Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Back to Business

It has been a while! We have been busy this past week but we have been doing a pretty good job of sticking to Paleo. This weekend we started on our quest to live more simply and we went through all of our things in our outside storage unit. Matt also went through a lot of his clothes and I went through a lot of our stuff and this is the pile we brought to Goodwill.
It felt really great to start this process and our apartment is already looking a lot cleaner and less cluttered. Last week I made a recipe that was worth posting:

Twice Baked BBQ Turkey Sweet Potatoes 

What you need: 
-2 large sweet potatoes 
-1lb ground turkey 
-1 onion 
-3-4 garlic cloves
-Spices to your liking. I used red pepper flakes, oregano, salt, pepper and a little chipotle seasoning 

This is a fairly easy recipe. First- cut your sweet potatoes in half lengthwise and throw them in the oven which should be set to about 400-425 degrees. Let these cook until while you make your turkey.

For the turkey:
Add some olive oil to a pan and cook the onions for about 3 minutes. Add your chopped garlic and then your turkey. Cook your turkey until cooked all the way through and add spices.
After about 30 min (my oven takes longer than all other ovens) your potatoes should be mushy enough so you can spoon the insides out very carefully. Be sure not to tear the skin or you will not be able to fill them. Take the insides and add it to the turkey mixture. Take scoops of the mixture and add it to the skins then cook for about 5 minutes until the tops are hardened. We added BBQ sauce to the tops and really enjoyed these.
On Sunday after all of the labor to go through our storage unit we were hungry for some sandwiches. Sandwiches are hard to achieve while on Paleo but we ran to Publix and grabbed some fresh sliced deli meats, an onion and tomato. I was able to make a huge sub on a Against the Grain baguette. I just thawed it out and then stuck it in the oven on broil for about 1 minute (It will burn quickly if you don't take it right out!). We ate the sandwiches with some plantain chips and watermelon.
On Monday I found a new place that we can eat Paleo!! It is called Humdingers and I have already had it twice and it is only Wednesday. For lunch I got some fresh fish on top of HUGE grilled veggies.
I have had a very off week. Monday we did CrossFit totals and I was really happy that I PR'ed on my dead-lift (from 250 to 265) and strict press (from 85 to 90). Unfortunately, with my ankle I could not even come close to my old squat max due to pain so I kept it the same from last totals. Overall, I went up 20 pounds and from a 505 to a 525!! I was really happy and very relieved because I was worried that being from being injured for the past month I would decrease on everything.
I finally went to the Dr for my ankle yesterday and it didn't go so well. I am starting physical therapy twice a week for the next 3 weeks. He said if it does not improve and if the MRI/X-rays come back with a lot of ligament issues then surgery is a possibility. Honestly, I was shocked. I have sprained many an ankle and never has it taken this long to heal and never have the words "possible surgery" come out of anyones mouth. I have to admit I was pissed off yesterday. I went to CrossFit pissed off and in a bad mood. The WOD was basically all of the things I can't do (double unders, running, etc). and I got even more pissed off. I am a very stubborn person and I cannot stand being unable to do the regular WOD's nor do I handle injuries very well. So after the workout and on the way to the car all of this anger turned into what it really was- disappointment and sadness. My poor hubby had to deal with an emotional wreck for the rest of the night. Yes- the rest of the night. Usually, I am only upset for a short period of time and I can get over it but last night the waterworks kept pouring. Which made me realize that obviously this was about more than my ankle. Isn't it funny how we try to ignore our emotions when we know that doesn't work and eventually they will catch up with us? I always tell my clients that holding in and ignoring emotions will only end badly. I also tell them that anger is usually a mask for another emotion because being angry is so much easier than feeling sad, disappointed, unworthy, etc. So last night I went through the stages of being angry and then it turning into all of the things that have been going on inside for the past month. It is exhausting. I woke up today feeling cleansed and with a resolve be more connected with what I am feeling. I know it sounds silly but it is really important to our emotional/spiritual/physical well being to take time every day to check in with ourselves and see what we are feeling and why. Self growth is an ongoing process with many facets that each require time and energy every day. 
I will jump off step off my soapbox (bc I am not cleared for box jumps yet) and get back to the Paleo cooking! Today I am trying to make some mexican pulled pork and will let you know how that goes after we eat it tonight. I also bought some cocoa powder for various baking adventures and would like to start with Paleo brownies and homemade Lara bars. Again- I will let you know how those go.
Happy eating!

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