Hi! I'm Angela, and I'm The Girl Who Went Paleo. I started this blog to keep myself motivated to eat the right things and work out in order to feel well (and not to look 'good' for others.) Be encouraged, join in on the topics, share some recipes. Sit back and relax and let me tell you about my paleo experience!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Pumpkins, Eggs and Soapboxes

Pumpkins, Eggs and Soapboxes
 
It has recently become a huge pet-peeve of mine if someone says "Paleo 'Diet'." I cannot for the life of me understand why people think that eating WHOLE FOODS is a diet? It's so absurd that people's mind really think this way.

"Oh, you're on the paleo diet?"
"Uhm, no. I eat real, whole foods while you eat garbage from a box. What do you call your way of eating? The garbage diet?"

Seriously.

Okay, I'm off my soapbox for now.

Paleo eating is only a style of eating. Vegetarians or vegans aren't associated with dieting because of their food choices, are they? I didn't think so either. It's a personal choice that some people have the hardest time grasping.

I think people in the 1800's would look at us now and wonder what the heck happened to us. Why do we have companies making all of the junk on our groceries shelves and why do people consume it? I don't know about you, but I like eating the way I do and if you think this "diet" is boring or you won't be able to eat what you want, well.. maybe you're just weak.

I remember starting this food journey and wondering if I would like it and if it would actually be beneficial. I have the before/after blood tests to prove that is works and is beneficial to my health and I wouldn't change it for anything. My food has awesome spices added to it so that it's not bland and I've actually stepped outside my comfort zone (no more fried chicken and french fries every other night) and have made some wonderful meals. I've surprised myself many times at how tasty my meals have become.

Mad props to God for creating all the delicious foods and spices we have!
 
Well, I guess I'll give you a great post-workout recipe and since it's fall, I've included another pumpkin recipe and it literally takes 5 minutes to make this meal. It's great cold or warm so you can pack it with ice or take it as is and eat it right after your workout.
 
Ingredients:
Serves 1; 14G Protein, 11 Carbs
1/2tsp cooking oil such as olive oil or coconut oil
1/2cup pureed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie)
2 egg whites
dash of salt
dash of cinnamon
 
 
Directions:
In a non-stick pan, heat up about 1/2tsp oil on medium heat. Separate the egg whites from the yolks and put the whites in the heated pan. Scramble the eggs until cooked through. Turn the heat down to low and add the pumpkin and cinnamon and cook until heated through. Sprinkle salt on top if desired and devour!
 
I hope you enjoy this PWO (post-workout) recipe. It has a very mild flavor and isn't nearly as sweet as a sweet potato but gives you enough carbs and protein to replenish your body after a hard workout.
 
And next time someone asks you about your "diet", tell them it's a lifestyle or a food choice or whatever but for crying out loud, it's not a diet!
 
~Angela


2 comments:

  1. I just made your pumpkin breakfast cookies last night for my son's high school crew team. Their coach is a doctor of nutrition and is adamant the boys learn about eating well. I'm part of a group of moms, the Food Crew, that provides meals for the boys when they travel, as most of their regattas are out of state.
    Your blog has inspired me to try new recipes for the team, and also for my family. Getting ready to make your pumpkin/egg white recipe! Thanks for the inspiration and great ideas. Mary

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    1. Hi Mary,

      So glad you have a wonderful group to feed healthy foods to the boys. That is wonderful! I know the pumpkin/egg white photo isn't a beautiful picture, but it did taste good. It tastes much better with cinnamon and a little bit of salt so I hope they like it as well.

      Another good sub for pumpkin is butternut squash or sweet potato!

      Hope they liked the cookies.

      Angela

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