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December 12, 2010

Help getting into the correct deadlift position, from the mobility WOD.

Thanks for all the wonderful posts and inspirational experiences! Everyone is doing great with the Paleo Challenge-let’s come out on the other side of this 90 days without regrets!

Here is the article from Greg B’s post about The psychology of giving up junk food from Mark’s Daily Apple:

A favorite food offers momentary pleasure and maybe a meaningful bit of nostalgia. But what is your life without that favorite food? More energetic? Less congested? More restful? More even-keeled? Less medicated? Just as happily reminiscent. Just as meaningful. Your taste buds are but one small part of you. If your whole body could vote on each food you put in it, what would it tell you? Read the rest here!

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  1. Katherine Reply

    This is on my Sunday to-do list. The recipe is from http://cookclean.tumblr.com/

    Curried Butternut Squash Soup

    Serves 6
    Ingredients

    * · 1 tbsp canola oil
    * · 1 onion
    * · 2 cloves garlic
    * · 1 granny smith apple
    * · 2 lbs butternut squash
    * · 4 cups vegetable broth or water
    * · 1 tbsp curry powder
    * · ½ cup of almond milk
    * · Sea salt and pepper to taste

    Directions

    1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees

    2. Peel and chop the squash into cubes, and arrange on a parchment lined baking sheet. Roast in the oven for 45 minutes.

    3. Peel and chop the onion, garlic and apple.

    4. In a large soup pot heat the oil and sauté the onion, garlic and apple over high heat.

    5. Stir in the squash, broth and curry powder. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

    6. Stir in the almond milk.

    7. Use a hand blender to puree soup until it is smooth.

    8. Season with salt and pepper

  2. amanda Reply

    Finally, feel GREAT. It’s been a rough week, I’ve been hungry, sluggish and having cravings for foods I hardly ever eat. But yesterday everything changed and I feel fabulous. I think I finally have my diet in check (tough being a paleo vegetarian)! Also, went to my work’s xmas party and was able to avoid all the yummy apps! I did have an extra glass of wine, but whats a party without a little buzz?:)

  3. Katherine Reply

    A work party without a buzzzz, is just called work.

  4. sarah lee Reply

    Amanda. Great to hear!

    Katherine. I hate to do this but canola oil Is not good for you:( If anyone wants to share the reasons why for a point this Is your chance. If not I will at the end of the day.

  5. Littles Reply

    Katherine this link will be your personal guide for choosing oils. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/healthy-oils/

  6. Littles Reply

    And here’s the article on why Canola is not good for you, my words wouldn’t do it justice.
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/dear-mark-canola-oil/

  7. sarah lee Reply

    Thanks Littles. I encourage all to read those articles. After reading them I facebooked Robb Wolf to make sure. He confirmed that Canola is not a healthy oil.

    On a happier note. Here is a recipe for apple crisp I made up a few weeks ago. Its really simple. I just taught Mark how to make it.

    Preheat oven to 350

    In a large bowl combine
    2 Granny Smith Apples peeled and sliced
    1/2 ts cinnamon
    1/2 ts nutmeg
    1 TABLE SPOON Arrow root powder
    juice from 1/2 lemon
    1/4 cup honey
    pinch of salt
    Pour into baking dish or 4 greased ramakins

    In another large bowl combine
    1/2 cup almond meal
    1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
    1/2 cup chopped cashews
    1/4 cup honey
    1/4 cup melted coconut oil
    pinch of salt

    Bake about 20 min until apples are tender and juices are bubbly. Cool and serve.

    I made this for non paleo friends and they enjoyed it too.

  8. Littles Reply

    I feel thin. I’m seeing more of a waist and just smaller in general. YAY.

  9. ErinM Reply

    Had my first holiday party last night! I had been feeling great but have to admit it was TORTURE! I survived and feel like I accomplished so much by not giving in! I feel so much better today than I would have if I had cheated!

  10. Cape Cod Val Reply

    Canola oil is made from Rapeseed oil. Rapeseed oil is poisonous to living things and is an excellent insect repellent. I t has have been used (in very diluted form, as per instructions) to kill the aphids on roses for the . It works very well; it suffocates them.

  11. Cape Cod Val Reply

    I can have honey, i missed something. I could have honey in my coffee???? woo hoo

  12. Katherine Reply

    No worries. I don’t own canola oil, so i used olive oil anyway.

    It is super yum!

  13. Katherine Reply

    Where does everyone buy their Almond oil?

  14. Nettie Reply

    I made this yesterday and then I had to work last night so I can’t personally give it a thumbs up, but Greg and the girls gave it rave reviews. SO SIMPLE!

    Pork roast – brown in coconut oil, then transfer to crock pot. Put onion slices and garlic cloves all around – I think I used 2 or 3 med onions and almost a head of garlic. Pour red wine in – 1/3 to 1/2 way up the roast. Cook 8-10 hours on low. Put with roasted veggies (butternut squash is my new favorite!) and a salad and you have a yummy dinner 🙂

  15. jmiles Reply

    and for the other side of the coin on canola oil go to the Wikipedia site for an interesting read.

  16. Mark Lee Reply

    Nice Job Erin! That is a challenge-I love the experiences of those of you who won over a dificult situation-it is encouraging and sures the rest of us up for the next 70 some odd days! I am still impressed and motivated by Greg W’s Patriots ticket story!
    Keep em coming even if it’s just minor, I know everyone has got something to share!

  17. Greg B. Reply

    I know fresh and home made is the way to go, but sometimes we don’t always have the time or ingredients on hand for stuff like the fabulous marinara sauce that was posted, so I spent some time reading labels at stop and shop this afternoon looking for some marinara sauce to keep in the pantry. I had previously found the Walnut Acres brand (specifically the Tomato and Basil) in the “Health Food” section and it is all organic, contains no non-paleo foods and is very tasty – however it was about $5 a jar, which is a little pricey I thought for just some marinara sauce. So today I wanted to see what I could find on the regular isle. I did not do an exhaustive search, but I did find that the Classico brand has some choices that do not have the sugar and soy and other things we are avoiding. The three I found were: Roasted Garlic, Fire Roasted Tomato & Garlic, and Tomato & Basil and they happened to be on sale this week for $2.50.

  18. NJR Reply

    Today has been so hard! In keeping our tradition (I have a 6 year old) we made gingerbread men while decorating the tree…… she puts so much junk on them that they usually get thrown out the next day because no one will eat them, even with all the stuff on them I wanted one soooo bad… I am chewing gum and have had about a gallon of water to drink… Ugh cookies are my downfall! So tomorrow I will make CF Mama’s Almond Cherry cookies… where can I find Almond Flour? I haven’t seen it in the grocery store… however I’m generally running through!

  19. Nettie Reply

    Tomorrow I will post a good gingerbread cookie recipe 🙂

  20. Lindsey Reply

    Paleo Crab Cakes

    Ingredients:
    1 pound crab meat (lump or claw)
    2 egg yolks
    1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot or onion
    2 tablespoons finely chopped celery
    2 tablespoons finely chopped dill
    1 teaspoon lemon zest (grated off the outside of a lemon)
    1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
    1/4 teaspoon paprika
    1/3 cup olive oil

    Prep:

    Bundle the crab in a thin dishtowel and give it a few hard squeezes to release moisture. You’ll probably be able to get a couple tablespoons of liquid to drip out.

    Whisk the egg yolks. Add the shallot, celery, dill, lemon zest, hot sauce and paprika.

    Gently mix this into the crab. The mixture is not going to look like it will hold together, but don’t worry.

    To form the crab cakes all you need is a round cookie cutter about 2 inches wide. Using a tablespoon measurement, scoop 2 generous tablespoons of crab into the cookie cutter.Press the crab down very firmly with your fingers. Gently lift the cookie cutter.Using this method, you should be able to make at least a dozen crab cakes.

    Cover the cakes and refrigerate for one hour or more. This helps the ingredients bind together.

    Preheat your oven to 375. On the stovetop, heat the olive oil in a pan. When the oil starts to sizzle, use a spatula to slide the crab cakes into the pan.

    Cook about 2-3 minutes on each side until they are browned and crispy. Don’t put too many in the pan at once.

    Use a spatula to scoop the cakes out the pan and onto a cookie sheet. Put in the oven for another six minutes to make sure they are warmed through the middle. Garnish with dill.

    ***I wonder if there is Paleo Tarter Sauce***

  21. Katherine Reply

    Dana,

    I am going to make your fab cookies tonight, but have a quick question.

    What do you mean by almond oil in the solid state?

    Thanks!!!

  22. Nicole Reply

    Way to go Erin and Nicole, you beat the temptations and I bet you feel great about it!

    I baked some chicken tonight and it was delicious. I just dipped some chicken breasts in egg, then coated it with almond meal and finely chopped walnuts. The taste reminded me of these chicken fingers that I love from The Puritan Backroom, a restaurant in NH. I will definitely be making this recipe again:)

  23. Kateyb Reply

    I read the blog on our crazy attachment to “comfort foods” and how they’re all wrapped up in our traditions. Why not establish new traditions with paleo foods? Wouldn’t we form the same attachments? It doesn’t solve the underlying psychological issues that cause that attachment. But I don’t think paleo ever made that claim 🙂
    I’ve discovered I can still have thai food! Yay! Also, tonight I had spaghetti squash and meat sauce. It was definitely comfort food! And I don’t have a terrible stomach ache like I would have with pasta. Paleo rocks!

  24. crossfit mama Reply

    Hey guys, some of you have asked me about the almond oil in my cherry almond cookies. I am so sorry. I posted it wrong. I meant to write coconut oil. Hope that wasn’t holding anyone back. Now go bake.

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