Archive | March, 2011

03/30/2010 – Paleo Fuel

31 Mar

We are almost done with March.  My pregnancy is at 25 weeks.  And work is starting to slow down a bit.  Wow, what a crazy March.  Feels like it just flew by.  And since the weather has been so nice the past few days, I think I’m ready for summer.  Too bad I’ll be mostly in doors taking care of watermelon.  Hopefully, the transition won’t be too bad, and we can continue with our normal lives.

But ya, enough of my ramblings and onto the paleo fuel that I had for today.

After my workout, I was able to eat half of a small yam while I drove to work.  It’s a great PWO meal.  mmmmMMMMmm I heart Yams!

I started to get hungry at 9, and scarfed down my yummy tuna salad with organic greens.  It was delicious!

I snacked on half an apple and some macadamia nuts, and that kept me full until lunch.

For lunch, I had what’s left of the Roasted Oregano Turkey Leg with sauteed mushrooms, broccoli, and carrots.

I probably munched on more macadamia nuts in the afternoon, and some dried mangoes. I came home, and a lovely package arrived!

I got my spices from Penzey’s! I ordered a couple chili powders, jerk seasoning for pork and chicken, tandoori, and other seasonings for veggies. I can’t wait to try them all out. 🙂 And I loved the saying on the bumper sticker. It definitely expresses how I feel when I cook.

Thanks to NomNom Paleo, I made some chicken cacciatore the night before. I think I might have overcooked the chicken, because it was super soft. My slow cooker was not working right and I had to reset it 3 times after 30 minutes. BLEH! Also, the ingredient that I didn’t have on hand was dry red wine. It tasted too tomato-ey for me. Still it’s a good dish, and I’ll have to try it again. I had a few more dried mangoes after dinner. I know, I like to snack while unwinding. A habit I must break after I pop.

The week is almost over, and I can’t wait to unwind an actually see my hubby. Hope everyone is having a good week!

03/30/2011 – Wednesday WOD

30 Mar

YAY – I made it into CFPA even though I got interrupted with my sleep my little munchkin’ and hubby.

Anyways, it looks like our Wednesday strength movement for the next 3 weeks will be pistols(1-legged squats). Ugh, this one is going to kill me. Since I’m a little unbalanced right now, I need to really remember to keep my core tight, and not fall into the squat. I must take control of the movement!


I didn’t do the last set of 3 because I was already failing on the 2nd second set of 3. I kept retrying and retrying, and I was getting tired. I definitely lost the ROM since we did this in January. BLEH.

And onto our Wednesday WOD:

3 Rounds For Time

  • 400m Run
  • 21 DB Push Press(25#, 30 was RX’d)
  • 12 Pull Ups
  • How did I know we were going to run today?! You know, I thought the running was going to be bad, considering how I felt yesterday, but I got through it. I definitely didn’t try to chase the others down during the first round. They speed out there!

    The hardest part was probably the push presses. When we were setting up for the WOD, I took the 30# DBs out and tried it. Not too bad. I placed it in front of my pull up station, and then I decided to go get the 25# DBs just for safety. That was a bad mistake! As I was doing the first 400m, I thought to myself, I’m so sore, maybe I’ll just stick to the 25#. I’m tired, and just want to get a good workout in. LOL. So, yes I decided to use the 25# DBs instead of the 30#. So bad! Even though I know I could of done it, I just felt that I was still wrecked from Monday. The pull-ups weren’t too difficult, although I need to string more together. In the first round, I think I did 6 or 7 straight. I should of tried for at least 10. My goal for the pull ups was not to get off the bar too much. The first two rounds, I was able to do them in 2 sets, and the last round I did it in 3. Not good, but not bad either.

    Result: 15:47(I think)

    03/29/2011 – Lazy Tuesday…and wasted by joining Twitter

    30 Mar

    Aaah, I’m behind on blogging. I was sooo pooped yesterday, and very unproductive at work. Just one of them days!

    I woke up this morning and my whole upper body was sore thanks to Monday’s WOD. As the day went along, my forearms started to get sore. Those toes to bar are killer, but I don’t mind the soreness. It just reminds me that I got a good workout.

    So, how did I eat today?! Maybe too many dried mangoes?! I have to stop buying these dried mangoes. They are dangerous, and probably way too sweet if I want to try to get control of my sugar cravings. Anyways, onto breakfast. I realized I didn’t prep any breakfast food, so before I left for work, I mashed 3 hard boiled eggs with the Homemade Mayo I made last night. I ended up with a yummy spinach and organic greens egg salad.

    I munched on some mac nuts, dried mangoes, and 1 orange until lunch time, which for me was around 1pm. I went on a short 2 miler with my coworker today. It felt great to get out, but man, I haven’t ran in a very long time. My calves were hurting! I need to remember to keep looking forward instead of down when I run. That way, my body is upright instead of leaning forward all the time.

    I scarfed down my leftovers from the night before, which was the Roasted Oregano Turkey Leg with broccoli, carrots, and roasted sweet potatoes. I also had an orange to clean my palate. Ya, I really need to work on fruit consumption. 😉

    I got home, and prepped dinner for Wednesday night, which will be Chicken Cacciatore. I fed little munchkin’ and put him to bed. By the time dinner rolled around, I wasn’t that hungry. I started putting my breakfast and lunch together, and decided to make some Tuna Salad for breakfast. In the end, I just ate a little bit of that with a celery stick. Nothing special. I just wasn’t hungry. Maybe too many dried mangoes. LOL.

    BTW, I’ve actually joined twitter. I’m still trying to figure everything out, but you can follow me: @xfitmama. I think that’s how you do it right?!? LOL. I’m such a late bloomer. I’ll mainly be using it to connect with the Crossfit community, and just try to learn more about paleo, nutrition, and working out.

    03/28/2011 – Clean Eats

    28 Mar

    Monday came and went. Why can’t we have three day weekends instead of two day weekends?!

    Anyways, I got up and headed to CFPA for our Monday WOD. I was going to eat my post-workout meal, but forgot because I decided to grab coffee with Tim and Fitbomb. Got into work, and watermelon was kicking me telling me to eat!

    My breakfast wasn’t that great. I just put together some meat sauce that I made yesterday with collard greens.

    I’m trying to get used to eating collard greens. So far, it’s eeeh. Not too good, not too bad. Maybe I didn’t season it enough this time around. I snacked on some macadamia nuts and dried mangoes, and that kept me full until close to 1pm.

    For lunch, I had some leftover chicken breast from last week with collard greens, sweet potatoes, and roasted bell peppers.

    Yes, I ate practically everything in there. Boy was I hungry. I wasn’t even excited about this lunch, but I didn’t want the lunch to go to waste either. For some reason, I was still hungry so I had an orange and some more macadamia nuts. I should mention that along with water, I’ve been drinking some VitaCoco. It just feels refreshing to drink coconut water, and I don’t feel boring. 🙂

    I picked up little munchkin’ from my parents house, and quickly got the Roasted Turkey Leg that I marinated yesterday into the oven. I hung out with little munchkin’ and munched on some Jackfruit that my mom had sent home with me. I love this tropical fruit. The fruit looks similar to a Durian, but it doesn’t have that distinct smell that can make all your other food smell as well.

    You can usually find it in Vietnam or Thailand, and they import it all the way here. It’s soooo good!

    I ate about 3/4 of this tray. I know, very bad, and tons of fructose probably. But hey, it’s FRUIT! LOL.

    Anyways, I fed little munchkin’ and before I put him to bed, I was able to whip up some homemade Mayo. I think I’m going to get a new immersion blender soon. It gets really hot when I make this homemade Mayo, and I’m too lazy to do it by hand, and never really had any success. Anyways, I want to make more crab cakes, chicken salad, and Deviled Eggs.

    Once little munchkin’ went to bed, it was time for dinner. Funny though, because my dinner really never got onto a plate. I just picked at the roasted turkey leg as I was dividing it up into portions to pack for lunch. I picked at the broccoli and carrots too, so I was full by the time I was done. So tasty! You definitely don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving to cook up some turkey.

    Aaaah, and now my Monday is over. It’s going to be a long week. Hubby is working non-stop until opening day, so we are basically single parents until the weekend.

    By the way, I’m going to SJ EATs this Saturday to check out some food trucks. It’s probaby non Paleo, but I promise to keep my eats to a minimum. Let’s just say I want to taste test the good stuff. 😉 Oh, and my Grandma’s birthday is Saturday night. She choose a Chinese restaurant, and I don’t know what I’ll be eating. Maybe I can ask my mom to order some roasted duck or wait until a steamed fish comes out. The steamed fish is usually covered in soy sauce, but hey, at least it’s better than eating anything fried?! What should I ask them to order for me?! Any ideas?

    Roasted Oregano Turkey Leg

    28 Mar

    I haven’t had turkey since thanksgiving, and I didn’t realize that I love turkey until this past thanksgiving when I actually used a heritage turkey! A heritage turkey is so much fattier than a turkey sold in your normal supermarkets, which means lots of dark meat! YUM! When I made the turkey during thanksgiving, I used ghee. So this weekend, when I went to Whole Paycheck(WFM), and picked up some ghee and a turkey leg. This turkey leg is huge.

    Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Turkey Leg
  • 2 tbsp of ghee
  • 1/2 tsp of dried oregano
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup of Avocado Oil
  • And to put everything together:
    1. Preheat oven for 350 degrees.

    2. Wash the turkey leg, and pat dry. Place into a roasting pan.

    3. Separate the skin from the leg, and spread the ghee underneath the skin. The ghee might be easier to spread if you let it sit out at room temperature for an hour.

    4. Sprinkle the oregano, salt, and pepper over the turkey.

    5. Add any veggies that you’d like to roast with the turkey. I roasted broccoli and carrots.

    6. Pour the avocado oil over the turkey.

    7. Cover the turkey with foil and roast turkey for 90 minutes. With 30 minutes left take off the foil so can make the skin crispy, and turn up the heat to 400 degrees. This is when I added the veggies as well. Once the thermometer read 180 degrees, the turkey leg was done!

    And there you have it! A delicious dinner for two plus some leftovers.

    03/28/2011 – Sunny Monday WOD!

    28 Mar

    I will confess that when I woke up at 4:30 this morning, I contemplated about not going to CFPA. I was just tired, and felt like I did not get enough sleep. Little munchkin’ was not happy last night. First, he went to bed early and cranky because he didn’t take an afternoon nap. Not our fault. We tried, but he cried for at 20 minutes wanting out. We should of just sucked it up and let him CIO until he fell asleep, but we didn’t. So he went to bed at 6:30, and by 10:30 he woke up crying uncontrollably again. I tried to soothe him, but it just wasn’t happening, and hubby said he’ll just let him CIO in the crib and eventually he’ll fall asleep. CIO sucks, but it works.

    Anyways, I’m very happy that I got to class. This week starts a new strength cycle, and it looks like Mondays will be power cleans. We last did Power Cleans in January, so today I decided if I do the same weight as before, I would be happy. I couldn’t finish my last 108# rep, so if I got 3 reps this time, I would of done something better while 6 months pregnant(versus 3).

    Power Cleans: 63#(5)-83#(5)-98#(3)-103#(3)-108#(4)

    Whenever I do power cleans, and I land with my feet way too wide, I know I’m getting in trouble. That started happening with 103#s, but I shook it off and went on with the 108#. During the 2nd rep, I didn’t even get the bar over my thighs. I think I was getting tired. But I regrouped and finish the 2 reps. 🙂 I’m happy.

    And I’m lovin’ our Met-con today:

    4 RFT:

  • 10 Power Snatch(65#)
  • 10 Toes to Bar
  • I thought this workout was great! Except for the Toes to Bar. I’m horrible with that, but with being pregnant, Toes to Bar are a bit easier than Knees to Elbows. Weird huh? Tim looked at me and asked, “Are you sure you can handle that weight for 40 reps?”. LOL. I said sure, sort of doubting myself. So I tried it once, and it felt light, so why the hell not. 🙂

    Toes to Bar was going to give me trouble, and that’s what killed me on my time. I did the first round without getting off of the bar. I did the second round of Toes to Bar in two sets, and the 3rd round in 3 sets. Then came the last round. I had to do freakin’ single Toes to Bar!! I could only manage 2 at first, then did them 1 by 1. What a waste of time! I think I could of shaved off a whole minute if I didn’t do singles. NEXT TIME…no more singles! At least get 2 in 1 set. Snatches on the other hand weren’t too bad. I tried to keep the bar in my hand until I could at least do 4 or 5 reps. They really felt good, although during the last round I did have to muscle the bar up a bit.

    Result: 9:15 RX’d.

    03/27/3011 – Sunday Chill Day

    27 Mar

    Today was a semi-sunny day! I didn’t cook too much today, just the normal sides and prepped my Roasted Turkey Leg for tomorrow’s dinner. I got up at 7 with little munchkin’, and cooked some eggs, spinach, and bacon. Little munchkin’ ate up the eggs and spinach. Who eats spinach at 18 months?!? My baby! 🙂

    I had some eggs and 3 stips of bacon. I couldn’t resist. I get my bacon from Applegate Farms(Whole 30 approved!). I took little munchkin’ to Trader Joe’s to let hubby sleep a bit. He’s been working non-stop because baseball opening day is this week!

    While little munchkin’ napped, I snacked on some deli oven roasted turkey(also from applegate farms), and got my Roasted Portobello Mushrooms together.

    I made some collard greens with bacon bits.

    And whipped up some grass fed meat sauce for hubby’s staple spaghetti dish.

    I use no sugar added Organicville Tomato Basil for the sauce. It’s super yummy, but pricey! I’m not sure if I want to stick to this brand of stick with the Trader Joe’s Puscanetta Sauce. I haven’t been using the TJ’s sauce because it was red wine in it, but still comes out to the same amount of sugar as the Organicville sauce(3 grams). The TJ’s is way cheaper though, and still taste great. Decisions descisions!

    One little’ munchkin’ woke up, we went to the Mountain View Farmer’s Market. I came there to get 2 specific things, strawberries and pasteurized eggs. I ended up picking up eggs, top round for beef jerky, a pork chop, wild shrimp, BUT no strawberries! WTH! It was only 12:15 too!! I was a bit disappointed because I was debating on which farmer’s market to go to too(Campbell or Mountain View). I think I will stick to campbell unless I really need pork from Full of Life Farms. The eggs were cheaper at Campbell too($6 versus $8). *SIGH* Oh well, we have A LOT of fruit in the house this week, so maybe we can do without strawberries.

    Hubby and I decided to go eat some Thai food in downtown Mountain View since we were in the neighborhood. I wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to order, but I remember reading that all curries are usually safe. For an appetizer, I ordered the beef satay, and had 1.5 sticks.

    I got the chicken green curry with bamboo shoots, bell peppers, and peas.

    I’m not sure if this has any sugar, so I didn’t really eat much of the curry. I just really picked out the chicken, ate all the bell peppers(which wasn’t much), and some bamboo shoots. No peas for me because they are a legume. It’s sort of weird not eating this with rice, and I usually don’t order curry at a Thai restaurant.

    Weird thing was after I left the restaurant, I felt really light headed. I’m not sure what was in the curry, but I sure hope it wasn’t MSG. 😦 I’m really sad that I can’t even enjoy Thai food without being paranoid. When I got home, I actually felt like throwing up. I did not feel good, but glad that the feeling didn’t last very long. SIGH!

    I snacked on an apple later in the afternoon, and I really didn’t eat any dinner. I just wasn’t hungry. Anyways, I guess I used the 90/10 rule this weekend. I wish I could say I was 100% Paleo, but because of the unknowns, I’ll say I was 90%. I really need a cheat meal soon though, because I keep thinking about pizza. LOL. Have a great week everyone!

    03/26/2011 – Gloomy Saturday (Primal Day)

    27 Mar

    It’s raining non-stop here in the bay, so we are trying to take little munchkin’ out when we think there is a long enough break.

    I got up in the morning, and started to make little munchkin’ breakfast. Two fried eggs with some sweet potatoes. He only ate 1 egg, and then snacked on cheese and fruit the rest of the morning. I had an egg as well with deli oven roasted turkey meat and avocado.

    For lunch, I had my mom’s beef soup. I didn’t sip on the soup because I’m not quite sure if she put any sugar in it. I just ate the cauliflower, broccoli, squash, and beef. It was good. Hubby had a Lee’s Sandwich which I couldn’t eat and didn’t really want either.

    Now here comes dinner. I’ve been wanting to try out the new Boiling Crab at The Plant in South San Jose for about a week now. They basically serve shrimp, crab, clams, or lobster in 3 different types of Cajun Sauce. We ordered togo because the wait there can take up to 2 hours! Crazy! I called them and asked if they put margarine in their mix, because I read from the copycat recipes that Margarine is the main ingredient. The girl said there was margarine in the Rajun Cajun seasoning. So, I decided to stick with 1 lb of Shrimp mixed in Garlic & Butter . My hubby got 1 lb of shrimp with the Whole Shabang. The WholeShabang was the 3 seasonings mixed together(Rajan Cajun, Lemon Pepper, and Garlic&Butter). We also ordered 1 dungeness crab with Garlic & Butter. All had the triple X spicyness rating. I should of asked what made the seasoning spicy too, but forgot. To complete our order, I had to get 1 order of sweet potato fries. It’s fried in soybean oil…BLEH!

    We came home, and I realized that I didn’t know which bag of shrimp contained the Garlic Butter sauce. The bags all look the same! So hubby did a taste test, and decided which one was mine. I hope he was right, otherwise I’d be very disappointed, especially since I’m trying my hardest to stay Paleo while eating out. The sweet potato fries were eye, and I only ate half the order. They were just too soggy..NOT WORTH consuming soybean oil. Now I know! We had to peel the skin off, and before I went Whole30, I would of dipped my shrimp into the sauce. This time around, I just ate the shrimp without re-dipping because I was that cautious. Very anal huh?!?!

    I completely forgot to take a pic until I was almost done with my shrimp!

    Here’s a pic of how I peeled the shrimp. Lots of work, but pretty freakin’ yummy!

    Anyways, everything tasted yummy. I ate maybe two crab legs, and we still have the crab leftover. I was too shrimped out to consume anything else.

    Anyways, I’m not too happy that I don’t know exactly what was in the sauce, but I played it as safe as I could and it still tasted delicious! I had a bowl of coconut milk with strawberries to end the night. 🙂

    03/25/2011 – Friday Paleo Eats

    26 Mar

    Let’s see, another crazy Friday at work. I couldn’t make it to CFPA because I was too freakin’ tired. Little munchkin’ was not a happy camper last night, and ended up in our bed. BLEH!!!

    Anyways, I got into work before 6, and just started to get at it. I had a couple of hard boiled eggs, and then at 10 ate my breakfast. It was two fried eggs with some Broiled Asparagus wrapped in proscriutto, courtesy of NomNom Paleo.

    BFF invited me to go eat at Sushi Infinity, but I said no. I can’t really eat sushi right now because of Watermelon, and I don’t like any of the other Japanese type food(tempura, udon, etc.). I snacked on dried mangoes, and macadamia nuts, which kept me full for a long time. I didn’t even eat the lunch that I packed.

    I came home at 430, and hubby was home too! WOW, a whole week without really seeing hubby at night and it felt weird to see him. For dinner, I cooked up Tumeric Fish with Dill, and it took me less than 30 minutes. WOO HOO! I boiled up some vermicelli for hubby too. I had the fish with roasted sweet potatoes and cauliflower fried rice. The sweet potatoes I got from the Farmer’s market last week aren’t as sweet as the ones I get from the store. I wonder why?!?!

    I ended the night with a manila mango with coconut milk. TOO FULL, and I was uncomfortable! Another day of good eats. 🙂

    Vietnamese Tumeric Fish with Dill (Paleo)

    26 Mar

    I’ve been craving this fish dish since I started Whole30. I usually go to a Vietnamese restaurant and eat it with rice paper and fish sauce, but I realized they probably put sugar in the marinade. It’s definitely one of the healthier Vietnamese dishes, and since I’ve been Paleo, I just wrap it in lettuce instead of rice paper. SOOOO GOOD!

    I went to the Campbell Farmer’s market last week, and couldn’t resist picking up some dill because it smelled SOOO aromatic. Dill is what makes this dish so special(along with the tumeric), so I picked up an Atlantic Cod Fillet from Whole Foods. YUMMY!

    Here’s the ingredients:

  • 1-1.5 lb fillet(Catfish, Cod, Halibut- Any white fish that doesn’t flake)
  • 1/4 tsp Premium Fish Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1/4 Yellow Onion or 1 Shallot, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric
  • A bunch of Dill
  • 4 Scallions
  • 1/4 cup Avocado Oil or Olive Oil
  • Now, let’s put it all together….

    1. Mix the fish sauce, ground pepper, garlic, onion, salt, tumeric, and oil together.

    2. Cut up the fish into 1.5 inch cubes.

    3. Mix the marinade with the fish, and let it sit for an hour in the refrigerator. I actually marinated this the day before, so it can go from an hour to 24 hours.

    4. Pour some oil in a skillet and let it heat up. You can also add some more garlic to the oil to add more flavor.

    5. Put the fish in there and cook it for 4 minutes on each side with medium/high heat.

    6. Add the scallions and dill on top, and let it sit there until the dill softens.

    A healthy tasty fish dish. My hubby kept saying, it’s sooo good! 🙂 He ate it the traditional way with vermicelli, while I had it with cauliflower rice. YUM!