A rant and new shoes

I don’t feel good. I kind of fell off the wagon last week with my diet. (By the way, I hate the word diet. When I say it I don’t mean the I’m-on-a-diet kind of diet.. I mean my diet, the what-I-eat-on-a-daily-basis diet.) Glad we cleared that up.

Anyway, with such a busy schedule last week, it turned into I eat when I can kind of lunches, and let me add cheese to everything I eat because I’m too tired to care if I break out. Three pieces of pizza for lunch one day.. soooo tasty, but the first wheat flour I’ve had in months. Cheddar cheese added to my salad topped with turkey (great combo), creamy soups, and then Easter. Of course I had to have my aunt’s coffee cake yesterday too, because she went so far out of her way to make it for the holiday. Aye.

My point is, after eliminating a lot of things from my diet (especially wheat) I completely notice a change in myself when I mistakenly (or purposely) eat it again. My daily motivation hits the floor, I feel groggy, my brain is foggy, and I can get cranky. So for the next few days I will focus on getting away from those bad foods again and cleansing my body.

I dont look at this as a negative thing, I actually think its really positive that I see a difference, even when its bad. It reminds me how good I can feel and the reasons why I’ve eliminated these foods in the first place. It makes me wonder though… what do certain foods do to people who don’t really know they shouldn’t be eating something particular?

I wish people knew how good their bodies were supposed to feel.

Thats my rant.

On a lighter note, I got new shoes.

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New Balance Minimus. And I mean it when I say “on a lighter note”. These shoes have nothing to them, and I LOVE them. Its as close to barefoot as you can get without actually being barefoot. I love it, especially because I believe being barefoot is extremely beneficial. I’m a person that is on my feet all day long and I want my stance and walk to be as natural as possible. They breathe tooooo! There are warnings on them to slowly introduce them into routines so that you don’t hurt yourself. Going from sneakers to minimal shoes can put stress on your arches, calves and achilles. I have to space them out and incorporate them into my days. I like the bottoms:

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I’ll let you know how it goes.

Do you guys believe in going barefoot?

Almond Crackers

I’ve been wanting to share this easy, super quick recipe for a while now but just have not had the time to sit down and put it into words.

Let me start by saying I love crackers. Bread. Pasta. And so on.
But…I can’t eat any of it. I’m not gluten-free..which would be horrible.. but I am wheat-intolerant, and not being able to eat wheat is a difficult task.

After learning about the Primal Blueprint, and the Paleo way of life.. I purchased the Primal Blueprint cookbook. In it I found this simple recipe for almond crackers that knocked me over.

So if you are staying away from wheat, or just in the mood to try something new here is the wonderful recipe for you:

 

 

Almond Crackers:

2 cups fine almond meal
1 tsp baking powder
1-2 tablespoons of dried oregano or italian seasoning
1 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
2 tbs olive oil
3 tbs water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients to form a moist, sticky dough. Add more water or oil if needed. Using wet hands, place the dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using your fingers, flatten the dough out into a think rectangle measuring about 10×8.

Bake for 15 minutes or until dough becomes dry and golden brown. Remove and cool on wire baking rack. Once the dough is cooled (important because it is very brittle right out of the oven) use a pizza cutter to create crackers. Store in an air-tight container (I keep mine in the fridge and drop them in the toaster when I’m ready for them!)

 

 

These crackers are great with cheese or sausage. A good substitute for me when my family puts out cheese and crackers as an appetizer!

I liked these so much that I thought I could make another version that was sweet instead of savory. I substituted the herbs for cinnamon and nutmeg, and eliminated the cheese. They worked out just as well and are awesome for breakfast with some jam on them. An easy sub for toast.

I hope you try these, and enjoy!