If you have stumbled across this page, welcome to my Paleo Journey Blog . I am a health and fitness enthusiast who in NO way is an expert in nutrition or health science. I do, however, LOVE to eat and am happy to share the good, bad, and ugly of my expirimenting through the jungle of Paleo cooking. Please let me know what you think of the recipes posted by adding a rating in the comments section and feel free to send in new recipes through email.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Chicken Bowl

Chicken Bowl - Great recipe from Alicia H.  Keep those recipes coming!!
  • ½ sweet potato
  • 1 chicken thigh, excess fat removed
  • 2 slices of bacon
  • baby spinach
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Cook whole sweet potatoe in microwave (4-8 min depending on watts).
  2. Add your two slices of bacon to frying pan.
  3. Salt and pepper both sides of your chicken thigh.
  4. As soon as some of the fat begins to render in your pan, push the bacon to one side and place your chicken thigh into the bacon fat.
  5. Cook chicken and bacon on one side for about 4-5 minutes, then flip.
  6. Your bacon will cook a bit faster, so once it is done, place your sweet potato in a bowl and top it with bacon.
  7. To finish the chicken thigh through, add a tablespoon of water and cover for about 3-5 minutes or until cooked through. Do what I do, check before you much.
  8. In the last minute or so, add a handful of baby spinach leaves
  9. Add chicken thigh to your bowl.
  10. Last but not least, grab a fork and knife and cut it all up. Mix it all together.
  11. Top with a pinch of salt and pepper.

I (personally) scoop my sweet potato out of the skin before putting it in the bowl.  I love this recipe because I can make it for myself for a quick meal but it would  be easy to quadruple and make for the family.  The picture (and original recipe) doesn't include cooked spinach.  I added it to get my greens in and thought it was delicious.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Stupid Easy Paleo Spaghetti and Meatballs

This one popped up on facebook today from Paleo Pot and I always stop and investigate when a recipe looks easy and involves a crockpot.  Check out full recipe at http://paleopot.com/2013/03/stupid-easy-paleo-spaghetti-squash-meatballs/

The blog will be back in action this month because we have a new Whole 30 challenge ramping up and now have two gyms cleaning up their diets.  For those of you looking for the information to get started here is a summary of the plan.  Email me at stephanie@barxcrossfit.com if you want to jump in the challenge.

Spring Paleo Challenge

In January we had over 20 members at CFVP dive into a Whole 30 contest and had some amazing results.  These people made the commitment to eat clean for 30 days and while we ended up picking one champion, everyone was a winner. Everyone lost inches, pounds, gained energy, and showed measurable improvement in athletic performance.

Several of you have asked for another challenge, so here it is, our Spring Whole 30 Challenge.  We are putting this out there for CFVP and BARx members – a great chance to share recipes, struggles, helpful tips and support.

The Whole 30 Challenge - Step by Step:
1. Research the plan to decide if you are two feet in ready to commit.  For the Whole 30 to be effective there is no dabbling, you need to be prepared to follow the program to the letter for 30 days, no cheating!
Go to The Whole 30 January Challenge
for all the specifics on the Whole 30 plan and the fantastic resources that are available to us including :
  • The Whole 30 Program Rules
  • Free PDF guide with meal planning, shopping lists, etc
  • Free Whole 30 Forum - Connect with others doing the program, get support and advice, ask all the questions you want, and allow our awesome members and moderators to give you some much-needed accountability.
  • The Whole 30 Daily Newsletter - Receive an email for every day of your program, packed with helpful information, motivation, and fun little “rewards” for making it through another day.
2.      Contact me to get  weighed in and get body measurements, before pictures, and performance numbers.  This time around we will be measuring a couple of movements of your choice – examples - one minute AMRAP: Row for meters, strict pullups, pushups, ring dips, hspu, back squats @ 50-60% , etc.  You choose what you want to see improvement in. Start talking this up with the other members and lets get a big group on board.  The more people we have going through this journey together, the more support we will have to keep us all in check, share tips, help each other in moments of weakness, and create a positive vibe. 
3.      Pick a start date -  You can start any day between April 1st and April 15th. 

4.      We will plan a dinner at Hot Pot Smoothie on Manchester for all participants and guests - stay tuned for dates.