Wow did I really slack off the past 2 weeks on blogging? Why yes I did! And I’m sorry! There have been many random things to do since moving & I underestimate how much time those little things take. My mom also visited last week for 5 days so that was lovely! Here are some pics:
I also have some exciting news! 1) I will be doing my first full marathon in the fall. I joined a marathon training group & it starts tomorrow! I’m excited mostly for people to run with! That never happened in Columbus so now I’m excited to be around runners & not get bored on my long runs! I can’t wait to see what the training will hold. and 2) I am going to Body Pump Instructor training! The training is in 2 weeks! I will have to prepare 2 tracks to teach at the training. The training sounds pretty intense but I’m so excited for it. After the training, I have 3 months to submit a video of me teaching a full, live class. If they think I’m good, then I pass & will officially be a Certified Body Pump instructor! Then after that, I would have to audition at my gym if I wanted to teach there. I am so pumped for this, I have wanted to teach group exercise for a while but never really knew where to start/what I would want to teach. I was so excited when I ended up talking to one of my Body Pump instructors & she suggested that I go to the training & gave me the info on it. YAY! I get my own equipment set, which should be arriving in the next few days & hopefully my choreography will be with it so I can start learning my tracks!
Now to food. I’ve been eating mostly a Paleo Diet and have been feeling great. If you want a list of foods to avoid on the Paleo Diet, you can check out this site. Yup, I have had no grains nor legumes (including peanuts, they are a legume, not a nut!) and my belly has been very happy. I ended up having a little bit a grains & soy with my mom over the weekend and felt awful the rest of the day, with frequent trips to the bathroom. Who would’ve thought the diet I have been following for the past several years was the answer to my stomach discomfort, even though I thought I was doing the right thing?! This is why it’s so important to listen to your body & do what’s best for yourself! I’m currently finishing up reading this book on the Paleo diet & have enjoyed it so far:
Dairy is controversial on the Paleo diet. Some people say completely skip it, & others say that raw dairy & whey protein are fine. There is a farm about a half hour away that I could get raw dairy from if I wanted. And occasionally I still enjoy my goat yogurt but not too often, along with my whey protein after hard workouts.
Have I noticed body changes? Slowly but surely! I know in the last post I said I was going to keep up with my stats but I honestly forgot to check them yesterday at the gym so I will do it today or sometime this weekend. I have lost 1 lb. though ( and I know that could just be body weight fluctuating but supposedly on Paleo your body weight doesn’t fluctuate) and feel like I have more stomach definition! I think the combination of doing Body Pump & cutting out ALL grains (yes, even “healthy” ones) & legumes have helped this.
So am I going to eat meat again? This is the topic I’m struggling with. I was vegetarian/vegan for a long time then probably about 5-6 months ago I wanted to eat fish again. I feel bad ethically for eating meat & if I do decide to start regularly incorporating meat into my diet, I will be getting it from the farmer’s market. But lately, I have really been enjoying fresh, local farm eggs, fish, & whey protein for my protein sources. I have tried a few bites of chicken lately thanks to my boyfriend and it was a little weird. But we were at a Mexican restaurant where I had veggies & shrimp & just a few bites of chicken. I completely avoided the free chips until mid way through the meal I decided to have one….and instantly I swear my stomach bloated up. I was feeling fine & comfortably satisfied until I had that chip…isn’t that crazy?!
My standard breakfast lately has been my farm fresh eggs with local steamed greens! Last week they were beat greens, this week I have been enjoying mustard greens. I tried to make soft boiled eggs this morning…
But sadly I boiled the eggs slightly too long & they weren’t soft boiled…maybe this could be medium-boiled?
oh and I promised cookies!! Here we go:
Grain Free Carob Chip Cookies
recipe slightly changed from Pure to Raw
- 2/3 cup almond flour
- 1/3 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar (I’m not sure if this is considered a Paleo sweetener or not…oh well)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 whole egg
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/3 cup carob chips, unsweetened
Preheat oven to 350. Mix dry ingredients in one bowl. In another, whisk together the egg then add the coconut oil & vanilla extract. Add wet mixture to dry & mix until incorporated. Add 1-2 TBS of milk if dough is too dry. Form into 1-2 in. balls & press flat onto a cookie sheet. Bake for about 10-12 minutes until golden.
What’s your favorite cookie?
What foods make you feel best?