Posts tagged ‘rock climbing’

August 8, 2011

More calories, squash, and bouldering

My last post was rather poorly written, sorry about that! I was suuuuper tired and there was a lot of word vomiting going on. This one will probably be the same. I also know that I’ve been slacking on food posts lately! I just haven’t had much time to try out new recipes lately and I’ve been making the same old quick meals. How many times can I post about a piece of meat with a side of veggies? I will try to cook more this week.

As you may have noticed, my activity level is at an all time high. In order to supply my body with enough energy and sustain the increase in muscle mass, I know I have to consume more calories. I already eat as much as I want and I am always full. I don’t think my stomach could fit more food and I really don’t want to force myself to eat when I’m not hungry. So my solution has been to try to eat more calorie dense foods – basically, more fat. I’ve been attempting to eat more nuts and fattier meat/fish. Any other tips on eating more calories on a paleo diet? Or should I even worry about it? Maybe it’s best to see how my body reacts naturally (being hungry more often, etc.) before stressing about it.

Summer Squash Scramble
I used some of my CSA veggies in my breakfast today – the yellow squash (have no idea what kind it is) and sweet onions. I also added mushrooms, zucchini, 2 slices of bacon, and a chicken apple sausage. All the veggies cooked in bacon fat before I added two eggs and scrambled away! With all the squash, it turned out pretty watery so I had to drain the extra liquid. But the flavor was good and it was very filling. Normally I skip bacon, but like I said, I’m trying to eat more.

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I had planned on doing all sorts of things yesterday, but was feeling pretty lazy. I only made it to my bouldering gym. I am so frustrated by this V3 on the big wall. I MUST conquer it before they change it. I get to maybe 4 easy moves away from the finish, but I run out of steam – my hands and arms burn out. This big wall is pretty high and I get scared by the time I’m half way up, which really doesn’t help me relax, think, and use better technique. At least I’m getting used to falling! The nice thing about climbing with a harness and rope is that you can totally rest while the belayer holds you up. I have enough strength and endurance for bouldering shorter routes, but this one is rough for me! Not only is it the tallest wall at the gym, it’s also angled down quite a bit. Defying gravity seems to be a key characteristic of most of my hobbies.

Here’s the view from the side to show the angle and height (blurry, but you get the idea):
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And a video of me trying to climb it today:

See my bulging muscles? I told you I’m not skinny! 😉

Afterwards, I went shopping for more workout clothes at Lululemon. The “educators” working there always ask you what you need the clothes for and what you do. I get to my dressing room and see this! My name is spelled wrong, but I appreciated the “badass athlete” part. I don’t know if I’m badass quite yet, but I do feel like an athlete again!
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August 7, 2011

A few perfect days full of my favorite hobbies

Continuing on from my previous post!

Thursday

As I had planned, I made it to my boxing and MMA workout classes. At the end of those two hours of intense cardio, I mentioned to the instructor how maybe next week I can do the next class, Capoeira, as well. He told me I should stay because it’s more fun and that I could totally do it. And so I stayed for a third hour at Axtion Club. I like how someone else’s workout of the day is my cool-down.

The Capoeira instructor is this gruff Brazilian guy who barks out “left!” “right” “NOOOO!!!!” etc. among various unintelligible words in Portuguese that I assume are moves in Capoeira. Mostly towards me because I was new and I’m not coordinated at all. Let’s not even get started on how I always confuse left and right! I had so much fun though and I laughed a lot at myself. I finally managed to get some smiles out of the instructor as well. Also, I can’t do a cartwheel to the right to save my life. I really enjoyed that everything is done to awesome music. I may not be coordinated, but I like to think that I have some rhythm. Anyway, he did tell me I did a great job for my first time and that he hopes I come back. Of course I will! But maybe after I watch some videos of capoeira on youtube with subtitles…

I bought my own gloves at Sports Authority. Why do they insist on making women’s gloves a disgusting bubblegum pink? Why not black? Or turquoise? Or lime green?

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I was super hungry between volunteering and the workouts, so i stopped by Whole Foods for some snacks! The 1/2lb of prosciutto only lasted 2 days… I’m so obsessed with prosciutto!

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I got some carnitas from the taco bar section. All paleo ingredients. I use all the ingredients in my own carnitas except for chicken stock. I will be adding some chicken broth to my next carnitas attempt because this was delicious!

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So I’m always looking for paleo friendly (i.e. as paleo as possible?) treats. I know a lot of paleo purists say you should quit everything cold turkey and not try to paleofy your favorite non-paleo foods, but I’m sorry, I cannot do that. Live a little! I LOOVE lemon tarts and I was sooo excited when I saw this at Whole Foods. Check out the ingredients! Not bad, eh? Not bad at all! Apparently that little thing is supposed to be 3 servings, but I ate the whole thing. Deliciously lemony! And I loooved the coconut in the crust.

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I saved my coconut for the end of my workout! Fresh coconut = 2394723974 times better than packaged coconut water. I could live on this stuff. Ok maybe not, but it’s the best treat ever after strenuous activity!

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Friday

I went climbing outside! My first outing of the season and I’m now so motivated to climb more. I was pretty tired from the night before, but somehow managed to climb a big wall. We went to Exit 38 off I-90.

Snacks! Pluots and cherries from my CSA bag (I’m so sad I’m out of them now), prosciutto, raw almonds, and coconut water!

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All the routes were 5.9s. I looove the feeling of real rock on my hands! Cool, textured, and rocky… love it! Plus there’s no tape telling me what to do, so I get the extra challenge of having to find my own way up!

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Saturday

I’m so happy that I’ve been keeping up with my goal to hike every Saturday! We went to Lake 22 because I wanted an easy hike after my really active week. It was just 5.4 miles with 1350ft of elevation gain. Nice and easy! I even made myself slow down a little to enjoy the scenery and the company of my two friends. I love seeing waterfalls and lakes on my hikes, can you tell?

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Sunday

Today was my designated rest day! And it was the best rest day ever! It was a beautiful day for skydiving. I hadn’t jumped in over a month and it felt soooo good to be back in the sky. Although I may enjoy flying in the tunnel more than skydiving these days, there’s really nothing like the first few moments after letting go of the plane. And the scenery!!!

I did 4 jumps and rushed out of the DZ to make it to a 5pm Bikram yoga class at my new studio, Bikram Yoga Everett. I could definitely feel my week off from hot yoga. It was rough at times and felt like the longest 90 minutes ever. I think the room was hotter than at my last studio too. I will review this studio in a later post.

Here are some pictures from the plane today. You can see the Puget Sound, the other jump plane, and Mt. Rainier!

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August 3, 2011

MMA and CSA!

I have too many hobbies… too many hobbies that involve strenuous, intense activity. I am trying to figure out how to schedule all my hobbies without getting burnt out. Which basically means that I have more hobbies that involve plenty of relaxation. I’ll let you all know how that works out! So far this week:

Monday
I started Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) on Monday! I bought a groupon for a month of unlimited classes at Axtion Club. They offer MMA workout, Muay Thai, cardio kickboxing, boxing, core-training, and Capoeira classes! So I went to the 6:30am MMA workout class on Monday. It was an hour of non-stop movement for the entire body. The warm up consisted of lots of jump roping and cardio stuff involving medicine balls. Then I got to put gloves and shin guards on to do some drills on the bags. At first I was like, “uhhh I don’t think I have enough aggression for this?” But soon I realized that the harder I punched and kicked, the better it felt and I discovered an aggressive side of myself. By the end of the hour, I felt fantastic. The instructor told me I did great for my first time and was shaking my hand when I asked if I could stay for the next class – Muay Thai. He looked at me like I was crazy.

I was fully warmed up by my second class and felt even better. More jump roping and medicine balls followed by partner work. Where we had to punch and kick while our partner held pads out. Again it was non-stop movement of the entire body. It ended with a nice core workout as well. I absolutely loved it and was just bursting with energy and happiness. Of course it came out that I have a pretty active lifestyle and one of the students said something like “ohh that’s why you’re so well conditioned for this.” It’s nice to be recognized for being fit and strong by other fit and strong people.

I loved it sooo much. Two hours of AWESOME. I recommend it to all of you to give it a try! I definitely have way more respect for fighters as athletes now, as well as for last season’s Biggest Loser contestants. It’s a pretty intense workout!

And because I’m crazy, I also skated for a little bit before coaching. I really miss skating.

I ate more of my ground elk on Monday. Instead of scrambling the egg with everything else, I just fried one and put it on top so I could have a runny yolk. Yum.

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Tuesday
Since I missed skating so much, my friend and I went to our old rink for a short session. I forgot how cold it is there! I did some jumps and some spins, but my heart wasn’t in it. My old rink = too much nostalgia. I missed all my old skating friends and all the good times we had there. Rink rat love!!!

After volunteering, I met up with another friend for sushi at Nishino. I’m admittedly a sushi snob (fine, let’s be honest, I’m a food snob in general) and it might be my favorite out of only three sushi restaurants that I find worth going to in the greater Seattle area. I always sit at Mori-san’s sushi bar and he makes some of the prettiest, tastiest sushi ever. I started out being committed to staying paleo and got some omakase sashimi. But I could not resist ordering my favorite kind of sushi, which are nigiri that come sprinkled with ponzu sauce. I also like seared scallop nigiri, so I had to get one of those too. He also made us a special roll with freshwater eel. I usually don’t like most rolls, but this was great. I did tell Mori-san all about the paleo diet and explained that I don’t really eat rice anymore. He was actually pretty interested in the concept behind it as well as the health benefits. When I stray from the paleo way of eating, I make sure it’s the best of my favorite non-paleo foods. And Nishino has some of the best sushi around.

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I usually don’t like to eat before I do anything active, but I went climbing on a full stomach!  I got further than ever on this V3 on the big wall that I’ve been working on for the past few visits. I was maybe 4 easy moves away from finally finishing it when I gave up for NO REASON and dropped. Then I could never get as far on the subsequent attempts because my hands were burnt out. My arms were fine, my hands just start burning. I ripped up a couple of callouses again. However, I felt great that I could still get further than I did in previous visits. So there’s definite improvement in strength and coordination there! I’ll have to post video sometime.

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Wednesday

I had all these plans for yesterday. I was going to do the MMA workout and Muay Thai class in the morning like Monday. Then I had planned on going to hot yoga in the evening. None of this happened because I ended up staying up until past 2am become someone is out to sabotage my schedule. So I made all these back up plans to do other activities later in the day. Those never happened either. But it was good to have a rest day. I ate a lot of plain pan fried pork, 85-90% dark chocolate, and fruit from my CSA bag!! Much better than my last rest day, no? I was a lot more productive too, I played piano for 2 hours. It has been years since I’ve done that, I barely play now. It was a little depressing and quite humbling to not be able to play as well as I used to… lack of practice will do that to you. Pieces I had memorized are hard to get through even reading the music. But how I’ve missed Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, etc. etc. etc. I’m considering taking piano lessons again. As if I need more things to do!

So I bought a LivingSocial deal for 5 weeks of organic produce from Tiny’s Organic, which is a CSA (community-supported agriculture). Every Wednesday I pick up my bag of fresh, local organic fruits and veggies. I had always been intrigued by the idea of a CSA, but was worried about the quality and content since I don’t directly pick the produce. Well, I was blown away by what was in the bag! Not only was the small bag (for 1-2 people) actually pretty big and heavy, it contained so much stuff! Everything was super fresh and super tasty. I’m not even exaggerating. I am IN LOVE.

I arranged for pick up at the local YMCA. You just have to sign in and take your bag.

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Check out what was in this week’s bag! It comes with a sheet of paper with info on what’s in the bag as well as some useful recipes. I’ll have to look to see if there are any paleo recipes!

  • Lapins cherries
  • Flavor Supreme Pluots
  • Arctic Star Nectarines
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • Walla Walla Sweet Onions
  • Summer Squash Mix: Costata Romanesco, Eight Ball or Floridor (I think I only got one kind of sqauash and I don’t know what it is)
  • Cucumbers: Armedian, Satsuki Midori, Lemon, Boothsby Blonde or Poona Kheera (there are at least 3 kinds of cucumbers)
“Above is the short list of what we hope to put in your bag based on what is ready when entering the fields on Monday morning.”

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Today (Thursday)

I’m planning on going to boxing and MMA workout this evening after volunteering, maybe staying for capoeira if I have the energy for a third hour of intense workout. i originally planned on going to morning classes, but my sleep schedule is all messed up. I miss being a morning person!! I’m trying not to eat all the fruit, but it may be half gone already…:D I’ll have to figure out what to make with the cucumbers and squash! Tomorrow morning I’m going climbing outdoors! On real rock! I am beyond excited since I haven’t been out all season. I’ll make sure to take lots of pictures!

July 20, 2011

More paleo Korean food

I apologize for the lack of posts this week. I’ve been super lazy! I messed up my lower back during my 8 hours of trying to get comfortable at the airport. I went to Bikram on Tuesday and realized that I wasn’t actually injured. I had full flexibility and range of motion without pain – heat is amazing for loosening up everything. I felt so much better… which is why I decided to go climbing afterwards. Dumb, because it just clenched up again. I usually think of climbing as an arms and legs thing, but it’s really a whole body activity. I learned that hot yoga should always be done after strenuous activity, not before. Luckily, I had a very nice person crack my neck and back for me yesterday and I am feeling much better. I haven’t been cooking and I have very little food to post here. I was also showing someone around Seattle and ended up not being as paleo as usual, which probably contributes to my overall lethargy.

Have I mentioned how much I love having dinner with paleo friends? Last night was no exception with more than half the table being paleo. The server caught on that none of us ate mashed potatoes and wanted extra veggies instead with our steak. I loved all the conversations we had about food and health! While it’s always nice to debate with vegetarians, vegans, and SADers, it’s wonderful to share knowledge and experiences with like-minded eaters. They suggested that I should try to meet Robb Wolf (whom they know personally) in person the next time I’m in the bay area. That would be awesome!

Paleo or not, I’m lucky to have some truly amazing and inspirational people in my life. But then again, how many mediocre people do you know once you actually know them? I’m starting to think that everyone is a potential future friend.

Anyway, I had lots of simple Korean food this week!

Beef knuckle bone(?) broth
I no longer require salt for my broths – just black pepper, green onion, and minced garlic. I think it’s important to try and eat as much of an animal as possible instead of just the muscle. Not only to minimize waste, but for all the nutrients as well. The lumps you see are bits of fat, meat, and cartilage.

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Pan fried pork and kimchi
At Korean BBQ places there is always pork belly slices on the menu. I personally prefer sliced pork shoulder because it’s more meaty and less fatty. I just cooked the pork slices in a frying pan along with some garlic. When the pork fat started collecting in the pan, I just added some kimchi. Kimchi is best eaten uncooked so you can get the healthy bacteria, but I like the flavor of cooked kimchi. I wrap everything up in red leaf lettuce as I eat.

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I’m planning on cooking a whole bunch this next week, so I’ll be posting more often again. My friend gave me elk round steaks and ground elk that his friend hunted. Yum! I’m also starting MMA classes as soon as my back is back to normal! That should be interesting!

June 28, 2011

I can’t… eat pork crackling

Every Monday, I become Coach Jeanna for a local Learn to Skate program. I teach Snowplow Sam 1 & 2, the very beginner level for 3-4 year olds to get accustomed to being on the ice. I teach them how to get up by themselves from a fall and that falling is ok. They learn how to march around the ice picking up rubber duckies and playing games. When teaching little kids who are just discovering their individual likes and dislikes, it’s really obvious when they absolutely love being on the ice. The passion is there from the very beginning. My skating friends and I can all tell you about how we never wanted to leave the ice when we were first starting out, which led to 10+ years of dedication to the sport. Then there are the kids who absolutely hate it.

I have one such child in my current class. He refuses to move or try anything. He probably says “I can’t!” about 100 times per 30 minute class while I try to encourage him in every way possible. “Sure you can! I know you can! Say ‘I can!’ and try it!” No matter how much positivity I exude, it’s a losing battle. I have never encountered such a negative attitude from a 3 year old. But then again, how many 3 year olds do I know? I am shocked at how early “I can’t” becomes a part of a person’s regular vocabulary. “I can’t” leads to not even trying. How will you ever find out that you’re more than you think you are if you don’t even try?

I grew up believing I CAN do anything I want to do, that I CAN be anything I want to be. I continue to believe that I CAN and as a result, obstacles just don’t exist for me. I don’t see them or recognize them. My great fear of failure does not stop me from trying, it motivates me to not fail. Like the little boy in my class, I know so many adults who are adamant that they CAN’T. I wonder if the difference between a CAN and CAN’T attitude starts when we are toddlers learning about ourselves. As adults, parents, educators, and role models, it’s so important to lead by example with a positive I CAN attitude. I’m trying to do my part, are you? And if you’re an adult who CAN’T, maybe it’s time to see that you’re not special – you certainly CAN just like the rest of us. The human body and mind are capable of truly amazing things and if you’re reading this, you’re human.

Speaking of “I can,” I can now boulder without fear! Ask me again after my first real fall, but for now I am past my fear of bouldering. I love how I get better every time I go! I warmed up on some V2s and started to attempt my first V3 climbs. There’s a very noticeable jump in difficulty! I’m even more motivated now. Going again tonight! I should have signed up for a membership sooner, I’m getting so much use out of mine!

I also signed up for Crossfit again. I start tomorrow at 7am… will let you all know how that goes!

Pork Belly

I found pork belly in my fridge yesterday. I thought it was about time for another attempt at making delicious pork belly after I had less than great results last time. After a quick google search for “pork belly recipes,” I decided to make this. Do I ever plan in advance or have ingredients on hand? Nope. So I used dried thyme leaf and a yellow onion. I also didn’t make the gravy.

I WANT to like the crackling/rind/skin. I really do. I keep trying to like eating it, but I really hate chewing it. Maybe I’m making it wrong? I like the flavor, but the texture is just not happening for me. As always, I loved the veggies roasted in pork fat. The veggies turn out extra delicious since there’s so much fat in pork belly. I should have added way more. The thyme was fantastic. I really enjoyed the simplicity of this dish and recommend it if you are looking for an easy pork belly recipe. Maybe you’ll like the crackling better than me.

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June 23, 2011

I love Whole Foods!

The last two days have been awesome!!! After years of having trouble with motivation, I’m suddenly super motivated to not just live, but to thrive! And all it took was an answer to the question, “What do I want to do with my life?” I feel like my past two days reflect that – awesome bonding time with friends, awesome food, and awesome climbing. How many more times can I say awesome in one post?

Climbing
I got a membership at the Seattle Bouldering Project on Wednesday! I’ve already gone two days in a row. I love the feeling of accomplishment that you get from being able to see your own progress. Last night I could successfully climb routes that I couldn’t finish on Wednesday. I’m currently climbing most V2 routes pretty comfortably and I think I’ll start attempting some V3s next week. I’ve also overcome the majority of my fear of bouldering – I even jump down from heights that used to make me really nervous! I hope I go more often now that I have a membership so I can continue to improve!
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And now for some really great food!

Sashimi – Kisaku, Seattle
Wednesday’s post-climbing power meal was sashimi from one of my favorite sushi restaurants. I always try to ask for wild-caught only! But I don’t know enough about sustainable fishing to know which fish are plentiful and which I should avoid ordering. That’s next on my list of topics to research!

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Meat from Whole Foods
I love Whole Foods. I think it’s the best supermarket chain around! I just wish there were more of them. I actually prefer getting meat there than at a butcher’s because it’s labeled so well. I love the “Animal Welfare Rating” that indicates how the animal was raised for their meat. The grass fed beef I bought was rated a step 4, pasture centered – “When living outdoors, chickens get to forage, pigs get to wallow and cattle get to roam.” Speaking of roaming cattle, before I opened my eyes and looked at where most meat comes from, I really thought that the world was full of roaming, pastured cows. I had never seen or even heard of a feedlot. If I drive just 30 minutes north of here, there are fields all over with happy cows that are grazing on green grass, lounging with their cow buddies, and mooing and smelling like cows do. Anyway, the rating standard used by Whole Foods is super helpful in making a good choice. I also really like that the origin of the meat is clearly labeled with the name of the ranch and the location. Talbott Ranch has a website with a nice description of how their cows are raised. Apparently the ranch is always open to visitors!

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Meat for the rest of the week: buffalo ribeye steak, grassfed beef New York steak, grassfed ground beef, and prosciutto! I really like the Principe brand of prosciutto, it’s super tasty and only contains pork and salt.

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Buffalo Ribeye Steak

I had eaten buffalo burgers in the past, but this was my first buffalo steak! The meat is definitely leaner than conventional beef, but I think the amount of marbling is comparable to that of grass fed beef. The flavors are pretty close as well. I cooked this steak like I would any other one of my perfect steaks, medium rare. It turned out perfectly, I really enjoyed the meatiness of it. Steamed organic broccolettes on the side. Are broccolettes even real? Broccoli, broccolini, broccolette… they all taste the same.

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BLTA Burger Salad

I was craving a BLTAO paleo burger when I realized that we were out of lettuce. I only had romaine, which are way too skinny and crunchy to be the buns for a burger. So I turned it into a salad! No dressing required; just romaine lettuce, 1 tomato, 1/2 avocado, 2 strips of bacon, and a handmade burger patty! I probably could have just browned the ground beef and had it spread all over the salad. Delicious!

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I have a really busy weekend ahead of me. One of my best friends is getting married on Saturday! Today is the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. I am one of the maids of honor and it’s my first time being in a wedding! I’m super excited. I hope my toast makes people cry… in a good way. The rehearsal dinner is at Buca di Beppo, a big family style pasta place with maybe 2 things on the menu that I could possibly make paleo. We’ll see how that goes!

June 1, 2011

I think I shall fast today

I’m sore today and I love it! I went bouldering for 3 hours at the newly opened Seattle Bouldering Project on Monday! I wish I lived closer because it’s AWESOME. First of all, the place is huge and feels very open. It’s well ventilated and doesn’t smell like feet, though it has only been open for 2 weeks so that’s subject to change. Then there’s the floor! The entire floor is a thick, bouncy mat. I couldn’t help but bounce around from wall to wall. It helped me feel more comfortable as I’m trying to overcome my fear of falling while bouldering. The SPJ also offers a gym and yoga, among other amenities. Go check it out!

Dungeness Crab and Asparagus ScrambleToulouse Petit, Seattle
Helloooo breakfast happy hour at Toulouse Petit where most things on their menu are $7.50! There are several paleo friendly choices on the menu. I decided to go with the crab and asparagus scramble with gruyere, chervil, chives, mornay. I asked for the gruyere on the side so that I could taste it. While the gruyere was good and mellowed out the zing of the herbs in the scramble, it wasn’t at all necessary! This scramble was DELICIOUS. Full of soft crab meat with crunchy asparagus, it had a wonderful texture packed with flavor. I substituted fruit for the breakfast potatoes.

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As you can see in the following pic, I was totally able to make myself a paleo bowl of food with carne asada, veggies, and salsa at the Mexican themed skydiver BBQ yesterday.

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The problem was that I didn’t stop there, even though I was full after a couple of bowls. I munched on a bean dip with sour cream and cheese with tortilla chips. I ate some Mexican wedding cakes (which I baked for everyone). I had a slice of chocolate cake for Jami’s birthday (happy birthday!!), and had a taco with a corn tortilla. I KNEW I would get sick afterwards and my paleo bowl of food tasted best out of everything else I ate, but I apparently couldn’t stop! So I’ve been dealing with a headache, stomachache, and fatigue since last night. I find that it helps for me to fast for a day (water only) and then eat 100% strict paleo for at least a few days to feel completely recovered from eating too much non-paleo food.

Don’t freak out that I fast every once in a while. Intermittent fasting (IF) can actually be very good for you and does not ruin your metabolism. It has restorative and healing effects. I only fast when I feel sick, but many people make it a regular practice. I may post more about IF at another time, but you should definitely google and learn more about it!

I received a wonderful compliment in a message from a reader yesterday: “You really should think about writing a book!” Totally made my day since I honestly don’t know if my blog is at all interesting for people to read. No plans to write a book anytime soon, but I will keep blogging! Thanks Theresa! 🙂

May 29, 2011

Climbing and my beloved eggs benny!

I had a very accident prone Thursday. I bruised my hip, hit my head, stubbed my toe, slipped and fell…all just at home in half a day. Just one of those days where I know I should be wearing a helmet and full body armor in a padded cell instead of out and about. But of course I had to go rock climbing with a bunch of skydivers instead, sans helmet and body armor. We first stopped by an Italian restaurant, my first time since switching to the paleo WOE (way of eating).

Italian restaurants are not impossible when there are carne (meat) and pesce (fish) entrees on the menu. But when your non-paleo friends pick a pizza and pasta specialty place, you are left with very few options from the insalate (salad) section.

Spinaci InsalataPalermo Pizza & Pasta
“Spinach, prosciutto, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, Kalamata olives, Gorgonzola cheese, Italian dressing” – It was one of maybe two paleofiable options on the entire menu. I asked for no cheese and got balsamic vinegarette on the side. I actually don’t like oil on my salads so I ended up asking for a bottle of balsamic vinegar by itself instead. It was huge and pretty good! Especially because I’m pretty fond of prosciutto and roasted red pepper. Expectedly not the most paleo-friendly place, but it worked out!

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After eating, we went to Stone Gardens. I’m unable to tell if eating paleo has helped my climbing as I haven’t been climbing much and I was a bit of a nervous wreck. I felt super anxious at the beginning because 1. I had been accident prone ALL day, 2. I was there with a bunch of people I had never climbed with before, and 3. I hadn’t climbed in forever. I had only climbed twice in the last 8 months and my climbing definitely suffered as a result. I calmed down as soon as I was in my harness top roping and realized I do still know how to climb. But then we switched to bouldering… I’m afraid of heights, I start to panic half way up when I’m bouldering. As if I trust those pads and spotters to keep me from breaking my neck! Strangely enough, my fear of heights completely goes away when I am harnessed to some sort of life-saving device – parachute, rope, bungee, etc.

See how I’m smiling in the second pic? I smile when I am having fun and I smile when I am panicking and/or miserable. The world may never know why I’m smiling there. Anyway, I hope to do a lot of climbing this summer. Both in the gym and especially outdoors! I love the feeling of real rock all warm from the sun and I love crack. As in cracks in the rock, not the other kind…

Back to food since this is a food blog:

Primal(?) Eggs Benedict 

I LOVE eggs benedict. It’s my absolute favorite breakfast and I think I make fantastic eggs benedict. But I no longer eat my beloved Milton’s multigrain english muffins, so what do I do? I use butternut squash! I may make paleo biscuits one day, but for now butternut squash discs work really well and are really tasty. I might actually prefer it! Some paleo purists may say that squashes are not paleo, but whatever, I’m keeping my squash. I will post soon about the various debates on what exactly is paleo sometime next week. The reason why I say this is primal and not paleo is because you can’t make hollandaise sauce without butter. (Or can you? hmm…) So the following is how I make eggs benedict. I do all the steps pretty much simultaneously to be as quick and efficient as possible. It took me a few tries to get the sauce to my liking and make perfectly poached eggs.

  • Fill a saucepan with water, add vinegar (crucial to make good poached eggs), wait for it to boil
  • Crack egg into a small bowl. Gently pour egg into boiling water, submerging half the bowl. Repeat with another egg.
  • Use a slotted spoon to take out the eggs onto a paper towel (so that it absorbs excess water) when the egg whites are white and firm, but the yolk is soft and runny.
  • Melt about a tablespoon of butter in a bowl in the microwave. whisk in an egg yolk. Add lemon juice (juice from a small wedge is enough) and sprinkle some Tabasco to taste (optional). Put bowl on top of cooling saucepan of hot water and whisk so that it thickens, but doesn’t cook the yolk.
  • Slice butternut squash into desired thickness. Cook in a frying pan, both sides until cooked through. Also heat up the canadian bacon.
  • Move the squash on a plate, pile on sliced avocado, canadian bacon, poached eggs, and pour hollandaise sauce over everything.

Voila! Noms!

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