Eating Healthy is Hard

I’ve been struggling the last couple of days. I’ve fallen prey to donuts and cookies and cheese and trail mix. My body is not happy.

I went live on the Adventures to Wellness Facebook page talking all about it. And my very sad and empty pantry. If you haven’t followed over there, you definitely should.

But this morning I listened to a podcast, and I have a new attitude about staying on track.

Jen Hatmaker’s “For the Love” podcast featuring Danielle Walker from Against All Grain is on point. Danielle shares her thoughts on Paleo and Whole30 and how falling off the wagon keeps you humble.

Sometimes I get angry that healthy foods are so expensive. And that Food conglomerates own the good industry. And that people are sick from poor nutrition.

But all I can do it buy my foods from local farmers. Continue to live a Paleo lifestyle. Don’t settle for foods that are subpar regarding nutrition. And work toward my Food Freedom.

I am healthy and balanced.

I repeat that affirmation every morning during my Miracle Morning routine. Because I need to hear it. I need it reaffirmed every single day.

Because I value my health. And food is a key component in that.

What has inspired you to recommit to a goal you set?

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Chili and Mashed Potatoes

Chili makes the world go round.

So does mashed potatoes.

Put them together, and you get all the best things in life.

I can’t say enough about this deliciousness. I had a major chili craving thanks to the cool snap in the weather.

I usually put it over mashed sweet potatoes, but I had creamer potatoes from the farmers market I needed to use.

And it was a yummy, filling dinner.

What do you put chili on?

Paleo French Toast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But when you do a Whole30 or live a mostly Paleo lifestyle, breakfasts can get boring.

I mean you can only have eggs so many ways before you get tired of them.

Enter Paleo French Toast.

I’ve been trying all different kinds of grain free breads. Last week, it was Simple Mills Artisan Bread. This week I made Against All Grain’s Blender Bread.

So I whipped up a batch of French Toast.

Sometimes you just need a little sweetness to start your day.

What are your favorite Paleo inspired breakfast items?

Finding Food Freedom

I’ve successfully completed the Whole30 program three times, but I’ve never keep up my good habits longer than a couple weeks.

This time it’s different, and I can feel it.

It’s been 15 days since we completed the September Whole30. And I’ve kept the spirit of Whole30 alive while making “worth it choices.”

I love The Fold. It’s one of my favorite restaurants in Little Rock.

I like it because I can make good choices. If I want tacos, I get corn tortillas. The salads are huge and delicious. And they allow you to substitute or eliminate problem foods. For me, that is gluten and dairy.

Knowing those foods create problems for me is so freeing. Knowing I can still eat them from time to time and not feel guilty is even more freeing.

The Whole30 is not about depriving yourself for 30 days so you can “eat whatever you want.” It’s about learning your body and how it reacts to certain foods. It’s about understanding your habits toward emotional eating. It’s about stopping the binge eating of “foods with no breaks.”

Take control of your relationship wth food. Try the Whole30. It could be your saving grace.

Quick Chicken Curry over Mashed Sweet Potatoes

I have a new found love of Indian food.

Curry powder is a new favorite of mine. So flavorful. Very few ingredients came become a masterpiece of a dinner.

This chicken curry was so yummy.

What you need:

  • Two chicken breasts, cubed
  • A small nob of ginger, minced
  • One onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • A couple handfuls of fresh green peas
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 heaping tablespoon tomato paste
  • Salt, pepper, curry powder and cayenne, to taste

Heat up a pan with a little avocado oil. Sauté the chicken with curry powder, cayenne and pepper.

Add in the veggies. Cook until onions soften, about 10 minutes. Add more curry, cayenne and salt, if you want.

Stir in tomato paste and coconut milk.

Cube potatoes and put in a pot of water. Bring to a boil. Boil for 20 minutes until potatoes are soft.

Drain the potatoes. Put back in the warm pot. Mash. Season with salt and pepper.

Enjoy!