I got a haircut today.  This seems like arbitrary information, but it led, or rather someone, led me to this post.  See the girl who cuts my hair is a good friend.  I have actually known her since I was 5.  We went to school together from kindergarten thru High school.  I won’t say we were always the best of friends, but since graduation, I count her as one of my dearest friends.  See, she has mentioned to me a few times about wanting to eat healthier, and I am glad to give unsolicited advice.  One thing that her comments has shown me is that it seems to be a common misbelief that healthy, whole food eating has to be difficult, packed with hard to find specialty ingredients.  That maybe this lifestyle will take more money, more time in searching for ingredients, visiting specialty stores that are very far off the beaten path here in western NC,  more time cooking, just more of everything.  I disagree.  Now that said, it totally CAN be all of those things, but it doesn’t have to be.  I hope that the previous posts of my Paleo journey and the future ones will help to show this.

While I am the first to admit that I get a little giddy at the mere mention of a trip to Trader Joe’s, (which is a good 90 minute drive, with 3 kids, so you can imagine how often that happens,) I actually do most of my shopping at the local grocery store, still with the 3 kids, thank goodness for free cookies!  I do follow the sound advice of sticking to the perimeter of the store, this works well to start with.  I thought I would compile a random list (because who doesn’t love lists?) of my tips for whole food eating on a budget.  Ok, you with me, here goes!!!

-Make a plan.  Be it weekly, monthly, yearly (ok, if you do yearly I am seriously impressed! and jealous!)

-hit Pinterest for inspiration, and new recipe ideas.

-look up the dirty dozen for which fruits and veggies to buy organic, the others don’t worry about so much, just wash and enjoy.

-prep, prep, prep!!!  I can’t stress this enough, and I don’t always do this as much as I should. Wash, cut, slice, dice,  and julienne everything you bought.

-utilize your slow cooker, ours gets used 2-4 times a week.

-check out my post on Salad-in-a-jar, these are so fast and easy.

-purge your pantry, fridge, and freezer.  This helps tremendously.

-start with breakfast.  What I mean is take whatever plan you are using, and do breakfast for a week.  If your are doing Paleo, breakfast couldn’t be easier.  Fry up 3 or 4 eggs in ghee or butter, inhale and enjoy!  Chances are, you will feel better just with this change, and then in a week or two, add lunch.

-make two.  If you are making paleo meatloaf, (you really should, it is delicious) why not make two, and freeze one?

-find the recipes that work, and are easy and put them on some kind of master list.

-utilize your freezer, search for and try meals that can be prepped, thrown in a bag, and frozen.  Then just take one out the night before, thaw in your fridge overnight, and throw in the slow cooker in the a.m.


Even though this is a general list, I am the type that likes practical examples.  So here is a few of out favorite meals that are easy, quick (to prep), healthy, and delicious.

-Pork Roast and Kale, cooked in SC

-Hamburger Salad, take everything you would put on a burger and put in on a bed of greens, add bacon.

-Baked tilapia, roasted broccoli, and sweet potato.

-Steak, asparagus, and fried eggs.

-Meatballs and marinera, cooked in SC.  I usually eat mine with Julianne zucchini, steamed.

-Roasted chicken, baby carrots, green beans.

-Any kind of sandwich, deconstructed and put on a salad, or wrapped in a large lettuce leaf.

-Tacos, in a lettuce cup.

-Omelets, or crustless quiche.

-Pork chops, fried cabbage with bacon and onions.

-BBQ chicken thighs, with roasted brussel sprouts, and bacon.

-Ham, asparagus, and fried eggs.

-Avocado and bacon.


-More Bacon!


I think you pretty much get the idea.  Just eat bacon 😉  Search the internet, and PLAN, I know this saying is a bit cliche’, but it is so true: “fail to plan, and you plan to fail!”  We all deserve to feed our bodies nutritious foods, WE DESERVE IT!! Our spouses deserve it, our kids deserve it! Make time, not excuses, and enjoy how your body feels when we treat it with respect and love!!


Crunchymom out!




Honey balsamic chicken tenders

I have been in a cooking rut, so I have been searching pinterest for new paleo inspired dishes.  I came across a balsamic chicken dish that looked great and I tweaked it to my liking. Here it is.

6 chicken breast, cut into strips
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
Salt and pepper
3/4 cup chicken stock
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp ghee or butter
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Combine first 5 ingredients and put in a zipper bag, marinate for 1 hour. Melt your butter or ghee and fry your strips until browned.  Add the stock,  the rest of the vinegar, and the honey, scraping up all the brown bits.  Reduce the liquid until thickened and toss with the chicken strips, serve immediately and gobble up!!!   Hope you all enjoy this.

Crunchymom out!

Paleo Journey

Happy Mothers Day beautiful people! You may have noticed a small gap in my journal this past week.  Sorry for that, but my dear grandfather passed away.  So you might guess that my blog has not been my top priority. This is another very real, but sad part of rolling with my diet.  I did however lose 6 more pounds this week, so I didn’t fall completely off the wagon.  I have has some great meals, some ok meals and some oh-not-so-paleo-meals!  That being said, I learned a few things. 

I am liking our cross fit workouts.
Low carb pasta makes my tummy hurt!!!
Red velvet waffles are super delicious, and they also hurt my tummy 😦
I am sick of asparagus!

Hope these things are helpful, amusing!

Back with the paleo journal tomorrow.

Crunchymom out!

Paleo Journal Day- 9

Breakfast 8am
Scrambled eggs in ghee with a splash of half and half

Lunch 12pm
Whole avocado with bacon and sea salt
Black tea with stevia


Today’s WOD


Today’s time was 16:31! Huge improvement!

Dinner 530 pm
Paleo cottage pie

What the heck is cottage pie? Well, basically it is like shepherds pie, only with ground beef instead of the traditional lamb used in shepherds pie.

Here is the recipe
2lbs ground beef
1 whole onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 large carrots, diced
3 large celery stalks, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
2 tbsp tomato paste
2c cups beef broth
2 tbsp fish sauce
Coconut oil or ghee
1/8 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp dry mustard
Salt and pepper
2 medium heads cauliflower
1tbsp yellow or Dijon mustard

Roughly chop your cauliflower and add it to a pot of salted water, boil for about ten minutes until very soft. While that is cooking, cook you other veggies in a large skillet with coconut oil or ghee for 5 minutes. Add your ground beef and cook until brown.  Add tomato paste, broth, fish sauce, cloves, cinnamon, dry mustard, salt and pepper. Simmer until liquid is gone. Drain your cauliflower, puree with 2 tbsp ghee or butter and the yellow mustard, or Dijon.  Place ground beef mixture in a casserole dish and top with the pureed cauliflower. Broil the dish until nicely browned. Enjoy.


Hope you are all enjoying this journal.
Crunchymom out!

Paleo Food Journal- Day 8

Today marks the beginning of week 2 of my paleo journal, and also the ever important (not really) weigh-in.  So here it is, drum roll please…..I lost 5lbs.  Woo-hoo! Ok now to my food log.

Breakfast 730am
2 eggs fried in ghee
Black coffee

45 minutes slow cardio
20 minutes in the sauna

Lunch 1230 pm
Kale salad, with gf poppyseed dressing, and leftover meat from the kabobs we had this weekend, crasins, and pumpkin seeds.

3pm-WOD with the hubby


Supper 430pm
Roasted chicken breast and broccoli


After soccer practice, we came home and I was so freakin hungry.  I took out the leftover chicken, squirted it with a miserly amount of BBQ sauce and inhaled it.  It was really good and did the trick!  I had intentions of tackling a Jillian Michaels yoga workout, but sleep won out.  Maybe next time.  
Crunchymom out!

Paleo Food Journal-Day 6& 7

I am going to combined days 6 and 7 in one post.  Saturday is my flip back to a normal person day.  So it looks a little funky. I will just post times instead of labeling meals, or this might get a little confusing. I also decided not to post macros for these two days, just trying to keep the weekends simple until I get my habits fine tuned some more.

Saturday: up at 1pm
115 pm
Grilled hamburger patty, scarfed down in the car on the way to a birthday party.
230 pm
Two hotdogs, sans bun, with coleslaw and yellow mustard.
630 pm
Shaved almost a full minute and a half off of my previous time for this particular WOD!!!


Today’s time was 12:32 big improvement!

8 pm
Chicken, steak, pineapple, and red onion kabobs with BBQ sauce, wrapped in bacon.


9 pm
Red wine

Saturday’s are usually my cheat days, and I usually take great advantage of them. Most of the time to the point of making myself sick. So, you see, today looks less than perfect paleo, but for me it was a triumph.


Bacon and coffee

Slim Jim in the car

Cookout burger with bacon, onion and cheese, fries and blueberry cheesecake milkshake.

So I guess today will be considered rolling with it.  I could have done better, and I could give you excuses for today, but I am just gonna own it, say my burger was so good, and get back on track tomorrow. Speaking of tomorrow, stay tuned for my first weigh in. Can’t wait. Til tomorrow. Crunchymom out!

Paleo Food Journal-Day 5

This was my last night shift this week, time to flip after this.

Workout with the hubs!


Breakfast (5pm)
Hamburger patty with sautéed mushrooms, onions, and mustard

Snack (830)
Paleo thin mint

Lunch (930)
Whole avocado diced with bacon crumbles (or sprinkles as I like to call them) and sea salt.


Dinner (2am)
Ribeye steak with mushrooms and onions, and asparagus

Sounds yummy right? It was so good. Here is the macro breakdown for the day


Have a lovely weekend!
Crunchymom out!