Another Easy Pulled Pork Crockpot Recipe

Pulled Pork

I’m all about finding easy meals for dinner during the week. From the moment I wake up at 5am I’m typically moving until I get home from the gym at 7pm. Which gives me about an hour to cook and eat dinner. I made (aka threw together) this recipe last Sunday. I’ve posted pulled pork recipes before on the blog but this time I wanted to try something a little different. After looking through the internet for inspiration, I started noticing a lot of pulled pork recipes called for brown sugar. No wonder they taste so good. I try really hard to come up with meal ideas for the blog that …

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Awesome Gifts to Buy Yourself

Cool Gifts

I actually started writing this post before Christmas. But then I realized that Jake’s brother reads my blog. And if I blogged about what we bought him for Christmas, the surprise would be ruined. So now that the holidays are over, instead of an “Awesome Gifts to Buy Your Foodie/Fitness Friends” blog post, this post will be a list of “Awesome Gifts to Buy Yourself.” OXO Good Grips Utility Cutting Board – $8 to $25 Let’s start off with a gift Jake and I bought his mom this past Christmas. We are obsessed with this brand and are slowly replacing most of our kitchen tools with the OXO version. We …

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Turkey and Cabbage with Chili Garlic Sauce

Chili Garlic Turkey and Cabbage

I have exactly 15 minutes to write this blog post. Which is funny because that’s about how long it took me to cook this dinner. Ha! As I’ve mentioned a few times, I get up at 5am so I can run out the door no later than 5:30am for work. At this point, almost a year later, I’m used to it. But I’ve also learned if I’m not in bed by 9:30pm I will hate myself the next day. I’ve now been late to bed three nights in a row. I  have 12 minutes now…enough chitchat and on to the recipe! This is the dinner I made on Monday. I …

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2015 New Year’s Resolutions


With the start of every new year comes the endless list of New Year’s resolutions. We’re going to “get healthy,” “go to the gym,” “read more books” etc. And we might try to kick the year off with an all in mentality, by doing a cleanse or joining the Whole30 crowd. This year I’m unfortunately not going to be participating in another Whole30. I debated this for a long while. It’s the number one subject people search for on my blog. Last year during my Whole30, I jumped from around 3,000 views per day to 12,000 views per day. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized my …

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The Slow Carb Diet, Again

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A couple of weeks ago I was listening to one of  Tim Ferriss’s podcasts when I had a epiphany: I should be following the Slow Carb Diet. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the Slow Carb Diet is from Ferriss’s book “The Four Hour Body.” It’s also the diet I first did way back in 2011, that was the original motivation to start blogging. This was before I had ever heard of Paleo or thought to go gluten free. But the basic structure is very similar. Don’t eat: most dairy, soy, white potatoes, grains (including oatmeal, quinoa, rice, and corn), sugar (including honey) and any processed food …

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12 Best Selling Paleo eBooks for 99 cents – Today Only

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**This event is over BUT another one is coming in the Summer of 2015. In order to be sure you don’t miss out this time, subscribe to Buck Books HERE. I personally subscribe to their emails so I get announcements on some pretty awesome ebook deals. Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday. You may have seen me post this ad on my blog yesterday: Pretty awesome, right? A couple of weeks ago I got the email from Buck Books asking me to share the event with my blog readers. And when I took a look at the books being offered, I got excited. For example: The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson The …

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Podcasts I’ve Been Enjoying


At work I spend a good chunk of my day staring at a computer. And as much as I enjoy listening to music, sometimes I need something else to keep me awake at 6:30am. Enter, the podcast. Just in case there is anyone out there that has no idea what a podcast is (Mom I’m talking to you), they are short audio shows, almost always available for free. Nowadays just about anyone can record and share podcasts, which means you have tons to choose from. In the past, I would either stream or download them from iTunes. But at my current office, I ran into a problem. I’m not allowed …

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Beef and Lentil Stew

Beef and Lentil Stew Recipe

Can you tell I’ve been on a stew kick recently? It’s totally because of the weather. This one I made on a whim two weeks ago. I purchased stew meat at the grocery store and so wasn’t in the mood for another crockpot recipe. So I opened my cupboard to see what I could throw together. What I got was an incredibly hearty meal that lasted all week.  As I’ve mentioned before, lentils aren’t paleo. But after a few years of eating this way, I’ve realized that my body digests lentils without issue. They still have phytic acid but since I don’t eat lentils every day (plus I make sure to …

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WIAW – Avoiding Temptation

Meal prep

Happy What I Ate Wednesday. Remember how a few posts back I mentioned that I needed to start bringing my own food to work so I would avoid the temptations of the cafeteria? Well I’m finally doing it. The trick for me is to prepare the next day’s meal at the same time as cooking dinner. For example on Monday, I scrambled spinach and three egg whites on the back burner, while cooking our dinner of burgers and sautéed brussels sprouts. I just put the eggs into a take-away container and reheated it when I got to work the next morning. Right now, I still use plastic containers but I’ve …

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Sausage and Veggie Stew

Sausage and vegetable stew

It’s definitely Fall in Chicago. The leaves are turning brown, there is a cold wind coming off the lake and every (well almost every) girl has a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice latte in her hand. Fall for me means wearing jeans tucked into boots, adding a scarf to every outfit and cooking soups/stews. In case you just started reading my blog this year, here are a few other soup/stew recipes I posted last year: Zucchini and Tomato Soup Root Vegetable Potage Pumpkin Sausage Soup Mashed Eggplant and Sausage Chicken and Avocado Soup Lentil Soup Broccoli Soup Today I have one more stew recipe. I’m calling it a stew although technically it might need …

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