What In The World?

So this week has gotten off to an interesting start: I have been mad thirsty for almost twenty-four hours, and I am willing to bet that I have guzzled more water in this time than I had the previous two weeks. Which also makes me think that I had been eating something that I shouldn’t have. The problem is, I have no idea what it would have been; my diet has been very clean (or at least I thought it was). I really can’t recall what I ate last week because the week was pretty much a blur. I do know that I was glad that it was over. I also know that I didn’t sleep very well and I didn’t drink enough water all week last week, and maybe the week before also.

So today my body is feeling like I have deprived it of something, I have been drinking water like crazy all day, and I have been so freaking hungry! I am not sure what has happened or what I ate, but I will be so happy when my body gets over this and gets back to its old self. The roller coaster rides are killing me!

As I am typing this I am still trying to figure out what I ate that would have caused this insanity, but I can’t figure it out. I guess at this point all I can hope for is that I don’t do whatever I did again, which should be pretty easy since I have been going strong since September (with no cheats and absolutely no desire to!).

I do seem to remember that my weight went down early last week and then it spiked, and I remember that I wasn’t surprised that it spiked, so I must have known that whatever it was that I had eaten was going to cause that to happen.

I did manage to do something cool: I figured out how to make my own breakfast sausage. I love sausage and eggs for breakfast, but I can’t get by with just eggs. I stay hungry until lunch if I just eat eggs, and every type of breakfast sausage I have looked at not only has crazy ingredients, but sugar! So I began to look at different recipes, and I did a little bit of experimenting, and this is what I came up with:

Breakfast Sausage

One pound of ground pork

garlic powder

salt

1  tsp cumin

2 tsp sage

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp thyme

crushed red pepper to taste

During my first experimental batch, there were entirely too many spices involved, and some of them weren’t the right ones. It was good, but it needed work. This was my second batch, and it came out very nearly perfect. I found out that the key (for me) was the garlic powder and salt. I don’t have measurements for them in the ingredient list because I didn’t measure them. I put in quite a bit of garlic powder – to the point that I was worried that I had put in too much. I know that people’s tastes differ when it comes to salt, too. I usually use more than I think a lot of people would. So just salt it to taste. Let the sausage sit in the refrigerator for 24 hours after you mix all of the ingredients together so that the flavors will meld, and then cook it up and enjoy it!

 

 

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The BEST Chili EVER

I just made the best chili ever, and I have to post the recipe before I forget it.

THE BEST CHILI EVER

2 pounds hamburger (preferably 90/10)

1 pound italian sausage

1.5 pounds stew meat

1 large onion

1 large can crushed tomatoes (make sure the only ingredient in the can is tomatoes)

1 can diced tomatoes and green chilis (all natural)

1 small can Herdez salsa verde

2 cups beef broth

4 cloves garlic, minced

3 tbsp ground cumin

3-4 tbsp chili powder

2 tsp oregano

1 green pepper, minced

Brown the stew meat in a couple of tsp of coconut oil on very high heat. Remove meat from pan and put diced onion in, browning. Add beef broth and let it cook until it is reduced by half. Add the ground beef and italian sausage and cook until meat is browned. Place all the meat (including the stew meat), spices, tomatoes, salsa verde, and green pepper in a pot and simmer over medium-low heat for no less than three hours. The longer it simmers the better it tastes!

Days 1 and 2

So today is Wednesday, my third day going Paleo. So far everything is going well! For breakfast on Monday I had a three egg cinnamon apple omelet – crazy sounding, I know, but it was actually pretty good. I have stuck to huge salads for lunch with no cheese and some type of lean meat thrown in. Dinner Monday was baked chicken and green beans, and yesterday it was baked salmon and salad.

Today I started off with a huge three egg veggie omelet, and I have to say that the eggs aren’t cutting it. One of the books I read said that eggs don’t have as much protein as meats, and I can tell because today I was hungry twenty minutes after eating that omelet. I stopped by the store after dropping my youngest daughter off at school and got some shrimp, and that has helped. I may have to start doing something different with my breakfasts. Yesterday I threw in some roasted butternut squash with coconut oil (my new comfort food) and I think that kept me from getting too hungry.

So I haven’t been able to stay off the scale because I can feel how much less bloated I am. I am already down to the lowest weight I achieved after three months of Weight Watchers. (Those were some rough months!) I do recognize that it is all water weight at this point, but it still feels good to see the numbers go down!