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Chronicles of a Sugar Addict: Part 4

Monster-Cookies-2I haven’t blogged lately.  But I have consumed a few monster cookies and a bag of mini Twix (while I watched the documentary Fed Up).  Yes…I fell off the wagon.   Read more

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Chronicles of a Sugar Addict: Part 3

Opened notepad and cup of coffee with donut on old wooden table. Top viewThey say that psychologically, your odds of successfully tackling a goal are much higher if you prioritize and do one thing at a time.  So, my commitment to rekindling my relationship with my health began with ridding my body of candy and desserts.  The first 2-3 weeks were rough, but successful.  And as the cravings subsided, I knew it was time for step 2: stepping up my game in the gym. Read more

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Chronicles of a Sugar Addict: Part 2

Lollipop heart on vintage wooden backgroundIf you missed Part 1, and why I started this 60-day journey of sugar detox, click here.  

I love sugar.  But we need to break-up.  Sugar doesn’t treat me (or anybody else) well.  Sugar is an asshole. Read more

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What To Do About A Big Belly

Obese patientI’m frequently exposed to rumblings of stubborn big bellies…in part because I enjoy the company of people who eat delicious food and consume alcohol, but also because a large part of my time is spent in my gym where folks have a tendency to express their bodily frustrations.  But I’m here to help.  And bellies, no matter how big or small, are best addressed with 3 combined courses of action. Read more

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Quick Fix Grocery List

groceriesSometimes, you’re in a rush and need to grab some quick and easy options.  But that doesn’t mean you have to opt for the unhealthy aisles.  Here are some grocery store ideas when you’re in a pinch. Read more

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Benefits of Booze

boozeTomorrow, I turn a year older.  Which means tonight, there’s reason to drink.  Over the years I’ve had my phases of UV and Hawkeye (college), fancy beer (mid-twenties), and liquor (a child-rearing induced choice).  So as I make my way to Bar Louie this evening for some cocktails, I’ll bear in mind my experiences and knowledge on what booze is best. Read more

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Healthy Grilling Go-Tos

grillGrilling out is commonly cause burgers smothered in cheese and ketchup, excessive amounts of chips and dip, and cold sweet treats in the form of ice cream or sugary popsicle.  Those items can certainly make for a backyard barbecue, but if you want summer grilling satisfaction without the unhealthy repercussions, try out some of these tasty alternative options. Read more

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Mexican Corn Dip

Mexican Corn Dip

A get-together gotta-have!


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Ingredients
  1. 2 blocks (8oz) cream cheese
  2. 1 can creamed corn
  3. 1 can corn (or 2-3 ears of fresh corn)
  4. 1 can Rotel
  5. 1 bag shredded Mexican cheese blend (optional)
Instructions
  1. Microwave 2 blocks of cream cheese until soft enough to mix
  2. Add 1 can creamed corn, 1 can corn (or 2-3 ears of fresh sweet corn), 1 can of Rotel (I prefer hot), and 1 bag of finely shredded Mexican cheese blend (optional)
  3. Mix ingredients, and chill for at least 1 hour before serving
Notes
  1. This is the perfect addition to a backyard barbecue. It’s quick and simple, cost effective, makes a large portion size, and tastes heavenly. Your guests will go back for more and more. Mix up your chip selection by trying Doritos, sweet potato tortilla chips, regular tortilla chips, or Fritos.
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Heavenly And Horrific

eatingSometimes, you just need to indulge.  Today, I offer a list of some foods that I just can’t give up entirely.  They are heavenly-tasting, and horrific for your health.  But I firmly believe that eating things you enjoy (even if it’s not Paleo or nutrient-filled), is key to having a balanced life.  Try these items out…just not all at once.  Your balanced life depends on it. Read more

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Amazing Turkey Meatballs

Amazing Turkey Meatballs

A flavorful, protein-packed ball of poultry!


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Ingredients
  1. ground turkey
  2. fresh peppers (assorted)
  3. kale
  4. spinach
  5. 1/2 onion
  6. 1 egg
  7. cayenne seasoning
  8. cajun seasoning
  9. cumin seasoning
Instructions
  1. finely chop fresh peppers (I like red and green but use whichever you like), 1 large handful of kale, and 1 handful of spinach, and 1/2 onion, and combine in a small bowl
  2. add 1 tbsp cayenne, 1 tbsp cajun, and 1 tsp cumin to vegetables and mix well
  3. beat 1 egg and add to 2 pounds of ground turkey
  4. with hands, combine chopped vegetables and meat
  5. take a small handful of the mixture and roll into ball
  6. place meatballs into greased (with coconut oil) casserole dish and cover with foil
  7. bake at 375 degrees for about 30-40 minutes, or until cooked all the way through
Notes
  1. These meatballs go great with spaghetti squash and olive oil, or a fresh tomato sauce! Get creative with the vegetables you use to get the flavor you crave!
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Bullet Blend: A Spring Smoothie

Green Goodness: A Spring Smoothie

This spring-infused smoothie makes a perfect sippable snack!


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Ingredients
  1. Get creative!
Grab your bullet or blender, and add the following
  1. 1 tbsp coconut butter
  2. 1 tbsp honey
  3. 1 handful of kale
  4. 1 kiwi
  5. 1 handful of spinach
  6. 1/2 cup fresh diced pineapple
  7. 1 cup fresh blueberries
  8. 1 cup fresh halved strawberries
  9. Blend together for a serving or two of sweet sipping goodness. Makes a perfect breakfast, snack, or dessert option, and it’s packed full of vitamins to keep you going.
Notes
  1. Experiment with wheat grass, other fruits, and even adding chopped nuts. If you have a protein or recovery supplement you like, throw it in for added value.
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Appetizing Avocado Salad

Appetizing Avocado Salad

This tasty dish is a great summer-inspired salad!


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Ingredients
  1. 4 avocados
  2. 1 carton strawberries
  3. 4 cuties (tiny oranges)
  4. 1 orange
  5. 1 lime
  6. 1 cup of nuts (your choice – I suggest macadamia nuts, walnuts, or cashews)
Instructions
  1. dice avocados
  2. slice strawberries to desired size
  3. peel and separate cuties
  4. add nuts (whole or crushed)
  5. combine all items in medium-sized bowl
  6. cut orange and lime in half, and squeeze fresh juices on top of mix
Notes
  1. Super simple, super flavorful, and super healthy!
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A Divine Dessert: Sweet Potato Bake

Sweet Potato Bake

Puts the “sweet” in sweet potato!


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Ingredients
  1. 3-5 sweet potatoes
  2. granny smith apples (or other fruit like blueberries)
  3. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  4. cinnamon
  5. vanilla
  6. almond flavoring
  7. coconut butter (or oil)
  8. nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Grease casserole dish with coconut oil or butter
  2. Slice or dice sweet potatoes (I prefer cubed to about 1/2 inch pieces) and lay evenly in dish
  3. Slice apples and add to potatoes (or try blueberries, strawberries, etc.)
  4. 3 tablespoons of coconut butter (just plop on top of potatoes
  5. Combine 2 cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 2 tablespoons cinnamon, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon almond flavoring, t teaspoon nutmeg and pour over top of potatoes
  6. Cover with foil, and bake at 350 degrees until potatoes are soft (diced are about 1 hour 15 minutes, thinly sliced are about 40 minutes)
Notes
  1. Get creative with your spices and fruits to keep things interesting! This is a great dish to serve as a healthy dessert alternative, or to reheat and eat for breakfast.
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Paleo Pepper Chili: A Football-Season Favorite

 

Paleo Pepper Chili

A tasty Paleo chili, with just enough kick!


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Prep Time
15 min

Cook Time
45 min

Total Time
1 hr

Prep Time
15 min

Cook Time
45 min

Total Time
1 hr

Ingredients
  1. 2 tbsps. coconut oil
  2. 4 large peppers
  3. 1 onion
  4. 1 lb. ground turkey
  5. 1 lb. Italian-style ground turkey (Italian sausage works well too)
  6. 1 bunch of kale
  7. 4 cups chicken broth
  8. 2 cans diced tomatoes
  9. 1 can crushed tomatoes
  10. 1 can tomato sauce
  11. 2 tbsps. hot pepper flakes
  12. 1 tsp. cajun seasoning
  13. 1 tbsp. cayenne
  14. 1 tbsp. cumin
  15. 1 tbsp. chili powder
  16. 1 tbsp. black pepper
  17. 1 tsp. sea salt
Preparation
  1. dice 4 peppers of assorted colors (whatever your preference)
  2. dice one small onion
  3. chop kale (I prefer it finely chopped, but up to you)
  4. brown ground turkey (all together)
Cooking
  1. Using large soup pot, put burner on very low and add coconut oil, diced onion, and kale. Cover and let onions sauté and kale wilt (about 3-5 minutes).
  2. Add peppers and keep covered for an additional 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients, and cook uncovered on low/medium for about 30 minutes (allow to simmer but not boil).
Notes
  1. This is a large enough batch to cook and serve 4 adults, and have plenty leftover for meals throughout the week! It also refrigerates, freezes, and re-heats very well. Feel free to get creative with your vegetables (mushrooms, jalapenos, carrots…or corn or potatoes for non-Paleo peeps. I prefer to use organic canned tomato products to keep things inexpensive and to save time, but fresh tomatoes would be great. Also play with the pepper flakes and pepper colors to adjust the “hot” factor, and increase or decrease chicken broth according to your preferred consistency (doesn’t affect flavor much at all). Enjoy!
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