What’s For Dinner? Weekly Edition!

I have a saying when things are in their place and prepared accordingly.  It makes me happy about life!  What do you do each week as far as your routines to make yourself “Happy About Life”?

The alternative to being “Happy About Life” is what I like to call the ‘EEEOOORRR Syndrome’.  I keep this guy with me to remind myself not to be an EEEOOOORRR.

Eeeeorrrr

 

This is my first full week back to work post Holidays.  I am happy to be back to a regiment and routine.  I know it so well there is a comfort in that predictability.  Without change however you can get quickly stuck in a rut.  Balance is definitely the key.

So many things change daily and push us outside our comfort zone.  That is where we experience growth- I am always very open to change and see it as an opportunity however I do savor including some of the routine things that keep me balanced so I am more open and willing to experience change because I know I can adjust.

It’s busy as can be in our household.  Chad got pretty spoiled having me off for some time.  Usually I am just as busy if not busier than he is due to my travel schedule.  Still no excuses to not get the right fuel.  If I don’t have the right fuel you will see me quickly slip into the EEEEOOORRR state of being.

So how do I prepare to not look and feel like an ass?  Prepare my food for the week ahead of time.  Shopping for food has become a science practically.  I go to several different stores for everything I need to get.

Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Farmers Markets, Coscto and lastly the Fry’s and Albertson’s of the world.  With all this learning that has been going on I also have become quite selective about where I get my meats.  Knowledge is power but ignorance is bliss!!!

I went to Whole Foods and a Farmers Market for the weeks fare.  I get veggies fresh daily or the day before if I am going to use them due to spoilage issues.  If you have everything else you need a quick stop to pick up veggies and of course the filling the never ending shortage of bananas saga is no biggie.

 

farmers fare

This is what I picked up at a local farmers market.  Everything was made or farmed locally, the meat from a small farm and all grass fed.  They even accept food stamps as a form of payment.  They did something different at this market that I really liked.  They gave you a note card size sheet to take to each booth, if you wanted something you would put it on the list and when you finished your shopping they would tally it all up and only charge your card one time.

That was a big selling point for me, some of the booths I only wanted something that was maybe $5 but didn’t want 10 different $5 transactions on my credit card.  I really do give heavy support of local business every opportunity I get.

Locally goods sometimes can be a little more expensive than the chain stores but again the more you know…. I will use a quote from one of my favorite movies Clueless circa 1995 when Cher said:

“You see how picky I am about my shoes – and they only go on my feet!”

Cher

 

So you see… spending a little more on quality food since it is going inside every part of you as a being may be a good priority.  This is a good read regarding grass fed vs. corn fed and doing it on a budget:

http://robbwolf.com/2012/05/02/food-budget-and-paleo-diet-questions-answers/

 

 

Whole Foods

This is what I picked up from Whole Foods.  Buffalo, Bacon (I cheated and didn’t home cure it this week, the jury is still out on Nitrates, so generally quality bacon from a trusted source with a few nitrates isn’t the devil!) and organic ground turkey in the meat papers. Enough veggies to get me through about 2 days.   I love sun dried tomatoes, I get them in olive oil and just simply dried.  They work in so many situations.

They have these awesome nut grinders at Whole Foods, you grind it yourself so you can see it is just simply ground nuts.  I got cashew butter.  It works awesome for crusts in a dessert setting.  They also have a chocolate almond butter.  DON’T DO IT!!! IT’S JUST TOOOO GOOD! I know how out of control it can get from experience :/

If you notice when you go to a grocery store of any kind the majority of where you will find these items is the 4 corners of the store.  I generally never venture into the guts of the store, that’s where the processed pantry is.

 

 

Variety

While I enjoy my regiment, variety is the spice of life!  I LOVE this triple crockpot.  LOVE is an understatement.  This puppy is out every Sunday or Monday full of 3 different kinds of meats for the week.

This week:

Left pot I have ground beef with southwest seasoning and Hatch green chile sauce I got from the Farmers Market.  These were all natural, no preservatives, no sugar and made here in AZ.  I love to poach a couple eggs and put it over the meat.  YUM!

The middle pot has goat shoulder with poultry herbs, mint, coconut butter and local pickled garlic.  YES GOAT!  It is a first time try for me on this one.  The statistics about goat vs. other types of animal protein are astounding I had to give it a shot.  The farmer also grows their own sprouts and the goat eat them exclusively.  I also think there is a part of my subconscious that thinks eating goat will make me, THE CCC more goat like on those mountains!

The right pot has goat ribs in it with a local made habanero peach bbq sauce.  Adventurous!!

Here is a cool write up about some different meats to add some variety to your fare:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/wallstreetjournal/10-delicious-meats-that-are-better-for-you-than-st-354z

I will certainly be trying all of these.  I am guessing you will wait for me to try it first haha!

So here I am home on a Monday evening post vacation workload done for the day, workout done, with 3 pots full of delicious smelling meats that have been cooking alllllll day long.

I just have to make some veggies to go with them and dinner is served… ALL WEEK LONG.  EEEEEOOOORRR who?  I also got some time to share some more with you.

This makes me happy about life.

 

I am not a dietitian, nutritionist, or certified trainer.  I am a normal, smart, professional Woman who is also an athlete.  I was diagnosed with a very serious case of diverticulitis and within moments almost lost 60% of my G.I. tract due to it.  Once in recovery to avoid surgery going forward I did a tremendous amount of research and adopted a Paleo lifestyle.  The results I have personally seen and felt are worth sharing.  I am fortunate to have a network of professional athletes from many walks of life, nutritionists, trainers and other medical professionals to learn from. I am sharing my personal journey for those of you who experience similar types of health issues or are simply interested in the information I gather. I hope it encourages you and points you in the right direction to research further for your own personal well being.  For those of you who are looking to share in my relentless hiking passion, or those who simply enjoy learning about the things I come across I am happy to have you all along on this incredible ride!

 

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