AVOCADO AND SUNDRIED TOMATO STUFFED BURGERS

AVOCADO AND SUNDRIED TOMATO STUFFED BURGERS

Happy hump day. And I'm not just celebrating Wednesday, I'm almost at the halfway point of my 21 Day Sugar Detox. Which is reason in itself to celebrate right? I'll be honest I gave in and stepped on the scale this morning. I was going to wait the whole 21 days before I did it, but I couldn't help myself. And disappointingly I'd only lost a couple pounds, which isn't bad, but I guess I was hoping for a little bit more. I have had 3 people today ask me "wow you've lost weight haven't you?" so I need to remember it's not all about the number on the scale. I have a feeling in the past few months I've lost a lot of fat, but gained a lot of muscle. So the number on the scale might not reflect my hard work, but the compliments sure do. I guess the moral of my rant is to not get down if the number on the scale doesn't budge too much. Especially if you exercise and lift weights a lot. If I get the guts maybe I'll post some before and after photos. And if you're doing a detox or a whole30 or a paleo challenge, be sure to take some photos of yourself as well. You might have major scale movement and you might not, but photos never lie! And continuing with my quest to make delicious 21 Day Sugar Detox approved recipes I made this one from Caveman Feast, one of my favorite paleo recipe ebooks from Civilized Caveman. Hope you enjoy it!

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SPICY CHICKEN TACOS WITH COCONUT FLOUR TORTILLAS

SPICY CHICKEN TACOS WITH COCONUT FLOUR TORTILLAS

Day 7 of my 21 Day Sugar Detox baby! That's right, this is officially a PR for me, I've never made it longer than 5 days without sugar. And I've tried, several times I hate to admit. What's kept me on track? Probably the copious amounts of training I've been doing that keeps me busy at the gym and a lot of experimenting with new dishes like this one. Adding new flavors to my meals every day keeps things fun and exciting. I still have cravings though, and I'm still nervous that I could fail, but for now I will keep trucking along because I'm finally one third of the way to my goal. So that's that, now who's excited for the CrossFit open? Can you believe it's in less than 3 weeks?! I can't! I was sick this weekend so I've now had 4 days off in a row and I'm feeling extremely sluggish and crappy. I'm nervous for tomorrows workout, and I hear we're doing track work, the kind of stuff that kills me! It's gonna hurt thats for sure. Hopefully I can get my ass in good enough shape in these last few weeks though. I think the open is such a cool experience because you can literally compare yourself to every CrossFitter in the world. There aren't many opportunities to do that and I'm really excited to see how I stack up. If you're giving the competition a go, good luck and make sure you have fun while you're doing it! Also, be sure to make lots of paleo dishes to keep you fuelled and fired up.

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TURKEY VEGETABLE SOUP

TURKEY VEGETABLE SOUP

Happy Saturday, happy weekend, and happy sunshine. I'm enjoying this beautiful weather, but I'm not looking forward to this rain they speak of next week. Well I guess if it's going to cool down again what better way to get through it than with a warm bowl of turkey and veggie soup. I posted a pic on instagram of this soup a couple weeks ago and a lot of people asked for the recipe. Unfortunately this was a "throw whatever's in the fridge in the pot" kind of soup so I'm not too sure what the measurements should be. I'm gonna guestimate for you though, so if anything seems to much or too little try adding or subtracting to your liking. Also, I'm almost a third of the way done with my 21 Day Sugar Detox and going strong. Yesterday I got really sick though and it made things extremely hard. You would think being sick would make it easy, I had no appetite most of the day, but then by the evening I was feeling a bit better and all of a sudden I was starving and had no motivation to cook. I just wanted to grab unhealthy snacks from the cupboard, but I didn't. I baked some chicken and veggies so I didn't have to stand over the stove and monitor anything. So day 6 it is today. Hope you're staying strong as well if you're doing a detox. It will be worth it I promise!

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SPICY CHICKEN NUGGETS WITH RANCH DRESSING

SPICY CHICKEN NUGGETS WITH RANCH DRESSING

It is officially day 4 of my 21 Day Sugar Detox. Say what?! Only day 4?! Wholly crap! That's how I feel about that. I mean seriously, for the past few months I feel like my life has just been flying by and I can't slow down time, and now, well now it feels like it's at a standstill. So there you go, if you're at a point in your life where you'd just like to slow things down, do a sugar detox. The days will feel much longer than they actually are. But seriously, this is hard. But I knew they would be when I started. Day 1 was awesome, day 2 was pretty good, but last night on day 3 I just wanted to raid the fridge for anything sweet. I mean anything! Normally I'd let myself have some dark chocolate, or dried fruit, and on occasion I would bake some paleo treats, but I seriously wanted anything sweet. Like an apple with almond butter was just screaming my name. But I prevailed and had my spaghetti squash with ground turkey and tomato sauce and went to bed like a good little girl. Am I going to be able to make it the whole 21 days though? It seems like a lifetime right now! Okay it's time to stop being such a baby. I know a lot of people have done the 21 Day Sugar Detox and been successful, and I deserve to be successful as well. I am having fun trying new recipes for lunch and dinner and hope their deliciousness keeps you on track as well should you decide to embark on a similar journey. I'm pretty excited to see what happens once I get past the cravings. I didn't sleep well the first 2 nights, but I slept better last night. And I already feel incredibly less sluggish and faster at the gym. I think it still might get worse before it gets better, but I'm ready to take it head on. So if you think you're tough enough then give it a go join me so we can support one another. Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day. I'm off to get a massage and bask in the sunshine, so excited it's going to be in the 70's today!

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GROUND BEEF STUFFED BELL PEPPERS

GROUND BEEF STUFFED BELL PEPPERS

Well it was officially day 1 of my 21 Day Sugar Detox and I'm on a high. Can every day be this easy? I have a feeling it won't be! But I'm going to soak up my day 1 accomplishment thats for sure. If you haven't already noticed I love my sweets, so its a difficult one for me to give up. But it also gets me feeling sluggish and I'm ready for a reset. So wish me luck, and join me if you want to kick your sugar and carb cravings too! With that being said I will be trying a lot of new meal recipes so I don't get bored and I keep my hands clear of the sweets. Also, the CrossFit NorCal regions are 15 weeks away and its time to get my body ready to kick butt when we make it. And to look good in the array of outfits my teammates are putting together for us. We're gonna be a blur of neon you surely won't miss! Happy Monday everyone, hope you enjoy tonights treat.

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TACO SEASONING AND MY 21 DAY SUGAR DETOX

TACO SEASONING AND MY 21 DAY SUGAR DETOX

Good morning and hello sugar hangover. Omg! I've probably mentioned this before, but I have a bit of a sugar addiction. And well, it was full blown yesterday. Thursday = my rest day from the gym = the day I experiment with paleo treats in the kitchen = a disaster for my stomach. Sometimes I manage to control myself, but yesterday was a different story. I started snacking on some dark chocolate, then gobbling down some paleo chocoalte chip cookies I'd made for a friend and next think you know I was pulling out the coconut ice cream I bought for "special occasions" it was OUT OF HAND! Needless to say, when I woke up this morning I felt bloated, tired and had a massive headache.

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