Week 1 – Demolished!

Week 1 – Demolished!

Well, week 1 is coming to an end. I haven’t had sugar since January 2! With the exception of a headache and extreme exhaustion on day 3, it hasn’t been bad. THANK GOODNESS! I was concerned it would be a terrible sugar detox similar to my first time. The headache and sugar detox contributed to my demolition of an entire bowl of Pho. All that bone broth goodness pushed me over the sugar detox hump! Yay!!20180104_175228.jpg

Here’s my recipe reviews!!

Smoky Bacon Chili

See linked recipe from PaleOMG. I’ve made this many times and love it every time! See my previous review here: Chili and Chicken Fingers

Avocado chicken salad

See linked recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen. This was a new recipe, and all I can say is YUMMY!!! I will definitely be making this recipe again! I didn’t have fresh dill, so I put dry dill in the dressing mix and let it sit while I prepared everything else! It keeps well and was amazing for leftovers! If you are eating it as leftovers, I recommend leaving out the avocado until you’ll be eating it. That way you don’t have brown avocado (barf).


Taco Salad

See recipe here: Back At It Again. This recipe was good. Next time, I’ll use my own taco seasoning blend I like from All Recipes Taco Seasoning II (minus cornstarch). I was worried the avocado and salsa wouldn’t be enough “dressing” for the job. However, I was wrong. It was just right! The cauliflower rice was a nice touch and added some additional texture!


Bonus Recipe! Cauliflower Crust Pizza!

Friday night brought on a craving of pizza. No matter what diet or food changes I’ve made, I always find a way to eat pizza. Pizza is life!! I love a cauliflower crust pizza! I used the recipe from All Recipes Cauliflower Crust but with Parmesan instead of an Italian blend. Note to friends: if you don’t have parchment paper, get some before you make the crust. It sticks to aluminum foil even with oil! LOL

After you’re done baking the crust, add pizza sauce (I like Muir Glen because it doesn’t have added sugar), toppings, cheese, and bake until the cheese is melted!


On the menu for next week

Burgers with Avocado and Sweet Potato

1 lb ground beef
2 – 3 avocados
3 baked sweet potatoes
½ onion
2 cloves garlic

Bake 3 large sweet potatoes at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until tender. Mix ground beef with chopped onion, minced garlic, salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne (if you like spice). Form into 3 patties and cook until done. Serve with mashed avocado and sweet potato.


See you next week!!

Back At It Again

Back At It Again

Here we are in a New Year. I have decided enough is enough. I need to cut sugar again.

Here is what I’m eating this week!!

Smoky Bacon Chili – see linked recipe from PaleOMG

Avocado chicken salad – see linked recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen

Taco salad – Saute ½ onion in healthy oil (EVOO, coconut, avocado oil) until translucent. Add 1 lb beef, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp paprika, pinch of cayenne, ½ tsp salt, and pepper to flavor. Saute cauliflower rice (or 1 bag frozen or 1/2 head fresh) and sprinkle with salt & pepper (If using frozen or whole cauliflower, pulse in food processor until rice sized, then follow saute instructions). Top 2 handfuls of mixed greens with beef mixture (split in 3 servings), cauliflower (split in 3 servings), ½ avocado, and salsa (sugar free).

Wish me luck!! I will be completing another round of the EmFit Challenge and it’s my resolution to stay sugar free a minimum of 4 days a week after this 21 days is complete!


Easter in the Sandhills

Easter in the Sandhills

I meal planned for last week before I remembered it was Easter and I was also going to a cow/calf symposium. I spent Tuesday & Wednesday in Columbus, NE at the symposium. I learned a lot which is good as Nick wants to ranch. Friday we drove around in the sandhills of Nebraska. It’s so pretty there. My grandparents had a small farm North of Comstock that I used to spend summers at. We drove to their grave for a visit and past the old farm. We stopped at my cousin Jennifer’s ranch near Brewster. It was great to see her family for a bit. We spent Saturday driving around the Platte basin and visiting my Grandma Merrier, Dad, and Aunt Pam. What fun! Sunday we spent Easter with my siblings! It was great time with lots of unhealthy eats.


On to the food!!

BLT Vegetable Soup from April/May 2016 Paleo Mag


Overall: Good. All the tomato upset my stomach. If I make this recipe again, I’ll cut the canned tomatoes in half.

Price: Good. Not much to it. The sugar free bacon was the most expensive ingredient.

Zucchini Pasta with Salmon and Cashew Sauce from April/May 2016 Paleo Mag


Overall: Eh. I’m not a huge fish fan. That said, this recipe was good. My zucchini went limp due to my poor holiday planning, so I improvised with broccoli. I also added paprika for a bit more flavor

Price: Good. Very few ingredients, so that was nice.

On the menu for next week:

3rd round of the 21-Day Superhero Challenge starts next week! Excited! Recipes are from Em’s meal plan

Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and Chicken Stew from 5 Ingredient Paleo

Asian Ground Beef Broccoli Slaw from Stir It Up

Carrot Cake Pancakes by Eat The Cookie. So excited for this recipe!

All Aboard! This Train Is Leaving…Again.

All Aboard! This Train Is Leaving…Again.

The last 2 weeks, I’ve really fallen off the train. Last week was crazy! I had something to do every evening: supper and swimming with out of town friends, flute choir rehearsal, a visit from my sister and her 3 kids, a zoo trip with that sister + kids and my other sister plus her 3 kids (6 kids total… we had a great time!), Lasik , a birthday party, and helping my boyfriend move equipment. Stressful and tiring and no time to cook. My choices weren’t great but most days they also weren’t terrible.

This week, I’ve just felt lazy and unmotivated. I’ve been nursing my eyes and being sure to frequently apply drops to keep them hydrated. I already feel like Lasik was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Sure, it’s annoying now with all the drops, but that’ll improve with time!

I didn’t have time to plan last week, so I failed this week… kind of. Several meals of chicken, rice, and broccoli have gotten me though the week. Oh well, next week is a new week! Another chance to start again! I got my first issue of Paleo Magazine today! Thankful for the much needed motivation it’s given me!

Here’s my food reviews from 2 weeks ago.

Tuna Casserole from The Domestic Man

Overall: Yummy!! It definitely isn’t the pasta loaded goodness you’re used to but it was so good. I used coconut milk instead of the heavy cream. I think next time I’ll try cream. I don’t mind coconut milk, but there was a slight coconut after taste that I’m not a fan of (I don’t like coconut…. but I put coconut oil in everything… so go figure…)

Turnip and Potato Soup from The Domestic Man

Overall: Another yum!! I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a turnip until I made this soup. It was delightful. Almost like eating mashed potatoes for a meal! The only thing I would change would be to add some meat to it. Perhaps ham or bacon? BACON!!

On the menu for next week!!

BLT Vegetable Soup from April/May 2016 Paleo Mag

Zucchini Pasta with Salmon and Cashew Sauce from April/May 2016 Paleo Mag


I hope you have a fabulous week!

Chili and Chicken Fingers

Chili and Chicken Fingers

Last week was rather uneventful. It dragged on and on but really nothing happened.

Bacon Chili PaleOMG!

Overall: I love this chili. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t plan well and was out of ONION! WTF! Sad! It was still good but not up to it’s normal amazingness.

Cost: Good. I typically leave out the bacon. It’s good with the bacon, but the seasoning and smoked paprika are really what seal the deal for me.

Almond Chicken Fingers  with  homemade ranch  on a salad

Overall: Eh. I don’t plan on making this again. The chicken fingers were dry and the almond breading was dry. The ranch was ok. I think it could be better with buttermilk instead of coconut milk.

Cost: Reasonable

On the menu for next week

Tuna casserole by The Domestic Man

Turnip and Potato Soup  by The Domestic Man

Valentine’s Day Fun!

Valentine’s Day Fun!

I thought it took a while to get over my Superbowl food hangover… but Valentine’s much worse. It all started with 3 dozen beautiful red and pink roses from Nick delivered while I was at work. (awww….how sweet is he!) My oldest sister and her family were in town, so we joined them for supper at Red Robin (Yum!) and then Nick and I went to see Deadpool! It’s hilarious! Go see it!

Saturday, Nick took myself and 2 of my nieces to the Backstage Experience at the Zoo in the aquarium! How cool! We got to see the big filters and everything under the aquarium that supports the animals. We also got to see the coral they are growing for other zoos and to return to the ocean! From there we went to the 3rd floor which is the top of the aquarium! We saw them feed the sharks and turtles. It was really cool to watch! That evening we had Cheddar’s which I also love. Nick had also gotten me some cookies from Eileen’s, which are my favorite.

Sunday, Nick took me to 801 Chophouse which is a super fancy steakhouse in downtown Omaha. I’ve been there once before and it’s so delicious! Yum! Steak!

So my gut was upset after the crazy weekend with lots of sugars and grains. I’ve been fighting it all week to get it back to normal. On to the food!!

Almost Pizza Pie by PaleOMG!

Overall: Delicious! I could eat this weekly. I top with mozzarella cheese!

Prep Time: As with any spaghetti squash recipes, it takes time because you have to first cook the spaghetti squash. Once it’s cooked, you mix everything together and then bake for another hour. So it does take some time to make but it’s delicious and worth it.

Cost: Reasonable!

Chicken Salad on Almond Bread

Salad Ingredients: 14oz chicken, 3 stalks celery, 1/4 onion, 4tbsp mayo (I used Primal Kitchen Avo Mayo). Cook chicken and chop veggies. Mix them all up with mayo.

Bread Ingredients: 3/4cup almond butter, 4 large eggs, 1/4cup almond flour, 1/4cup arrowroot powder, 1/2tsp sea salt, 1/2tsp baking soda, 1tbsp ground flax or chia. Preheat oven to 350. Blend eggs and almond butter and mix dry ingredients separately. Then mix everything together and put into bread pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

Overall: Good but the bread was a little dry for my taste. I think I’ll try a different bread recipe next time, but the chicken salad was delicious! It was also super easy to make.

Cost: Very reasonable!

On the menu for next week!

Smoky Bacon Chili by PaleOMG. I love this recipe. I make it all the time! It’s so good on sweet potatoes!

Almond Chicken Fingers by Generation Y Foodie on a salad with homemade ranch.

I hope you all have a great week!!




Superbowl Hangover

Superbowl Hangover

Is it just me or does it seem like this week is dragging on and on and on… Maybe it’s just me. I’m really excited to see my sister and her family on Friday and Saturday. I’m also super excited to celebrate my first Valentine’s Day with Nick (not to mention my first Valentine’s day where I was in a relationship for probably 9-10 years…).

Nick wanted wings and pizza for the Superbowl. I feel I did good and stuck to 8 wings and only 2 slices of pizza! Impressive for me! I was mainly worried I’d feel like poo if I overindulged, so I tried to keep myself in check. I also tried king cake for the first time ever at work on Fat Tuesday. Yum! What a delicious cinnamon roll!

On to the meals!

Japanese Hot Pot Soup – see my previous post for recipe.

Overall: Yum. I can’t get enough of this stuff. It’s just so good.

Cost: Extremely reasonable!

Goulash – reinvented paleo!

1 lb ground beef, 1 spaghetti squash, 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 can tomato paste (I used sauce and it was too runny), 2 tbsp chili powder, 1 tbsp garlic powder (or less…I love garlic).

Prepare spaghetti squash as normal and shred. Brown beef, once browned, add tomatoes and spices, then mix in spaghetti squash

Overall: Yum! Not quire the same without noodles… but still wonderful! And still super easy to make!

Cost: Very reasonable!

I also had protein pancakes for supper tonight. Yum Yum!! I just started using Garden of Life Grain Free Vanilla protein. It made excellent pancakes.1 scoop of powder, 2 eggs, mix well and cook. I topped with almond butter and maple syrup… with a side of bacon!! And a huge glass of milk (it expired days ago but wasn’t bad. It needed to be drunk).

Up for next week:

Almost Pizza Pie! By Paleomg. I love this recipe. I’ve made it before and can’t wait to eat it again!

Chicken Salad Sandwiches. Going to try my hand at making a paleo bread. Wish me luck!!

Catch you next week!!


Hello February!

Hello February!

Well, the first week of February has come and gone. We had a huge snow storm here in Nebraska. Luckily, Omaha wasn’t hit too bad! Phew! I’m tired of shoveling snow…

Friday night I went to Happy Hour for my monthly female friends meet up. It was great seeing them all again and getting to know the ladies I’m not friends with better. It’s a great group of women! Then, I worked on this sweet gift for my boyfriend. I really hope he likes it. It was inexpensive but definitely a lot of thought on my part went into it (with love of course).

This week’s recipes were pretty good. Much better than last week’s flops. Ended up throwing out 3 servings of the chicken chili….I just couldn’t make myself eat it. I tried. I just couldn’t do it. 😦

Sweet Potato Sloppy Joes from Paleo Newbie. <I’ve figured out how to hyperlink! Yay!


Overall: This recipe was good. However, it made me crave bread. I guess Sloppy Joe’s on bread are engrained on my brain! Add that to the fact that the only sweet potatoes at Natural Grocers this week were gigantic. The sweet potato to Joe ratio was way too high. Less potato, more Slop needed.

Cost: Very reasonable. 🙂

Ease: Super easy and fast to make. Cooking the sweet potatoes took the longest.

Slow Cooker Paleo Chicken Teriyaki also from Paleo Newbie.


Overall: Yum! I paired it with rice and broccoli. I recommend adding in the pepper flakes. I forgot them and it was slightly on the bland side without them.

Cost: Reasonable 🙂

Ease: Super easy, mix everything and throw the chicken on top to cook for hours. Shred up the chicken and throw it back in for a bit. Wa-la! Done!

Up for next week:

Goulash – No recipe known… I’ll be winging it! If it turns out delicious, I’ll share! I’m going to attempt to replace the noodles with spaghetti squash. I’ll measure out my ingredients as I go so I can post.

Japanese Hot Pot Soup – from the 21-Day Superhero challenge! Yummy! I can’t wait to make this again! I didn’t add the sesame sauce last time. Maybe I’ll get crazy and try it?

SuperHero Challenge Recipe:

  • 1 box bone broth, chicken broth, orbeef broth
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (optional)
  • 1-2 tsps ground ginger (can also use fresh ginger, but remove after cooking)
  • 1-2 tsps ground turmeric
  • 2-3 cups mushrooms of choice, diced
  • 2 stalks green onions, diced
  • ½ head of cabbage, diced finely
  • ¼ red onion
  • salt and pepper to taste

Bring to almost a boil and let simmer all together in a giant pot. Add in your choice of meat, 1 pound total (I like a cheap steak.)

Makes 3 servings. Add diced avocado on top OR homemade sesame sauce:

Sesame sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seed oil

Don’t forget to check back with me next week!!




Beating My Sugar Addiction

Beating My Sugar Addiction

Sugar (which includes all non-fruit sugars) should be limited to 6-9 tsp a day. That’s roughly 24-36 grams.

I like so many of you was addicted to sugar. Sugar is as addictive as cocaine. I couldn’t help myself.  I needed sugar. I had a problem.  I was an addict.

When you eat sugar, your body produces insulin.  Insulin is a fat storage hormone. The more sugar you consume, the more fat you’ll store. When your body is finished processing all that sugar, it craves more. And the cycle continues and continues.

Finally, I was #fedup. I admitted to myself I had a problem.  I admitted to a friend that I had a problem. I was ready for a change….but I didn’t know where or how to start.

Enter Emily Schromm – Unleashed Fitness and her fabulous 21-day Superhero program. The basis of the program is to cut sugar and foods that your body will turn into sugar (grains, alcohol, etc). Was it easy? Hell no!  Did I want to quit? Absolutely.  Did I quit? No! I held strong and went 21 days with no sugar in the fall of last year.

Enter the holidays. I could feel myself spinning out of control again.  I recognized the symptoms. I knew I had to change again before it got it of hand.

I just finished my 2nd 21-day challenge.  I didn’t have a perfect 21 days.  I had sugar.  I celebrated with family and friends.  Do you know what the difference is? I can control the sugar consumption now.  I am strong. I am my own #superhero


Week 3 Superhero Challenge

Week 3 Superhero Challenge

Last week was the final week of my 2nd superhero challenge. While none of Emily’s meals looked very good, I did try one.

Jalapeño popper chicken chili


Overall –

I was super excited about this chili because it’s from one of my favorite paleo recipe websites! Let’s just say, eh. I wasn’t thrilled with this recipe. The ground chicken texture leaves much to be desired. I can barely choke it down…. but it was also so expensive to make. The only ground chicken I was able to find was $7/lb! Holy crap! Add on top of that a pound of ground beef, and it makes for a rather expensive chili that I won’t be making again.

Prep –

Super easy. Chop everything up and thrown it all in the crockpot and mix. Cook on low for 8+hours. Easy peasy.

Cost –

Expensive in my opinion. $7/lb for ground turkey, $5/lb for ground beef. Yikes! That’s a lot for only 6 servings.

Chicken Carbonara Casserole

Spinach and Artichoke Chicken Carbonara Pasta

Overall –

Yum. I’ve made this recipe before and it’s good. Even my boyfriend thought it was good despite the fact that it was “too healthy”. I’ve made myself a note to cut the amount of nutmeg. I don’t know like it…I don’t know why I always use it when the recipe calls for it…

Prep –

A little more complicated as there are lots of small steps. Cook the bacon, cook the spaghetti squash, cook the chicken, dice up all the veggies. Then mix them all together and bake for an hour. Luckily that baking hour gives you tons of time to clean all the dishes you just dirtied making it…

Cost –

Expensive if you use the Pederson’s sugar free bacon and good quality chicken. It would be much cheaper if you weren’t worried about the sugar free bacon or quality chicken.

On the menu for next week:

Slow-Cooker Paleo Teriyaki Chicken

Paleo Sweet Potato Sloppy Joes