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2013 Goals

I came across a blog that caught my interest called The Prairie Homestead, and as I was flipping through, I came across a post with her goals for 2012. I think this is a fabulous idea! And even though its already 4 months into 2013, I thought it would be a good idea to write up a list of my goals for this year.

  1. Cut out wheat/gluten from my diet (this one I’m currently working on and have pretty much already eliminated any wheat/gluten sources in the last month)
  2. Cut out any sources of refined sugar (this is definitely a work in progress, but I am doing a lot better and have greatly reduced any sources)
  3. Make my first attempt at making home-made bone broth
  4. Buy a deep freezer
  5. Order a half of grass-fed beef (in the process of putting in my order)
  6. *Maybe* attempt to render my own beef tallow, if I can get some of the beef fat included in my order (that idea also came from The Prairie Homestead as well as a post I came across today on Facebook)
  7. Improve my cooking skills 🙂
  8. *Maybe* plant a garden (but we have some work to do on setting up on appropriate space with a water source, as I am REALLY bad at remembering to water things by hand)

I think that is basically it for now, although I am sure there are more things that will get added or crossed out as time goes by. 🙂

Primal/Paleo Thoughts

I’ve been doing my best to stick as closely as I can to a primal/paleo way of eating. I’ve had a couple backslides, but have been doing pretty well with it. The key, so far, is to make sure that I have groceries in the house, of course. And even if I do, but find that I do not feel like cooking, I try to make sure I choose someplace to eat that has a higher chance of keeping me at least gluten-free and sugar-free.

I ordered a mixed package of grass-fed beef from Hat Creek Grown in Northern California and am loving their meat so far. We’ve made a few things – a chuck roast, NY steaks, and ground beef dishes. Right now, I have the cross rib roast in the crockpot. I’m a huge fan of roast-type dishes, because they are super easy and require little supervision on my part. Cooking is not really my forte, and not something I am very comfortable with.

In between beef dishes, I’m making meals using conventional pork and either conventional or organic chicken. Mixing in the conventional products helps me to bring my costs down for now, which is helpful.

Another site that I am loving is PaleoTrack.com, which is awesome for nutrition tracking. While the food database *could* be better, I find it suitable, and I especially love that it gives you the Omega 6 to Omega 3 breakdowns. I do find that eating REAL foods, I have to pay attention to how much I am eating and make sure that I am eating enough – enough protein, enough fat. If I don’t pay attention to that, then the amount I eat drops especially low and I do not need to be losing any weight right now.

I finished reading The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson the other day. That was a very good read. It gave me lots to think about when choosing my foods, and it was especially interesting to read the sections describing how our bodies react to the gluten and sugars, what that does to our insulin levels, etc. I liked the workout sections a lot too.

While I’ve never been one for working out or physical activity in general, I’ve been trying to work hard at incorporating that into my lifestyle. I had started doing modified push ups against a wall a few weeks ago, and am getting close to being able to do 50 at a time. So almost time to move on to the next type of modified push ups, which I believe is the girly version. 🙂  I’ve also been working on squats, which is not so easy, but I can do maybe 15 at a time. And we put a pull up bar in the doorway to our hallway, and I can do about 3 chin ups and 0 actual pull ups.  But I am working on it. Eventually I will be able to do ONE whole pull up. 😀

Primal Eating

I’ve been doing a lot of reading and research on the primal/paleo eating lifestyle and that is something that I am working towards. Most importantly, I am trying to cut out any wheat/gluten, sugar, and processed foods, but it is a battle. The hardest part for me is moving away from my morning espresso laced with sugary syrup. One of my other battles is that cooking, in general, has not been one of my strong suits. I can rock at baking cookies, but cooking real foods is something that I have to work at and improve upon.

So far, I’ve been dabbling. Figuring out some healthy meals and ways to prepare real foods that we enjoy, mixed with crappy poisonous fast foods when I don’t feel like cooking. So its all a work in progress. And my goal is to keep progressing with it and improving my cooking skills.

Right now, I am in the middle of reading The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson. It is a great book. I love the in-depth explanations of how our body processes wheat and sugar, what that does to our insulin levels and how the changes in insulin levels affect our body. It also gives a great explanation of how cholesterol works. I have a number of other books on my list of books to read that will hopefully continue to give me motivation to improve my way of eating and living, and make the necessary changes to improve my health and life.