oil
2. Stir in honey, vanilla and salt
3. Place frosting in freezer for 15 minutes to cool {I had to do close to 30 to get it to whip properly}
4. Remove from freezer and whip frosting with a hand blender until it is thick and fluffy
5. Frost over cake and serve
*I would DOUBLE the entire recipe for ample frosting. I barely had enough to cover it in just a thin coat, and some areas were still spotty.

The beginning

I find I'm starting my first blog post with the same feeling I start a lot of new things with.  I'm excited...I have so much I want to share and talk about I find it a little overwhelming and almost paralyzing.  I get this way about a lot of things I'm excited about from decorating a new room, to starting a new challenge, to taking on a new hobby, to shopping at a great Sale. :)  There is excitement mixed with thoughts of wanting to make the right choice...which soon leads to feeling a little overwhelmed...which sometimes causes a little anxiety.  My thoughts to want to do things "right" and "perfect" have kept me from doing a lot of things in life. 

I felt this way when I was thinking about starting the Paleo diet.  I had been struggling for a long time with a lot of different symptoms and then was diagnosed with PCOS. (We can talk about that later.)  The doctor wanted to put me on diabetic medication and hormones.  I really didn't like the idea of being on medication for the rest of my life and just covering up the symptoms while not really dealing with the root of the problem.  So I started researching....and researching...

Research led me to the Paleo diet.  Exciting...It seemed like this had really worked for a lot of people. Could this be the answer I was looking for? Intimidating...what if I couldn't do it?  Overwhelming...there was so much information and so many variations.  Paralyzing...where do I even start...which variation of Paleo should I follow...what if it doesn't work?  I talked to a friend about it and she told me to check out "Whole 30." 30 days?  That seemed doable.  So I started in January of 2012.  I tried to put all the "what if it doesn't work/what if I'm not doing it right?" thoughts out of my mind and just took one day at a meal at a snack at a time.  30 days later...all my PCOS symptoms had pretty much gone away and I felt great!  IT CHANGED MY LIFE!!  I didn't look back and continued eating Paleo moving forward. 

Fast forward to June 2012.  One of the biggest changes you may notice is the 35 pounds I have lost. (I had previously lost about 20 pounds before starting Paleo...and I had to fight hard for each one!) But some of the many changes you may not notice at first glance are the elimination of headaches, heartburn, stomach pain, gasteroparesis symptoms, many PCOS symptoms, food sensitivities, seasonal allergies, acne, restless nights, fatigue and depression that I had been struggling with for so long.  More than everything I have "lost" eating Paleo, what I have gained is the real story!  I have gained peace from my symptoms that seemed to consume my every day life.  I have gained a peace of mind when it comes to life is not consumed with calories and guilt. Food isn't the enemy anymore!  I have gained the joy in living my life again.  You don't realize how bad you feel until you start to feel good again.

And so I start my first first I did my journey to regain my simple step.  I've learned to just go for it and start somewhere.  It doesn't have to (and most likely isn't going to be) perfect!  I'm starting to learn that part of the fun is the journey and not just the end result. The results I have seen from my Paleo journey thus far helped to reinforce that.  Was I "perfect" every day? No!  Did I make the right decisions every day? Uh...nope! But I just took it one step at a time and didn't let any missteps get me totally off track.

And just like that I've completed my first blog post. :)

This gives me somewhere to start. People have started to ask me a lot of questions regarding the health/nutrition decisions I have been making.  I have so much to say!  I hope to share some stories, recipes, things that have inspired me, and who knows what else.  I guess we'll find out together and enjoy the journey!