Thursday, December 5, 2013

Round 2: Day 5

Day 5:

We are on Day 5 tomorrow and about to wrap up our FIRST week! I'm getting pretty excited to see/hear about more results! 
The typical first week results that I hear are as follows: increased energy, decrease in cravings, decrease in hunger between meals, decrease in bloating/"my tummy is flat", "mental clarity", no headaches, and decrease in constipation. 

For Day 5, your challenge (besides eating primal, increasing movement, getting sunlight, getting enough sleep and relaxing before bed...right?!) is to PLAY. Go play a sport you love, go on a hike with your family, play frisbee, go slack lining, go sledding/tubing in the snow, paddle a canoe or play basketball in a gym. Grab your family/friends and enjoy yourselves together doing what you love!

Meal/Snack Ideas:

Breakfast- scramble eggs with mushrooms, peppers, spinach and onions; cook up some sausage with eggs and a dash of cayenne pepper.

Lunch- make a broccoli soup or other vegetable favorite.

Spicy Mexican Sausage Stew
  • 4 large sausage links, sliced into 1/4-1/2 inch chunks
  • 1 red or green bell pepper, chopped into medium chunks
  • 1 white onion, thickly sliced and chopped in half
  • 1 tomato, diced into medium chunks
  • 1/2 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 can El Pato tomato sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1T olive oil
Heat olive oil in a large saucepan and add sausage. Stir sausage until brown on all sides. Set sausage aside. In the same pan, add all ingredients except for the cans of diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Cook until tender. Then add sausage back to the pan, cans of diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Add salt and pepper as desired. Turn heat down to a simmer or 1-2 stove setting. Cover and let cook for about 2 hours. Let cool and serve topped with chopped cilantro or other garnish.


-how you increased your daily movement
-what your "PLAY" activity was
-relaxation techniques tried
-energy level {POOR, AVERAGE, GREAT}
-satisfaction level with meals
-hunger level between meals

Let's Talk:

During the last challenge I had a discussion about green beans with my mother. Weird, I know. But relevant to this primal challenge! My mom told me about her previous night's primal dinner and mentioned her side of green beans. I stated that green beans were also a legume, so (as my mother always does) she researched this out. Green beans ARE a vegetable, but also a legume. Legumes are a little harder for the GI tract to digest and have anti-nutrient properties, but, hey, they are better than eating a piece of bread;) Recently, Paleoista discussed green beans on her website. Check out the link and check out her recipes! She's fabulous and has an amazing transformation story. You can also go here to read my further explanation and article on green beans.