Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Day #14

We are at the half-way point! Hopefully you are starting to feel better and get some of your energy back. Try to stay away from the Valentine sweets today. If you must have something chocolate, I found a great brownie recipe from http://paleomg.com

Sweet Potato Brownies

Prep time: 35 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 1 hour 5 mins
Serves: 5-8

Ingredients:

1 sweet potato
3 eggs, whisked
1/4 cup Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, melted
1/3 cup raw honey
1/2 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
3 tablespoons Coconut Flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt

Instructions: Time to bake that sweet potato. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees, use a fork to puncture holes all around it, then throw in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Once your sweet potato is soft and cooked through, peel off the skin and mash it up in a bowl. And turn your oven down to 350 degrees.Now add your wet ingredients: coconut oil, honey, vanilla, and whisked eggs to the bowl and mix together. Then add your dry ingredients: coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and chocolate chips. Mix well to incorporate all that goodness. Pour into an 8×8 glass baking dishBake for 30-35 minutes. Let rest to cool a bit.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Day # 8

CONGRATULATIONS!

If you are reading this, hopefully that means that you have made it through week one of your nutrition challenge. Keep it up and let us all know how you are doing!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Day #4

I am working this weekend (Saturday and Sunday)! I don't do that often. Weekends are usually a little more difficult, so make sure you have a game plan and remember this:

Friday, February 3, 2012

Day #3

I know, I know...it's getting a little harder, the sugar cravings are really kicking in at this point. Hang in there and don't give in!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Day #2

I wanted to mention a few food items that are now allowed in the Paleo diet that we didn't allow previously:

1. Cashews - they are a nut - some say no because they cannot be eaten raw. You can determine for yourself http://paleoblocks.blogspot.com/2009/12/cashews-paleo-or-not.html

2. Sweet potatoes/yams - allowed, but sparingly. Good for athletes post-workout. High on glycemic index, so should be avoided if trying to lose weight.

3. Green beans, snow peas - more pod than bean - so are allowed.

Keep us all posted on how you are doing!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Day #1

I hope everyone is ready for this! If not, get out and go shopping NOW! You will never make it, if you don't have the right food available to eat. As I have said before, the hardest part for me is the in-between meal snacking - so I will be sure to load up on some trail mix ( I make my own with almonds, walnuts, cashews, and dried cranberries). I also found a great recipe for banana-walnut muffins (gluten and dairy free!) - those saved me last time! You can find the recipe a few posts back.

It is also a good idea to keep a food log for the first few days or week to make sure you are getting enough protein and fat. Aim for 30% protein, 30% fat, 40% carbohydrate. Try to include protein and fat (avocado, olive oil, nuts) with every meal and this will help you from feeling hungry all the time. I like this site for a diet log: http://www.fitday.com/

Monday, January 30, 2012

Nutrition Challenge 2012

Welcome to Fitness Estrella's 3rd nutrition challenge!

The goal of this challenge is make us all aware of our eating habits and do something to improve them. In the past we have done "paleo" challenges, supporting a paleo diet, which consists of a diet of lean meat, vegetable, fruit, nuts and seeds. While we still encourage everyone to try this diet for 30 days, we want everyone to participate in some way. So, if you are not up for the paleo, please choose something to eliminate from your diet for 30 days and make a conscious effort to eat more fruits and vegetables!

Please leave a comment and let us know what your challenge is! We start February 1st!