Paleo-ish

On Sundays I think about my food goals for the week, which are often determined by how much I’ve deviated over the weekend. Denver is a city filled with excellent restaurants and even more excellent craft breweries so you have to allow yourself the occasional indulgence or you are seriously missing out.

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Goldspot Brewing Berkeley|Denver

Shout out to our neighbors Goldspot who brew the most unique and delicious beers! It’s hard to resist stopping in for a cold one on an 80° day after hours of yard work.

Lately I’ve been very into the Paleo diet. I did the 21 Day Superhero Challenge before my wedding last year and it was awesome, it changed my eating habits completely. I understand the need for an occasional cleanse but I like the 80/20 rule when it comes to following any kind of strict diet.

Being a vegetarian, the paleo diet was not sustaining me long term, especially as I ramped up my fitness training for the half marathon. I like to eat Paleo most of the time, but I’ve had to work in quinoa, whole grains and beans for me to feel my best. For the next few months it’s going to be a focus of mine to learn more and find a balance that maintains a low-carb, low-sugar diet while endurance training.

I like this particular episode of The Paleo Solution Podcast with guest Yuri Elkaim because they talk about the importance of healthy eating and nutrition, but also recognize that diet is not a one size fits all solution.

I haven’t gotten super into food prepping but I like to spend my Sundays in the kitchen. Here are a few simple habits I’ve picked up that get me off to a good start to the week.

1. Hard boil 6-12 eggs – Great protein for breakfast, on a salad for lunch or add to a zoodle bowl for dinner, a la paleo ramen!

2. Make Paleo granola with coconut flakes and lots of nuts – For breakfast bowls or a mid-afternoon snack.

3. At least 50% of a Sunday grocery haul should be fresh produce – Be creative! Cauliflower = Rice, Zucchini = Noodles, Mushrooms + Walnuts = Burgers

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite Paleo recipes: Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice

Have a great start to your week!

 

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