No More Size Focused Goals

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As a former dieter, it has been a challenge for me to learn how to set goals that did not involve a size or number. I have written before about celebrating the goals I achieve, not the pounds I do or do not lose. I see a lot of my clients struggle with this as well. We have been trained to set goals that involve a number of calories, grams, pounds, inches or clothing size. 

I find these types of goals to be destructive as they are laden with false hope and unrealistic expectations. Sooo many new clients say things like “I want to lose 10-20 pounds in x number of weeks”. I have been in the business long enough to know that not only is it usually impossible (read: hormonal imbalance, gaining muscle, body types, disordered eating, stress, not enough sleep, not enough margin etc) but it is damaging to your relationship with your body, mind and soul. 

It breaks my heart that this is what it has come to. That goals revolve around an image of what “health” or “fitness” should look like. A lot of people (not just women) come to me with pictures of what they want to look like and it is hard to have the conversation that starts with adjusting expectations from weight loss to improving health- not only that, but also discovering what health looks like on an individual level too. 

So, I wanted to take a minute and share the current goals that I have set to improve my health, performance and lifestyle in hopes that you might be inspired to think of things that you would like to see improve in your own life.  

Here are the goals I have set for myself starting today:

-Improve sleep by being in bed by 10, no electronics after 9.

-Improve Digestion by cutting out grains (except quinoa), dairy, white starch, refined sugar, alcohol- at home, and not eating after dinner.

-Exercise-HIIT 2x/week, heavy lifting 1x/week, yoga/stretching 3x/week and achieve these body weight goals*:
Handstand from Dolphin pose
Stand on body ball (this is sooo challenging! I shake like a leaf!!)
Do 20 push ups in a row with good form
Complete 5 chin-ups in a row (2 more to go!!!)
Do 5 pistol squats on each side
Plank on elbows for 5 minutes

-Meditate/pray 5min/day

-Walk 20 min/day even if it’s raining

*= But also balancing this with grace if I do not feel up to it or other things get in the way (ie: baby getting sick).

What goals have you set for yourself that don’t involve a size or weight??

Giving Up Being “Healthy”.

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I’m about a decade into my “body love” process. I use the word process because “journey” (which I often use,  as is on the shirt)  implies a destination or an ending. I am finding that each day brings about new challenges, enlightenments and successes that require adaptation which is indicative of a process rather than journey. But, to each his own 😉  

One of the recent enlightenments I have encountered is with the word “healthy”. My version of that has shifted vastly in the past decade. It’s gone from cutting out all sugar, to counting calories, to controlling grams of carbs and fats, to doing “clean eating”, to living Paleo…the list goes on and on. Each one of those was, in my mind, the healthiest thing I could do for myself. 

My obsession with being healthy came as a result of a number of things, one of which was watching my mom succumb to cancer at age 44. She was overweight, stressed, ate junk food and never exercised and that is a big part of why the cancer won. This motivated me in a big way to be healthier to try and stack the deck in my favor. I realize now that “healthy” or not, I can still get cancer (duh Kim). That reality has helped me shift my mindset greatly.

I have allowed the word healthy to dictate my choices about food, exercise and lifestyle. In doing that, I have lost the ability to trust my body to do what is healthiest for me. I think things like “I have to eat protein with this meal.” “I have to do at least one heavy lifting set each week.” “I have to do better at managing my stress.” “I will be healthier if I do yoga and sprint each week.” I do and think all of this in the name of being “healthy”. 

I have eaten more than I need to because the food was “healthy” food. I worked out when I didn’t feel like or I was tired because exercise is “healthy”. I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on supplements to make my body more “healthy”. And I’ve used waaaaay too much time listening to podcasts and reading books about pursuing “health”.

I realize now (yes, I am a little late to the party) that it is not all about being healthy. (My friends, family members and clients are all sitting there reading this with eyes wide and mouths open). Yes, health is important and something I would like to have, but first I need to redefine what health means FOR ME. Not what experts or culture says and not what that ripped man/woman on Pinterest or Instagram says. 

I want to learn to listen to the little voice inside that tells me when to eat and how much. I want to trust the prompts that say move this way and this hard. I want to feel the peace that comes from sitting still and processing through the struggles I face. And I want to trust that when I crave something, I will have the ability to do what is “healthy” and right for my body and not just ignore it or indulge. 

I want to trust that the image in the mirror is intuitively seeking out what is best for me- whether it is in a season of chaos or calm, busyness or rest, feast or famine. That is the kind of body trust and self-love I want to find in this process of learning, changing and growing. 

What does “healthy” look like for you at this point in your process?   

I Hate Quick Fixes (#myjourney)

**Disclaimer: This could potentially piss some people off and for that I do not apologize. This is my blog and I have freedom to express what I believe to be true. And if I can help save even one person from one more “quick fix” then this post is a success. I do acknowledge that some of the Quick Fixes have been a part of my story and yours and if that’s you, then I hope you see light at the end of the tunnel**

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I am soooo sick and tired of all of the “Quick fixes” out there. The detoxes. The cleanses. The 21 day Sugar “detoxes”. The 21 Day Fixes. The 30 minute DVDs. 

I am sick to death of the products. The portion size containers. The wraps. The pills. The powders (except for the uh-mazing Vero Pure Whey and Collagen Protein, of course). The DVDs. The Bars. The f-ing shakes. (You cannot drink your way through life, people!). 

I am over the ridiculously “fit” people selling all of this shit. The over developed muscles. The body oil. The spray tans. The professionally done hair and make up. The tight (oh soooo tight) workout clothes all.the.time.

I’m fed up with the “one size fits all” approach (even though they all claim to be individualized). The pretty packaging. The multi-level marketing (seriously, if I hear from ONE MORE Beach Body “health coach” I am going to scream!). 

I’m so over it you guys. It’s not about unsustainable practices. It’s about rebuilding trust with your body- and that takes time. A looooong time. The trust that has been broken by believing that you are not enough. That you have to be “healthy” or “fit” or “strong” or God forbid “skinny”. That trust has to be rebuilt by finding the voice inside that says “you are enough and you are loveable”. 

That voice that  has been buried under magazine articles, workout classes, diets and restriction. At least it was for me. In my never ceasing, always striving search for acceptance, I lost the intuitive voice inside me that helped me do what was right for me. I listened to “everyone else” and went every which way. 

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It has been quite a….journey. That is what it’s been. A long, hard, enlightening process of finding what works for me. How much food to eat and when to eat it. How to exercise and how hard to go after it. How to rest and savor little moments. And yes, quick fixes have been a part of my journey, but I now see how they were more destructive than I realized. 

It has been a long journey and I still have yet to arrive at my final destination. I am not sure I ever will (or even want to). Everyday I learn something new about myself and how to be my best self. How to restore trust with myself that was once lost. 

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Do you like my lav mic? lol, I forgot to take it off for pictures. 

My passionate desire in life is to help you in your journey. To walk along side you as you rebuild trust and re-discover yourself-to find what makes you YOU. I love being a small part of that process!! 

So, I post these pictures today not to celebrate a new diet, a new workout routine or cleanse. I post them to celebrate a woman who has reclaimed body trust and seeks to find the voice inside that encourages, promotes, challenges and prompts me. To celebrate the discovery of myself and to inspire you to do the same. 

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Hugs to you, dear friend, as you walk along your journey. 

I would love it if you would share a picture of your journey, whatever that looks like for you, on our Rebooted Body Facebook Page with the hashtag #myjourney. Let’s celebrate the journey! 

What’s in My Fridge (And Pantry!)

The refrigerator. 

So many emotions in a single word that refers to an appliance. Amiright??

I like to think that people out there wonder what on earth is in my fridge. I know no one gives a rats hiney, but humor me. 

Here are some of my favorite things in my fridge (and pantry- bonus!). 

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Mashed sweet potatoes!! I love putting mayo on these! 

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My delicious and easy Avocado Oil Mayo. I put it on #allthethings

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Trader Joes has this new Grass-Fed yogurt….it tastes good, but not quite as good as Maple Hill, which will always have my heart.

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I loooove these Power Greens from Costco! Less than $5 for organic greens that are soft and not bitter.

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I know the color of this is offensive, but it tastes amazing! I blanched fresh tomatoes, cooked them with bay leaves and basil and blended it with coconut milk to make a tomato bisque. It’s perfect for chilly days.

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I love this plate because it’s my hubbys way of prepping bfast. He makes double eggs and bacon so that way he can grab it and eat it at work. Nice job hubs!

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I always have a tupperware full of cooked broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, parsnips or some other veggie. That way, I can grab it, add seasonings and viola! There’s part of a meal!

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This applesauce is great! It’s Organic (whatever that means anymore) and has no added sugs. Perfect for my little guy.

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Buttah. Again, this goes on most things and in my coffee in the morning (unless there’s heavy cream around). Check out my sweet probiotics I am taking. Exciting, I know.

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Traders for the win with shredded brussels sprouts. They make my life waaay easier! Paired with honey uncured bacon found at Costco!

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Parsnips- my fall fave! Roast them with golden beets and carrots and a little rosemary. Mhmmmm. You’re welcome.

Ok, onto the pantry! 

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There’s never very much in here because a lot of foods are fresh. But what we do have is riveting, so hold onto your hats! The 2nd half of the third shelf is my roommates and the top shelf is my hubby’s. The Justin’s PB and Peet’s decaf coffee on the right are defffffinitely mine! 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAll.the.sweet.potatoes (which are technically yams, but whatevs). Boil em, mash em, stick em in a stew (bonus points for you if you can name that movie!)

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I do have some black beans, rice and oats on hand for my hubs. I soak them first and then cook them up for him.

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Ah, winter squash bonanza!! Kabocha, delicata and spaghetti. 
Our snack box which has Lara Bars, freeze dried fruit, nuts and other goodies.

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My oil bar. I looove these oils! So good!! We love using sparkling water as an alternative to soda. 

So, that’s what we have been eating lately! Loving it!! PS, if you are on Periscope, I just joined! Woohoo! Follow me! Kludeman

Fall Curried Lentil & Cauliflower Soup

I loooove fall! 

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What I don’t love is EVERYTHING “Pumpkin Spice”. Ugh. Sooo over it!! At first it was just Sbux with their nasty Pumpkin Spice Latte. Then it exploded into a mess of pumpkin spice products. Cookies, crackers, chips, soups- even dog food (no joke, I’ve seen it!)!! 

Every endcap at Whole Paycheck  Foods is piled high with all the pumpkin crap you could ever want. 

So, you will not be finding any “pumpkin spice” recipes from me this year. If you want to, add literal pumpkin pie spice to whatever you want to flavor. #rantover

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LP’s play land

Anyways, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. Of course. LP (short for Little Poop) has been soooo grumpy and fussy #teething, #wonderweeks #transition #napstriking #allthefreakingyellingandscreaming. I feel like the world’s worst mom lately because me fuse is short and so is my sleep. It’s a good thing he’s freaking adorable….or else….jk (sorta)

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Lululemon Yin to My Yang Cardi

Ok, back on track. I wanted to share some awesomeness from my kitchen mixed with a little fashion show (what the Paleomg!?). I’ts no secret that I loooooove Lululemon. I don’t care how see thru their pants are or how overly expensive everything is. It is comfortable, cute and totally my style (except for their newer stuff which I hate). I found this amazing cardigan/sweater/jacket at Buffalo Exchange the other day- score!!! I looove it! Now, if the weather would just chill out (literally). 

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My friend Liz gave me this adorable plaid shirt which I have been practically living in. Really, I should probably change my clothes. Hang on….brb. 

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Yes, that’s also a Lulu tank….don’t judge me

Finally, this belt buckle is awesome for two reasons: 1) It has rhinestones! 2) It now easily fits into the last hole which means that being down to one nursing sesh a day has helped me lose weight (never my goal, but always a pleasant surprise). 

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Now, onto the food! I have been posting pictures of what I have been cooking almost everyday on the Rebooted Body Facebook page. If you haven’t joined the tribe, you’re majorly missing out!! It’s a great place to talk health, wellness, psychology and of course, nutrition! The last pic I posted was of this delicious soup that I made up on the fly. #nosoupforyou (sorry, like I said, sleep is in short supply around here). 

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It combines wonderful spices with filling lentils and cauliflower cooked in ultra healthy bone broth.

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Awesome!!! I stored the extra in mason jars and threw it (not literally) in the freezer to save for a rainy day. 

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The other awesome things I have been doing are this simple Naked Apple Butter from Ohsheglows (I always type “ohsheflows”- argh!). If you haven’t visited her vegan blog, DO IT NOW! She is uh-mazing!

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I bought in on half a cow and got some amazing cuts of meat and some incredible femur bones that were suuuuper dense and fatty. This broth tastes like heaven! I love the minerally goodness on the bottom. I feel healthier just looking at it! 

Ok, enough rambling from me. Get in the kitchen and make some soup!!

Fall Curried Lentil and Cauliflower Soup
Yields 3
A warm, mildly spicy soup to bring warmth to your heart and tongue.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups soaked yellow lentils
  2. 6 cups bone broth (or 4 if you want more of a stew consistency)
  3. 1 bag grated carrots (or be cool and grate your own)
  4. 1 sweet onion
  5. 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  6. 5 cloves of garlic, chopped (or use garlic powder like me!)
  7. 1 tsp cinnamon
  8. 1 tbs cumin
  9. 3 tbs curry powder
  10. 1/2 tsp cayenne
  11. 2 bay leaves
  12. 1 tsp salt
  13. 1 tsp black pepper
Souper simple (lol)
  1. Throw everything into the crockpot and cook on high for 4 hours. Discard bay leaves and serve with a dollop of coconut or sour cream.
  2. Cool and store in 3/4 full mason jars in the freezer for best results.
Notes
  1. Don't be afraid to play with spices!! These are suggested amounts. I always go by what smells good.
  2. You can add ham or sausage if you want a "meal soup".
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A Few of My Favorite Things

I love food. 

It has been a source of triumph, control, health, shame and celebration over the past decade. I love the place that I am at with it now. It is something that nourishes my soul and my body. It makes me feel good about my ability to care for myself and my family. 

So, I thought I would share some of my current fave foods (and non-foods) with you! 

(Ps, Please don’t hate on the low photo quality. It’s nighttime and I only have so long to blog before bed.)

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I went to Costco today and totally scored on food and clothes! I got a Kirkland tech top for $5 and this sweet Champion long sleeve tee for $6! Love it!!!

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So, a staple in our house are these snap peas. They are muy delicioso! I love the crunch and the cool texture (sometimes a little too much…if ya know what I mean!).

I love costco for a lot of things like organic peanut butter, Kerrygold butter, coconut oil, blanched almond flour, wild caught canned tuna/salmon and veggies. And diapers. And toilet paper (PS, Charmin is on sale at the Clackamas location, FYI. You’re welcome.).

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I have been spending a lot of time at Natural Grocers lately too. That’s where I discovered this yogurt from Maple Hill Creamery. It.Is.Uh-mazing!!! I love the cream on top and the natural tart flavor. The greek yogurt is to die for!

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They also have a great price on this almond milk that has two ingredients: 1) almonds and 2) water.

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That’s it! If you know me at all, you know this thrills me! It’s $5.99 at Whole Foods and $3.49 at Natural Grocers. I have also seen it at Target for $4 something.

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Ok, I know this isn’t food, but I have totally been diving into One Tree Hill (again). My bestie lives with us (ok, how lucky am I to live with two of my best friends?!?!?) and has the complete series. I guess I am channeling back to simpler times….or I am a cougar who likes to watch teenage boy drama? #teamlucas

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I got this jar of Primal Mayo from Thrive Market courtesy of PaleOMG. I was skeptical at first, but it is amazing!! I love the taste and the ingredients!

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I usually make my own, but this was a nice reprieve from the usual. (PS, dip plantain chips in it- you won’t be sorry!)

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Check out this beef!!! It has heart and liver already ground into it. #allthebenes (ok, I’ll stop now). AND, since organ meat is cheaper than muscle meat, it drops the price to $5/pound! Magic!!!

Ok, last thing. These three things are totally making me laugh these days, which is good cuz there is all kinds of drama up in this household (I’ll tell you more later).

  1. Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon # skit
  2. Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hart and Will Ferrel lip sync battle
  3. Batdad

What are you totally into right now??

Stop Hating Yourself

 

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These are all words used to describe the physical body. But words somehow have a magical power to seep beneath the skin they describe and permeate the heart that lies within. These words take over your identity and destroy the bond you are meant to have with your body.

This bond that is lost is forged from shared experiences. Your body has done a lot for you and yet how often is it the bane of your existence or something that is in constant need of fixing or changing?

So you set out to change your body into something you deem worthy of love and appreciation. You reduce the amount of food you eat and restrict what little food you do eat. You force yourself to exercise, whether it be at a gym or watching someone with “The Body” on a DVD. You drink more water and tell yourself you’re not hungry.

The first few days aren’t so bad. You notice your stomach is a little flatter and the scale may even tell you that the three numbers you define yourself with have gone down ever so slightly. Then comes day five. You miss “carbs” and you hate the treadmill. But, you believe that this is way to transform your body and fulfill your dream of finally being happy enough with it to bare your arms in a sleeveless shirt.

Your soul begins to mourn your imprisonment and voices fill your head. Cravings surface and your sleep suffers. You can’t take the pressure of perfection and so you “cheat” and have something you “shouldn’t”. You cave. It tastes sooooo good….or does it?

Then, the soul crushing, heart racing, stomach tightening guilt sets in. Why did you fail? Why is it so hard for you? Why are other people “thin” and doing it? Why can’t you stick to _____ program?

You feel so bad that the cycle continues and you bury the feelings of shame with more junk which makes you feel physically sick. You avoid the gym or your trainer for fear that they will condemn you or judge you for your supposed lack of willpower. If only you were stronger….

Now you decide you can finally do it. You feel so bad (and your pants feel so tight) that you decide with this new program you can “get back on track”! And for a few days you do “good”. You do all of your workouts and log the miles on the treadmill (even though your body aches from walking on plastic). You treat yourself with a reward of food which triggers the cravings and on the cycle goes.

 Friends, this is no way to live. The constant comparison to friends, strangers, co-workers- anyone! The endless feeling of not being good enough, fit enough, lean enough- Not Enough. The inner longing for something that is deeper than what you can see in the mirror or touch with your hands. 

A diet will not fulfill you. A program will not save you. A new gym membership will not redeem you. 

It must start with loving yourself as your family, friends and those you strive to please. If you are not happy and loving yourself now, you will not love yourself 20 pounds from now. There has to be a change beneath the surface in your tender and precious heart. A healing has to occur. An outpouring of joy. A peace that passes understanding. A new sense of identity. You are not the choices that you make. 

You were meant for so much more- have you lost yourself in the fast paced world that surrounds you? Are you going through the motions and avoiding the feelings you are afraid to feel? Are you stuck in a trap of constant fixing and loathing? 

If this is you, you need to know there is help. There is a chance to find peace and to celebrate all that is you! If this strikes a chord inside of you and brings a tear to your eye, don’t wait! Reach out! Please do not waste another moment longing for what will only destroy you. 

I am extending a personal invitation to reach out and get some guidance as to what the next steps look like for you. No hidden agenda. No sales pitch. Just support, ideas and resources. 

Hugs, 

Kim

The Last Protein Powder You’ll Ever Buy

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There are sooo many kinds of protein powders out there (just like diet books, ironically.) These powders are usually full of fake sugars, chemicals and added nasty ingredients. I have done my share of bottle shaking in the last decade and have never found a protein powder that I was 100% in love with- until now. 

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Rebooted Body is now offering a grass-fed whey and collagen protein powder!!! I know, I know. It’s super exciting! We are pumped about it! We have decided to call our new line VeroPure and we stand behind these products 110%! 

We are all about helping people get a body and life they love, and sometimes using supplements is a part of that journey. Let’s be honest, sometimes it’s nice not to have meat at every meal. And it’s just too convenient to have clean protein that is portable and easy to use. 

Now, let me tell you a little bit about this awesome protein. 

VeroPure Grass-Fed Whey contains non-denatured whey protein concentrate from the milk of happy cows naturally raised on luscious New Zealand pastures. It’s grass-fed, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, and Soy-Free and made with natural ingredients because we know you care deeply about getting and keeping a body and life you love. Enjoy!

Benefits of VeroPure Grass-Fed Whey Protein

VeroPure Grass-Fed Whey Protein is an abundant source of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), which are used to stimulate protein synthesis. When leucine is ingested in high amounts, such as with VeroPure whey protein supplementation, there is greater stimulation of protein synthesis, which may speed recovery and adaptation to stress (exercise).

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    Contains All 9 Essential Amino Acids.

    VeroPure Grass-Fed Whey is a complete protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids and is low in lactose content.

     
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    Contains Important Sulfur-Based Amino Acids.

    VeroPure Grass-Fed Whey is an excellent source of sulfur amino acids (methionine and cysteine): Cysteine is the rate limiting amino acid for the synthesis of the antioxidant, glutathione.

     
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    Contains Beneficial Brached-Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs).

    VeroPure Grass-Fed Whey is an excellent source of branched-chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine, valine): Leucine is a both a key signal molecule for initiation and an important substrate for new protein synthesis.

     
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    Provides the Healing Benefits of Glutamine.

    VeroPure Grass-Fed Whey is an excellent source of glutamine, which minimizes breakdown of muscle, improves protein metabolism, and helps heal the gut.

     
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    Is Rapidly Digested.

    VeroPure Grass-Fed Whey is rapidly absorbed and assimilated (vs. casein which exits the stomach much slower).

     
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    Is Ultra-Pure, With NO Nasties.

    VeroPure Grass-Fed Whey does not have any artificial or filler ingredients. It’s GMO-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Hormone-free, Antibiotic-free, and Non-GMO.

 

Why Choose Grass-Fed Whey?

When it comes to nutrition, a popular phrase is, “you are what you eat.” Unfortunately, that’s no longer good enough because the health of the animals that produce the products we consume has been manipulated.

If you’re eating animal-based products, the health of the animal matters greatly. Healthy animals who eat their natural diet produce healthy meat, milk, and eggs. In terms of cows and the whey protein they produce, grass is the natural diet. Most conventional whey proteins are produced from cows who are fed grain and kept in the high stress environment of Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO). In order to keep these cows alive and producing, producers pump them full of hormones and antibiotics.

We reject both the treatment of animals in this way and the quality of the resulting products. VeroPure Grass-Fed Whey comes from cows who roam on pasture outdoors in the sunlight and are never given hormones or antibiotics. These cows feed exclusively on grass and are humanely treated to keep their stress levels low. Not only is this best for the cows, it produces a far superior product with a much richer nutritional profile.

Protein Isolate vs Protein Concentrate

Most conventional whey protein powders are made from protein isolate, which means that it goes through more processing. The manufacturers like to claim that this results in almost pure protein content, which they say makes it a better product. The problem is that the extra filtering and processing removes a good deal of the important immune factors from the whey protein.

Whey isolates remove the fat, which actually removes important components of its immunological properties, such as phospholipids, phosphatidylserine and cortisol. Additionally, all of the IgG immunoglobulins, which are an excellent source of glutamine and cysteine, are also bound to the fat globule. In fact, most food rich in healthful fat are carriers of antioxidants, such as vitamin E and phytosterols.

Dairy also contains lipoic acid, which is a carrier of enzymes and immunoglobulin. Therefore, if you take the fat out you’re left with a clearly inferior whey protein. That’s why it’s important to choose a protein concentrate over a protein isolate to receive the maximum health benefits.

So, head over to the VeroPure website and check it out!! Especially since it’s on sale right now! Hurry! 

 

Mt. Hood Backpacking Paleo Style

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I got to go backpacking this past week. It was uh-mazing!!! My best friend and I decided to hike to Elk Cove on Mt. Hood. We started at Top Spur Trailhead and passed over the PCT on our way to the cove. 

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We climbed a crazy long ridge and popped out in the middle with tremendous views of the north side of the mountain with its giant glaciers and alpine shrubbery. It was so epic! 

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We stopped for lunch, which was Paleo Meals to Go Beef Stew. I won a bunch of these delicious meals from a Paleo Magazine giveaway just in time for our trip!!

 We didn’t heat water, so I let it sit for a while with cold water and no joke, it was DELICIOUS!!! I was sooo impressed! The beef was tender and the seasonings were perfect! I gobbled it down!! 

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We continued on the Timberline Trail 7 miles toward the Cove. We IMG_20150730_105830148crossed 3 rivers, one of which we had to ford! It was very intimidating ,but not too hard. The cold water felt wonderful on our hot sweaty feet.

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Finally we made it to the beautiful and enchanting Elk Cove. We found the perfect camp site too! It was so serene and lovely. We got there early enough that we set up camp and went out to explore. We went up to Dollar Lake, which was practically dried up, but we still got awesome views of the Mountain.

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For dinner, we had the other savory Paleo Meals to Go, the Summit Savory Chicken and Vegetables. This one was not quite as good as the beef stew, but still yummy. I added salt to it, but it still could have a little more zest. But like I said, still super filling and tasty. 

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We watched the sunset on the mountainside and witnessed the bright full moon lighting up the glaciers and trees.

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It was incredible!! We munched on trail mix and drank tea sitting under the stars. The night was warm and you didn’t even need many layers! 

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Taken at home before the trip

In the morning, we heated up water for our Paleo Meals to Go breakfast, Cliffside Coconut. OMG! It was soooooo delicious!! It had huge walnuts, juicy blueberries and crunchy coconut. It was sooooo good that I will order some just to have around the house. It smelled sooo good too! Yum!!!! We ate that and sipped on coffee, taking our time to enjoy camp. 

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We headed out and stopped at W’yeast Basin which has underground springs. It was the most deliciously cold and refreshing water I have ever had. We stayed for almost an hour enjoying views of Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens. It was majestic, to say the least. 

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We climbed out the 7 miles and made it back to the car. It was such a wonderful trip! It was my second time backpacking on the Timberline Trail and PCT. Having the Paleo Meals to Go made it sooo much better (that and good bug spray)! I will definitely be using them again!!! 

Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I could not get the lighting to work with me, so this is a really terrible picture- sorry!!!

I don’t normally advocate for making cookies very often, but every now and then a yummy oatmeal cookie can be delightful. 

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I loooove cookie dough!!

My assistant was not being a very good helper either, lol.

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My assistant running away with props

I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as I did!

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Stupid lighting!
Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 15
Yummy, dense and lightly sweet cookies that are a great treat.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
22 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
22 min
Dry
  1. 1 cup organic gluten free oats
  2. 3/4 cup blanched almond flour
  3. 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
  4. 1/4 tsp sea salt
  5. 1.5 tsp baking powder (not baking soda)
  6. 1/2 cup raisins (or dried cranberries or cherries)
  7. 1 square unsweetened dark chocolate
Wet
  1. 1 egg
  2. 3 tbs grass fed butter (or coconut oil)
  3. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  5. 1 dropper liquid Stevia (optional)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (or grease it).
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine all wet ingredients. Mix until smooth and creamy.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients and stir.
  5. Add in to wet ingredients and mix until combined (Do not overmix!).
  6. Using a spoon, drop rounded mounds of dough onto cookie sheet and flatten slightly.
  7. Bake for 12-14 minutes (watch closely as overbaking will dry them out)
  8. Let cool for at least 10 minutes to prevent crumbling.
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