I came home from church today really hungry! I’m not much of a breakfast eater, so I had my tea and a banana when I got up, and set off this morning. I stopped at the grocery store after church to pick up a few things – eggs, veggies, bacon, and some meat for dinner. I was hungry for eggs, but hard-boiled or scrambled just sounded kind of boring.
I follow “The Wild Diet” by Abel James, and just searched “crustless quiche”. This recipe was the first on the list and sounded delicious!
I use recipes as a guide but improvise with ingredients I have on hand. I had some cruciferous mix (chopped cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts and broccoli) from Trader Joe’s that I substituted for the broccoli crowns. I browned up my onion and garlic and decided to add bacon. What could be better than adding bacon? I chopped it up and fried that until it was crisp, then wilted the cruciferous mix in a dab of bacon grease in the pan.
I was only making 1/2 recipe, so 6 eggs, a little cream and sea salt and fresh cracked pepper whipped to a frenzy – and we were ready to go! The aroma was about killing me, but I topped the sauteed veggies and bacon in the pan with the egg mixture and sprinkled a little swiss cheese on the top.
After cooking on the burner until the edges started to set, I raised the rack in my oven and put the entire pan on the highest place in the oven and waited. 15 minutes later – THIS came out of the oven!!
A fresh tomato chopped with a little basil, salt and pepper, and I had a bruschetta topping – a little sprinkle of parmesan and I’m in heaven.
These are the ingredients I used – I cut the recipe in half, and made some substitutions.
Here we go again!! Seriously – every year it’s the same. Boom, Christmas is over and my mind starts making plans for the new year! Again. But why not? It’s always wonderful to plan for a fresh start!
And that usually includes some sort of plan to get healthy, eat better, lose weight, workout more. So, to make this more fun and see better results, why don’t we do it together? It’s always good to have someone to share your goals and struggles with, right? I just know it makes me work a little harder!
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If people like popping things into categories, I guess you would say this is Paleo. But with a much more interesting flavor!! Abel believes in eating top-notch ingredients and using fabulous recipes that taste amazing and satisfy! Take a look at this blog to read more about The Wild Diet.
He’s successful enough (and his plan works) that you can find recipes, meal plans, tips, tricks, and plans anywhere on the interwebs. Pinterest has pics of his delicious recipes – and it’s all free! I snag his stuff wherever I can, although I have invested in his book and his Fat Burning Tribe group – it’s worth it!
So today – let’s talk about Food Addictions. I think I must be a very addictive-type personality. I often eat the same lunch for months at a time – when it’s something I really love, then I will switch it up, and eat THAT for 3 months. I don’t know why – I just find I like things and want them daily. Until I want something else.
It’s all good unless it’s Junk Food – carbs, sweets, unhealthy stuff that does my body no good. Here are Abel’s tips for stopping those addictions and food cravings! Good to know this time of year –
Here’s his latest post on the topic!
So you may know that I studied brain sciences during my college days (…yep, I’m a nerd). I’m always trying to “hack” my brain and body to improve performance, burn fat, and reduce cravings.
But did you know that some “bad” foods can be more addictive than cocaine?
In fact, recent research suggests that food addictions engage similar brain pathways as drugs and alcohol.
I doubt Cheetos are more addictive than crack. But clearly, unhealthy foods have a real and sinister effect on the way our brains work.
In a viscous cycle, junk food addicts may actually be eating too much junk as a self-medication to balance levels of the chemicals that are disrupted by… eating too much junk food. Thanks Monsanto!
Most traditional diets fail because they are based on calorie-restriction and don’t address the mechanism of addiction that leads people to overeat in the first place.
Fortunately, there are alternative systems available for a healthy lifestyle that can be realistically maintained long-term. Here are some tips to get you on the right track…
How to Hack Your Brain to Free Yourself from Junk Food Addiction
Naturally boost dopamine levels. Being active and social increases levels of dopamine, as do new and pleasurable experiences such as hitting the local watering hole, whipping up a new recipe, or jamming to music.
Naturally boost serotonin levels. Altruistic activities such as helping others, giving compliments, and playing with pets up your serotonin considerably.
Baby steps. If you can’t go cold turkey, swap one junk food for a healthy food at a time. It’s really not that difficult – just stop buying Oreos and buy an apple instead. You crave what is around you.
Expose yourself to healthy foods. (And by “expose yourself,” I’m talking about eating foods, not flashing them.) Pro tip – it takes at least 10 exposures to a healthy food before you begin to crave it in the same way that you craved junk foods. That’s why I crave kale while many crave Krispy Kreme.
Eliminate mindless eating. Don’t eat in front of the TV, reading, driving, or anything else. Not only will you overeat because your brain is distracted, you will also begin to associate activities with foods (such as soda with driving, candy with talking on the phone, or popcorn with TV) which increases cravings.
Indulge occasionally – guilt-free. We all want to be perfect, but we’re all human. As long as you are making good choices the vast majority of the time, give yourself permission to indulge in foods you truly love on occasion.
Hey, it’s cheat day. I think I’ll go upregulate my dopamine and serotonin with some cheesecake…
P.S. – If you like “brainy” stuff like this, you’ll definitely like The Wild Diet 30 Day Fat Loss System. You’ll learn exactly how to burn fat, build muscle, and have fun in the process.”
When I was growing up, Saturday was cleaning day. We were rousted out of bed by my mom hollering up the stairs – “it’s Saturday, we have work to do.” She was relentless. We finally dragged ourselves downstairs, poured our Cheerios and milk in a bowl, and sat in front of the TV watching cartoons until it was “Cleaning Time”.
We each had our jobs. Mine was dusting. I had to move every single thing in the living room and dust all surfaces. I don’t remember what else I had to do, but I know I hated dusting. Mom made sure that every corner of that house was clean. Kitchen, bathroom (we only had one), bedrooms, all carpets vacuumed, everything wiped down, and all floors scrubbed on hands and knees.
In the meantime, she would have bread rising. By late afternoon the house was sparkling, and there were loaves of freshly baked bread, coffee cakes, cinnamon rolls, maple frosted rolls, and so many delicious things our house smelled heavenly!
My memories are bittersweet. Once I had my own family, I still cleaned on Saturdays. Now it doesn’t matter what day of the week – my schedule is not as clear-cut as my mom’s – and I have a service that comes in every two weeks to hit the floors, bathrooms, and vacuuming.
Even though our houses may be clean, today’s environment is full of nasty germs that get tracked in from everywhere! Kids coming home from school, dropping their germy backpacks, shoes, coats, and sports equipment. Perhaps you visited a friend in a hospital or nursing home – dangerous cooties live there – and love to hop a ride home on the bottom of our purses, our reusable water bottle, our shoes. How about pets? We love our furry little critters, but there are litter boxes, doggie footprints and organisms spread on our carpets, furniture, yes, and even table tops when my cat hops up there to get a better view! Sometimes it’s best to not even think of it – but there is a way to DEFEND your home from unwanted germs and bacteria!
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Well, today I started a practice that I joined with a friend. She asked me to be her accountability partner – and I accepted. I got the book (The Miracle Morning), read most of it over the weekend and last night chatted with her and decided to get up an hour earlier this morning and get started!
I didn’t exactly jump out of bed when my alarm went off, but I did get up, brushed my teeth, splashed water on my face, and headed out to the porch to get started. It was chilly, so I put on my hooded sweatshirt, warm socks, and grabbed the fleece blanket I keep there for mornings like these – and settled in to start reading and following the plan.
That’s worked for a bit, but all tucked in like that, I started to get incredibly sleepy. I was determined to follow the protocol, but found myself – almost exactly an hour later – waking up from my nap! Oh well, I did the relaxation part well – and there’s always tomorrow!
I guess we’ve all done it. A new diet, exercise, pill, program – whatever. The grass is always greener. I’ve tried so many different eating plans (like everyone else) I can’t even remember them all.
I’m a parent of 3 (yes, three) Type I diabetics. I know nutrition. I know carbs. I know how to control blood sugars with diet. I know the glycemic index of many foods. I know what happens when you eliminate a food group. And yet, when I hear about the “latest and greatest” I just look at all the benefits and think it just might be for me.
Not. I can do it for about 3 days, sometimes a week, sometimes more. And they all work. But the test comes when you see how unsatisfied you are over time.
Good, healthy, fresh food is where’s it at. In moderation. One of my favorite quotes is by Michael Pollan in 7 Rules For Eating, “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” Words to live by.
So, for everyone else that has experimented with every diet plan in the book, I give you this essay on The Everywhereist Blog by Geraldine Deruiter. Enjoy!