When living in a small rural community, any new businesses are the talk of the town. The newest subject of mommy gossip is the brand new “Cross Fit” gym that opened in town. Now I knew it was intense and I knew that you had to do weight lifting. I am a Zumba girl, so I didn’t think I would like the whole idea. BUT, a few years ago there was a mom at gymnastics class. She stood there with a fat baby on her hip and two little girls standing by her side. She had one of the best bodies I have ever seen. She was lean, super toned and still feminine. So I asked her, what she did to look so awesome. She replied Crossfit and Paleo. I had never heard of either. I just dismissed it and went on my mary way and figured I will never look like that. So when I saw one of my favorite bloggers Jen at It Sux to be Fat and her posts about Paleo and crossfit. Like me, she has tried a variety of different approaches to weight loss. So when I heard about the new Crossfit in town I figured I would check it out! I am starting tomorrow morning. So I will have to let you know!!!
However, I did start Paleo on Monday. So I am on day 5 and I can proudly say, I am not hungry, have no cravings and am truly enjoying my food. You must be asking “what the heck is Paleo??” Basically it is eating the food our body is meant to eat. Meat, fish, veggies, fruit, nuts, eggs and lots of fat (grass fed butter, olive oil, coconut oil, coconut milk, avocados etc)I am actually going to a nutritional presentation on Wed. so I can let you know more details. Did you know that 90% of your weight loss is your diet. My fav quote is “abs are made in the kitchen”. You can exercise like a nut, but you won’t lose that body fat if you don’t eat well. So since I’m a baker, my big question was what flours and sweeteners can I use?? The answer is Almond flour, coconut flour, tapioca flour, arrowroot powder for flour and pure maple syrup, coconut sugar, and honey for sweeteners.
So I decided to post some of my paleo recipes for you. I will not be posting the nutritional facts/ww points. This program is not based on calories. You eat when hungry, that is it. I have been eating 6-8 times a day and I love it!! Basically avoid breads, crackers, cookies, beans, peanuts, popcorn, sugar….eat only things that are found in the perimeter of the grocery store.
Paleo Pumpkin Bread
(yeah my kids ate the whole loaf in 1/2 hr, guess it was good!)
- 1 cup almond flour
- ¼ teaspoon pink sea salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ cup pure canned pumpkin
- 3 tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup
- 3 large eggs
- In a small bowl combine almond flour, salt, baking soda and spices.
- Add pumpkin, honey, and eggs and mix well
- Put batter into a small loaf pan.
- Bake at 350° for 35-45 minutes
- Cool for 1 hour
- Serve with grass fed butter!