Sam’s Club: you can get some healthy food there

I work real close to a Sam’s Club. There are days at work when I just need to get out so I walk over to Sam’s and just walk around. It gives me a destination to walk to and from (I hate just randomly walking) and I can do some people watching. You would be hard pressed to find a more diverse and interesting group of people to watch than the Sam’s Club near the Aurora Mall in Aurora, Colorado.

However, nearly every time I go I end up being critical of what these people load their carts up with. Chips, bread, candy and large quantities of “food” that is just plain awful for them. In many cases the person pushing the cart loaded with over processed “food” looks like you might suspect: extremely large. The lot of motorized carts provided for those in need of assistance in getting around such a large place like Sam’s is always exhausted – and often by people who are just plain obese and should be walking every opportunity they get. There are families in there that look like they are probably hard up for cash so they go to Sam’s and buy in bulk, but their carts are completely void of the fruit and vegetables that Sam’s does offer.

It is a store full of nutrition failure, for the most part.

I don’t eat the fruit from Sam’s as most of it is terrible, but it is definitely a better option that big bags of Cheetos and three cartons of cookies.

But, I have to admit, I do buy food from Sam’s. We definitely buy diapers, cleaning products and other non-perishable goods from Sam’s because that is really all anyone should buy from Sam’s, but I do stock up on a few things that I eat regularly and thought I would share.

This is a picture of my cart from a few hours ago and what I purchased. Continue reading

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Don’t consider Lent a 46 day break from your addiction

Today is the beginning of Lent and I will spare any religious views. Many people begin today by cutting something out of their diet or their life. A small symbol in suffering to imagine the suffering Jesus went through. Again, I will spare any religious views or opinions.

Many folks will give up candy or soda. I challenge you to do more. Don’t just give up soda, give up ALL sugary drinks. Don’t just give up candy, give up ANYTHING with sugar. Want a challenge? Give up all processed grains or take it a step further and give up ALL grains.

Use Lent as a time to help you break yourself of an addiction. Don’t look at Easter as a day to finally get sugar, fake liquids or grains back into your diet, use Lent to make yourself healthier for the rest of your life.

If you follow me you know I did a Whole 30 recently, my second one, and that many of those who prescribe Paleo as a way of eating suggest a three or four week fasting of sorts. A period where you eat ZERO grains, dairy, legumes and sugar. Use those three or four weeks to break the habit, break that brain of yours from thinking you NEED sugar or that you NEED that diet soda during lunch.

I haven’t had a bowl of cereal since early October. I haven’t had a soda in 2013. I haven’t had a glass of milk since early October. I haven’t had any sort of bean since early October and have had very few peanuts since early October. I did have four soda’s around Christmas time, but have stayed away from them for nearly two weeks after my last Whole 30 was finished. Continue reading

Paleo Super Bowl

I know most people cheated like crazy for the Super Bowl. Eating nachos, pizza, wings, etc. Probably had some cake, ice cream, chocolate or some other tasty treat. I didn’t. Well, I cheated a little bit.

Like I said in my Whole 30 recap: I like beer. And I will cheat with beer. I was able to stay away from french fries and popcorn on Saturday night during my post burpee mile celebration. I was able to eat only half of a cupcake for my brother in law’s birthday, also on Saturday night (I had to eat half because we recreated a picture with the two of us from four years ago when I was fat…really fat). I steered the family away from pizza last week and continue to eat as close to Whole 30 as possible, with the exception of beer.

With all that being said here is what we ate for dinner during the Super Bowl on Sunday. Continue reading

Whole 30, round 2, comes to an end

Oh, Dry Dock, how I have missed thee.

Today is the last day of my second Whole 30. It was much easier the second time around. And I hope it is so easy that I continue to stick pretty darn close to it for the rest of my life.

…That’s a big statement. Who knows what new science or whatever will be released in 10 years? Can we even remember a time without cellphones? And those have only been around for about 15-20 years (available to the majority of the public, not just the super rich with those old brick phones). Think how much technology has advanced in the last 20 years. How much more will we know about our bodies in the next 20?

No matter, I feel great. No reason to go back feeling like I am dragging something around with me in my gut. No reason to go back to awful performance at CrossFit everyday. So, for now and the foreseeable future, I will stick darn close to the Whole 30.

This time was easier for me than the last time. Probably because I ended my first Whole 30 in the middle of November and never got myself re-addicted to soda or anything other bad habit that I had to break this time around. After the holidays I did get a little to used to having a cookie, or two, daily, but that was a pretty easy addiction to kick.

Something wasn’t quite right this Whole 30, and it is probably something I did wrong, but I was hungry almost every day right around 3pm. Maybe I didn’t eat enough for lunch? Not enough fat or protein? I don’t know, but pretty much everyday I had to snack when I got home from work. That and I didn’t sleep well. I woke up two or three times a night. I didn’t stay awake, I would fall right back asleep, but it wasn’t uninterrupted sleep. I tell myself it is because on the nights I wake up I usually wake up thinking about CrossFit. A new addiction? I think so. Continue reading

My “egg salad”

If you have been reading any of my Whole 30 food logs you may have realized I love to sautee veggies with some bacon grease and then mix in four eggs and call it a meal. I figured I would show you how much veggies I put into those eggs and how I prepare them. Sounds simple, right? It is. I was just super proud of tonight’s egg salad.

  • IMG_0553[1]First I cut up all of the vegetables. This was about four leaves of kale, about 1/3 of a red pepper, about a quarter of an orange pepper, half of a green pepper, maybe 1/6 of an onion, two jalapenos, maybe 10 cherry tomatoes cut into halves or thirds and about one big handful of mushrooms which were already sliced. As you can see the jalapenos are not large, but they are hot! My mother in law brought two big bags of jalapenos and about three bags of green peppers towards the end of last summer that she grew in her garden. I froze most of them and get out some of them every week or two to cut up and put in the fridge for cooking. Continue reading