Homemade Paleo Mustard

Hi Lovelies!

I was tweeting about my lunch yesterday and had a request for my Paleo mustard recipe :) So I thought I’d share!

Homemade Mustard

  • 1 cup mustard seeds
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • (Optional) sea salt & pepper, to taste

Take your mustard seeds and place them in a bowl. Mix in the vinegar, water and lemon juice and let it soak (about 8 hours).  Once they’ve absorbed the liquid, I like to blend it in the food processor. You might need to add a little extra vinegar in to get it to the desired consistency..but usually no more than a tablespoon. If you like your mustard really yellow (I Do!) add in some Turmeric.

For a more traditional tasting mustard, add in 1/4 tsp Sea Salt and a drop of sugar.

Love some honey mustard?

Simply add in a little organic honey until it tastes like you like it :)

There you have it :) Mustard with no “secret” flavors or ingredients & 100% Paleo. Your mustard will hit optimal flavor about a week after it’s made and is good to store for about a month. If I seems like a bit much or you’re crunched for time, try Annie’s Naturals. After looking at 4 different brands that claimed to be “organic”, “paleo”..Annie’s is the only one I’ve found to be 100% Paleo.

 

Happy Clean Eating!

XoXo!

One Honey-Mustard-Loving Lemon

 

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The 24 Day Challenge Begins!

Welcome to the 24 Day Challenge! Meet our contestants :) I asked each of the girls & RJ to share 3 things for this challenge.

1 – What is your goal for this challenge?
2 – Where do you hope to be at the end of the challenge?
3 – What do you think is going to be the hardest part?

Contestant #1 ~ Kat • AdvoCare 24 day Challenge

Meet Kat (aka Lemon!). As a fittie who has fallen off the wagon lately, I want to get back on the bandwagon! What better way to do it than a 24 day AdvoCare challenge! It takes 21 days to make a habit and this girl is ready to re-make clean eating a habit!

My goal for this challenge is to really focus on clean eating. I’ve been doing a horrible job of not eating healthy lately and making up lame excuses for it. By the end of the challenge, I’d like to be 10-15lbs lighter and down a few inches in my waist. The hardest part for me is going to be week 1 – the cleanse phase. Going cold turkey on bad habits and cleansing my body is going to be a challenge but I’m ready!

 

Contestant #2 ~ Teri • AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge

Hailing all the way from Connecticut, Teri is an aquatics instructor in her final months of school for surgical technology. She’s an avid Braves fan and likes to shop. Her biggest challenge is her schedule, she works long hours, goes to school and finishes up her day in clinical.

 

Contestant #3 ~ Lilly • AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge

A college senior 2 weeks out from graduation, Lilly has been kicking butt at losing weight this past year. She’s currently lost over 50lbs and I’m anxious to see what this challenge is going to do for her!

Lilly: My goal for this challenge? This is a hard thing to describe, but basically I want to jump start my body. I have been overweight my entire life. I have been told countless times how if I lost the weight, how much prettier or more successful I would be. I like who I am. I am comfortable in my own skin, but not when I am in a bathing suit. I have tried to lose the weight for a long time. I work out, I cut out sodas, but it never seems to do much. In August of 2012, I weighed a tear jerking 325. I have since lost 50lbs because of some gastrointestinal issues. Now, I have plateaued and now I need something to get me back in that weight loss mode. I am hoping this system will do just that.

By the end of the challenge, I hope to be smaller in the waist and hopefully I’ll have lost some of my stubborn belly fat. I want to slim down about 3-4 sizes. I know that seems drastic, but I am sure that with AdvoCare and exercise it is possible. I just have to stick with it :) Mentally, I want to be happier. I want to feel more confident about myself, my body and I hope people will notice the difference. Losing 50lbs and keeping it off has been a struggle, but after hearing people say how much better I look it makes the struggle worthwhile.

The hardest part of the challenge for me will probably be the first part, the cleansing. It’s the day after Easter and do you know what that means? Half off candy. I have a enormous sweet tooth. I guess that its better now though, because now I can prove to myself I have the will power to do anything. Another issue will be the water intake… it recommends your weight divided by 2 and that is how many fluid ounces you need to consume each day. I will have to pee quite often…. and of course this will be during exam week…just my luck :)

 

Contestant #4 ~ Britni • Paleo

Meet our Chuck-town contestant! An avid runner and nursing student, Britni will be doing 30 days of Paleo eating. As a nursing student, she works long hours in clinical lab and comes home to study. Her biggest challenge has been eating on the go and late at night.

 

Contestant #5 ~ Michelle • Whole30

All the way from Idaho, Michelle will be doing Whole30! She’ll be guest posting each week about her journey. She brings a completely different perspective to the crew :) A mom of two, crafter, couponing queen and foodie, she will be sharing her weight loss struggles with us. Check out her blog at michellephilippi.com! She makes some AMAZING cards :)

 

The Competition! ~ RJ

Meet RJ :) In December, he decided to make a lifestyle change. He began focusing on clean eating and working out. Since December, he’s lost over 40lbs putting him quite a bit in front of us. He’ll also be guest posting and sharing about his weight loss.

RJ: My goal for this challenge is to loose about 1-2 lbs. a week. I have been on a diet since the beginning of the year, which has been going well for me. If I were to describe the diet I use, I would describe it as a modified Atkins diet. I eat mainly protein and fats, and I track all that I eat in MyFitnessPal (I limit carbs). I try to stay under my calorie limit of 1,880 calories a day, regardless of if I have worked out or not. I also weigh myself everyday this helps keep me focused on loosing weight. As far as working out goes, I try to workout 3-4 times a week for 1-1.5 hrs per workout. I lift weights and do 30 minutes of cardio after my lift session. I like to walk at an incline of 9-10 degrees at 3.5 mph. I want to maintain these habits that I have developed over the last few months.

I don’t have a specific goal weight in mind. I just want to like how I look when I see myself in the mirror. I do have a number in my head that I think I would look good at, but that doesn’t mean I will like how I look when I get there.

The hardest part for me has been my schedule. I am currently in my first year of medical school. Last semester, I was able to balance school and my workouts pretty well. I hopefully will be able to do the same this semester. (To give you an idea about his school schedule, they fit a normal college semester’s worth of material into 3 months.) I did have a lot of cravings early in my diet, but after some time, most of those have gone away. One thing I have realized since beginning my diet is how much you really DO NOT need to eat. I won’t say it has been easy cutting back, but once you get a good eating plan in place that you like, it isn’t that bad.

 

What is the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge?

AdvoCare is a great company. I am typically skeptical about “weight-loss” programs, but after seeing the results with two of my cousins I decided to try it. The program focuses on the holistic approach. Riding your body of toxin build up is the first phase. Next, you replace the vitamins and minerals your body has been lacking.

Are you looking to jump start your weight loss? Looking to break through a plateau? Then take the 24-day challenge! This bundle features everything you need to get you going toward your next goal. You can order it from me if you want to try it! Simply click the AdvoCare button on the right side of the page.

Each 24-Day Challenge Bundle includes:

  • One box of Herbal Cleanse-Citrus
  • One bottle of OmegaPlex®
  • One box of AdvoCare Spark®-Mandarin Orange
  • One box of AdvoCare Spark®-Fruit Punch
  • Your choice of one box of Meal Replacement Shakes – Chocolate Mocha, Chocolate, Vanilla, Berry or Vegetarian Dark Chocolate
  • Your choice of one box of MNS® Max 3, C, or E

 

My lovelies! We need you :) Cheer us on this first week :) Drop us a line with your weight loss tips and tricks!

XoXo!

One Lemon Up for A Challenge

 

My Journey from Fattie to Fittie!

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In Dec 2011, I decided enough with the couch potato routine. I was the girl who somehow thought eating only two scoops of ice cream instead of four was healthy. I constantly had migraines, stomach cramps, felt tired, struggled with stairs and need I say was not happy with my life. I decided that I could do whatever I put my mind to doing. My dad had just been hospitalized for congestive heart failure combined with high blood pressure. But my dad isn’t fat, isn’t lazy, and isn’t out of shape. He ran marathons into his 30’s and has been running consistently since I’ve been born. I realized, as I voiced my health concerns to my doctor, that genetics were not on my side. My family has a history of high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol, and to be honest 98% of my extended family has been obesely overweight since I was little.

Here’s where the transformation began. Sitting on the table in Doc’s office, I asked for her to give it to me straight. Tell me what I needed to do to fight the genetic predisposition and break the cycle of unhealthy living. You know what I love about her? She didn’t pull any punches. She laid it out on the table and then told me we needed a game plan.

Here was our plan:

1 – Work out 3 days a week to start ~ At first it was horrible. I did good to last 15 minutes. I started doing Zumba and stayed on the back row. But one morning I realized I was on the front row and no longer struggling to keep up :) Currently I workout 5-6 days a week with 1 fun workout day and 1 rest day.

2 – Keep a food journal ~ Once I began the journal, I noticed a correlation between the migraines and certain foods. For example, I can eat one bite of a strawberry and in under 5 mts I have a migraine. The stomach cramps? Gluten, Dairy and Broccoli. The food journal also helped me see that I was toxic in several areas. Basically that meant that I was intaking too much of one thing. My sodium levels were below where they needed to be. My sister is a nursing student and she used my journal as her case study for part of her nutrition class :) I also discovered that I can’t eat: peanuts, crab or shrimp, kiwi, red 40 dye (my sister can’t eat the Yellow), and peanut butter (my most favorite food ever!).

3 – Gradually replace unhealthy choices with healthy ones. ~ Instead of reaching for the two scoops of ice cream, I eat nuts and fresh fruit. Instead of drinking soda, I drink water. Now..I can’t drink three sips of soda without it being too sweet. I find I crave water and would rather drink it than anything else.

4 – Hydrate…This seemed like a no brainer because I’ve been an athlete all my life but having an impacted colon/kidney infection made me realize I needed to pay closer attention to my body. In order to lose weight, Doc recommended taking my body weight and dividing it by half. That amount is the number of ounces I needed to consume each day. Playing soccer and working out as much as I do, I consume on average 90+ oz a day.

5 – Be Accountable ~ We set up visits for me to come in for a checkup and to monitor my progress. We also set a Start Weight, Current Weight, and Ultimate Goal Weight chart.

My Starting Weight was 198lbs. I knew the moment I stood on the scale and saw that number that I had a huge problem. I looked around me and I said I don’t want to be like that. I was a former double NCAA athlete (soccer & equestrian team) and now I’m the fat has been athlete? I wanted to play with the kids in my life, ride horses, run, and enjoy life instead of being trapped by my weight. I won’t lie. I was miserable. I felt so uncomfortable about my body and I wondered at what point had I just given up? I knew there were some changes that needed to happen in my life for me to take control.

I severed ties with a guy I was/had dated completely because I am an emotional eater (something I had to retrain quickly). I “broke up” with several unhealthy friend relationships. Because steady drama in your life only causes you to be stressed (which for me equals weight gain). I stopped saying yes to everything and realized it was okay to say “No, I’m sorry but I’m not able to do that”.

And this….this is why it was worth it!

It’s a little over a year later and I’d love to show you where I’m at now :)

5K #2 with Fancy Nancy
5K #2 with Fancy Nancy

I’ve run 4! Yes four 5K’s since October 2012. I just ran my third 5K this past Saturday, 4th since October. The goal is to run 6 before July and 6 more by December :) {UG is a Half Marathon!} Each time I run one my time has decreased! I’m a solid 168 lbs and I’ve lost over 6 inches of my body. I’m thrilled with my body. For the first time, I didn’t cringe when I tried on my new swimsuit (which is currently too big!). I can walk up stairs without getting winded, play almost an entire soccer game without feeling like I’m going to die, coach soccer and keep up with my kiddos. The best part! People are asking me for advice on healthy eating. Fitness wise, I’m almost back to college soccer shape :)

It’s great! Did it take hard work? You better believe it did! Did I stumble? Several times. But the key is you drag yourself back up look in the mirror and say..I am strong, I can do this, I am an athlete.

The goals for the rest of the year?

Run 12 races :) I’m on the way to being halfway there!

Lose a little bit more weight. I’m 5’8 and I’ll never be skinny but I can be toned and fit! :) Embrace those curves ladies!

Pour healthy food into my body. I started researching what I was actually eating and it blew my mind. Since then, I’ve begun pursuing a healthy eating lifestyle (Paleo). It is that! A lifestyle! Not a fad diet. Not a trend. A way of life for me to live. I’ve never felt better! I’m stronger. My eyesight has gotten better instead of worse. So everyday you have a choice to make! Are you going to be a Fattie? Or a Fittie?

The choice is yours darling :) The Fit Family is always open for new members :)

♥ A special thanks to my Twitter #Fitfam crew! They have been the greatest support team a girl could ask for :)

♥ To My Musketeers :) Y’all are the best running crew! May we run harder and faster towards a healthy life :)

Lunch

20130425-132401.jpg Here’s what I’m eating :)

Spinach/Romaine Base with: Banana Peppers, Black Olives, Red Peppers

Proteins: Egg (with Cilantro), Turkey Bacon, Provolone

Dressing: Local Honey mixed with a dash of Mustard :)

Here’s to the second week of Paleo!