Hi loves. I’ve had so much I’ve wanted to blog about recently but I didn’t have my laptop for week so I fell behind. I finally have a night at home. Spent an hour or 3 making out with my @Hurlwon (pretty much my routine every night) and already cleaned the kitchen so I’m allllll yours!
Whole30, Round 3 – Update
So.. I finished my Whole21. Haha Yes, I ended it early. No I’m not a failure. No, I do not hate myself. Yes, I ate 1 or 3 donuts the next 48 hours. Yes, I felt bloated afterwards. No, I didn’t feel guilty. Yes, it tasted hella good. I just thought long and hard about what I wanted to do with my life LONG term. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Whole30 program and I’m a huge believer in its power and results (that’s why I did it 3x!) but I just found myself in a routine of restricting myself so much that I would want to binge when I finished strict challenges. So, I made the educated decision to stop while in control. Hey! 3 weeks of strict Paleo is still awesome! #iamokwithit #imstillawesome #ilookfine #imhappy #stilleatingpaleo #justneededadonut
Ya’ll know I LOVE challenges, healthy challenges, workout challenges, paleo challenges, EVERYTHING! So I’m not saying I’ll never do anything again. I just had a huge urge to try not restricting myself 100% and to use moderation for once. Haha I’ve NEVER been good at that. It was all or nothing for me, always. That’s worked for me, fine. BUT I don’t want to be always saying no when I want to say yes once in a while. So yeah, I had a chocolate party in my mouth last week. All chocolates were invited and it was a full house mmkay. Then the party ended after a few days of sugar rushes and pregbelly (per ushe). This week I decided to just be ME. Just eat how I know to eat. Just eat what I love to eat – PALEO. I did just damn fine. I didn’t have a single cheat but that’s not because I wasn’t allowing myself to. I just didn’t feel the need to anymore. I worked out everyday – did SOMETHING, just light cardio if I didn’t have time for a full Crossfit class. Just the whole mentality change feels so good. I’m going to have a sweet treat when I feel like it’s worth it. That’s it. It’s that simple. :)
I’ve been CRAVING some hot brothy soup recently. So I picked up some marrow bones and started a bone broth last night! This is one Paleo “dish” that I cannot live without. Honestly, I was not feeling the taste the first time I made it. Now I actually crave it. CRAVE. It’s so refreshing, clean and tasty.
- 3-6 marrow bones (or ANY bones)
- 1 yellow onion
- 1 bulb garlic
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp sea salt
- bone marrow into crockpot
- chop onion into quarters, add
- peel whole bulb of garlic, add whole cloves
- add apple cider vinegar & salt (i don’t actually measure the salt, I just coat everything generously)
- fill crockpot with water (also don’t measure, hehe, just leave an inch at the top)
- set crockpot to low for 8-10 hours (can cook for up to 24 hours)**
**I always start my bone broth at night, so I just leave it overnight, that’s 8-10 hours usually. It’s good to drink the next morning. I usually pre-chop veggies at night too, and in the morning I throw them into the crockpot. There will be plenty of room for them bc the broth boils down a bit. My usuals are carrots, daikon (white carrot), parsnip, celery or any other root veggies. After adding veggies, continue cooking the broth on low for another 10-12 hours (I leave it until I get home from work). THEN, if I feel like it, I add dark leafy greens, like kale or rainbow chard. Since these cook up supes fast, no need to cook for long. They will wilt and then you’ve got yourself a huge batch of veggie soup!
If you keep it as is, like I did for this batch, then you can use your broth in many ways. I like to drink it the way it is for breakfast, out of a mug, like a pimp. I guess you could use a bowl. #whatevs. You can use it as a soup base for your noodle/zoodle soups, use as base for sauces in your entrée dishes. I make stews, chili, or any protein dishes with a little broth. Anything you’d add water to, use broth instead for a little more flavor. You can also freeze your leftovers. #brothfordays
If you want your broth to gel, use less water, add something with collagen (like chicken feet) or you can even add gelatin. I have Great Lakes gelatin. Never tried it in broth yet though.
Dude, seriously though, this batch is so good even my paleo dog is begging for some. I wouldn’t let him have any so he decided to eat the wall instead. *making an annoyed face*
You see that white stuff in his teeth? Yeah. That’s wall. Oh, @hurlwon.