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Hunger Zone — May 6, 2015

Hunger Zone

So we opened our fridge last night (Friday) and literally, nothing was in there.

Fruit/veggie drawers…or whatever they’re called? Empty.

Shelves touted eggs, milk and almond flour. Useless. Well. Useless since we didn’t have chocolate chips to make something sweet.

Some mustard and syrup in the door. More uselessness.

We don’t have a pantry. We have some cupboard space for canned goods but we don’t really buy processed foods so it’s not a necessity. So. Pantry? Empty. Freezer? Some beef.

This is, in them most literal sense, the story of our lives. It happens every. Single. Week. We eat all of our food. And this is called the Hunger Zone, folks. When, on Friday night, our Saturday morning grocery run seems so far away!

But – I DO remedy this on-going, reoccuring problem every Saturday! We try to stick to a weekly budget and it has to last us at least 6 days. That’s a long time for produce to stay fresh so usually I make a mid-week run to replenish certain items. It’s not my favorite thing to do, but – such is life.

So after I hit the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market (I KNOW! WALLY WORLD?) for their (cheaper than everywhere else) organic produce, nut butter and organic canned goods, I hit the Fresh Market for meat, snacks, nuts (to make my weekly batch of pesto!) and the rest of the produce W-World couldn’t provide. Oh, and Enjoy Life chocolate chips. 🙂 Eggs? Those come from Akin’s. They have the best deal and since we go through 5 dozen a week, that can add up if you don’t find the best deals! We also get beef jerky there. Really amazing, organic, almost-no-sugar beef jerky. And lastly, I hit Marshall’s. Believe it or not, they have some amazing paleo, raw snacks! Coco-roons, dried fruit, nut mixes, etc. It’s actually very interesting and worth the extra stop. If you have the self-discipline not to pick up an end table or ottoman while you’re there.

So after 4 stores, 5 reusable bags, and about 2 hours, I get to take my prized possessions home! And here is what our fully stocked fridge looks like!

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Top Shelf Fun! Sauerkraut, tuna, powdered protein, flours and water! Meat drawer holds my precious bacon,  Justin’s deli meat and on occasion…some goat cheese!
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Second Shelf: Nut milk, leftovers, tomorrow’s meat   and of course, eggs! We buy up the 18 counts – 4 at a time
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A stock of probiotics and some superfood (kale) finish off our second shelf…
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Refrigerated produce – Also, we don’t refrigerate a lot of our produce (bananas, tomatoes, onions, garlic, peppers, avocados and more).
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Our stock of Perfect Bars take up the room where butter is supposed to go. These are the..well..perfect bar for snack, on the go, to stave off hunger, as a meal replacement, etc. I take them to church when we have long music rehearsals!
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Meat. You can never have enough meat! I stocked up on $2.99 Tuesday at Fresh market. Chicken breast in our house is like gold! We also go through salmon, beef, and varieties of pork pretty frequently. Buying when things are on sale will save you big bucks in the long run! So be prepared!

We also hit the Farmer’s Market for the first time this season on Saturday! We bought some local eggs and local grass-fed ground beef and beef sausage. They’re starting a Wednesday & Saturday schedule this week so that will be perfect for that mid-week run I was talking about! So – that’s another stop. And my sister was touting the great organic finds at Aldi’s. So. Another stop I need to look into.

All that to say. Yes, it takes time. Yes, it takes time. Yes, it takes time.

I normally start my meal planning on Thursday, have it perfected by Friday night so that I’m ready to go on Saturday. So even before I set my eyes on a storefront, I’ve started planning my big sweep ahead of time. So…yes, it takes time. But you can figure out a way that works for you! Some people are better at the “little at a time” approach and don’t have 2 hours on any given day to spend shop-hopping!

So for us, this is what a 7-day plan would look like.

Saturday: Slow cooker pork carnitas (burrito bowl with cauliflower rice, etc.)

Sunday: Chicken & pesto (spaghetti squash) pasta

Monday: Pesto meatballs (leftover pesto from Sunday) with brussels sprouts

Tuesday: Summer salad with chicken (click here for easy dressing recipe)

Wednesday: Slow cooker tenderloin with broccoli on the side

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Salmon w/cauliflower rice

And then it’s time to grocery shop again!

Lunches are leftovers, salads, occasional deli meats, etc. Breakfasts are any mix of protein shakes, eggs, fruit, bacon, sausage, veggies…well. Veggies for Justin. I still haven’t gotten there.

Last little tip. Keep your fridge clean and organized. It will help immensely to cut down on waste ($$), leftovers becoming moldy/stinky, etc. When you open it, you’ll know what you have and what needs to go on your grocery list in an instant.

Anyhow – thanks for trooping along on this very long post about food. But it IS very important. And I’m preaching to myself. The results you can get from cleaning up your body are endless. Clarity of mind, bloating relief, skin cleansing, stamina increase, freedom from fatigue…endless.

So do your best. Start small. Start big. However you want. Just start.

Best of “good planning and time investment” to you! Cause when it comes to your body. There is no luck. There’s just work.

HJ

A Pistol, Blue Spaghetti, 24 & Eat-Your-Heart-Out Day. — November 19, 2013

A Pistol, Blue Spaghetti, 24 & Eat-Your-Heart-Out Day.

Well. It’s been 3 months (insert guilty face).

I’ve been in school and literally all of the writing I do is for that! When I realized it’s been so long since my last blog I knew I had to be deliberate in sitting down and doing a little blog. So here it goes.

In August I almost overheated – obviously I am covered while I workout so that often means wearing a layer or two.

In September I was consistant – 4 to 5 days a week.

In October I went on vacation – did nothing for 14 days (I’m getting good at this guilty face thing).

In November I’m back to consistent! Most of all, I’ve reached a goal that I was determined to reach by January 1st! In the summer we wrote on a large board (that everyone can see!) what our Jan. 1st goal was. People had a variety of things!

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So I had 2 goals to accomplish before the new year – Pull up w/out a band and to be able to do pistols (one-legged squats) on both legs. I’ve gotten my pull up (singular) without the band so then I was on to my second challenge. I was almost to doing my right leg in July but no-way-no-how was able to do them on my left. The muscle, flexibility and stability were simply not there. Well – it’s there now!

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*Please note: This movement can be done while maintaining complete modesty! 

Top – Lululemon

Skirt – Target

Leggings – Lululemon*

Whoohoo! So I can do multiples on each leg and when they are in a workout, I’ll be ready to do them RX. No more boxes!

Ok – switching subjects really fast. Switching to eating. If anybody know me, they know I like to eat. Yummy things in particular. Dessert, bread, pastas, sauces, anything that falls into the ‘bad for you’ category is pretty much on my ‘favorites’ list. That being said, going gluten-free and attempting to eat as clean as possible for the last 11 months has been one of the toughest challenges for me regarding my health and fitness. When people make comments about how my husband and I eat all I can think is ‘it’s ok – they have no idea that it didn’t come easy. That it still doesn’t come easy.’ It’s just as as hard for me to say no to certain things as it is for the next guy – I don’t have some freaky super power that allows me to deny myself momentary pleasure via a peanut butter pie. I struggle. Still. It’s lessened ever so slightly in that past few months but I would not label it as easy. It takes a lot of commitment.

That being said – finding alternatives has been key for me. My husband is awesome at finding these things. For instance, he made spaghetti (one of my favorites!) the other night but instead of pasta he used black bean noodles – organic and gluten free! This dish is high in fiber, protein and iron. So seriously, you can’t go wrong. Once it was cooked, it was a dark blue color. So. Yep. Blue spaghetti. The taste and texture were pretty consistent with regular pasta – I have no complaints! I love my husband!

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Ok. Last subject change. I promise!

My birthday is next Friday (6 days before Thanksgiving) so I’ve been a little reflective on what I’ve accomplished in the last year of my life regarding my health and fitness. Deadlifting, push jerking, pull ups, pistols, hand stand push ups…Feeling good. Feeling proud. Then. I realize. It’s almost Thanksgiving.

But fear not! My hard work will not get tanked in one day!

I have a great way to spend my day. I’m spending it at work! Now before you drop your jaw….

I’m a nanny. My bosses are clean eaters, gluten-free, my husband will be cooking as well, some of my family will be here….it’s going to be awesome! Some of the food will still be heavier than I normally eat but it will all be in line with my dietary boundaries.

But not everyone has that option. So before I finish this blog entry I want to give you a few tips to help you stay on track on Turkey Day. Take ’em or leave ’em. They’re here if you want ’em 🙂

1. Portion control – Just because there’s a huge bowl of stuffing doesn’t mean you need a huge bowl of stuffing! I promise that if you portion moderately you will still be satisfied and full. Take some of everything…try it all if you must. Don’t deprive yourself. But try it with appropriate boundaries.

2. Eat before you eat – If TG is at someone else’s house, have a snack or small meal before you go over. You will be less likely to gorge or overeat if your body doesn’t have the ‘starving’ signal going off! If it’s at your place – do the same thing. Have a snack or a small meal of something you enjoy so the signals in your brain keep the lust of your eyes and stomach at bay.

3. Quality over quantity – if you’re not a ‘have to try it all’ person, that will work in your benefit! Great aunt Marge might be losing her touch with the apple pie so if it’s not that great…avoid it! Instead, have something of high quality of which you can enjoy every bite! Think before you dish out….do I really like that?

That’s it. I’m sure there’s more tips out there but that’s all I’m putting in today.

If you have questions or comments….I’d love to hear ’em 🙂

xoxo

HJ