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BACON! Yup, it’s good for you.

3 Oct

So here’s the amazing NEWSFLASH:

Bacon is GOOD FOR YOU!

Ok, stop shaking your head.

Bacon contains fat- Yes. But it’s the good kind called monosaturated fat. The good-for-you, oleic acid, fat that can help lower bad cholesterol levels; the same fat found in olive oil. There are lots of studies that have revealed that eating a protein-rich diet in the morning (eggs and bacon), lowering your carb intake, and eating smaller meals throughout the day will in fact leave you feeling full longer, help you lose weight, and boost your energy. SCORE! Add in a good amount of exercise and youโ€™re more likely to lose weight and keep it off. DOUBLE SCORE!

Some people still think saturated fats are evil, and because of this misconception have banned bacon from their homes. GASP! However, fatty acid experts today say that saturated fat from natural sources like meats, dairy, and tropical oils (coconut, palm) are not detrimental for our health, but instead much better than the polyunsaturated and hydrogenated substitutes weโ€™ve been recently using. I cook with coconut oil ALL the time and find it amazing, nutritious, and delicious. No, it doesn’t taste like coconut. Well, if you douse your food in it, then yes, it will taste of coconut. So just don’t do that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lots of people believe that starting the day with cereal or pancakes gives you a strong push to get through the day. However, this is not the case. “A breakfast high in carbs would promote carbohydrate utilisation throughout the rest of the day, whereas if you have a fat-rich breakfast, you (can) transfer your energy utilisation between carbohydrate and fat,” says Dr. Martin Young of the University of Alabama at Binghamton. He says the first meal of the day is what programs you for the rest of your day. So filling up on fat-rich foods is actually a good thing, not something to be shunned as it was in the past. You spend the day burning that fat. Loading up on carbs simply causes that dreaded insulin spike which causes you to store any fat you eat as opposed to using it the right and best way for your body. YAY for bacon in the morning!!!

Ok, but put down that pound of bacon you just reached for. We still need to practice moderation. Anything in excess is not good for you. Bacon has amazing benefits and so many misconceptions that hopefully this article can help clear up- however- eating an over abundance of it isn’t the smartest choice. Just add it to your weekly menu 3-4 times a week (along with dropping the excessive carbs and getting your butt off the couch a few times a week) and watch and see how your body thanks you ๐Ÿ™‚

DISCLAIMER: Remember, I’m no doctor. This post is simply for information in a easy to digest (see what I did there??) way. For more information regarding high fat diets and how good they actually are for you (AND the precautions you still must take)- check out this article from Marksdailyapple.com.

Ready for some recipes???

Here’s a bunch of bacon goodness:

http://paleodietlifestyle.com/for-the-love-of-bacon/

Crispy bacon

Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Fries (EEEEE!!! How good does that sound??)

www.health-bent.com/pork/paleo-bacon-wrapped-sweet-potato-fries

paleo bacon wrapped sweet potato fries

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs

http://paleodish.com/2012/05/07/bacon-wrapped-mushroom-chicken-thighs/

Bacon Pesto Stuffed Hamburgers

http://www.amazingpaleo.com/2012/08/24/bacon-pesto-stuffed-burgers/

Walnut Coffee Bread

24 Sep

Yes. You read that right.

Seriously amazing combination right? I found this little gem while looking for a new dish to bake last night. I have this amazing app on my phone called “Fast Paleo” (get it… NOW.) It’s part of www.fastpaleo.com and is a great on the go resource to find yummy recipes and all the ingredients you need. This works perfect for when you are already out! Check the recipe list from your phone and head to the grocery store. Easy peasy. My kind of app.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup raw organic honey
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  • 4 eggs, whisked
  • 120g crushed walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda, a pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Steps:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Grease a bread loaf pan with coconut oil.

Mix all the dry ingredients (almond meal, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt)

Add the remaining wet ingredients (melted coconut oil, coconut milk, eggs, coffee, and honey) to the dry ingredients. Mix together.

Add crushed walnuts into mixture.

Pour into the baking pan and bake for 30 minutes or until the middle is completely cooked through.

Let cool then……. NOM NOM NOM!!!!

(yea… so my iPhone is obviously not as cool as most peoples considering these photos are CRAP lol but hopefully you get the idea of how yummy this bread is! Soon, I plan on taking a day or two to recreate recipes and take REAL photos!)

Let me know what ya think ๐Ÿ˜‰

The 80/20 theory..

23 Sep

“It’s too much work.”

“I don’t have time.”

“I don’t have the will power to keep it going.”

Does this sound familiar???

photo courtesy of toptvstuff.com

Yea.. those are some of the most common phrases uttered by people who just can’t seem push themselves to make a change. I know those phrases well. I SAID THEM FOR FAR TOO LONG!

Here’s the coolest part about Paleo….there is this little, eensy weensy theory that we use (use, not LIVE BY) that says:

STRIVE FOR 100%…KNOWING THAT YOU MAY ONLY BE ABLE TO HIT 80%.

Life happens. Things come up. And situations don’t always allow us to be perfect cavemen(women). Ever since processed foods have been introduced into modern society, we sort of can’t avoid them depending on where we are. If we are always home, never leave, and never eat out- sure! 100% Paleo is a breeze. But that type of lifestyle is just not realistic for most people. We eat out and menus don’t always offer the best solutions (though most restaurants do! I have NO problems eating out now that I’m Paleo!)

Once of the things that got me on the Paleo train at first was the fact that there is this 80/20 theory that simply says you can abide by the Paleo lifestyle 80% of the time while 20% of the time you are non-paleo. If you hit the 80/20 ratio, you will still see excellent results…. more energy, weight loss, health benefits, etc. When I realized that I could change my life slowly, still eat the things I really wanted until I was ready to give them up, and I’d still see results?? I was in. Sign me up.

Photo courtesy of bodybuilding.com

Best thing about this is simply this: I don’t beat myself up if I have something non-Paleo. I don’t stop eating for two days because I had something that wasย  unacceptable to my lifestyle. I tell myself “80/20 Kristina. It’s all good. Tomorrow is another day.” I don’t stress. I don’t freak. It’s amazing. Because let’s face it- every once in a while you are faced with that delish Carvel ice cream cake for someone’s bday or a night out with friends during which you find the menu offers nothing exactly healthy. This is part of life and I’ll be darned if I lock myself up to avoid it.

So, those of you out there saying, “I just don’t have time.” Or patience. Or money. Or will power. Whatever it is you are using as an excuse- let it go. Paleo allows you to follow your own course and do it in your own time. There is no “bad girl” feeling if you go off course. And once you find the Paleo foods that you love, you will see how easy, quick, and delicious your meals become! I have never again uttered any excuses when it comes to our menu each week. We look forward to food shopping, planning our meals, marinating hunks of meat, persusing the farmers market, and cooking after work.

80/20 guys. Try it. I’m 99% right now, but certainly started 80/20! And every once in a while, I really work that 80/20 theory…. especially when I hit little Italy and Ferrara’s Bakery is calling my name…

Photo courtesy of culinaryfool.com

Let us know your thoughts and whether this 80/20 theory can help give you that little push. I know it did it for me ๐Ÿ™‚