Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Paleo Movement: Efficient Exercise Week 6

Going into my one on one workout this week, my triceps were still pretty sore from the group workout where I really went after the bonus exercises.

One on One Recap

Little did I know that Matthew had decided that my workout would be an arm workout.  All of my workouts up until this point had been more or less full body workouts.  We started with the 360 to get my heart rate up, followed by T-Bar Rows with 25 pounds, and then bench press on the X-Ccentric Machine.  

We didn't use the ARx in this session.  Matthew explained that the X-Ccentric machine is really a predecessor to the ARx machine.  He likes to use it so that he can emphasize the positive or negative movement of a lift.  A good trainer, he explains, can sense your level of fatigue and give you the amount of assistance you need on the machine.  

Monday, July 29, 2013

Carrot Ginger Soup from The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook

I've been craving soup, so as I continued to try out recipes from Mickey Trescott's Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, this Carrot Ginger Soup caught my eye. 

While cooking the night before I made this, I had some down time while something was simmering so I decided to go ahead and get the carrots and onions prepped for this recipe.

Imagine chicken broth in this picture. 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

A New Efficient Exercise Project Transformation starts August 6th!

Happy Saturday afternoon everyone!  I was at Efficient Exercise for my group workout earlier today and I stayed to hear the details for the next Project Transformation program that will be starting Tuesday, August 6, 2013!  There is still room in the class, so if you are interested, contact them!  

Friday, July 26, 2013

Moroccan Lamb Stew from Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook

After receiving a review copy of Mickey Trescott's Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, I had fun looking through and choosing recipes.  For one reason or another, despite it being 100+ degrees outside, I've been craving soup.  After having a good experience with lamb, I've wanted to try cooking with it again. When I saw this Moroccan Lamb Stew recipe, I knew I had to try it.

There were only two problematic ingredients for me:  dates and orange juice.  I typically do not eat fruit.  I emailed Mickey to see if it would be a huge issue for me to omit these two ingredients.  She worried that I wouldn't get the Moroccan flavor.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Paleo Movement: Efficient Exercise Week 5

After completing week 5, I feel like I'm starting to get to the point where I feel more comfortable testing my limits and I'm certainly being pushed to them.

Want to get your heart rate up?

One on One Recap:  

Matthew explained to me that this weeks' one on one work out was more of a metabolic workout because I was learning new exercises.  Now that I know the exercises, he'll up the weight and we'll do fewer reps.  Metabolic or not, this was a hard workout.  

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Paleo Review Extra Large Straining Cloth

If you saw my Slow Cooker Ghee post yesterday, you may have noted I used an extra large straining cloth.  You may have wondered, where can I get one of those?  Right here or more exactly, at my Etsy store, Cavegirl Couture.  

Everyone could use one of these!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Slow Cooker Ghee from Grass Fed Girl

Right around the time I received my blogger samples of Pure Indian Foods Ghee, I started to see pins on Pinterest for homemade ghee made in the slow cooker.  I had to try this!  While I love Pure Indian Foods Ghee and certainly appreciate their expertise and quality, it often doesn't fit in my budget.  Could I get that butter flavor grass-fed ghee adds to my dishes but more affordably?  Let's see!  There are many recipes out there, but I decided to try this one from Grass Fed Girl.  

I gathered my ingredients.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A Year in Review: Year One Blogoversary

It's hard for me to believe that it has been one year ago since I jumped into blogging.  With the encouragement of friends, I decided that blogging would be a good way to keep me on track with eating a paleo template.  I was already doing the cooking, so how hard could it be?  

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Paleo Movement: Efficient Exercise Week 4

When I went into the gym for my one on one workout this week, I was still sore from the weekend's group workout, especially my abs.  There's nothing like feeling your abs every time you move in your office chair during the week.  

One on One Recap

I think Matthew is slowly testing me to see what I can do in these one on one workouts.  What I thought was my most intense workout last week paled in comparison to this session.  We started out with a descending ladder circuit of push ups and suspended incline rows.  A ladder?  I started with sets of 10 of each exercise going back and forth without rest and descended by 1 of each exercise until I was down to just one of each.  

The next mini-circuit introduced a new machine to my training:   the "glutimator" machine.  I'll affectionately call this machine, the birthing machine.  You literally put your legs in stirrups, strap yourself in with a seat belt and push your legs out and down.  If you have any tightness in your hips, you will become immediately painfully aware of it.


Monday, July 15, 2013

Roast Beef with Thyme, Garlic and Red Wine from Paleo Diet Lifestyle

Like the country style pork chops last week, I came across a sirloin roast on special and somehow it made it into my cart.  This happens way too often.  I searched the internet a bit and came across this recipe for Roast Beef with Thyme, Garlic and Red Wine from Paleo Diet Lifestyle.   It sounded flavorful and the picture was enticing, so why not?  I gathered my ingredients and turned my oven on to pre-heat.  

Friday, July 12, 2013

Tangy Country Style Ribs from Jan's Sushi Bar

I found some country style pork ribs on special and couldn't leave them at the store.  When I got home, I searched for something special to do with them and came across this recipe from Jan's Sushi Bar for Tangy Country Style Ribs that were prepared in a pressure cooker.  As temperatures have been pretty high where I live, the idea of not having to turn on the oven was really appealing to me.  

I gathered my ingredients.  The recipe calls for ketchup, and Jan provides her own recipe, but I used some of my preferred Paleo Ketchup.  I had some made already from making my Ketchup and Mustard Pork Chops.  

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Paleo Movement: Efficient Exercise Week 3

After Matthew told me last week that I wouldn't feel completely worn out after every workout, I should have known that my next workout would not be one of those workouts.   My one on one workout this week was the most intense workout so far.

Jumping from a  foam brick.  What could go wrong?

One on One Recap

I was very proud of myself after completing this workout.  I'll likely say many times over through these posts that I am not very coordinated.  I'm not.  I've had many injuries over the past few years, all involve me falling down and all but one were self inflicted.  Needless to say, having injured myself, I'm a bit apprehensive to do things like jump.  To give you an idea of how my injuries have changed my behavior, I avoid stairs.  I'm perfectly healthy and understand its good to take the stairs, but as I've fallen down two different sets of stairs in the past 1.5 years, I just don't think being on stairs is worth it.  This sound silly typing it, but its true.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Product Review: Pure Indian Foods Ghee

I was first exposed to Pure Indian Foods Ghee through NomNom Paleo.  I ordered a small jar through Amazon to try it out.  I enjoyed it and that small jar didn't last long.  Back in February, I saw a tweet from Pure Indian foods to apply for blogger samples of different varieties of their ghee.  Of course, I applied!  Weeks past and I hadn't heard anything.  Then in March, they had a table at PaleoFX and I stopped by and purchased a huge jar.  

And then finally, in May an email came that they had sent me a package with 3 varieties including the new Primal Fat.  Awesome!  

Friday, July 5, 2013

Ketchup & Mustard Pork Chops: A Personal Childhood Favorite

Growing up, thankfully, my mom cooked me dinner nearly every night.  A recipe that was regularly in our dinner rotation was a baked pork chop dish where pork chops were covered in ketchup, mustard and brown sugar over a bed of baked beans.  The resulting dish was tart  and tangy yet sweet at the same time.   It still sounds yummy to me but not paleo by a long shot.  After finding a paleo ketchup recipe that I thought achieved the Heinz ketchup flavor I grew up with and now prefer, I was reminded of this recipe, so I went about developing this The Paleo Review original recipe:  Ketchup & Mustard Pork Chops.  

Just like Mom made, kinda.
I want to acknowledge up front, that caramelizing onions takes a bit of time, attention and patience.  The sweetness for the dish comes from the onions.  Yow will be reward in the end, believe me.  

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Paleo Movement: Efficient Exercise Week 2

Remarkably after my first week of training out of the Project Transformation, I was not nearly as sore as I thought I would be.  I imagined not being able to get out of bed one morning but that didn't happen.    On to week two!  

One on One Recap

When I headed into the the gym for my one on one workout, I wondered how Matthew would top last week.   First thing, he introduced me to the hip press.  No, not the leg press, but the hip press.  The movement looks the same, but doesn't feel the same. The weight moves like a pendulum.

The Hip Press

Monday, July 1, 2013

Moroccan Chicken from Mark's Daily Apple

A great thing about paleo cooking is it introduces you to new flavors and spices.  This Moroccan Chicken Casserole from Mark's Daily Apple cooked like it would be a great way to expand my usual cooking flavors.  

Surprisingly, I already had all of the spices needed in my pantry.  I'm taking that as a sign my kitchen is becoming well stocked.  *Pat on back.*

I gathered my ingredients and started preparing the dish.