But all I have in the fridge is leftovers!!

Which equates to me to be the BEST way to cook.  Meat is already cooked so dinner is done in no time at all. Dice it up and throw it on a salad or here is a meal I made tonight.  

Leftover steak

Thinly sliced zucchini and summer squash

1 diced up scallion

sea salt and pepper to taste

 

Throw in a frying pan with a small splash of extra virgin olive oil to get things started and this is a great dinner fast! 

 

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Great chicken tonight and I promise to take pictures from now on!

So tonight I made a wonderful chicken.  

4 skinless boneless chicken breasts

1 scallion

1 tsp of ginger(fresh or powdered will be fine)

1 tbs of ginger

1/4 of water or vegetable stock(veggie stock is better)

1 lemon

sea salt and pepper to taste

 

I used a frying pan on the stove with a lid on medium heat

add veggie stock

Add the chicken breasts

add sea salt and pepper(I added very little sea salt as a little goes a long way)

add ginger

add garlic

dice up scallion and add 

take lemon and quarter it, squeeze juice over chicken and then throw in rinds and cover

cook about 15 minutes on each side and I promise the chicken with salad is amazing.  

I promise to take pictures from now on and add them! 

If I hear what about pasta

Let’s face it, the American diet is based on fast and easy.  Minute rice, minute noodles, microwave this and that.  All of that is just not good.  Good food is raw, or takes some time to cook SLOWLY.  Get that now?  

So name one of your favorite dishes, or several of them and I can guarantee that at least one or more contains pasta.  Am I right?  There are alternatives.  Using eggplant or zucchini sliced thin for lasagna.  Using spaghetti squash, or making zucchini noodles.  So here are some links to recipes..and honestly, pasta, too many carbs, processed and not good.  View it like cake….a treat.

http://shecookshecleans.net/2011/07/08/zucchini-noodles/

http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/cooking/a/spagsquash.htm

Good luck and NO MORE PASTA!!!

 

Great alternative to spaghetti!

http://paleopot.com/2013/03/stupid-easy-paleo-spaghetti-squash-meatballs/

 

 

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Bacon Wrapped Chicken Strips, Recipe of the day

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Strips, Recipe of the day

You CAN do this, and why I took a year off…..

I took a year off from blogging.  Why?  I had to figure a few things out.  I had been kind of changing my food and kind of exercising and then slipping back and gaining it back.  Hence why the blog would be active and then not.  I joined a gym finally in March of 2012 but instructors left and I slipped again.  I kept the weight off mind you, went from a 26/28 to a size 20 and then stayed there for six months.  Then my friend told me to try a new gym with her.  I joined in March of 2013, switched my food completely and have gone from a size 20 to a size 14.  The goal size in mind next is a size 10, and then go for a lower size again.  This gym is amazing and it makes me not want to slip on my food ever again.

 It is not about gluten free, it is about NO processed food at ALL.  I do not care what excuse you throw at me, soy is bad, very bad and any processed food needs to be completely eliminated from your diet.  You can tell me that your husband likes this and that, and I will simply state, he does not need it.  You are the mom, you control the food that is purchased, put your foot down.  Do my children eat processed food.  Yes, they eat frozen pizzas and are allowed pasta once a week.  Do I eat it, no.  Will I offer recipes that I use here?  Yes.  Paleo is the way to go folks.  Stick with it and have some sort of workout routine and I can promise you that you will see results quickly as well.  I can state it all works without a doubt.  Going from a 26/28 to a size 14 with some hiccups was not and is not easy.

 I will not apologize for getting upset and frustrated over the last year and a half, but I will state it is part of the learning process.  However, listening to Dr’s state that the weight will return because “I” will falter, is really ticking me off.  I would use more colorful language, but I think you get the general idea.  How dare they assume I will fail and need surgery.  I was overweight for over 20 years, and I am not going to need surgery unless I get the extra skin removed.  So, deal with that Dr’s that love to give medication instead of telling patients to eat clean, and give you the wrong ideas on how to eat.  

So, posts to come over the weekend and a picture below and a promise that I am here for anyone that wants to be motivated the correct way.  I will not belittle or demean you in any way.  I have been there and am still there.  I will simply show you what works for me, and how I did it and am doing it without diet pills, surgery or starving myself.  

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It is all in a year’s work

I know so many women who were like me….a size 24/26 and could easily get to a size 20 but lower than that just seemed like an impossible accomplishment.   So you all know my war on carbs, but how about just realizing that all processed foods have gluten.  You do NOT have to have celiac disease to be gluten free, and nor do you have to give up everything.  If your stomach bothers you while eating, if your fingers and feet swell even after cutting down salt.  If you get migraines easily.  Consider food allergy testing.  Now most panels will come back negative but do NOT be surprised if most of you come back with a “sensitivity” to gluten. Dr’s say you do not have to avoid it and life goes on….They are wrong. I have a sensitivity and pushed myself to be gluten free.  Combined with the constant workouts I am doing, well 10 sizes later speaks for itself.  I have more to go, but my hands and feet no longer swell and I only get headaches now when I am extremely tired or stressed.

 

How are things changing?  I went to Sam’s club and gluten free crackers were $7.48 for a huge box with two decent sized bags contained within.  They do not taste like cardboard and easily I would have paid double or more for the amount of a different product that did not taste as good elsewhere.  King Arthur now has gluten, soy and nut free mixes made in a completely gluten free facility.  Affordable to all and while we all need to not live on cookies, cakes and crackers…it gives so many more options for special occasions and holidays.

 

So my switch to gluten free has been painless compared to my mother’s journey and my mom’s theory that gluten free and exercise means rapid weight loss is indeed proven.  What have you thought of trying to assist your weight loss and fitness goals?