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Week 1 of the Lurong Living Paleo Challenge

One down, seven to go.  I have to say that I’m not finding the switch to the Paleo diet all that difficult since I’ve been trying to eat clean since July.  However I would allow myself a few cheats on the weekends along with cocktails, so this time it’s definitely much more strict.  I was actually very proud of myself when B and I went out for lunch on Sunday and I ordered a burger with no bun and no cheese and substituted a salad for fries.  That’s will power right there!

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It was actually pretty good!  I might have missed the sweet potato fries a bit, but I’ll live.  For the challenge we only have to record if our meals were CLEAN or CHEAT.  That’s pretty easy!  Here the run down of Week 1:

  • Monday – Clean
  • Tuesday – Cheat meal for B’s birthday dinner
  • Wednesday – Clean
  • Thursday – Clean
  • Friday – Clean
  • Saturday – Cheat meal for our anniversary dinner, plus numerous cocktails that evening
  • Sunday – Clean

Ok not too bad for the first week considering all of the celebrations.  My goal this week is to get all the way through without one cheat.  I know Friday is going to prove to be hard for this since I generally like to unwind after a long week at work, but I’m going to try my hardest.  Meal planning has been the key to making this work for me.  On Sunday I grilled up a big batch of chicken and today I have more carnitas in the slow cooker…I really can’t get enough of those!  I also plan on making some Curry Turkey Meatballs later this week.      

As for noticeable changes, I haven’t seen many.  But the two things that are standing out the most are my improved sleep and my lack of energy.  Sleep has been great and I’m definitely going into a deeper sleep than I have in quite some time.  Waking up feeling resting is really nice, but I do need to get MORE sleep.  Closer to 8 hours would be ideal. 

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The lack of energy I’m experiencing is frustrating, but apparently it’s normal for the first few weeks of the challenge.  I had a horrible WOD yesterday and just felt an overall sense of weakness.  Not fun.  I still have one more challenge WOD to do this week (read the recap of the 1st two here) and hopefully I will feel a bit better to bang out a good time.  This one is The Hang Power Clean Sprint, a 5 minute time cap consisting of:

  • Descending ladder of hang power cleans (10-8-6-4-2)
  • Ascending ladder of shuttle sprints in 10m increments (20m-40m-60m-80m-100m)

I will once again be doing Level II, which is 65# for the cleans.  I’m just hoping I can get all this done in 5 minutes…I’m pretty sure I can.

So far the challenge has been really fun and it’s been great to have a great support group at the gym.  For some reason it is easier to do these things when you’re not alone, plus there are other out there to hold you accountable.  Bring it Week 2…I’m ready!

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Super Easy Carnitas in the Slow Cooker!

I think I might have a slight pork obsession, especially when it’s slow roasted, tender and covered in guacamole.  I recently had some delicious carnitas while in Disneyland at Tortilla Jo’s and I have been dreaming about them ever since.  So imagine my excitement when I came across this recipe for Slow Cooker Carnitas from Paleo Foodie Kitchen

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Knowing that I was starting the Lurong Living Paleo Challenge this week, I scoured the web over the weekend looking for easy, high-volume recipes that I could eat all week so I wasn’t tempted to eat bad things.  I have to admit I’m a bit scared of my slow cooker because I always think I’m going to come home to my house burned to the ground and my cats wandering around outside aimlessly, but it really makes some of the BEST meals!

This recipe was so easy to throw together in the morning before work and I can’t even begin to tell you about the delicious smell in the house when I got home!  Let’s dive in!

I sliced the onions, crushed the garlic, defrosted my stock and combined all the spices the night before so all I had to do in the morning was pour everything in the cooker.

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I turned the pork around in the liquid a bit to coat it, popped the lid on and set the cooker to low for 8 hours.  I told the cats to keep an eye on it and went to work.  About 10 hours later, I returned to this:

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Oh man!  That thing really shrunk, huh?  I removed the pork and it basically just started falling apart.  I took 2 forks and was able to simply shred it apart.

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I strained the liquid through a fat separator (one of my favorite kitchen gadgets!) and poured out all of the porky goodness.

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If I wasn’t so hungry, I would’ve reduced this down a bit to make a thicker sauce, but that didn’t happen.  But it is still in my fridge waiting to be reduced 😉

For accompaniments, I chopped up some tomatoes, onions and cilantro and quartered some limes to squeeze on top.  I also made a quick guacamole of smashed avocado and lime juice.

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This is SO DAMN GOOD!  If I keep finding great recipes like this, I should have no problem sticking to this Paleo Challenge!

What is your favorite slow cooker recipe?  Are you scared to use yours? 

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