Sunday, April 28, 2013

Cauliflower "Rice"

Threw all my left over veggies from the fridge into the crock pot, with some left over chicken (pulled off my last rotisserie chicken). Topped it off with some spicy seasoning, and broth. Served up the soup over cauliflower rice.

To get the cauliflower rice, thaw your frozen cauliflower. 

Put some into the food processor. I pulse it about 20 times.

The amount shown in one bag of cauliflower. That tupperware is about 6"x6"x2.5". I packed it down with a spatula.

I use frozen cauliflower- it's way faster than raw, and doesn't need to be cooked before serving with soup.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Busy Getting Healthy

On September 30th, I was tired... of being tired. Bloated. Stressed. I felt like I was moving downhill at a high rate of speed. I felt the peak of my health had passed with my 20s, to never be reclaimed.

But I knew there was something I could do. Something to lessen that downhill slide. But, changing your diet is hard, right?

Melissa Hartwig, of Whole 9 Life said that. And she was spot on. It's not that hard. It's not hard to change your habits. Being bloated and uncomfortable? Much harder to deal with that skipping cookies or rootbeer.

I had done paleo before. I did the Whole30. It was a great experiment and taught me a little about nutrition and my body. But the Whole30 lifestyle is demanding, and I fell apart afterward. Fell hard.

Fast forward a few years, I was sick and tired of bloat, weight and sleepiness. So I got back on board. I wanted to start the diet I would maintain for the rest of my life- not the more demanding Whole30. If I want something baked, I use a paleo recipe (meaning paleo ingredients, like almond flour, honey and cinnamon). I've also incorporated the GAPS protocol to identify sensitivities,  and hoping to speed up the healing process.

Of course, I sabotage myself with occasional chocolate bars, or cola- cola continues to be my weak link.  But I sabotage myself less and less all the time, and I continue to feel better and better. Many members of family are taking similar steps. It's great to see them healing, lean on each other for support, and share research and tips.

I'm taking the path towards health a little further these days, replacing our soap with castile soap, and using biodegradable shampoo and conditioner. I'm using fewer chemicals around the house.  I've found reasonable prices at discount stores in the area, like Winco and Grocery Outlet. I'll do a post on good finds at these and other places as I go.

As cool as it would be to have people paying me to blog, this post is not sponsored. The thoughts and opinions here are mine. I'm not a medical or nutrition expert, so none of what I have said should be taken as medical or nutritional advice. If you need medical, nutrition, or other professional advice, find a professional you enjoy working with, and get to work. Good luck!