Wednesday, September 12, 2012

WIAW #30

Before jumping into this week's WIAW, I had a couple of fun things to share! Well, they're cool to me anyway but if you're bored, skip on ahead. ;P

First off, I roasted a whole chicken for the first time! I'd been wanting to learn for a long time now but had never got around to it. I'm glad to cross that one off my list. Thanks for helping me, Mom! 

Certainly not going to be winning any beauty pagents with this photo but who cares when it tastes great?

After a great Crossfit WOD, a mess of errands, and roasting the chicken, I was in one of those productive moods. So I baked some Paleo pumpkin muffins...


...did a little decorating for Halloween...


...and finally got a couple of pictures hung in my living room. These had been in the corner of my room for, oh, a year now. Super pumped to have gotten them up there - they really finish off the room nicely. :)



And here we are at week 2 of my all-Paleo WIAW!


The first couple of days on Paleo pretty much sucked. Which I was expecting...but was still not prepared for. I had a headache for 4 days straight (though that may not have been the cause, I'm guessing it was) and felt super tired and weak during my workouts. So much so that I only ended up hitting Crossfit twice last week, rather than my usual 5 times. And that second day basically killed me. I ended up being a lazy bum the rest of that day.

Anyway, I'm happy to report that I'm feeling MUCH better this week. Most of my cravings have either disappeared or diminished. My headache and tiredness has lifted. And my workouts have been stellar. I snagged a 10# PR on my squat cleans on Monday (from 105# to 115#!) and have been resting less during the WODs. Whether this is from my eating Paleo or I'm invigorated from 3 days off, I'm not sure entirely sure. But I ain't gonna knock it!

Alright already, let's get to some eats. 

Breakfast: Egg whites, avocado, grapefruit

The new normal. But if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right?

Snack: Banana w/ almond butter

Someone please chime in here and tell me I'm not the only one who likes their bananas to be on the slightly greener side. Once they get all yellow - and especially with brown spots - they are just too gross for me to eat by themselves. Anyone else out there?

Snack: Raw Brazil nuts & almonds

Between a few handfuls of this, picking pieces off of the chicken, and taste-testing the muffins, I wasn't hungry for a real lunch. 

Dinner: Roasted chicken, baked sweet potato, salad

Yum, the perfect dinner for the first crisp fall day we've had!

And now I'm off to see what you have all been up to. Have a great day!

By the way, for anyone else Paleo, check out this chicken salad recipe:

18 comments:

  1. Those muffins look fantastic! I've never roasted a whole chicken either - was it hard? I'd love to try one day. I love productive days like those!! Wish I had some more often.

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    1. It was MUCH easier than I ever expected! The hardest part was waiting to eat some after smelling it through the house ;)

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  2. I can't believe I have never seen that almond butter before! Makes me want to run to Trader Joe's and pick up a jar ASAP!!!

    Thanks for sharing. Happy WIAW :)

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    1. It's so good - the flax definitely adds another yummy flavor in there! Give it a try sometime :) Happy WIAW to you too!!

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  3. I love pumpkin paleo muffins! I've been making them all summer except that I veganize them. They're still super yummy!

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    1. I'm guessing someone is a fellow pumpkin-maniac? ;)

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  4. Congrats on your first chicken! I need to check out those pumpkin paleo muffins... sounds delicious. So glad you're feeling good this week. As for bananas, I'm with you-- not too ripe for eating, but I do love the super ripe ones for replacing sugar in baking.

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    1. Thank you! The super ripe ones in recipes is a-okay by my me too!

      I got the muffin recipe here, if you're interested: http://www.whatrunslori.com/2011/12/purely-paleo-pumpkin-muffins/

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  5. Roasting a whole chicken is über impressive. Very cool, and I prefer my bananas slightly green. Once they go yellow, I freeze them for smoothies or make some muffins.

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    1. Yay! Someone who totally gets my weird banana thinking :)

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  6. The first time I roasted a chicken, I was surprised at how easy it was! Such a good thing to learn. And I can't get enough of that flax almond butter-- it's my favorite AB by far!

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    1. I was shocked at how easy it was - it seems like it should be much more complicated!

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  7. Bananas with little brown spots are THE BOMB! I like greener ones sometimes, but seriously that one brown spot makes it the best. I love brazil nuts - they are the best! I'm glad you're feeling better on paleo!

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    1. They're too "banana-y" for me with the spots lol - that's usually when its time to make bread ;) Thanks!!

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  8. I love my bananas to be under-ripe...once they start to go brown, they go straight to the freezer for smoothies!

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    1. Yum, I love throwing bananas into smoothies!

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  9. I'm definitely there with you on the bananas - only good for banana bread at that point! Good luck to you with paleo. I'm not sure I could do that - love me some grains!

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    1. I thought that I'd be bumming without em too but its been surprisingly easy to go without. Cheese is another story, though! ;)

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