Paleo Food Journal -Day 4

Since my days and nights are screwy while I am working I will post times with my meals.

Breakfast (445pm)
Ribeye steak with sauteed mushrooms and onions
Asparagus spears

Before I left for work, I tried out a recipe for homemade people friendly larabars. Here is the link

Had a black coffee on my way to work


Paleo Food Journal-Day 3

Day 3 might look a little funky to the average person. Unfortunately, I work night shift from 7pm to 7am three nights a week. That alone makes it hard to stay on track. There is always an abundance of junk food lying around! Here is what day 3 looks like.

Breakfast (8am)
Ham and eggs fries in ghee

Lunch (1230pm)
Ham rolled up
Liquid amino drink

Went to bed about 1pm and slept til 430pm in preparation for my first night back at work.

1st dinner (5pm)
Roasted chicken breast with broccoli

Snack (730pm)
1/4 cup cashews
Black tea with stevia

2nd dinner (or 2nd lunch? 10pm)
Pork roast with carrots and Kale

Early morning meal (3rd dinner? 3am)
More chicken and broccoli

Snack (6am)
Cliff builder bar
(I know this wasn’t paleo, just my best option at the time, remember do your best and roll with it!)

I usually count on this long day being a higher calorie day, just because it is longer than average for me. But somehow I kept it only slightly over what my goal was. Here is my macro breakdown.


Stay tuned for day four!
Crunchymom out!

Paleo Food Journal-Day 2

Day two was an exciting day around our house, and not in a good way. Little M, my 15 month old had a pretty severe allergic reaction and we spent most of the afternoon at the pediatric office and emergency room. This morning, he is much better, thank god. I am also happy to report that I didn’t fall off the paleo wagon. Now let me branch off for a second and say that my intent is not to be unrealistic in my goals for a healthy body, sometimes you have to just roll with it and do the best you can. Ok, so now to the journal part.

2 eggs fried in ghee


4oz deli ham
Fried cabbage and onions

Cross fit style workout at home with my hot hubby! (In the rain, that counts as being extra bad a$$, right?)

Pork roast with baby carrots and kale
I had a small portion because I didn’t get to eat until after we got home, and I was exhausted.

Calories were kinda low for the day, but my focus is not calories, but instead just eating real food! Here is the macro breakdown.

That covers day 2. I am thrilled with my progress thus far, gonna push on with my motivation.

Crunchymom out!

Paleo Food Journal-Day One

Ok my friends. Day one is complete. Yay. Here is how it looked.

1 cup coffee, black
2 eggs fried in about 1 1/2 tsp ghee

3 lettuce leaves
3 boiled eggs
1tbs mayo
1tsp yellow mustard
4 oz deli ham
1/4 cucumber

1cup coffee black

Rotisserie chicken
Fried cabbage and onions in bacon grease
1cup green beans

There you have it. Pretty simple, very delicious.
Here is my macro breakdown for the day.
Exercise for the day:
50 minutes moderate cardio
20 minutes sauna time

Not bad for day one.
Crunchymom out!

Paleo food log

Happy Easter friends! The hubs and I just returned yesterday from a much needed and long overdue weekend getaway, our first one since our honeymoon over 6 years ago. We all survived. Our time together this weekend gave us lots of opportunities to talk. During one of our discussions, I mentioned the idea of using my blog as a food journal. Since the idea took hold I have discovered even more reasons that this is a good idea. So here they are, list style!
-I always have much better results when I journal.
-I can track exercise, pounds and inches lost, and symptoms that could be food related.
-identify food sensitivities, if any.
-this will give me the structure to blog daily and improve my blogging habits and skills.

You may wonder why I have chosen the Paleo diet, and just what the heck that is. This way of eating has become pretty well known in the recent months. Basically (and I mean really super-duper basic) if it doesn’t fall under the category of meat, veggies, fruit, nuts and seeds, just don’t eat it. Now, as with everything else there are certainly things that may or may not fall into Paleo. Then there is Paleo vs Primal, questions about things like coffee, alcohol, and chocolate ( all of which I think have a place as well as benefits.) So in order to keep my sanity, I am going to strive for a 90/10 Paleo compliant. I also know in reality I will probably land closer to 80/20. But you know what, that’s ok. I will do my very best and realize that I am indeed human, and a human living with modern food choices.

Now let me finish by saying that I am not getting into the beliefs behind the Paleo lifestyle. I am a Christian, end of discussion. I am just not into discussing religion, politics, or skinny jeans on men (ok seriously, that is not attractive IMO, ūüėČ) on my blog. I hope you will follow my journal and hopefully be inspired (or be my inspiration with comments) by my choices and results.

Starting tomorrow, because it’s Easter and there are chocolate marshmallows lying around.

Crunchymom out!

Pinterest Fail or Pinterest Fails

Let me say first of all, I really like Pinterest. In fact, a vast majority of my conversations start like this: “so I saw this (recipe, workout, craft, really cool thing) on Pinterest. But today I was taken aback by my search results. You see, I am always looking for new inspiring recipes that are simple and made with whole foods. Today I searched for simple meal ideas and I was shocked by the first set of results to pop up. One recipe called for Doritos! Doritos, I mean really! Others similarly called for processed convenience foods. When did these things become “simple”. Looking back I realize my mistake was in my search wording. But it’s sad to see that this is what has become acceptable for simple foods. I guess this will be an opportunity to post some truly simple, healthy, and delicious recipes here. I didn’t really intend for this to be a food blog, but that could be the direction I take. Ok. Rant over. Thanks for reading!

Crunchy mom out!

My Favorite Things: Coffee

If you know me personally, you know that I love coffee.¬†I. Mean. Love. IT! I can’t won’t begin my day without a few cups.¬†Everything about it just calls to me.¬† I wake¬†up and immediately gravitate towards the kitchen.¬†The smell of freshly ground and brewed coffee starts to lift my fog, I anxiously await with my favorite mug in hand, because coffee just tastes better out of your favorite mug, right?¬†Depending on my mood, I may or may not add a splash of real half and half.¬† Then comes the best part, I cup my hands around the hot mug and savor these first moments of wakefulness; the warmth, aroma and flavor a balm for the soul.¬† Ok, that was deep.¬† My coffee journey began a little over a decade ago when I started my fist real job in Respiratory.¬† I remember my roommate and I sitting in orientation sipping coffee liberally laced with French vanilla powdered creamer.¬† See, I didn’t really like coffee in the beginning, I liked coffee drinks.¬† My typical cup started nearly half full with imitation French vanilla creamer and then topped off with coffee.¬† It¬†was seriously enough to make my¬†pancreas quiver.¬† My coffee drinking habits slowly evolved to different flavors of non-dairy creamers.¬† Have you perused the dairy isle lately, there are so many different flavors of creamer it will make your head spin.¬† While some of them are pretty tasty, they are not exactly healthy.¬† In my ever evolving quest for health, I have tried nearly every variety of creamer available.¬† I have tried the soy creamers (which I don’t do soy anymore so that one is out), organic flavored half and half, almond milk, coconut cream, coconut creamers, milk, heavy cream, bulletproof coffee, and plain ole half and half.¬† Then I discovered something: I like coffee black! Cue the gasps!! Who knew coffee tasted good black.¬† I still occasionally drink it with a splash of half and half, but mostly I just drink it black.¬† It usually comes down to the simple things, doesn’t it?¬†

At the same time I have changed how I take my coffee, I have also went through various methods of brewing my coffee.  I have went from a drip coffee maker, to a French press, to a keurig, back to a French press, and finally to a drip pot/single cup combo machine.  While the French press will always be my preferred method, we have recently purchased a Hamilton Beach machine.  It is quiet convenient, as you can brew a full or half pot, use k cups, or the included reusable filter for a single cup.  Perfect? No.  But it works for us.  Although, when it dies, I will probably be purchasing another French press.   

Crunchymom out!

How do you take your coffee? What is your favorite method of brewing?