Primal Cravings?

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The title may sound like a weird medieval TV to show but it’s actually the name of a cook book. “Your favorite foods made paleo”. Insert confused faces and questions about what is paleo?  Basically, paleo is reverting back to our cavemen like selves. Think hunting and gathering, but not because we’re civilized and have grocery stores. Nerd Fitness does a great job explaining what the paleo diet actually entails but basically like they said “if a caveman couldn’t eat it, neither can you”.

To many this diet may sound super, super, super…..super, harsh but I promise it is not. Having been on and off it for a while now, the paleo diet really restarts your body. For me, like I’ve already told you, sugar is a weakness and is often hard to control but with the paleo diet I can reset my body to it’s natural state which really doesn’t need all that much sugar anyway. I get my sweet tooth fix from fruits with this one, or in the cook book Primal Cravings, I can even bake and I’m still not going to the dark side of processed sugars! How awesome right?

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So you might be thinking “Okay paleo sales person, what CAN I eat? Does it cost more in on my grocery bill? When can I start? (if I’m using the power of persuasion properly here)”.  Let me break it down:

  1. You can really eat anything that a hunter or gather would eat. So you will be eliminating primarily dairy and grains. Have no fear though, on the approved list is bacon, so I mean, it can’t be THAT bad can it?
  2. It should not cost more for you to start this diet as long as you don’t over purchase. My struggle the first time around with this diet was being almost over prepared to be hungry and I ended up wasting a lot of produce. Meal prepping like we spoke about last blog really can play a major factor in keeping the budget on track. I’ve even saved money on this diet because I’m not wasting money on fillers and extras to keep me going throughout the day.
  3. You can start today! Or tomorrow! It’s truly up to you. Paleo is not a diet that is for everyone, and you should absolutely consult a doctor before jumping in. However, I have tried a long list of things to get my body in check and feeling good, and this diet does just that. People often notice rather quickly as well. My face clears up completely (no sugar, no dairy, no gluten), my belly is flatter because nothing is bothering it, and I have more energy because I’m not getting highs and lows from processed food.

Next week I will demonstrate how easy it is to create some wonderful dishes via the paleo diet. Trust me, if the girl who craves tacos, sugar, and everything terrible for you can do this, I know you can too!

To learn more about the diet please check out these links:

A girl, a kitchen, and no idea what to do

Lately my household has been obsessed with shedding weight. It’s been a total overhaul from bottom to top. From the groceries we have been buying, meal prepping, vitamins, and even working out; it’s been some serious dedication over on Easton Road. Cause, you know, summer is comin’!

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It is very easy to change the grocery list. The pimpliest thing you can do is up the intake of protein, veggies, and fruits. You mostly want to stay away from the carbs, sugars, and bad fats. What? Aren’t all fats bad? Uh, no! Avocado is a fat that is actually really awesome for your body. It helps store the good fat that you cause use for energy when you’re running low.

So if you’re like me cutting sugar out cold turkey is not something that can come easy to you. I absolutely love sugar. It fuels my soul, but sucks every ounce of energy out of my body in the long run. I don’t even really seem to get that high from sugar anymore, but I definitely get that crash. To supplement my sugar cravings I enlisted the help of fruits. Oranges are just finishing up an amazing season right now so they have been a really great help, but I things that look like candy. Things like blueberries and blackberries. Throw some strawberries in a yogurt and I’m as content as could be. I have 1/3 the calories I would have had eating the amount of candy I could normally consume, my sugar craving is curbed for a bit, and I knocked out a serving of fruit. Home run if you ask me. If I’m super hungry that day I might throw a little granola in there for some crunch and fill factor.

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If you are one to be easily intimidated by meal prepping I urge you not to be. Please take my word for it when I tell you I am the laziest chef who like the highest amount of praise possible. I usually find all the recipes I’m going to cook by Googling “One pan chicken with sides” or “easy (fill in the blank)”. Cooking shouldn’t ever be an additional chore but it should be something that you learn to love and not an added labor to your day. As a college student and someone who literally works in the food industry, that actual LAST thing I want to do, is deal with food. However, I’ve grown to love to meal prep because of that simple fact. When I’m in the heat of my week I really love having the ability to reach in the fridge and know that there is a full prepped meal ready to go waiting for me.

Last week I went to Tanner’s Bro’s in Richboro. Greatest place to get produce because it’s fresh and not overly priced. When I got home I placed tin foil on a large flat pan and set the oven to 350 degrees. I peeled two large sweet potatoes into chunky strips and placed them together on one side of the pan. In the middle went the green beans. On the right hand side went the brussels  sprouts. The entire pan got a drizzle of olive oil and popped into the oven for fifteen minutes. While that was baking and crisping away, the chicken tenders got a light dusting of sea salt and garlic pepper. Throw the chicken on top of the veggies and shut the door for another fifteen minutes. Once the chicken is cooked all the way through, place on a cooling rack and drizzle balsamic glaze on top of the entire pan. Let this cool and portion. I got about six servings out of this meal and heated it in the microwave for 2 minutes each time. I only had to add extra balsamic once. Success? I think so! This meal is PACKED with goodness and the tenders are the perfect bite.

Here is the link for the full recipe. I modified my version to fit my needs so feel free to do the same for yours as well!

Full Steam Ahead

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Tucked away on Second Street Pike happens to be one of my favorite bars, er, well pubs. Steam pub has been a recent discovery for my friends and I. Down to the food during the day for a quick lunch, up to the night life when we have a girls night out with shots and drinks flowing.

When you first walk up to steam you may not be expecting much. Rich with history, this once train car looks small but looks can be deceiving. You are first greeted by a host (depending on arrival time, late night crowds will not have a host) to the right and a large bar decorated by bottles and Steam Pub Apparel. When you tilt your head slightly up you will see all the beers listed on tap. They are displayed via TV’s and you can actually see how much beer is left in the actual keg! It was the coolest thing ever. It was also the most ingenious marketing plan I’ve ever seen. Think about it, if you’re debating on a higher end beer that’s about to run out, or a Miller Lite beer, you may be more tempted to go with the higher end beer that’s about to run out!

The bartenders at Steam are awesome. Josh and Lauren are rock stars. In for lunch and in for later drinks, they were there both times and remembered me regardless. It was somewhat shocking. I’m not always a fan of drinks that have too much alcohol in them, or if I can taste the alcohol in my drink I usually end up nursing it all night long. Josh remembered that and fixed me a mixed drink that was gluten free too! It was DELICIOUS! Chocolate Martini that had me ordering more. A very rare occurrence! Listening to Josh and Lauren rattle information off about craft beers was also really impressive. I’m not one know much about beer, since I’m unable to drink them, but craft beers have lately taken over all bars and have become a science. Ask Josh or Lauren. They defiantly know a thing or two. Drinks are priced just right too!

The food is pretty great too. With a wide variety of choices you can pretty much get anything you want. I took a risk and strayed away from the traditional pub burger or salad and went with the Shepherds Pie. “Slow cooked beef simmered with peas, carrots, and sage in savory beef stock and topped with a golden potato crust” and worth every….single….bite. Honestly, it was probably worth the trip back to get more. My mouth is salivating just thinking about it to be totally honest. It came out on a skillet to keep it warm and toasty. So delicious. The food is priced appropriately as well.

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Online you can find information about Steam. They have an active Facebook page that announces when they will have a DJ, live music, and events for the weekend. This is pretty common. They usually always have something going on Friday and Saturday night to entertain their patrons. They also really utilize their website. They have displays of new cocktails, countdowns to upcoming events, and you can make a reservation as well. You can also make reservations for a private party. Food, drink, and special menus can also be found on the website as well. People on Yelp seem to be just as impressed as I am too.
Seriously guys, head on over. Tell Josh I sent you. It’s worth it.

Hi! I’m Lyndsey!

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Introductions can be boring, mundane, and a pain to read. So, I promise I will do my absolute best not to bore you. My name is Lyndsey. I was born in 1993 in the greatest city in the world, Philadelphia! While I was young, being outside for most of the evening was always a staple. Once the sun went down, you could almost guarantee that you could find me in front of the TV watching MTV Laguna Beach, and when I was a little older it was The Hills.

Lauren Conrad slowly became an inspiration to me. I remember there was an episode where Lauren was given an opportunity in her internship to fly to her bosses location and deliver a dress for fashion week. She was shown taking the red eye, changing in cabs to make herself presentable, and when she arrived with this dress was given a simple “Thank you. That’s all” and was right back on a flight to California. My heart broke for her but I have already had so many of those moments in my life. Oh, don’t feel too bad for Lauren now if you were concerned. She is running an amazing empire, while married, and is expecting her first child. Lauren to be is who I idolize and look up to when I see myself getting off track.

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So why am I ranting and raving about this woman? My blog will be similar to hers, however, I am gluten free. What does that even mean? It means my body can’t break down the enzyme that is whey, wheat. So my kitchen is gluten free, but realistic. I haven’t always been like this so I make my recipes as close to normal as possible. I am also in the process of losing some serious pounds. Health and weight lose is going to be a major inspiration to this blog. Hand in hand with that is going to be some easy at home work outs that if I can do before class, before work, before going out; you can do! Finally, I will throw in an adventure or two in there because I’m sure you will get bored of my home and everyone needs a night out here and there! So, if you’re asking what my theme of this blog is; it’s lifestyle. This is a lifestyle blog!

I can’t wait to explore the next year with you guys. It’s going to be amazing with lots of adventure and a lot of really fun memories. Are you ready? I am!

 

Talk soon

Lyndsey