My Carb Nite Solution Update!

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Wow this update is amazingly overdue! I’ll admit I was busy watching The Good Wife and enjoying the rest of my summer. We were on Galiano Island this past weekend for a beautiful wedding. It was so nice to visit with long time friends of mine and spend some time with their little minions :)

So I am 7 weeks into the Carb Nite Solution diet. If you didn’t read my original post on what this diet entails here’s the link:

http://sisteractfitness.wordpress.com/2014/07/17/another-narly-solution-to-my-battle-with-fat/

So in 7 weeks I am down 1.5 inches in my waist (yes Im sadistic and measure my lower belly), down 1.5 inches (carrying on with the sadistic theme I measure the chubby part of my hips) and down an inch in my butt. These aren’t massive results and most of them were made during the first 10 day “reorientation” but I’ve had a couple set backs.

As for weight (which I must specify this is not a weight loss diet but a FAT loss diet so they stress to not judge your progress by the scale but come on who doesn’t like to see that stupid number go down) I am down 6 pounds. So I guess on average that’s almost a pound a week. 

As for body fat percentage I have no clue, my scale (a ghetto walmart purchase) says I’m down a half percent but who ever trusted a ghetto scale?

Now considering I’ve previously done the HCG diet where I lost 20 pounds in 3 weeks the idea of 6 pounds in 6 weeks feels slow, however, compared to the HCG diet (500 calories a day, no carbs, no fat) I must say – I friggin love this diet! I’m advised to eat steak whenever I want – who wouldn’t love that! I eat meat and butter and veggies (around 1700-1900 calories/day) and once a week I get to have a nice night out where I have consumed such things as gummy bears, sweet potatoes, fruit, gluten free pizza, gluten free pasta, sushi, chips, poutine, cheesecake and my personal favourite from The Vault restaurant in Cloverdale (http://vaultrestaurant.com/) peanut butter pie! The BF also loves me on this diet as we have our yummy date nights back :)

When I started the diet I was spacing my carb nites out once per week, unfortunately the last 3 weeks when I weigh myself the morning of my carb nite (only weigh once a week) I have not lost anything from the week prior – again the scale is a game, a mental one at that, just cause the number is the same doesn’t mean my body isn’t changing, however, I’m going to shoot for atleast 10 days between carb nites from here on in.

A couple of downfalls to the diet, atleast for me and yes I am perfectly capable of correcting them – the first month I went ape sh*t on cheese. As most of our avid followers know Mel + Cheese = Sinus Cold Death and sure enough two weeks ago (the day before I started my new job to be exact) I came down with a brutal headcold, I must say one of the worst colds I have had in years – my head felt like it was going to explode, my nose wouldn’t stop running and I was coughing up inhumane junk. Needless to say it was a great first impression for my coworkers. Soooooooo I cut back hard on the dairy as soon as I got sick and luckily I was only dying for a week. I’ll admit I’ve dabbled a bit in the cheese world since I’ve recovered but that will end Saturday morning (we are taking jalapeno poppers to a party tomorrow night – don’t judge). The problem with eating high fat, low carb is its hard to get in all your daily calories with just protein alone, without dairy my fats are limited to coconut and olive oil, however, I don’t seem to have an issue with butter and yes I may have melted butter on my steak the other night – nananana boo boo. My other complaint would be the lack of options when it comes to vegetables due to trying to keep your carb count under 30g per day (it is 30g after fibre has been subtracted though so you don’t have to go without) but I do miss the quantity of vegetables I used to eat. This week I’ve been trying to incorporate more veggies :)

So I slipped a bit – now before you roll your eyes know that I went a whopping 6 weeks without falling off the wagon on this diet, ask my sister this is no small feat considering I rarely make it past the 3 week point on any commitment of this magnitude – I kept my carbs to one night per week even though the days after carb nite I’m effing starving!!!!!!!! BUT I’m human and I’m hungry and this past weekend at the aforementioned wedding I ate like a fat kid who broke out of diet camp, and I loved every minute of it! I drank two bottles of wine (later deemed grape juice since I didn’t feel drunk but once you see the food I consumed you will understand the wine didn’t stand a chance), ate a big bag of popcorn, ate a ton of salads, pork, and salmon. I went to town on the candy buffet table set up at the wedding and polished the night off with two cupcakes (mini ones, carrot cake and cookies n cream, they were amazing) and incase that didn’t seem like enough I slightly recall eating two smokies at around midnight. I went to bed with a belly resembling a 6 month pregnant women and I was beyond content. The next day I was back on the low carb train immediately, however, despite my best efforts and keeping that whole day low carb/high fat I begged the BF to take me for a dairy queen blizzard before I hopped back on the diet train.

So where I am now, this morning (2 and a half days after my hard fall off the wagon) i’m only up a pound from my pre-wedding weight – psssshhhhh, one measly pound, I got this! The final traces of bloat are gone and my work outs are back on track – needless to say I’m recovering nicely and look forward to the next couple months of this intriguing solution to my battle with fat :)

Xoxo

Mel

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Trying to Find Balance

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Does anyone else find life is a constant struggle to maintain balance? The need to be alone and the urge to be with friends? The need to be active and the desire to relax and watch a movie? Life is a balancing act and it is not an easy one. Balancing a career, fitness, blog, friends, family, home, fundraising, etc is a struggle. This summer I have found it to be particularly difficult. I have been on some awesome summer road trips and I find that I have been trying to jam so much into every day that I am getting less sleep and not feeling as energized to exercise in the morning. I want so badly to be able to fit everything and everyone in but it simply isn’t possible. So what does it take to find balance in it all?

1. Take an honest assessment of where you are at: At times it may be difficult to admit that we are very far from finding balance. I have had many times in my life that I was very far away from my definition of balanced and I had to be brutally honest with myself. I was sick, stressed and incredibly unhealthy. There is a tool I use at work with my client’s called the Life Balance Assessment http://www.bebalancedforlife.com/upload/Assessing%20Your%20Life%20Balance.pdf Print it off and try it out. I do this regularly to highlight areas where I need a bit of a tune up. I hear time and time again from friends and family that they just can’t lose the weight that they want to lose but they aren’t really being honest with themselves. Losing weight in a healthy way is hard work and you can’t say “Nothing works!” when you aren’t really committing and sticking with a plan. If you are cheating regularly and not eating clean then your body may not be where you want it to be. However, if you are looking to be healthy and part of your balance is working in those cheats then you may have to be honest and accept that extra 10 pounds as part of your concept of having a balanced life.

2. Set SMART goals for yourself: After you have done an honest assessment of yourself, it is time to set some goals. Goals needs to be specific! Try answering who, where, what, how, and when? How will you measure your ability to reach your goals? Is this goal attainable? Is it relevant to you? The goal needs to be personally important to you or it won’t happen! What is the time frame for your goal? It is easy to say someday I will… but if we don’t set time frames around those goals then it is very likely that it won’t happen. September starts on Monday and it is a great month to seriously assess those goals that you want to work towards.

3. Seek Support: Friends, family, counselors, doctors

It is ok to admit that you don’t have it all together and you may need some help from a professional. I try very hard to be a friend that people will call when they are in need and I know the people in my life will do the same for me.  It may be difficult to ask for help but really that’s what friends are for.

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4. Learn to say No: This one can be particularly difficult for a lot of people. In my professional life I can be really good at accomplishing this but it is more and more difficult in my personal life. It is common for a lot of us to want to be the best friend, child, mother, father, etc. but not at our own determent. I find that I need to prioritize and make sure to fit in all of my own self-care strategies (exercise, proper nutrition, sleeping well, relaxing, etc) or I simply do not have the energy to do my job well or be a good friend to others. If you have difficulty saying no an excellent book that I recommend is called “How Full is Your Bucket.” It is definitely worth the read.

5. Have Fun: Life is short! Do the things you love doing and do them often! Just make sure you do the healthy things you need to do in order to have the energy to do all the fun things you want to do! Try something you haven’t done before and start crossing off that bucket list.

I hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend and remember that finding balance is an active process that requires mindfulness and honest self-assessment. What do you do to stay balanced? We want to hear from you! Here is some of the fun I have had this summer! Thanks for reading!

Mo xx

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How this Mommy lost her baby weight – the patient way :)

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Below is an email sent to me from our friend Thea. I asked if she would mind if we shared it on the blog and thankfully she said yes :)

Hey Mel,

First off, LOVE your blog post about your weight loss journey! http://sisteractfitness.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/my-personal-health-transformation-what-a-doozy/ and http://sisteractfitness.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/maureens-personal-health-transformation/ I struggled with my weight after high school (same situation- started working at McDonalds, stopped playing sports & had no idea about fitness & healthy eating ) then made a decision to change and started running and doing research on healthy eating & lost 50 lbs, I decided I wasn’t going to be the type of person to yo yo and I have maintained a healthy lifestyle since (going on 9 plus years) then I got pregnant and became an anxious nervous pregnant person and decided that the only exercise I would do was walk, and light yoga…needless to say I gained 50 lbs during my pregnancy (7 lbs 2 oz Teala was my favorite weight that I gained!) I forgot how hard it is to lose weight healthily but I thought since it took me 10 months to gain it I will give myself a year to get back on track! Teala is 10 months old now and I am only a couple pounds away from my pre preggo weight!.

For the last 4 months I have been following bikinibodymommy.com. at home free workouts and it’s been an adjustment since I was use to running 25 km a week plus the gym so being at home and doing stairs/ skipping and such is funny and totally different, but it’s working!!

I started the BBM (bikini body mommy) 90 day challenge 1.0 on January 6 (http://bikinibodymommy.com/category/90-day-challenge/) I successfully completed that & did a 4 week mini series before starting the next 90 day BBM challenge 2.0. I just finished that this past weekend and I am proud to say that I never missed a single day of workouts & I have never felt as strong as I do now and I am back to my pre preggo weight (although my body is slightly different then before). The workouts were 6 days a week (m-s) and then rest on Sundays. I even went on several weekend getaways and a trip to Mexico during the challenges. In order for me to be successful I didn’t allow for any excuses to get in my way of me meeting my goals. And I know from before that you can only depend on yourself. It’s good to have support but in the end it’s just you and your choices.

Just because the challenges are over now doesn’t mean I’m stopping my workouts. For me exercise is apart of my daily life, and has been for the last decade. I think I will follow the challenge again and incorporate more running & yoga into the workouts.

A typical day of meals for me is as follows:

As soon as I wake up I drink a giant bottle of water. I love water & drink several bottles throughout the day.
(Mel from S.A.F. also drinks a glass of water on an empty stomach first thing in the morning, even warm water with half a lemon squeezed into it is very beneficial to cleanse toxins and kick start your metabolism)

Next up- coffee!!! I drink approx 2 cups of black coffee per day. If my baby is up a lot in the night sometimes I will have a cup in the afternoon.

For breakfast I eat yogurt (either activia or liberte) with my favourite granola from Trader Joe’s. It is gluten free & has cranberries and almonds in it.

I try to have a few snacks between meals. Either an apple or banana or a piece of cheese.

For lunch my go to is rice cakes with almond butter, and carrot sticks & red pepper with hummus.

I love wraps you can make so many yummy meals in them. One of my favourite meals for supper is cooking chicken or beef wraps with rice, tomatoes and carrots. They are quick, and easy and delicious.

I also want to point out that it is okay to have treats! You have to allow yourself treats otherwise if you are having a bad day you binge on snacks. I am not perfect and have moments where I eat candy and the important thing to remember is not to beat yourself up about it. Forget about it and move on, try to make better choices tomorrow.

My husband Marc is my biggest cheerleader. Getting positive feedback from him and my friends has been the best motivator for me. We have been together for 16 years and his support has been awesome. He and I decided roughly 9 years ago that we were done with fast food. No more McDonalds/Burger King etc with the exception on Timmy’s, subway, Quiznos & Starbucks. We talk about breaking the streak one day, but neither of us has really wanted to yet.

Side note- I try not to drink juice my thinking is that I would rather eat my calories then drink them ;)

- Thea

We found this awesome photo of Thea after finishing the ChelanMan Triathlon in 2012 – Way to go Thea!
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And we also have this beautiful photo of her and her daughter Teala just recently – Thanks again Thea

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Sister Act Fitness thanks Thea for her input on what helped her shed her baby weight and look forward to hearing about more of Thea’s accomplishments in the future.

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Xoxo,
Mel and Mo

The Joy of Hiking

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Happy Thursday everyone! I shared before how much I enjoy doing different workouts during the summer and I tend to stay away from the gym during the nice weather. My workouts this week have consisted of paddling, paddle boarding, hiking and some interval training at home. I love getting outside and hiking is an amazing way to enjoy nature with friends. The summer tends to get expensive and hiking is a fun way to spend a few hours with friends and be active. Are you concerned about your fitness level? This incredible website shows all the beautiful hikes in the Lower Mainland and tells the difficulty of each hike. I have crossed a few off of my list to do this summer. Mel and I are going to tackle St. Mark’s Summit this weekend.

http://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/

A couple friends and I completed Eagle Bluff on the weekend and the views were spectacular! The trail was well marked and easy to manage in runners. I have managed to avoid purchasing hiking boots so far this year but I think that will be on my list for the fall. I am generally a cheap person but last time I borrowed our Mom’s boots and I lost two toe nails. It took them awhile to grow back and I got a little sick of painting the skin where my toe nails should be so… awkward. If anyone wants to surprise me with a pedicure then I won’t object… Anyone?

Anyways, check out some of my photos from our hike last weekend and wish Mel and I luck in tackling St. Mark’s Summit this weekend. How are you keeping fit this summer? We want to hear from you??

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Getting Your Ass Out There and Trying Something New – Guest Post from our friend Alishia

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The act of getting your ass out there and trying something new and perhaps embarrass yourself a bit!

Two weeks ago I did something I haven’t done in YEARS…. I hit the gym. It started with moving back to BC from Alberta and being inspired to take advantage of the weather here, compared to the 7 months of snow in Alberta. I wanted to get out there again like I used to, walks for hours, walking to the store, walking with my dogs, hiking and just being active outside.
So Canada Day, it was smoking hot and with this fresh inspiration to get back to being active, I joined the gym! Well days go by and I never stepped foot in the place… in the back of my head I knew… I had 10 days to back out. On the 10th day, I found my way to the gym… to cancel! Instead of cancelling though I forced myself to ask for a tour to inspire myself and to get my ass motivated, and I did just that.

I went to my new job and asked the other girls if they go to the gym, told them I haven’t been in years and wouldn’t know what to do. I was scared of failure and giving up for lack of knowledge of what to do in a big gym all alone. Then it happened… One girl said “I do classes or else I wouldn’t go and wouldn’t know what to do” PERFECT!!! There it was the golden ticket…A structure, a commitment, a dedicated time and place and a leader to tell me what to do! How much better could it get?!!!!

Soo…What classes? What kind? What can do? What would I like to do? What’s involved? How? In front of how many people??! Now for those who know I’m pretty outgoing and what not but sometimes not apparently.

Step one, grab a schedule! Step two, read the back with the description of each class, pick which ones interest me. Step three, which classes fit in my schedule (luckily there’s lots of times and days they repeat). So now I know what days and times work, and what I think I’d like. Huh. Ok…. And GO!

Monday: Day one, class one: Group Power. 60 mins of weights on a bar that works every section of your body hard for a song at a time. I show up jusssst on time for someone to have to help me set up as the class is STARTING! Talk about putting me on the spot light on being a newbie and late! How much weight? Am I gonna be able to do this? Ugh! The first quarter of the class is done and my knees are shaking under the weighted bar. I’m worried others are staring at me and thinking I’m not cut out for it like they are, am I really weaker than I thought? As the class goes on, I realized I was clearly just not warmed up (who woulda thunk ya have to warm up before doing 60 squats and lunges with weights in the first five minutes, for the first time in years!) I rocked the rest of the class feeling like a superstar! When it was over I was in complete disbelief that I accomplished a whole body workout in 60 minutes. I felt accomplished, motivated and energized, can’t wait to do it again RIGHT NOW!
So, I stayed for half an hour of ZUMBA! WOW! What a way to show myself I’m most likely the most uncoordinated chick on the face of the planet, and those girls in Zumba are NOT rookies! Here I was worried about the power weights class looking like a fool, this was clearly NOT my forte! They went left I went right, they jumped up on the third stride I jumped down… UGH… high paced and embarrassing! But I stayed. And as it went on and the moves repeated, I was less of the uncoordinated string puppet that I showed up as. PHEW!

Tuesday, I could barely walk! My new coworkers probably had enough of my whining by the end of the day! Muscle rub and an ice pack that night!

Wednesday, still sore, but I know I wanted to go again, keep the momentum up and feel inspired. BUT! Today was a new class… a WHOOOOLLLLLLEEEE new experience. A high cardio step dance type class. I randomly ask a lady outside class before it starts how hard the class is, it turns out she’s an instructor there… I got the “you can make it as hard as you want it or take it as easy as you need” blurb they all say, I swear. Class starts, and she’s in the back with me (where I’m hiding) and the instructor from my first class, who of course recognizes me. Then these two wonderful instructors, who I know were trying to help, point me out to the instructor of the class that YES I AM NEW and have NOT done this before. WOW! Now I have a spotlight on me for sure! Just what I wanted to be pointed out that I have no effing clue what I’m doing in a small hot smelly room with 15 women that act as if this is second nature… AWESOME! None the less I trek forward and didn’t rock a single move in time with the rest. I finish the class and the instructor came up and told me how amazing I did… yes she was blowing smoke up my ass but it was sweet of her, even though she promised she wasn’t lying haha. Again I stayed longer for 30mins of Zumba, still flailing around like an imbecile (but not as bad), but it is what it is and it was fun!

Lesson learned: Not every class suits every person, but giving each class a try, stepping outside your comfort zone, risking it all is worth learning what works best for you. I’ll be making this step cardio type class part of my routine, simply because I’m determined to master it (and at the same time it’s my cardio sessions of the week).

While writing this and reflecting something clicked… no one here is an enemy, everyone feels the same as I did (for the most part) and everyone wants the best for everyone else. This isn’t me against the class or me trying to prove myself to anyone but myself, it is a place where people come together in a secure place where they feel comfortable to show their weaknesses, try hard, and improve together, every time, each week.

Today was my first ever yoga class, met a girl who swore this wasn’t her thing before she tried it randomly like me. Of course the instructor remembered me from another class, said I was great last time, again I felt that sense of community and support. I didn’t know what I was doing, felt great, LOVED IT, walked out confident (and relaxed). Yoga was the perfect balance to two full weeks of weights and high energy cardio classes, and can’t wait to go back… This is going to be an addiction… a great one!

My gym class schedule is posted on my fridge and classes are outlined, I can’t stop talking about it at work, same classes, same days each week with the same ladies and instructors, each the highlight to every day!

I AM HOOKED!
– Alishia

Sister Act Fitness would like to thank Alishia for her contribution and insight on one way to get started at a new gym. When we asked Alishia what she loves about Sister Act Fitness her response was “Nothing, it sucks” which of course we laughed about since her sarcasm is the only reason we like her but her honest answer was “The tips and inspiration” – Thanks again Alishia, we look forward to an update on how those classes are going soon

xo
Mel and Mo

Another narly “Solution” to my battle with fat!

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Fat is such a terrible word, like ugly or jealous. I prefer insulated, big boned, heck I’ll even take pleasantly plump but fat – its a cruel word and an even crueler piece of my body. Nobody is harder on my “insulation” then myself.
Recently I stumbled upon a “solution” to get rid of fat! I’ll be the first to admit that I believe everything I read and usually it isn’t hard to sell me on what I’m reading if the information sounds logically. Except if you are trying to sell me wheat, I’m not buying!
Enter The Carb Nite Solution (Yes, i’m sure they are aware they spelled Nite wrong) http://carbnite.com/
What craziness does this “solution” require Mel? I’m glad you asked!

Starting yesterday I began the “Re-orientation” process – its 9 days of under 30g of carbohydrates per day. These carbs are counted only by “usable” carbs which is the amount of carbohydrates in a serving of food minus the grams of fiber. For instance 10 raw spears of asparagus have one gram of carbs in them, however, they also have 0.5g of fiber making the total usable carboyhydrates of the asparagus as 0.5g. So technically yes I could eat 60 spears of asparagus and be at my max carbs for the day, but my piss would smell weird and my skin would probably turn green so let’s mix it up a bit. Here’s the scientific break down of what my body will be going through on this carb-less trip.
Reorientation Days 1-5 – carb stores will be wiped out. The body will also stop making the carb-to-fat converting enzyme – Who let that enzyme in anyways???? Jerk! During this time the body will transform fats in special molecules called ketones, needed by the brain for energy when carbs fall. The brain using ketones is a “natural and safe” process.
Here’s the kicker – On the 10th day you wake up, eat your regular protein and fats breakfast and lunch then as of 4pm that day you get to have a serving up carbs, along with some low fat protein. Been craving sushi? I’m sure I will be. Then it is suggested you eat more carbohydrates, your second serving can be accompanied by some fats and your third or dessert carb serving can be cheesecake or chocolate or whatever the hell else you were craving after 9 days of near-suicide. This reintroduction of carbs to your body becomes stored, but here’s the cool part, its not stored as fat but as sugar and the body stores in it your muscles (probably my ass) amongst other places. This carb loading will not cause your body to switch back to carbs as its main source of energy and your body will actually continue to burn fat while you are eating the carbs – I know, it sounded too good to be true to me too! Then because this occurance ignites your metabolism, some of those carbs get burned off as heat – it’s gonna be a sweaty sleep next Friday night for me!
The day after carb nite – at the advise of Kiefer (the mastermind behind this brilliancy), I will not be weighing myself. Whoever is sadistic enough to weigh themselves after pigging out is right messed in the head, unless it lights a fire under your indulgent ass then have at it!
So after your post-sushi and cheesecake coma NOW WHAT?
The next morning you carry on with your less than 30g carb diet. The pain and bloat of your feast night will subside within a day or two and those who have done the diet report feeling “tighter” and looking more fit – but wait didn’t I just stuff myself until I almost puked? Well yes, but thats the perk of the deprivation and the elimination of the carb-to-fat enzyme. Sounds pretty bad ass to me! So after your first carb night you go back to your fats and proteins for anywhere from 5-7 days before you have (YES ITS TRUE) ANOTHER CARB NITE! Another feast of whatever you have been craving! I’m already dreaming of rice pasta with cheese and bacon and a DQ peanut butter cup blizzard, oh the fat kid inside me will feast. You continue this cycle of low carb and weekly “carb nite” for up to 6 months – I would be ecstatic if I can carry on for 6 months as I want to get my body fat percentage atleast down into the mid-20’s. What I need to watch for is alcohol, because your body will only support the burning of the alcohol when you are drinking any food you eat will not be burned by your body until the alcohol has left your system – Wow all those times I had a huge steak with a side of red wine, no wonder I’m well “insulated”. The creator recommends one drink on carb nite, two if you absolutely must and if you have 3 then you have sabotaged your fat loss for the week and should start over on Day 1 of reorientation. I get it, one drink it is!

As you can probably guess most all meat has zero carbs as well as fats like olive oil, some nuts and some dairy. So what have I been eating for the last two days – I’ll tell you this, most doctors would shit a brick if they knew, but even I thought I overdid it yesterday. As some of you know I don’t eat much dairy and I don’t do well with nuts and try to avoid processed meats. Well I threw caution to all of those winds yesterday. I had bacon (a lot of it) for breakfast, camembert and tuna for lunch, macadamia nuts for snack and steak for dinner. I overate, badly, because I was at home and let’s face it nothing goes better with The Good Wife reruns then FOOD! This morning I vowed to eat a bit healthier today, or atleast lay off some of the cheese, well I had cheddar on my bunless burger at lunch today and mixed cream cheese in my ground beef for snack – my willpower is non-existant sometimes. But good news! I’m back to work tomorrow, work means I have to pack food and therefore cannot boredom eat. Hooray!
So the diet specifies to try and eat one serving of fat and one serving of protein at each meal. They also have items that fall under a “neutral” category and can be added to the fat/protein meal or eaten by themselves. Please get the book if you are interested in the list that foods fall under but some of them are:
Fat: eggs, pepperoni, olive oil, olives, cheese
Protein: asparagus, chicken breasts, tuna, protein powder, spinach
Neutral: broccoli, chicken thighs with skin, lamb

I’m not a big fan of eliminating veggies (since fruit is pretty much a no-go) so I’ve been having the raw asparagus or spinach with every meal, well almost every meal. I’ve noticed a lot of people who do this diet happily forego almost all of the vegetables they used to eat – I don’t want to do this – I’m weird and love vegetables, not to mention there’s no fiber in meat and your body needs assistance in “clearing” itself – I’ve also been taking a fiber supplement for the past two days – my stomach hates them.

So….. as I said before you can get the book and read the theory/science for yourself if you are interested in trying this. Or you can wait until I’m a month in and see how I liked it cause, well, I’m crazy and love to try narly solutions to my lifelong battle with the “insulation”

I will post an update in a week when my carb levels are very low and I will advise if I’m still lifting as heavy because of my high protein intake – I’m hopeful!

Here’s the link again : http://carbnite.com/
Here’s a link of some smart paleo people who have done this: http://everydaypaleo.com/carb-nite-carb-backloading/

Summer Recipe- Shrimp and Zucchini pasta

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Hey everyone! Here is my first summer recipe and I hope you enjoy it. I find that the key to an amazing summer recipe is to use fresh ingredients that are filling but are still light and healthy.

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Ingredients needed:
Zucchini- I used three which made 3 portions
Fresh dill (1/4 cup chopped finely )
Fresh basil (chop finely, approx. 4-5 leaves)
Shrimp (I used fresh hand peeled, 2 packages)
Red onion (dice half)
1/2 quart of cherry or grape tomatoes (leave whole)
1 lemon quartered
7 mushrooms sliced
3 gloves garlic minced
Olive oil
salt and pepper
Saffron (optional but my Mom brought some back from Turkey for me)
Chilli flakes (optional)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a small casserole dish combine shrimp, lemon, diced onion, tomatoes, mushrooms, basil and dill. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil overtop. Add saffron, salt and pepper.
3. Place casserole in oven for approx. 20-25 minutes depending on oven. Stir halfway through so everything is equally covered with lemon, oil, and spices.
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3. Slice zucchini into small strips. Ideally this recipe can be done with a mandolin or requires some patience. Try to make the zucchini into even slices.

Here are some more great tips in making zucchini noodles:

http://fooducopia.com/blog/2013/03/how-to-make-zucchini-noodles/

4. Bring a large pot of water to boil.
5. Once water has reached a boil add zucchini and blanche for 1 minute.
6. Drain the noodles in a colander.
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7. In a frying pan add some olive oil. Cook the zucchini for 2 minutes. This step can be omitted depending on how you desire the texture of your zucchini.
8. Remove casserole dish- a good indicator of when it is cooked is when the tomatoes are ready to burst. Mix with the zucchini noodles.
9. Add salt and pepper to taste. I also added some chilli flakes for a little bit of heat.

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The last step is to find someone awesome to share it with and take it to a great spot. My Mom and I headed down to the beach and enjoyed it by the ocean. Oh and my Mom said that it tastes good and she isn’t biased… so try it out! Let us know what you think! yum\

What is your favourite healthy summer recipe? We need some new ones!

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