Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Vegetables for Breakfast

How are my fellow WLC'ers doing? We're 5 days into the Challenge! I want to hear what you've been loving and what you've been hating! Are you missing sugar? Having cravings? Have you caved? Forgetting your fish oil?


Some days for me are better than others. I had to dock myself a point yesterday for a discretion I had with my husband's glass of wine ... naughty. While still within the rule of WLC, I've also managed to devour a 16 oz. jar of almond butter in less than 4 days, not cool. This is why I rarely kept any nut butter in the house before. I miss my PB2!

One of the goals I set for myself during the WLC was to incorporate vegetables into my breakfasts, something I'd always struggled with.

On Sunday I made Paleo "Oats" from a a head of cauliflower.


On Tuesday I made sweet zucchini pancakes from coconut flour and pure raw Stevia.



This morning I made balsamic brussels sprouts with a fried egg. 



On the other days I may have eaten a slice of Paleo toast along with my post-WOD protein shake (At CFM we made a special rule: we are allowed post-WOD protein) but I made sure to get at least a handful of tomatoes in.


What are some of your new favorite recipes you've been playing with over the challenge? A new ingredient you've tried? I love the shaved brussels sprouts I found at Trader Joes. I even had brussels again for dinner!


Browned butter balsamic glazed brussels and mushrooms. I topped with a little sesame seeds for some crunch, fantastic! (No protein pictured, because .... I brought home a bison burger *no bun, just veggies* from Yeah Burger, but it was so good, I literally was having an orgasm in my mouth, and just could not be bothered with a damn camera.) 


Colorado grass-fed bison! Disappeared in 3-2-1 ... 


Not sure if any changes are happening on the outside? But, I am so happy I haven't eaten artificial sweeteners in almost a week!

What's one food you cut out that you didn't want to? 
For me it was PB2. I don't see anything wrong with it, but, it does have a tiny bit of sugar in it (maybe 1 or 2g) and happens to be a legume, and CFM'ers are not allowed legumes unless vegetarians.

Stay strong and carry on!

28 comments:

  1. I think you still look awesome! Those abs, holy moly girl! I know its's so hard to stop eating sweet meals all of the time. In the past couple of months, I've switched to a paleo diet. I still have cream in coffee from time to time, maybe some yogurt too, but mostly paleo (90-95%). Now, if I don't have bacon and eggs for breakfast, I have to have them for another meal in my day because I crave them so much! I really like your idea of zuke pancakes and the cauli oatmeal. Do you have recipe for the pancakes? I saw the oatmeal recipe - will try it out soon! :)

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    1. I'm really lactose intolerant, so cutting the dairy out has changed my life this last week!

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    2. And yes, under my "Recipes" page, you can find the link for the pancakes.

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  2. Doing good!! I have had a few slip ups diet wise but am on track for today and plan to be tomorrow and the next day! Rec'd my shipment of coconut flour and oil today and it is awesome. One food that I miss right now is bread. It is getting easier though.

    Question for you: I am working out of my home gym and want a good website to go to for WODs.....I have found some but am curious as to what you know for resources.....?????

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    1. I will address this in my next blog post, I've also gotten a few emails as well.

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  3. WHAT GREAT MEALS HUNNIE! I am also really proud of you for having NO artificial sweeteners! That's amazing :)

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  4. also doing really good!
    it's surprisingly easy to stick to the food rules w/ some good prep. And the 'being that guy' challenge really helps me feeling comfortable while eating out.
    Also kicked my ass for some late night after work WO's and mobilization during the last days instead of jumping into my cookie pants. thx accountability due to logging the points. yay.

    Beforehand I was a little bit uncertain about totally cutting out soy from my diet b/c I didn't eat lots of meet during the last month. But I also didn't want to go veggie...
    Until today I had meat once a day and went really well with this. no anxieties so far ;) as a reward there will be lots of fish at the weekend.

    but there is also something bad going on over here: I am watching my fat consume with concern. even if there is only healthy fat consumed its a lot - nut butter along with fruits in the morning, too many nuts as a snack, butter/coconut oil for cooking, avocado as a salad topping, egg yolk... should probably reduce this a little bit.

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    1. Rosa,
      I'm concerned about my fat intake too. I eat avocado, eggs, hemp, nut butter - all healthy, but it seems my %age is very high. I think I'm making up for not eating grains with fat. I wonder what the right %age should be??? Curious. I'm not doing the challenge, but would like to know!

      Jamie in Arkansas

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    2. Mine too. But if I don't eat more fat I'm not satisfied. I'm wondering if it's necessary so I get enough calories. I'm eating a lot of produce which doesn't have many calories alone. And my meat is mostly lean so again I have to eat a lot. I have to add the fat in order to have energy throughout the day because I can't eat a large volume of food at once to get enough fuel.

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    3. Ladies! I'm just so happy you're sticking to the rules. It will take some time to dial in YOUR fat intake need. Remember, if you're taking in very low carbs (low fruit, little sweet potato) your body needs to run on SOMETHING. Fat is an OPTIMUM fuel source. So, your body needs protein to build, but it needs either carbs or fat to RUN on. You're cutting out the carbs, so you need to take in fat to function. I will post a few links in the next blog post to help you dial in your needs.

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  5. Nice work on the challenge! Stay strong and keep filling up on those veggies!

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  6. I am loving the challenge so far, I think the true test for me will be this weekend as I'm partial to a glass of wine or two. It has really helped having a couple of paleo cookbooks- Practical Paleo is a god-send! I am worried about my exercise though, I'm not sure how to go about getting the most efficient workouts in order to increase my strength so that I'll notice a difference in the WOD at the end of the challenge and decrease my body fat.

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  7. you look fabulous, awesome job so far sticking with it! first few days by far the toughest until habits form.

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  8. I LOVED your cauliflower paleoatmeal Thanks so much for that :) Can't wait to try the zucchini pancakes.
    I hate that it's so hard to find sugar free bacon. Boo.

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    1. Do you have a Publix or a Kroger? We have found it there!

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  9. The hardest part of the challenge for me has been the insane work week we've had this week (14h day every day so far). Not very conducive to fitting in exercise (I don't count walking the dog). Usually get up at 4 to work out but when you go to bed at 11 this is really hard.

    FYI: balsamic vinegar has sugar in it

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    1. What do you do for work? Do you work 3 days a week then? Good for you for fitting it in!

      FYI: My balsamic vinegar has no sugar in it. I have REAL balsamico modena. No sugar, no coloring, no gluten. It's very expensive, but I find it is worth it.

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    2. Ah interesting - I thought all balsamics had sugar. Good to know.

      Three days - I WISH! I work 5-7 days a week depending on the week (call schedule). I'm a veterinary neurosurgeon/neurologist at a university teaching hospital so not only do I see patients/clients but I teach doctoral students as well.

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  10. I HAVE to try that veggie "oatmeal" one day! It looks so good!
    Thanks for sharing
    Dani

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  11. The hardest thing for me has been sugar cravings. I make it to about 48 hrs before I can't take it anymore. I end up eating a small piece of chocolate. The cravings are just so intense. I eat fruit like its going out of style to deal but it just gets to the point that it's just too intense and I crack.

    I don't know how to make it past that 48 hour period. When I cave I'm just starting the process over again. Anyone have any tips?

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    1. Don't ruin your WLC over a little chocolate! I have a solution for you! I have chocolate cravings every night, I make a coconut oil/cocoa nib blend and it totally cures my chocolate craving. I will share the recipe. And it's WLC compliant!

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  12. oh man, PB2 and nut butters are an addiction for me!

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    1. I do miss PB2! No legumes for a while though ... I will probably let it back into my diet at the end of the Challenge. :)

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  13. you may want to try this, i saw the recipe but i've never tried yet
    http://www.paleoplan.com/2011/06-01/no-oat-oatmeal/

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  14. You look amazing lady! Love how creative you're getting. I too used to rely heavily on artificial sweeteners and have almost come down to zero as my norm and I feel a MILLION times better! I didn't realize my headaches, trouble breathing, restlessness, and irritability was all b/c of artificial sweeteners! It's CRAZY. Way to go!

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  15. Hi Courtney!
    Where can I find your recipe for your cauliflower 'oats'? I am dying to try them!
    Thanks so much!

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