If your husband / boyfriend is anything like mine, he LOVES bacon! This past Valentines Day, I decided to replace that boring bouquet of roses with some bacon roses. Visually appealing and equally as tasty! For you, Valentines may have come and gone but this would also be a great gift for 3/14, or any occasion! Let us know what you think!
It’s cold here in El Paso and by cold I mean a low of 32. Don’t judge me; I’ve been in the desert too long. This blast of chilly weather has me pushing my typical protein and veggies for something heartier and I need heartier without the heavy. Here comes my savior; the spaghetti squash.
After the holiday madness of parties, dinners, get togethers, and epic cheat meals, I found myself missing the familiarity of my somewhat healthy kitchen creations. This weekend I had the pleasure of entertaining for some good friends and decided to introduce them to spaghetti squash. In my eagerness, I made WAY too much squash. As I opened my fridge and looked at the mountain of spaghetti squash, I was inspired to utilize what was already in my fridge and pantry to make something delish. I came up with this pizza squash combo and it tastes great!
Food should be good. Food should taste good. Food should be good for you.
I can honestly and sadly say I have lost and gained about 300 pounds since puberty. My problem has never been getting the weight off; it has always been maintaining weight loss. Falling out of habit, 5 pounds become 10 becomes 20 becomes 50 becomes 80. So this go around, it’s more important to learn and sustain healthy eating habits and to learn how to deal with stress the right way NOT by stuffing my face with sugar laden, fat laden food.
Over the years, I’ve learned that my body doesn’t respond well to certain food. Unfortunately, cakes, cookies, pies, breads, muffins, and other foods filled with bad carbs are the ones I enjoy the most. Being locked in a bakery is a common reoccurring dream! It seems as though my body holds on to these foods. Sometimes, I like to think that my body is literally allergic to these foods. Sounds crazy, huh?? Until I found out that many people feel this way and as a result they resorted to the Paleolithic diet or more commonly known as “Paleo”.
The concept of Paleo is simple enough. Quoted from RobbWolf.com, “The Paleo diet is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the ONLY nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic! Research in biology, biochemistry, Ophthalmology, Dermatology and many other disciplines indicate it is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility.” This diagram sums it up.
A diet like this can be a real life changing routine. It gives you the ability to eat a variety of great tasting, nutritious food that is good for you, while excluding everything that’s not.
After extensive research (Google) and personal interviews with those who have adopted the Paleo lifestyle, I decided to give it a go for a month in February. I REALLY enjoyed the results. I had more energy and I could see a noticeable change in the way my clothes fit. However, those old habits kept calling my name, so I told myself I would do a week of cheat meals for the first week of March and resume the Paleo lifestyle. Needless to say this did NOT happen! Who plans a week of cheat meals? That’s planning for failure. Still, it matters not how many times you fail but instead how many times you get back up. Therefore I’m back at the Paleo lifestyle as a way to enjoy food without the guilt of processed foods.
To change your life, you must first change your life. Weight loss is about finding a lifestyle change that works for you. I love food and I love to cook and I love to look good! Follow me as I explore this Paleo lifestyle!
To learn more about the Paleo diet, check out http://robbwolf.com/
Have you adopted a certain diet as a means to stay healthy? Have you tried Paleo? What’s your favorite “diet” food?
“I don’t have time for breakfast.”
“I’m not hungry that early in the morning.”
“I don’t know what to eat.”
“I don’t have time for breakfast” is the excuse I most commonly hear when I talk to others about starting the day off right. I don’t have time either but I MAKE time. My job, my family, fitness, and Facebook take up a good chunk of the 16-18 hours I am awake but we still MAKE time, EVERY SUNDAY. Prepping food for the week ensures we have time for breakfast every morning, and since it’s the most important meal of the day, you can’t skip it.
Every Sunday we get our groceries for the week. Every Sunday, I’m dicing up bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, onions, mushrooms, and cilantro for the week. I sauté them up and off they go to the fridge waiting for me throughout the week to make one of the best omelets EVER.
I like to top my omelets off with some salsa. The salsa just adds that extra ummph to the omelet. I normally buy salsa from the store. However, in an effort to save on sodium and money, I made my own salsa. Living in El Paso for the last few years, I’ve learned to really enjoy GOOD salsa. If you MUST buy salsa, Sadie’s salsa is THE way to go. Below is the recipe I use for my home made salsa.
6 roma tomatoes
1 can of organic tomotaoes
handful of cilantro
3 jalapeno peppers diced
½ of large yellow onion diced
1 bell pepper diced
juice of 1 lime
minced garlic to taste
sea salt to taste (be easy on the salt; the jalapeno goes a LONG way)
Pulse to desired consistency and store in fridge.
In the mornings, as I’m getting ready for work I take an egg or two and some egg whites (in the carton), throw the veggies in and top the omelets with some of the above homemade or Sadie’s salsa and breakfast is DONE in 10 minutes or less. That’s 10 minutes; you have 10 minutes. Get off of Facebook for a few minutes in the morning, don’t make that trip to (insert fast food chain here) etc. and give yourself time to make yourself a delicious and healthy breakfast.
What do you usually eat for breakfast? Leave a comment below!
From everyone here at DJBERN.COM we’d like to take the time to say Happy Thanksgiving to all of you that visit the site on a regular basis. Holidays are about family, friends, and loved ones, so hopefully you have the opportunity to spend it with one or all three of those today. What are you most thankful for? What is your favorite Thanksgiving Day dish? How will you be spending your Thanksgiving Day? Leave a comment below, and check out these random cartoons found on the internet!
A message from DJ BERN:
I want to take this moment to say thank you to my friend and family for being there for me through thick and thin. I am most grateful for the people in my life and the ones I can truly call “loved ones” because they genuinely love me. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.