Posts tagged ‘sausage’

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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June 11, 2011

Lazy saturday = minimal cooking

Preparing your own food is the most convenient way to stay paleo. That way you know exactly what you are putting into your body. This basically means you have to cook a lot, especially if you like having a lot of variety. But it doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming! While I enjoy cooking with a lot of ingredients using multiple pans in multiple steps over multiple hours, sometimes I like being lazy and making something in 10 minutes.

Breakfast
I heat the sausage and fry the eggs in one pan. Yummy 5min breakfast.
– Blueberries
– 1 Tomato
– 2 Eggs – I like mine over medium with a runny yolk.
Aidells Chicken & Apple Sausage – I just found out that Aidells makes organic versions of their sausages, I will definitely be looking for those next time. I usually get handmade sausage from the butcher, but precooked, packaged sausage is so convenient! Aidells is awesome because they are all natural and free of nitrates. Always read the label on prepackaged food!
So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk – You definitely want to get the unsweetened kind. Though this does have additives, the ingredients looked ok enough to me. Except the carrageenan, a thickener, which has been linked to cancer. It’s bland at first, but it definitely grows on you! I would like to find some all natural coconut milk.

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MMMM blueberries!!! We have a blueberry plant. I can’t wait to gather my own blueberries!
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Lunch/Dinner
1.2lb T-bone steak with veggies (red bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, zucchini, and garlic)
I like my steaks medium rare, so it only takes 5 minutes to first pan sear and pop in the oven for a perfectly cooked steak. Cooking the veggies takes a little longer, but I start those while my cast iron skillet is heating up in the oven.

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I was super full after eating all of this in the mid-afternoon. Eating paleo is not about eating X number of meals a day every X number of hours. Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full. I did snack on a couple of oranges and had a little kimchi stew in the evening, but I was completely satiated for the day.