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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Nom Noms

In the past month, our entire diet has changed. I feel like we're in a whirlwind as I'm scrambling to find entirely new meals to make or twists on the ones that I've been making for six plus years. It's fun, it's exciting, but it's terrifying and stressful, because every Monday (the day before grocery shopping) I'm searching and searching for inspiration. I'm not a natural-born, throw-a-gourmet-meal-together, kind of girl.

You know we're doing the juicing thing and that is going great. We feel healthy, we feel energized, and we've lost some weight! (To brag, I'm down to 133.4 and haven't been this low for over 3 years. Brandon is at 178 and looking trim!) We juice for breakfast and have one with our lunch, or for our lunch, depending. In between those two "meals" we're eating fruits and veggies.

Except Brandon. With flight school keeping him busy, he eats when he's home. So I'm snacking in between on fruits and veggies.
(My weekly menu on the wall!)
It's just dinner that has me in a scramble. We've been cutting down our meat intake significantly, but still including it with every meal. We've reduced our dairy intake to, um, ice cream and coffee creamer (for Brandon, I don't do coffee). We've cut out grains pretty much entirely.

That's my problem: a lot of my meals centered around grains! Yeah, we're going towards the Paleo style of eating, and that's cool with me. We've just super upped the fruits and veggies, add in a bit of meat, and there we go!

Now I need some lunch and dinner ideas... any takers? And then, what do I feed Penny?

Anyway, here are some photos of the last few dinners I've made!
Some notes...
1. We don't eat everything in bowls! It just so happens the last 4 nights we have!
2. We love sweet potatoes, they show up in 3 of the meal.

Blue Bowl: "Spaghetti" - Wait, weren't we cutting out grains? Yes, we are! This is spaghetti squash and I will tell you what, we're addicted. I think we like this better than with pasta, and it made our tummies feel so much better. Plus, Penny looooveeedd the squash!
Green Bowl: This recipe, or what I call "chicken bake" for short. It's basically chicken, potatoes, and asparagus (and I throw in onions, mushrooms, zucchini, and this time, turnip, because I had it), all baked together! One of our new favorites, so easy to do, and so healthy!
Yellow Bowl: Our shepherd's pie. Grass-fed tasty ground beef mixed with zucchini, mushrooms and onions, and topped with mashed sweet potatoes. And I cheated a bit and put some shredded cheese on top. I can't let good cheese go to waste!
Red Bowl: Roast! I stuck a shoulder roast in the crock pot with some sweet potatoes (surprise!), carrots, onions, mushrooms, and celery. Cooked all day. It fell apart. Penny approved of this too!

I'm feeling pretty confident with our eating habits. Now the tough part will be making lunches for Brandon to bring to work! That'll be interesting!

6 comments:

  1. That's awesome! I'm looking into doing the Paleo thing, and it makes me a little nervous. It seems hard to find good things to eat. But all of these meals look really good!

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  2. love it! i really need to change up some of our meals.. its just so expensive to buy tons of fruit and veggies here! lol. maybe once we PCS it'll be easier! i love seeing what you guys have though!

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  3. I will have to take a few of your tips, I'm trying to ditch the baby weight myself! Have you noticed it affecting your milk supply at all?

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  4. We have been a lot more conscious about what we eat lately as well. I was actually going to do a post on this. For lunches to send to work with Daniel I've started baking boneless, skinless chicken breasts at the beginning of the week using different seasonings. Then give him that, with brown rice and vegetables. Haven't been able to kick the grains completely yet over here. It's really hard! A+ for you guys doing such a good job at it!

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  5. Everything looks delicious!!

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  6. My SIL did the Paleo thing for a while and liked it! My bestie heard that the Paleo diet helps with PCOS, so she's thinking of trying it. It's a great diet for sure. I read the other day that a low-carb diet can effect breast milk production.. Do you think it's having an effect on yours? I was thinking of going back to low-carb but I'm terrified it'll do something to my milk/milk production.

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