Taking a Break

January 25, 2012 § 3 Comments

I’ll be leaving blogland for a while. I’ve got some things going on that are currently requiring a great deal of my attention and are of a nature that I don’t really feel up to expressing.

I have no idea how long I’ll be away, so please forgive my absence and my lack of participation on your blogs. Doesn’t mean I don’t still love you guys.  😛

Take care everyone!

Project 52 – Week Three

January 19, 2012 § 2 Comments

Hosted by Cate @ Moments of Whimsy, Project 52 is about doing something you love once a week and then post about it.  It’s a great way to not only document doing something you love, but also a way to support and encourage each other in doing the same. Nice, eh?

Anyway, I’m a little early this week but I figure since I missed last week’s post, it evens out.  😛

Ankle Biter

I’m walking casually through the room
Unaware of you stalking me
I turn around
Then wince out loud
As you stare from your perch upon my knee

Owwwie, those claws are sharp
Still you stare, while I become ever more aware
Of what’s holding you there

On my knee
Get off of me!!

You flee
And I swear I can hear a faint
“Hehehe”

For kitten lovers everywhere.

Our 30 Day Paleo Challenge – An Update

January 18, 2012 § 3 Comments

Well, we’re coming up on the 2/3 mark for our challenge.

As persome very kind and sound advice, I’ve managed to stay away from the scale so I have no idea if I’ve lost anymore weight or if I’ve even gained any. Truthfully, it matters less and less to me everyday.

What I can say is that for the last 16 days I have not had a single slice of bread or grain of rice or piece of potato (or potato chips/crisps). I did have pizza once, pasta once and breaded chicken wings once and each time I ate those things I felt bloated, tired and just plain yucky. The next morning’s constitutionals were no picnic either.

Overall though, with a mostly Paleo diet for the last two and a half weeks, I’ve lost a bit of girth around my waist, my breasts don’t feel as tight, my butt is slightly higher and my face has remained clear (I suffer from mild to moderate – depending on my cycle – adult acne).  More importantly, I still a much better sense of well being and my cravings, though still there, aren’t as consuming or distracting.

Also gone is a lot of the negative inner dialogue I was having about what I was eating. Almost every time I ate I used to say to myself things like; “Don’t eat too much of that”, “Does your waistline really need another handful of those”, “You’re going to regret this tomorrow”.

Now I’m saying things like; “Yummy”,  “Who knew cauliflower could taste so good” and “More, please”.  Eating has become more of a joy and something I look forward to sharing with my family as opposed to something I have to do just to survive.  Does that make sense?

And don’t get me started on the cooking! Cooking is much easier and more rewarding now. When you consider that a great deal of our diet is raw foods, well…it’s just a matter of cooking the protein and some of the veggies, many times in the same pan or pot. How easy is that?

I will be looking into some Paleo baking recipes. Our current diet as it is is fine for the challenge but if we’re going to get serious about this, I need to make things that we can incorporate to transition from challenge/diet into lifestyle.

Oh, I haven’t mentioned the exercise…well, that’s because there’s nothing to tell right now. Mid winter in Eastern Canada is a tough time to start an exercise regimen. It’s just really hard to exercise when it’s so freakin’ cold that you put on your housecoat as soon as you take off your overcoat. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  😉

Rumpy made a request for some spinach recipes because Jen, his human, loves spinach. I’m going to take that request one step further and post a Paleo recipe of the week.  Watch for it Rump!  😀

Hope everyone is having a good week out there in blogland!

 

Adjustments

January 13, 2012 § 5 Comments

It’s all about adjustments around here these days. Getting used to a new family member at the same time as adopting a new lifestyle change.

Sarah Jane is slowly making her way into the clowder. The most recent incident with Panther had the little wee one standing her ground and putting on quite the display of fangs and puffy tail. Panther actually took off and decided it wasn’t worth it to try rolling her again.

Two days ago Darth, the ol’ man and leader of the bunch, introduced himself to Sarah Jane by walking up to her to take a sniff. She backed herself into a corner with a flurry of hisses and growls. However, in the spirit of his royalty, Darth simply raised his paw to her and then walked away rolling his eyes. “Yeah, whatever.”

Between that and the Paleo challenge, it’s been all about getting used to new things.

What I’m loving most about the Paleo challenge though is the cooking. I’ve been expanding my skills in the kitchen with researched and adapted recipes that all of us are thoroughly enjoying.

I never thought I would have such an affinity toward spinach, red onion and mushroom having hated them for most of my life, now I look forward to them.  The best is that I can’t wait to perfect sweet potato fries. My first few attempts have ended up with either under or over cooked.  I’ll be working on it.

Yeah, a lot of adjustments lately.  But so far so good.  😀

Our 30 Day Paleo Challenge

January 12, 2012 § 18 Comments

On January 2nd we started a 30 day Paleo challenge. The basic idea is to eat like a caveman for 30 days and see how you feel at the end of it. So far my favourite comment from family and friends has been from my brother who asked, “Where are you going to get dinosaur meat?”

He was just being cute and I was being even cuter when I replied nonchalantly, “Oh, we know a guy.”

The thing I found interesting though is how often, in the 10 days since we started this new way of eating, that the questions come up.  “What, no bread?”  Nope. “No potatoes, rice or pasta?” Nope.  The best has to be, “Then what are you eating”, as though I’m starving myself.

What I am eating is; beef, chicken, pork…bacon, lots of bacon, eggs, spinach, zucchini, carrots, squash, turnips, strawberries, blueberries, coconut milk, raw almonds, cauliflower, green beans, green peppers, assorted leafy greens, tomatoes, cucumber, mushrooms, butter and onions.

That’s just in the last 10 days. Really, I’m hardly starving.

But I’ve cheated too. Let’s see…1/2 dozen leftover Christmas cookies, milk chocolate, pizza and the three cough drops I ate because I was too lazy to get up and get the cookies.

Overall though, the last 10 days have shown me that I CAN do this. In general I just feel better, have more energy and a more positive outlook. Despite the setback of actually gaining a couple of pounds in the first week, by sticking with it, I’ve subsequently lost more than I gained and then some.

This shit works.

Changing our diet and the foods we eat is Phase one. The next phase will be about incorporating regular exercise into our routine. We’re not looking to run marathons here, just to invigorate ourselves a little with some physical activity. Especially important here in Canada in January when the weather outside leaves you not even wanting to open the front door, let alone get out for a brisk walk.

Snow, freezing rain, more snow.

For now, I’m keeping Phase Three as a surprise, mostly because I’m not exactly sure about it. I’m leaning towards…ahhh, you’ll have to wait.  😛

If you’re at all interested in Paleo and want more info check out GROKette’s Primal Musings for an intro into the world of Paleo. She has more info, links and experience than I do and I loved her latest article.

I’ll keep you posted.

 

 

Welcome Sarah Jane

January 9, 2012 § 6 Comments

“What were we thinking” is the first thing that comes to mind when talking about Daughter’s new kitten.  You’d think with a household that already more cats than people, adding another to the mix would be the last thing we wanted to do.

And you’d be right. Except that Daughter has been asking, nay begging, for a furry friend of her very own for the better part of 6 months. When she first brought it up Hubby and I laughed and said, “Sure, when one of the ones we already have has moved on.”

Needless to say Daughter thought this totally unfair seeing as how she had absolutely no say whatsoever in the decision to already have four cats. Especially Panther, the latest addition, who was actually her brother’s cat that we took in because he was no longer in the position to care for her. Her exclamation of, “So NOT fair” had some serious merit.

Nevertheless when the requests began getting regular – a couple of times a week – just before Christmas we had the holidays to put the whole thing off. I am seriously against getting pets as holiday presents whether it be a bunny for Easter or a puppy for Christmas.  A pet deserves more contemplation and preparation than to be adopted on holiday whims. JMO.

In any case, the New Year rolled around and Daughter asked us again, “Can I get a kitten?” Hubby and I agreed that the best course of action was to take Daughter out so she could look and, more importantly, get a handle on just how much a kitten needs and what those needs cost.

What Hubby and I did not necessarily agree on was that she would get one that very day. *sigh* Alas, I was not present when Daughter laid her eyes on…


and immediately fell in love with, this.  Meet Sarah Jane Smith (yep, a hardcore Dr. Who fan through and through – a tribute to Elisabeth Sladen RIP and her character).  How’s the “Awwww” factor for you? Worse is that she is even cuter in real life.

Of course it took me mere minutes to be totally okay with the whole thing. The clincher were the kitty kisses on my nose the first time I held her.

The other cats however, well…it’s a been a week now and the opinions range from curiosity, Darth and Herc, to mild disdain, Rosie, to outright disgust “How could you bring that orange furball into MY house”, Panther.

Twice now Panther has rolled the poor little thing in a show of “I’ll learn you who’s boss around here.”  The first time she got away with it with only a stern talking to, the second time Hubby was not so forgiving and tossed Panther into the snow out back. (No she wasn’t hurt at all, just a little freaked out and perhaps a bit chilly.) I think Panther’s thoughts were, “Oh shit! That’s right, YOU’RE boss around here.”

In any case, for all concerned, we’re keeping Sarah Jane and Panther at a distance and only allowing mingling under strict supervision. Anyway, “busy” does not even begin to describe the energy Sarah Jane exudes. I would so love one of those devices that measures the speed of a moving object just to see how quickly she actually moves when she’s tearing through the house.

And absolutely EVERYTHING must be smelled, tasted and chewed on. Already Daughter’s headphones are toast and we’re constantly having to make sure the little thing doesn’t electrocute itself (or bring down the internet) chewing through live wires.

Certainly reminds me why it’s been almost 9 years since we brought a kitten into the fold. Rescued cats are so much easier in that they are just grateful to have a roof, food, the occasional treat and a little lovin’ now and again. Kittens are just so entitled.  😀

 

Cauliflower – Who Knew?

January 7, 2012 § 3 Comments

Did you know you can cook cauliflower to get the same consistency as mash potatoes?  That’s cool, right?!  But did you know you can also chop, grate or process cauliflower to get the same consistency as rice?

I had no idea. Thanks Shady!


There is the giant head of cauliflower Hubby brought home from the grocery store today. I used about 1/5 of it for tonight’s stuffed pepper dinner.

First I sauteed some onions, celery and garlic in butter until soft. I then added some lean ground beef and cooked until brown. I added canned (drained) diced tomatoes and let that simmer on med low for about 20 minutes.

Then I grated raw cauliflower until I had about 2 cups and added that to the mixture and continued simmering. After another 10 minutes I added leftover meat sauce and turned the heat down letting it simmer.

I cored and cleaned four large green bell peppers and stuffed them with the meat/cauliflower mixture. And put the tops back on for the picture.  😛


Then I took the tops back off, added cheese and put the tops back on.

I used the remaining meat/cauliflower sauce to line the pan and baked them at 325 F  covered.  After 40 minutes, I turned the oven off and removed the cover and let stand until we were ready to eat.

*Update: When I wrote this post the peppers were still in the oven and I never did say how they turned out. Well, they were awesome! Satisfying and filling, we only ate one each and were stuffed. The last one is in the fridge and calling my name.  😀

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