Paleo and Cholesterol

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For those who have been cringing seeing all of the bacon, eggs, and other saturated fat sources on my paleo journey, I’m here to put your minds at ease. My husband had blood work done August 20, 2013, a week after I started paleo. He just had another blood draw done last weekend, and here are the results after seven months:
Cholesterol: 224 down to 200= no longer flagged as high
LDL (bad cholesterol): 139 down to 119=no longer flagged as high

My husband only does about 70% paleo. He eats whatever I make at home, sometimes he brings leftovers for lunch, and he often has eggs for breakfast. He is known by many to indulge the remaining 30%, and is a cross between Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch when faced with tempting foods. He also has the willpower of an addict in a crack house. Another benefit was that he was also able to continue with his insane workout regimen (by civilian and normal people standards—not by his work special ops standards). Another benefit is that for the first time in 12 years, my husband doesn’t have almost daily headaches.  It was a chronic issue, that is now gone entirely.  I don’t even think that he knows where the Motrin is (this is huge for him). It used to be that he wouldn’t go anywhere without it.

I have seen and felt a lot of great changes since starting the paleo seven months ago, but this one is the best one of all!

I’m so relieved that the latest research I have been reading in regards to saturated fats seem to be absolutely correct, and the old myths about causes of heart disease are being debunked.  I hope that word gets out.  Farm fats are our friends!!!  EAT THE YOLKS, PEOPLE!!!!

Sausage and Green Chili Egg Cups

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These turned out great, and they were also easy.  They will be used as leftovers for my husband’s breakfasts this week and are also going to be easy for my son to pop in the microwave in the morning before school.  If I had the tomatillo salsa verde from Trader Joe’s, it would’ve been great over the top.  Even though there was no cheese involved here, it was still really great.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb italian sausage, in small pieces without casing
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 9 eggs, beaten
  • 2 small cans green chili
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped (optional)

Method:

Preheat the oven at 350 degrees

In a skillet, cook the sausage and onions until browned lightly it doesn’t have to be cooked all the way through.

Using a 12 cup nonstick muffin tin, spoon in the sausage and onions.

Beat the eggs, chilis, green onion, salt, pepper, and jalapeños (optional) in a medium bowl.  

Put 1/3 cup of the egg mixture into each muffin holder.

Bake for 25 minutes or until cups are no longer “wiggly”.  Those on the outer edges may be done sooner and can be removed a few minutes earlier.

Garnish with additional green onion, if desired.

What happens when you add working out to paleo?

You gain three pounds, but it looks like this:

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In February, I started working out in addition to eating paleo foods (including at least 1-2 servings of fruit per day).  Initially, I was just doing a lot of cardio. The really big difference happened when I started pilates, a RIPPED class, and a Barre class.  I have only done the Barre class once, but I could feel the difference right away.  I just bought a membership to the new Barre studio, so I’m pretty excited about that.  I never thought that I would pay that much money to work out, but I think that it is worth it.  My bestie, Michele is looking for a true “before ” picture for me to add to the collage.  I really don’t have a great pic of me from weighing in at 170 until now.  There is no way I would let people take pictures of me in that state!

Still no baby, but at least I am happier with myself.  Yay me. (Just for fun, I included a “before” picture from when I started the journey).

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Homemade Taco Seasoning!

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Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1.5 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients and store in a cool, dry place.

I used this to make nuts, but I am looking forward to experimenting with chili, scrambled eggs etc.

 

Sweet Potato Hash and Eggs

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This was a great lunch after today’s workout.  It was quick and easy!

Ingredients:

1lb uncured bacon, cut into 1/2-1 inch pieces (my favorite is Trader Joe’s brand)

4 cups cubed sweet potato, peeled

1 white or yellow onion (I like the sweetness of the white), diced

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

4-6 eggs (optional)

Method:  Cook bacon in a skillet.  Once it is crispy to your liking, remove and place on paper towel.  In the same pan, use half the bacon grease to cook the sweet potatoes, onion, salt, and pepper.  After they have caramelized together and the potatoes and onions have gotten some color, add the bacon to combine.  Serve alone or topped with eggs your way.

Spicy (or not) Taco Nuts!

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I’m so excited with how this turned out!  I made my own taco seasoning, and then made it into a roasted cashew creation.  It was easy and so tasty.  I had to force myself to stop shoving them in my mouth on my way out the door.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb raw organic cashews
  • 3 Tbsp fat (I used bacon fat but you can use lard, coconut oil, avocado oil…)
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1.5 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

In a bowl, combine all spices. In a large skillet, melt the bacon fat (or other chosen fat or oil) over medium high heat. Add the cashews, stirring occasionally. They should get a nice, toasty brown color to them. Keep an eye on them so that they do not burn. You don’t want them pale at all, so keep stirring until they’re getting brown and toasty on all sides. Turn off the heat and stir in the spice mixture to evenly coat the nuts.  Pour nuts onto paper towels to cool completely.