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By J. Wheeler

processed-food-2-ashxFor every food that is not allowed in the Paleo diet, there is a reason that can back it up, aside from a simple “because it’s not good for your health”. The number one enemy of the Paleo diet is processed foods. The reason being is because they have unnatural additives that are not healthy at all.

Listed below are the dangerous additives that you will want to look out for:
Sodium Nitrite – to increase the shelf life of products, sodium nitrite is added. This is the reason why storing food has become quite convenient for us. Food is no longer easily spoiled or grows mold. The problem here though, is that by adding chemicals to make food storage convenient, we risk our own health. Sodium nitrite is added to our food, but it is known to increase the risks of pancreatic cancer and leukemia and also increases the risk of brain tumor in infants.

Sodium nitrite is especially used in processed meats that you can keep for months in the pantry or refrigerator. Examples are hotdogs, bacon, ham, beef jerky, and lunch meat. This is why the Paleo diet restricts eating anything that is canned or packaged.

Salt – you probably didn’t expect to find salt in this list because it’s natural and essential in cooking, but the sad truth is that we’re abusing our salt intake which is why we need to slow down in using it. Most people will argue that they only use a very minimal amount of salt when they cook, and this is good because you don’t really need all that much to flavor the food.SaltShaker
We may limit and control how much salt we put in the food that we are preparing, but what we cannot limit is the amount of salt that companies put in our packaged and easy to prepare foods. Salt also makes a foods’ shelf life longer and enhances the flavor of the processed food, which is why there is so much used in processed convenience foods. But it is important to cut back, because too much salt (more than a teaspoon daily) is directly linked to fatal strokes and many heart diseases.
Aspartame – aspartame is an artificial sweetener and is commonly found in diet and sugar-free foods. People are becoming more aware of the unhealthy amounts of sugar that they consume and in trying to have a healthier diet, they opt for diet sodas and sugar-free ice cream. What they don’t know is that by opting for a supposedly low sugar diet, they are risking their health because aspartame is actually a toxic substance when consumed too much.
Half of aspartame is made up of a substance called phenylalanine. Some people will say that it is a natural substance so what could be wrong? It IS a natural substance but the problem is consuming it in large quantities. Phenylalanine is only meant to be consumed in extremely small amounts because once our bodies get too much of it, one of the disturbing side effects is that our threshold for seizure becomes lower.
Aspartame contains two more substances that are known to risk a person’s health: aspartic acid which is linked to lesions in the brain and methanol which is a known contributor of brain tumors.
Now you know why processed foods are a big no-no in the Paleo diet. They contain ingredients that are known to be very harmful to us humans and even though they have made our lives more convenient, we should still let go of them. Our lives can still be just as convenient even without them. Learn how to prepare or prep meals in advance so when the busy work week comes, you will have an easier time cooking your meal.

John Wheeler can help you answer the question of what is the paleo diet? Feel free to get his email course on the basics of the Paleo Diet at http://paleodietlearningcenter.com.

baby-bullet-440Baby Bullet and Marinera Recipe

One of the first things I wanted to get when I found out I was expecting was a baby bullet. I had a Magic Bullet but I liked the idea of the baby bullet, small sizes, freeze portions. I thought it was great and something I would use all the time. I wasn’t wrong!

I cook all my little girls food ahead of time and freeze small portions. I will probably wear the baby bullet out before long(shocked I haven’t yet). I make large batches of food and freeze it. It makes things super easy when I am in a hurry and can’t cook something… which is pretty much all the time :)

Anyways one of the sauces in the baby bullet cook book was a marinera sauce. My daughter loves it on her meat, so I thought I’d share it. It’s so easy!

Baby Bullet Marinera Recipe

1 steamed/boiled carrot (or 6 oz of carrot puree)

1 steamed/boiled zucchini (or 6 oz of zucchini puree)

2-3 boiled/steamed roma tomatoes

1 tbsp olive oil

1 clove of garlic

Blend all ingredients together in your baby bullet, then pour into a saucepan and heat until cooked.

Pour over pasta( I don’t eat pasta but you can use gluten free pasta) or you can pour it over meat. I use this on chicken, hamburg all the time and my daughter loves it, she gobbles it right up. She’s getting veggies she normally doesn’t eat on a regular basis and mommy is happy!

Got any great recipes you’d like to share? What do you feed your little one, share in the comments! AND if you like my post click share!

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Tiana MacLeod
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Thoughts of the weekThese are my thoughts for the week

Good Days– I haven’t had a ‘good day’ in a while. Let me explain to you what a ‘good day’ looks like to me. I get up and as I go about my day, a burst of energy comes my way. It stays, all day even during a gym workout,  long day at work and then continues into the evening. I go home roll into bed, fall asleep and have a great sleep to wake up refreshed and feeling great again the next day…

This ‘good day’ eludes me. I haven’t had it, well since pre-baby.

Lately, I wake up and I feel like I just want to roll back into bed.. AND I feel like that ALL DAY!! But alas I can’t roll back into bed, so I continue through my day and feel the same way the next day and the next.

This is what I have felt like since having my baby.. I love her to bits but having a baby, it just drains you. From being pregnant(draining), to delivery(draining), newborn baby (draining), to chasing around a 1-year-old that is curious and mobile(still draining).

Today (SO FAR) was a ‘good day’. I honestly didn’t think I could have a good day again.. ever!

I got up and felt good, then I went to the gym and I had lots of energy. I got in a good workout and still felt great afterwards and my energy level has been good all day. Unbelievable. Just hope it continues!

More thoughts of the week

Kombucha News – My Kombucha is once again brewing. This time I’m brewing two batches. The first batch I finished is ALMOST gone now and it didn’t last long, so this time, I tripled the amount HAHA 1 batch brewing is 1 gallon, the 2nd batch that’s brewing is around 2 gallons. That’s 3 gallons of Kombucha(yes I can add, yay me)! I am not sure if it’s helping me at all or if it has contributed to my rise in energy but I think it’s still too soon to tell. I’ll give you updates as time goes on.

Working out – I’m making progress at the gym, I’m so proud that my strength and endurance is coming back so quickly. Close to half of the machines I’m using I’m back to the weight I was lifting right before I got pregnant. I’ve actually exceeded the weight on two of them.. not surprising that they are both arm exercises – with all the baby lifting that I do. I’ve only gone to the gym, maybe 10 times total(if that) since the beginning of January. The cardio would probably be better if I spent more time on it but I thought it was more important to get stronger, so I focus more on weights when I go. I still do 20-30 min of cardio, which is fantastic but I haven’t stepped up the level on the cardio AT ALL. If I keep having ‘good days’ then I might be able to step that up as well.

I don’t know if I’ve lost weight, honestly I haven’t checked the scale in a week. The important thing for me is that I feel stronger and my pants feel looser. Sad to say and admit but I’m still wearing maternity pants! I know, I’m actually terribly ashamed about it but they still fit, are comfy and my old jeans(the last time I tried them on) were too tight. I’m a cheap-ass so I just haven’t bought a pair that fit me now, knowing I’m going to lose weight and eventually get back into my jeans again. Within a month or two for sure…

My strength – I would love to get to the point where I can squat or do a push up without falling flat on my face.. A girl can dream can’t she? Speaking of push ups, I saw a great blog post today over at Marks Daily Apple – it’s called Pushups the Perfect primal exercise. It explains why push ups are a great exercise(no duh) and how to progress from doing wall push ups to floor push ups. They also posted a great success story today on Marks Daily Apple that is inspirational! I love reading success stories.

Even more thoughts of the week

Inspiration – Another great inspirational story I found is over at NERD FITNESS – This guy has dropped 128 lbs in 10 months.. You can hear his story and read an update on how he is doing. Very awesome!

Slim is Simple – A couple of days ago I posted a video that I hope you all check out, it’s called Slim is Simple and it explains how to eat healthy. If you think you are eating ‘Healthy’ you may not be AT ALL!! We are doing it WRONG(who knew) and it is costing each one of us our health. So check it out and be amazed!

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Tiana MacLeod
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My healthy diet plan – Here is my story

I’ve lost weight(60 lbs), I’ve gotten strong but is it really all about calories in calories out? What is my secret?

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This is me in June 2004

Did my healthy diet plan consist of:

  • Work out like crazy
  • Starve myself
  • Count calories
  • Keep a food journal
  • Eat Low Calorie, low-fat foods
  • Eat high fiber grains

The old 2008 Tiana would say yes to some, if not ALL of these things.

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This is me in 2010, I’m still the same weight now even after having a baby. I just really like this picture lol

I use to workout 5 times a week at the gym, count my calories, write down everything and see how much food I was eating each day. I would watch my portion sizes and limit my calories to 1200 a day. I followed the Canada’s food guide, making sure I was eating High Fibre, whole grain foods, switched to margarine, cut out the cholesterol, no saturated fats, no salt. I was eating very health, or so I thought!

Problem was, I felt worse, I lost a bit of weight but couldn’t lose anymore, I had no energy even though I was getting stronger but doing all this, it was tough and really I couldn’t sustain dieting like this for long periods of time. It was too hard. It drained me.

This was me in 2008 when I started my journey to lose weight. Little did I know, I had sooo much to learn!

I’m so thankful that I live in a time where I have information at my fingertips. I was able to research and find a way that was better… I started with what was working. I did lose some weight but why did it stop and why did I still feel so awful? It took a lot of research and experimenting to find out what I was doing wrong. Turns out, pretty much everything I was doing, was wrong.

  • I wasn’t eating enough
  • I was exercising too much, causing stress in my body
  • I was eating the wrong foods..

That last one was the hardest to discover and accept. How can it be that spaghetti, naan pesto pizza and quasadilla’s be unhealthy? The whole wheat sandwiches for lunch and the bowl of cereal every morning?

Video that outline my healthy diet plan

I came across this video today Slim is Simple and it explains my healthy diet plan very well and what I was doing wrong.. It highlights all the changes I made a few years back. I haven’t looked back. More and more people are making these changes and discovering how flawed our conventional wisdom is when it comes to our health and losing weight. Our healthy diet plans of today are so far off, it is incredible. Time for us to take our health back into our own hands. Watch the video, be amazed, make the changes and be amazed again!

If you want some ideas on what to eat, this video is great.

The non-profit organization was launched by Jonathan Bailor author of  The smarter science of slim. His organization called Slim is Simple is dedicated to providing the public with information about diet and health through compelling multimedia resources – which are FREE OF CHARGE!

Do a search on Youtube ‘Slim is simple ‘ to see more videos. It really is a great resource!

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KombuchaKombucha brewing – Easier than I thought

I’ve been meaning to post this for a couple of days.. I checked on my Kombucha that was brewing the other day and it seems to be ready. It brewed for 22 days and I got a huge scoby out of it.. so now I have 2. I’m thinking of starting two batches instead of just one. One 1 gallon batch just won’t last very long. I like the thought that I’m actually eating some fermented food now and being kind to my gut, helping it heal. But having to wait 3 weeks just to drink the stuff, it’s very long when you drink a small glass a day. I give it a week and I’ll have none left. So I guess I’ll have to go look for another 1 gallon glass container to use. I have no idea where to find one here in Ottawa, any suggestions?

Store bought/home brew no comparison!

I have to say though this Kombucha I brewed doesn’t even compare to the stuff I bought in the store for $26 a bottle. The stuff in the store was very strong and was awful compared to this stuff. It tastes a million times better when you brew it yourself. It actually kind of tastes a bit like champagne and I’m sure if you double ferment to get some bubbles going, it would be similar, though I haven’t had champagne in years so hard to really compare. :)

In the photo, the jar on the right is what I put in my fridge to drink (some more went into another jar). The jar on the left is both scoby’s sitting around waiting for me to brew another batch. I’ll start brewing again in the next few days.

I’m happy my Kombucha turned out, I was a little worried because the temperature in my house is far from consistent and the batch was downstairs, which can go from very warm to cold in a few hours. (wood furnace).

It will be interesting to see how the next batch tastes as I’ll be using a combination of black tea and green tea. I’m actually not sure what tea I used when I made my first batch since it came with my kit.

Maybe after I get use to brewing this stuff I might start double fermenting to get some fizz in my drink. We will see!

Have you tried making Kombucha before? Share you stories in the comments, success, failures, what have you learned? If you like today’s post, please click share!

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I purchased and watched this video – Fat Head last year.. I thought it was great and shared my purchase with a few family members. The video has since been updated, which is fantastic because as you know, research is continuing in nutrition and new things are being found out everyday. So I’m sure the update to the video was needed. Here is some of the updated video from the movie. If you haven’t watched Fat Head yet, you should. It’s an interesting video and a nice jab at Morgan Spurlock’s movie Supersize me.. Everything in terms of how people gain weight, lose weight is well explained AND the graphics are fairly entertaining as well :)

Glad to see that the producer of Fat Head has changed how he(and his family) are eating. From eating low carb junk food to eating more of a paleo diet!

Have you watched the fathead movie? Let everyone know what you thought of it in the comments and if you like this newest version make sure you share this post with your friends!

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The first week back to work I was doing great with working out and eating well, then last Sunday bam woke up feeling like I was getting a cold.. By the end of the day I was sick with the flu. I have to say it’s the weirdest cold/flu I’ve ever had. I’ve never had both at the same time and usually when I get sick I’m over it fairly quickly (a couple of days) the flu was gone within a day but the cold lasted another couple of days. I was off work for 2 days and I am still a week later feeling it a bit. I’m not 100%, more like 80%.

I mustered up the energy to go to the gym today. I didn’t have enough energy to do lots of weights but enough to get cardio in, so that’s what I did cardio for about 40 minutes then went to work.

1 week isn’t going to do much, it threw me off my routine for a little bit but I don’t think going to the gym while you are sick is good for anyone. I needed to rest my body and heal and now I’m getting better everyday. I’ll try my best at the gym this week but I’m not going to overdo it.

Tomorrow will be a day to celebrate, it was a year ago at 3:29am tomorrow morning that I had my little girl… with celebration of course comes cake and all the fun stuff with birthday parties. So we’ll see how I do by the end of the week but I have to say, so far, so good.

Hopefully no more flu/colds for a while and I can get back to the routine again of getting to the gym and getting some exercise in me! Wish me luck !

Happy Birthday to my little girl!!!! The best gift I’ve ever received and the most amazing little girl ever! There’s no way I could have ever imagined how much love I would have for that little girl but she has my heart and always will.
xo

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