Friday, September 27, 2013

Week Three of Our Unprocessed Food Challenge

Week three of our challenge seemed to go much smoother than the second week. We ate fairly well up until Thursday and even then we didn't eat anything too horrible except the pizza on Saturday night. This week we also started adding some baby bel cheese to some of our meals. This week my favorite meal was the eggs mixed with tons of veggies and topped with baby bel cheese. It was super tasty and a fairly easy meal to put together with whatever veggies we have around.

Day 15 - 9.16.13
Breakfast - Nectarine
Lunch - Veggies, Guacamole, Fruit & Elk Stick
Dinner - Grilled Shrimp, Chicken, & Steak Basket Covered in Bacon w/Broccoli, Cauliflower, & Other Veggies + Monkey Salad

Paleo Day 15 - 9.16.13

Day 16 - 9.17.13
Breakfast - Banana
Lunch - Veggies, Guacamole, Fruit & Boiled Egg
Dinner - Apple Butternut Hashbrown Hotdish - http://mylittlecornerkitchen.blogspot.com/2013/02/apple-butternut-hash-brown-casserole.html

Paleo Day 16 - 9.17.13

Day 17 - 9.18.13
Breakfast - Banana
Lunch - Veggies, Guacamole, Fruit & Elk Stick
Dinner - Grilled Diced Spicy Lime Chicken Breast Basket Covered in Bacon w/Grilled Broccoli, Cauliflower, Tomato, Pepper, Onion, Chives, Etc.

Paleo Day 17 - 9.18.13

Day 18 - 9.19.13
Breakfast - Banana
Lunch - Moe's with Buz & Laurie
Dinner - Whole Grilled Pork Loin & Veggies

Paleo Day 18 - 9.19.13

Day 19 - 9.20.13
Breakfast (Sara) - Eggs with Spinach, Tomatoes & Chicken
Breakfast (Patrick) - Cracklin Oat Bran with Almond Milk
Lunch - Veggies, Guacamole, Fruit & Boiled Egg
Dinner - Chipotle with Sara's Family

Paleo Day 19 - 9.20.13

Day 20 - 9.21.13
Breakfast - Lara Bar
Lunch - Onion, Sweet Red Pepper, Cabbage, Garlic, Black Pepper, Corn, Chicken, Taco Seasoning, Tomatoes, Spinach Egg Mix w/Babybel Cheese & Avocado
Dinner - Chanticlear Pizza & Paleo Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake

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Day 21 - 9.22.13
Breakfast - Paleo Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake
Lunch - Onion, Orange Pepper, Cabbage, Garlic, Black Pepper, Corn, Pork, Adobo, Tomatoes, Spinach Egg Mix w/Babybel Cheese & Avocado
Dinner - Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs, Tomatoes and Spinach

Paleo Day 21 - 9.22.13

Monday, September 23, 2013

Packers vs. Washington Redskins

Last weekend we celebrated our 31st birthdays by going to a Packer game at Lambeau Field. Our birthday weekend started off early Saturday morning driving to High Cliff State Park in Appleton, Wisconsin which was about 40 minutes from Green Bay. We were planning on doing some hiking around the park or even enjoying the park, but that just didn't happen. We took a nap and then went to dinner at Pizza King and then went to Buffalo Wild Wings for drinks and wings. I guess we were both exhausted from a long week, so it worked out well to just relax.

On Sunday it was raining when we got up, so we had the annoying task of putting our tent away in the rain. Yuck, that is not a fun experience and it continued into the week since it never really dried at home until we set it up in the garage to dry out. After our departure we headed to Lambeau for the game.

If you know anything about the Green Bay Packers, it's that the fans are very loyal to their team. And because of this is very hard to get season tickets, but a few years ago Patrick signed us both up for the regular season ticket and the premium seat list. We are number 80,000 on the regular list, but that number on the premium list kept getting closer to zero every year. And then earlier this summer Patrick got an e-mail seeing if he would be interested in purchasing premium season tickets. We ended up purchasing them and splitting them with two of his cousins and his uncle. We went to our first game a few years ago and sat in regular seats and that was a pretty cool experience, but I have to say the premium seats are pretty awesome. The premium seats have their own entrance, heating & air conditioning, different food vendors, cushioned seats and beverage service. I never thought I would think this, but they are definitely worth the premium price. I may have a skewed view on this since it was raining pretty hard our entire walk to the stadium and it was during this time we figured out that my raincoat was not that effective in keeping my clothes dry. Even though the rain stopped before the game started it was awesome to watch the game from inside. You don't see some of the craziness that is in the regular seats, but it was pretty awesome to be there. And the Packers beat the Redskins 38-20 so it was fun game to watch as well.

High Cliff State Park

Lambeau Field

Birthday Packer Game-001

Lambeau Field

Lambeau Field

Lambeau Field

Patrick and Sara at Lambeau Field

Birthday Packer Game-002

Lambeau Field

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Week Two of Our Unprocessed Food Challenge

Well last week was pretty sad in our attempt to eat unprocessed food. We started off strong with a delicious Monday night meal and then I really fell off the wagon early in the week because of some social commitments that included eating things other than meat and veggies. Patrick was also not feeling the best this week (probably because he wasn't eating enough calories) so we got Chipotle one night. Not exactly Paleo, but a pretty good choice considering our other option probably would have been pizza. By the weekend we were both completely off Paleo during our trip to Green Bay for the Packer game. So this week we both ate a lot of crap, but we are back at it again this week so I think we just needed the reminder of how good it feels to eat healthy.

Here is a breakdown of what we ate during week two.

Day 8 - 9.9.13
Breakfast - Banana
Lunch - Veggies, Baba Ganoush, Fruit & Boiled Egg
Dinner - Grilled Chicken Sausage Potato Salad w/Side of Steamed Broccoli, Fried Egg w/Tomato & Avocado + Apple w/Almond Butter

Paleo Day 8 - 9.9.13

Day 9 - 9.10.13
Breakfast - Banana
Lunch - Veggies, Baba Ganoush, Fruit & Elk Stick
Dinner (Sara) - Twin's Game - Cheeseburger and Fries
Dinner (Patrick) - Sautéd Shredded Chicken, Bacon, Red Sweet Pepper, Onion, Mushrooms, Kale, Cilantro, Adobo Pepper, Tomatoes, & Black Pepper Scrambled Eggs in Cabbage Wraps + Avocado & Tomato Slices

Paleo Day 9 - 9.10.13

Day 10 - 9.11.13
Breakfast - Banana
Lunch - Veggies, Baba Ganoush, Fruit & Boiled Egg
Dinner - Turkey Burger Meat Balls with Zucchini Pasta in Pesto Sauce + Fruit

Paleo Day 10 - 9.11.13

Day 11 - 9.12.13
Breakfast - Banana
Lunch - Veggies, Baba Ganoush, Fruit & Elk Stick
Dinner - Chipotle

Paleo Day 11 - 9.12.13

Day 12 - 9.13.13
Breakfast - Banana
Lunch (Patrick) - Veggies, Baba Ganoush, Fruit & Elk Stick
Lunch (Sara) - Avocado and Tomato Salad
Dinner (Patrick) - Grilled Lime Flank Steak w/Bacon & Avocado Slices + Grilled Diced Sweet Potato & Onion Mix Covered in Pico de Galo
Dinner (Sara) - Emily & Nick's Wedding (corn dog, cheese curds, mini donuts and cheesecake bites)

Paleo Day 12 - 9.13.13

Day 13 - 9.14.13
Birthday Trip to Green Bay - Paleo Break
Breakfast - Caribou Quiche/Turkey Bacon Sandwich,
Lunch - Subway Flatbread Sandwich
Dinner - Pizza King Cheese Bread and Pizza & Buffalo Wild Wings Boneless Wings

Paleo Day 13 - 9.14.13

Day 14 - 9.15.13
Birthday Trip to Green Bay - Paleo Break
Breakfast - Lara Bar
Lunch - Drinks, Brats, Chips, Dairy Queen Blizzard
Dinner - Wendy's Flatbread Sandwich, Starbucks Chocolate Chai Tea and Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Paleo Day 14 - 9.15.13

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Our Attempt to Eat Real Unprocessed Food for a Month

Since January, Patrick and I have changed our eating habits drastically. We basically started eating more real food and cut out a lot of the crap. Initially we started off by doing another Vegetable Cleanse and then just started incorporating a rule for each week like no chocolate, no eating after dinner, no restaurants, no seconds and low carbs (no bread or pasta). These rules really helped keep us motivated to eat better and really think about what we were eating. We still ate what we wanted on the weekends, but for the most part we ate really well during the week. Two keys to our success are making our weekday breakfast and lunch easy. We eat a banana for breakfast everyday. It's just as easy as a granola bar and much better for you. And for lunch we started bringing a bunch of cut up vegetables, hummus, one variety of fruit and a rotating item of cheese, elk stick or boiled egg. You would think that would get boring, but we have been doing this for nine months now and I look forward to my lunch now more that I ever did in the past. This isn't the greatest photo, but this is a typical weekday lunch for us.

Lunch on the lake.  #notquitevacation #betterthanmycube

After eight months of our new diet and regular exercise (both of us taking up running, Patrick continuing to go to spinning and me continuing to do yoga) Patrick lost 35 pounds and I have lost around 7 pounds, but mostly for me I have lost inches throughout my entire body. We both feel a lot better and have truly adapted this as a lifestyle change rather than just another diet. I wish we would have taken photos in January when we started this, but we never did. This is a comparison of Patrick and I on our anniversary in August of 2012 and then again in August of 2013.

Sara & Patrick on our 4th Anniversary

Sara & Patrick on 5th Wedding Anniversary

And of course we weren't done there. Patrick's weight loss was slowing and we both felt like we could use more motivation to keep going so we decided we were going to try a Paleo month. Paleo basically cuts all processed food out of your diet. Here is a description I found on the Nom Nom Paleo Website: Eat whole, unprocessed, nutrient-dense, nourishing foods. Prioritize grass fed and pastured meats and eggs, wild-caught seafood, and vegetables. Enjoy fruit, nuts, and seeds in moderation. Avoid foods that will harm us by causing systemic inflammation, wrecking our guts, or derailing our natural metabolic processes. Abstain from toxic, pro-inflammatory foods like gluten-containing grains, legumes, sugar, and the laboratory-concocted Frankenfoods found in the middle aisles of your neighborhood supermarket. So, although these are the rules, we haven't been strictly following them. We put processed elk sticks in our lunch, we don't buy grass fed beef or free range chickens, but we have been reading more food labels and really paying a lot more attention to what we are putting in our body. We also have a share of vegetables from Driftless Organics again this summer, so anything we get from them we will eat as well.

Here is what we ate the first week.

Day 1 - 9.2.13
Breakfast - Lara Bar (These things are awesome. Each variety only has a few ingredients unlike every other bar I looked at.)
Lunch - Salad with Homemade Salad Dressing
Dinner - Fresh Chive Sweet Potato Hash, Egg Whites with Nectarine, Banana, Coconut Flake, & Cashew Salad

Paleo Day 1 - 9.2.13

Day 2 - 9.3.13
Breakfast - Banana
Lunch - Veggies, Guac, Fruit & Elk Stick
Chicken Cabbage Wrap Fajitas & Side Salad w/Homemade Mexican Flavored Dressing

Paleo Day 2 - 9.3.13

Day 3 - 9.4.13
Breakfast - Banana
Lunch - Veggies, Guac, Fruit & Boiled Egg (not pictured)
Dinner - Grilled Fish and Veggies (Zucchini, Broccoli, Bell Pepper, Onion, Leek, Mushrooms, & Tomatoes) w/Cilantro & Guacamole

Paleo Day 3 - 9.4.13

Day 4 - 9.5.13
Breakfast - Banana
Lunch - Veggies, Guac, Fruit & Elk Stick
Dinner - BLT Cabbage Wraps w/Shredded Chicken & Sliced Boiled Egg in Smashed Avocado Mix + Nectarine, Banana, Coconut Flake, & Cashew Salad

Paleo Day 4 - 9.5.13

Day 5 - 9.6.13
Breakfast - Banana
Lunch - Veggies, Guac, Fruit & Elk Stick
Dinner - Nate & Emily's Wedding Food plus cake, drinks and Pizza Luce

Paleo Day 5 - 9.6.13

Day 6 - 9.7.13
Breakfast - Lara Bar
Lunch (Sara) - Shredded Chicken, Smashed Avocado, Diced Tomatoes, Cilantro, Lime Juice, & Ground Pepper + Boiled Egg White
Lunch (Patrick) - Smoothie - Protein Shake Smoothie w/Banana, Strawberry, Raspberries, Kale, & Almond Butter
Dinner - Fresh Turkey Bacon Burgers in Lettuce Wraps w/Grilled Sweet Corn

Paleo Day 6 - 9.7.13

Day 7 - 9.8.13
Breakfast (Sara) - leftover smoothie
Breakfast (Patrick) - Sautéd Shredded Chicken, Red Sweet Pepper, Onion, Kale, Cilantro, Adobo Pepper, Boiled Egg, & Black Pepper w/Chai Tea
Lunch - Salad with Avocado Dressing
Dinner - Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini without cheese

Paleo Day 7 - 9.8.13

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Labor Day Vacation 2013

This year for Labor Day weekend we restarted the tradition of going to somewhere with my dad's family. In the past couple years we did a one day celebration at my cousin Frannie's house, but this year we went back to Arrowwood in Alexandria for the weekend. I had a wedding on Friday so I wasn't able to come up until after I was done, so Patrick rode up with Luke on the way there and with me on the way home. On Saturday we celebrated my aunt Leone's 64th birthday and hung out around the resort. It was a super hot day that eventually ended with a thunderstorm coming through.

Breakfast Time

Here are Leone's grandkids singing her happy birthday.

The Grandkids singing Happy Birthday

The Ben's antagonizing each other.

The Ben's

The Whole Birthday Party Group.

Leone's Birthday Party Group

Nickie and almost all of Leone's grandkids. We are missing only two Elim and Ben.

Nickie and almost all the Loween kids

While the storm came through we ate walking tacos while all the kids used the hallway as a racing track.

Walking Tacos

We also did a little mini golfing.

Patrick and Ben

To end the night we watched slides on a projector from when my dad and his siblings were kids.

Sideshow

The weekend was way too short, but it was fun to see everyone as it doesn't happen often enough. When I was a kid Labor Day vacation was one of my favorite times of the year, so I hope we can keep the tradition alive.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Our 5th Wedding Anniversary - August 23, 2013

This year Patrick and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. With our busy summer we thought about going camping somewhere for the weekend, but decided to stay home instead. We got reservations to the Union Rooftop about a month before our anniversary and then figured we would go from there once the day got closer. On the day of I decided to look for a hotel and ended up getting a good deal on a room at the Hyatt. We originally were going to go to Marvel Bar, which is attached to the Bachelor Farmer, for drinks but that was just too far of a walk from the Hyatt so we ended up getting a couple drinks at the Newsroom before dinner.

Dinner at Union Rooftop was really fun. We ordered these savory bacon donut holes for an appetizer and they were really good. For our main meal I ordered Rainbow Trout and Patrick ordered the Sea Bass. Once we left the restaurant we decided to explore downtown since we had a hotel room for the night. We ended up watching a some of the Packer preseason game at an outdoor bar and then heading to Pizza Luce for a late night snack. It was a great way to spend our anniversary. It was fun to be out without any responsibilities and just go and do what we wanted wanted. The next morning we even stopped for donuts at the Wuollet Bakery that Patrick has been raving about. And to top it off we played the new checkers game Patrick got me for our anniversary as well as made these awesome chicken bacon burgers from scratch for dinner Saturday night.

Union Rooftop

5th Anniversary Food

5th Anniversary-Patrick & Sara

5th Anniversary Drinks

Sara & Patrick on 5th Wedding Anniversary

Monday, September 9, 2013

Cabin 2013 - July 26th to July 28th

After our vacation we went back to work for a few days before heading to the cabin with our friends. Most of them went up on Thursday, but since we had used a lot of our vacation on our trip we headed up Friday night after work. This year there were 15 of us, with Jago and Laura being the newest additions to the group. We continued our yearly football game, the temperature was cool so it was perfect football weather. We also played some volleyball, bean bags and ladder golf on Saturday. Nothing too eventful happened this year, I guess that means we are just getting older and wiser:)

Beer & Sausage

Campfire Group

Jeff, Kasie & Patrick with Meat Fest Shirts

Campfire Group

Whole Group

Losing Team

Winning Team

Games

Patrick and Jago

Jeff and his Dorito Purse