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!


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!

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

Welcome to the pesekgp blog!

Welcome to the pesekgp blog!

After my 2nd #21daysuperherochallenge with Emily Schromm, I’ve decided to start a blog to keep myself accountable, motivated, and stay strong. I’ll be sharing my meal plans from the previous week along with honest reviews regarding taste, price, and time. Some meals are good, but just not worth the time or money to make them.


I’m also a yogaholic. You can follow me on Instagram: @pesekgp or Facebook:


If you have any paleo recipes I should try, please lect me know!