Recent Eats, Recent Deets

The first three days of semi-paleo eating have gone well. I don’t feel insanely hungry like I did in the first days of my sugar detox. I don’t have the “deficit rage”that I did in the past. The chicken & sausage jambalaya was great the first night (though a little spicy) and the crock pot steakhouse beef & onions was mostly a success (except for me not realizing that my slowcooker didn’t have a “5 hours on low” setting… whoops!). Last night we had talapia and salads. Tonight it’s the slowcooker salsa chicken.

I love food

We made the paleo banana bread over the weekend and mixed up some of the paleo cookies Tuesday night. For someone who’s pretty anti-paleo, Sean is not minding the dinners & sweets (which I normally DO NOT make). In fact, he ate most of the cookies already. I got home from work last night, and they were mostly gone.

Cookie Monster

Working at my new job is going great. I’m trying to familiarize myself with Marketo, SalesForce, and the inner workings of insurance companies this week. I feel very behind. I know it’ll take time to learn the jargon and the industry, but I hate this “semi-knowing” phase that comes with a new job. But, there are tons of opportunities to do what I’m really good at here. So I’m definitely excited about that.

School

I also got the email with my required prerequisite courses to start the MBA program in August. So I have a month (or less-ish) to take accounting, finance, and statistics (even though I’m pretty sure I took that for my psych minor…).

So, Happy Thursday, and GO USA! #ONENATIONONETEAM #IBELIEVETHATWEWILLWIN #USMNT

I believe that we will win

Semi-Paleo Meal Planning

After I kicked butt at the 21-Day Sugar Detox Challenge where you eat minimal sugars (both processed and natural) for almost a month, it was like my body rebelled against healthy foods. For some odd reason, I could no longer stomach the green veggies I’d survived on for a month. Salads became something I’d have to force myself to eat, and my body craved massive amount of bread and processed sugar products. It was like my body revolted after that.

Gimmie Pizza You Old Troll

My friend Kristin told me she had a similar experience after that challenge, so we tried to get ourselves back on track with a more paleo-centric challenge. The paleo-focused approach lets you have more fruit than the restrictive 21-Day Sugar Detox, and paleo treats that include sweeteners like honey and stevia. I’m also going to let myself have dairy since I live off whole milk when I feel like I’m starving or going to die without something that’s similar to ice cream. She is way better at paleo than I am, and managed to follow that style of eating for a long time. Then, I think she fell off the wagon when we became good friends and I peer-pressured her into eating junk food again. #badfriend

Peer Pressure

Anyway, the whole point of this was that I wanted to get back on a healthier track (one should probably not eat 2 pieces of toast and call it dinner). So I planned this week’s meals with that fancy meal-planning service I bought a while back and barely used. That, plus a combination of things we had in the fridge and freezer. This is what I’ve got planned.

 

Monday: Sausage & Chicken Jambalaya with Broccoli Slaw

Paleo Sausage & Chicken Jambalaya

 

Tuesday: Steakhouse Slowcooker Beef & Onions with Salad

Paleo Steakhouse Slowcooker Beef & Onions

 

Wednesday: Lemon Pepper Talapia with Broccoli

 

Thursday: Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken with Spanish Cauli-Rice

Paleo Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken with Spanish Cauli-Rice

 

Friday: Almond-Encrusted Chicken Fingers with Whatever Green Veggie is Left ;)

 

Paleo Desserts:

 

Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread

Paleo Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread

 

Soft & Chewy Double Chocolate Cookies

Paleo Soft & Chewy Double Chocolate Cookies

Hopefully this menu can hold us over for the week. I’m expecting that dinners will have enough leftover for lunches. We’ll see how it goes, and I’ll definitely report back on progress. Happy Monday! I’m mega excited to start my new job today. #adulthood

adulthood

The Big News

Have you guys been watching the World Cup? So many upsets! So many OWN GOALS! SO MANY FLOPS AND FOULS! We don’t have cable, so I can’t say I watch much soccer during the non-World Cup years (but I play it guys, I’m not just a fair-weather fan). I read about it, and wish I were a better, more knowledgeable soccer fan. However, I’m loving the chance to watch these teams.

Marcelo Own Goal

A lot of (American) people don’t understand the World Cup, “…Fast-kicking, low scoring, and ties? You bet!”  I don’t know when everyone turned into such jerks about it, but just because a goal is 1 point (go figure) and not 7, and soccer players don’t run around a square a thousand times, doesn’t mean soccer isn’t 1. hard work, 2. an awesome sport to watch, 3. strategic, and 4. physical. So stop complaining and enjoy it. Or else!

Today we find out if Costa Rica knocks England out (in group play!). Spain who WON the cup last go-round is totally out! I cannot focus on much else recently.

Hand Egg

Except.

The fact that I’ll be starting a new job on Monday (what?!). That, plus I was accepted into the MBA program at Kennesaw State University!

Do you ever make a decision fairly quickly, and then wonder if it was the right choice? That’s how I felt about changing jobs, but everything fell into place within 2 weeks, and I just keep getting confirmation after confirmation from the universe that this is the direction I need to be heading.

More details to come, for sure. Happy Friday, folks!

Friday