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Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

It feels good to be back on my little life journal here! I had gotten so frustrated with dealing with silly issues on my blog (hackers). It really had me just disappointed in general. But, as time has passed I have been thinking more and more about my little baby here. And I miss it!

Here is what I have to share with you today. In true Jenn style, I have another accidental recipe that I ended up loving! We had gotten home late from soccer and I was desperately trying not tin stuff my face with chips and makes some GOOD and healthy decisions. I also had no clue what I was going to make because I was really hungry (you know, right then) and also low on food options at the house. Enter ground beef, romaine lettuce and my new favorite ranch seasoning! And honestly my husband came home and he loved the ranch ground beef (darn it…that meant he was going to eat it too. I should have made more but I didn’t have any more meat). Give this a try and see how versatile this beef is!

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

Ingredients

1.) 1 lb Lean Groun Beef

2.) 1 yellow onion, diced

3.) 2 Tbsp ranch seasoning

Directions

Add ground beef and diced onion to a pan or wok on stovetop with 2 Tbsp of ranch seasoning.  Cook meat until it is cooked through

Uses

Wraps: place on romaine lettuce leaves with avocado and mustard

Salad: place on salad greens and veggies to make a burger salad

Tortilla: my non Paleo husband wrapped his in a tortilla, added cheese and cooked it in our quesadilla maker

21 Day Fix: Red, Green (Avocado or cheese would add a blue and any tortillas would be yellow)

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

Paleo Baked Coconut with Cinnamon and Almonds

Oh my goodness…I think I could go on and on about how much we love popcorn over here. And while a love of popcorn is not necessarily bad….what probably isn’t so great is that I had gotten myself in the HABIT of eating pretty much endless amounts of it on the weekends with no thought of even limiting how much I was eating. Yah…that’s a bit overboard.

Last week I talked a bit about how one of my friends and I were talking about the 21 Day Sugar Detox as a way to really take care of some of these food/mind issues. Well…I decided to start that next day. Why not? Day one was quite an eye opener about how much I had let sneak back into my diet.  Hmm….I think I just found the answer as to why the scale was not budging and more importantly, my clothes not giving me anymore room.

This past weekend was my second weekend..(I’m about half way done…thank goodness!!!). I was all motivated during weekend number one. Weekend number two…not so much. I knew I had to find some type of snacking alternative for popcorn night or I was going to go crazy and probably eat anything in sight. I decided to get detox legal ingredients out and just come up with my own snack dish. I am mostly doing the level 3 foods list…with a few levels 2 foods as needed. (There are three different levels of food on the allowed lists for the 21 Day Sugar Detox…I am mostly using level 3 because I eat Paleo the majority of the time anyway) The few level 2 foods, Came into play for my long run which was Saturday morning and with Friday being meat free during Lent also…I added in sweet potatoes because I knew I was going to need some extra fuel that next morning. (Basically the 21 Day Sugar Detox has 3 levels of food lists depending on where you are starting from with your diet previously)

Anyway…I am pretty pumped about this little concoction I came up with. It hit the spot. It kept me calm mentally (HUGE) and it made me full and happy. Yippee! No crazy Jenn coming out. And of course..it was really easy to make. (because I know I am kidding no one over here…I can’t “cook” I just mix foods together lol). So, here we go. (Keep in mind I did not claim this was low calorie….just Paleo and primal wonderful)

Paleo Baked Coconut with Cinnamon and Almonds

Paleo Baked Coconut with Cinnamon and Almonds

Ingredients:

1.) Coconut (I used coconut flakes, or at least use thick shreds of coconut, you don’t want it to crumble away)

2.) Almonds: toss in some almonds (or pecans or walmnuts)

3.) Cinnamon

4.) 1 tsp grass fed butter

Directions:

Add all to a microwave safe baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Until the coconut and almonds get a little toasted. (So good)

And that’s it!  Something yummy to snack on, but also not derail your primal progress! I’m already planning on when I’m going to make it again next weekend 😊

Paleo Baked Coconut with Cinnamon and Almonds

 

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

Top 10 Splurge Recovery Tips

Life is about getting to that point where you can be 80/20 about things, don’t you think?  That’s a nice balance…80% under control and following those eating guidelines and 20% human and living a little? Nothing too crazy just good more often than not.

But…what do you do when you get that 80/20 flip flopped and go all out? Like 80% stuffing your face with any possible anything that ever crossed your mind and 20% good?  We’ve all been there, right? Something just opens the door to one poor decision after the other and then all the sudden you are sitting there wondering what the heck just happened?

I had a day like that recently. I don’t even know what sparked it. I tend to be an emotional eater and so it tends to tie in with something in my life. But, honestly…I was doing fine! And I definitely turned the 80/20 around in the wrong directions. 80% anything I could get my hands on and 20% (well…I did have my Shakeology that morning). How do you recover from something like that? And quickly. Like seriously cut it off and start repairing the damage ASAP. My number one piece of advice…just STOP it and move on. Don’t beat yourself up..but definitely stop and get back on track.

Here are my top 10 splurge recovery tips to get you back in order during the days following a slip up. Don’t even wait until Monday. Start over now.

Top 10 Splurge Recovery Tips

1.) Drink more water: specifically start your day with lemon water to detox

2.) Sweat it out: go burn some calories. You may feel like you are absolutely dragging..swear you will feel better about yourself mentally and physically after

3.) Lay off the carbs: stick to meat, veggies and some fruit, that simple

4.) Have an eating cutoff: pick a time in the evening and just stop, no excuses

5.) Make extra food: have extra food cooked and ready to go at your house. No moments of desperation after work or on busy days..there is already something in the fridge

6.) Pack food: don’t get caught off guard. If you will be away from your house, make sure you have food with you as options

7.) Try fasting: just give your body a break.  I’m not talking all day, but maybe something like only eating during the window of 11 am to 7 pm (trick your body)

8.) Do a HIIT workout: high intensity interval training…doesn’t matter what it is, short bursts of high intensity movement (think intervals, sprints, tabata…21 Day Fix, turbo fire and Insanity Max :30 have great high intensity interval sections)

9.) Snacks: have healthy snacks ready and prepared, don’t be a mindless eater…get one of your proportioned snacks out.

10.) JUST DO IT: sounds simple, but also tough.  When it comes down to it, convince yourself to cut the excuses and just do it.  Because you can!!

Splurge recovery

 

Splurge recovery

 

Splurge recovery

 

Seriously…you will be amazed at how much better you feel after 3 days.  Day 1 is kind of ok..it’s something new.  Day 2 can be absolutely horrendous depending on what you did on the splurge.  I for one end up with migraines if it was a sugar (chocolate) that I chose to over do it with.  Day 3 however is much better.  You are pretty much out of the woods and feeling better and woohoo!! You made it three days!! That’s the start if something really great!

Hey…how about getting things back in order with a group of ladies doing the very same thing? Because that’s what my support groups are all about.  Regular people with issues trying to get back on track!! Contact me about joining my next group so that you don’t have to do this alone!

And if you are looking to get really serious with flushing that system out, think about trying the 3 Day Refresh system.  A three day cleanse that is a great jumpstart to getting yourself back on track.

 

 

 

Jenn Fehrenbacher

Sausage and Spinach Spaghetti Squash

I was in the mood to try some spaghetti squash again with fall here and spaghetti squash easily available. And guess what? I accidentally found a GREAT way to cook and cut it in the process. No cutting a huge raw squash with a knife (scary!).  But, you still get longer “noodles” in the process. Win win. Here are my exact instructions with pictures detailing how to cook and cut spaghetti squash with ease. Really, it’s worth it.

But now, what to do with it?  Lots of options really. Basically I just used what I already had in my refrigerator. I improvised, but it ended up good!  It is a great way to get those green containers in. I had already grilled sausage burgers that week, so I just chopped those up.  In the future, I will cook the sausage while preparing the squash so that I have actual ground sausage.

sausage and spinach spaghetti squash

Sausage and Spinach Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients:

1.) approximately 1.5 lbs of ground meat (I used sausage)

2.) 2 onions, chopped

3.) 1 spaghetti squash (I ended up using about 3/4 of the “noodles” I made. It was huge!)

4.) 3 cups fresh spinach

5.) garlic, salt, and pepper to taste

Directions:

Follow these directions for cooking and cutting your spaghetti squash. With about 30 minutes left on cooking the squash, start browning your ground sausage on the stovetop and cooking your onions (I added the onions to the sausage when it was cooked) When the spaghetti squash is complete and “noodles” and the sausage is cooked through, add both to a large saucepan or wok (the wok worked great). Then add the spinach, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir for 1 minute then remove from heat. Let sit for 2-3 minutes (this is so we don’t over cook the spinach..easy to do!). Enjoy!

sausage and spinach spaghetti squash

21 Day Fix: red, green

*I specifically counted this as 1 red and 2 green when I ate it. I ate a big portion lol!  I don’t know that Autumn would technically say sausage is totally 21 Day Fix compliant. But, I have not noticed any detrimental effects with using it here and there. This was a great paleo recipe!!

sausage and spinach spaghetti squash

If you would like some extra help with clean eating and exact steps for meal prep to save time..check this post out.

Are you on your 21 Day Fix journey or thinking about starting but want some extra support and guidance?  That is where I come in. Connect with me on Facebook or contact me through this site for help!

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Jenn Fehrenbacher