So, if you're following this blog, you know we decided to go Paleo "-ish" over the holidays to try and curb any holiday weight-gain without going "all-in", so as to avoid falling off the wagon completely and into a plate of cookies, or cheese. Well, we didn't lose any weight, but we didn't gain any either, and our family still had a blast so I'll take it as a win!
The first thing we decided was to cook at home most meals so we could control what was being consumed and save money. Do you have any idea what taking 8 people out to dinner costs? I don't because we went out twice -- once it was just 4 adults and my parents paid for the healthy raw oyster choice at Waters Edge...YUM! (thanks guys:) The second time was 5 adults and 1 kid at a local dive we love called FINZ and it still cost $180!
Over the course of the 2 weeks I made lots of Paleo dishes and most of them my parents didn't even realize were Paleo. And we just avoided the bagels, muffins, and sweets my parents brought over from the hotel. Breakfast was easy -- I made my usual green smoothie with water, aloe juice, maca powder, chia seeds, super greens, and berries. Lunch was usually leftovers from the night before -- easy again.
Some of the dinners I prepared included a beef roast with tons of veggies and
sweet potatoes in the crockpot, served over cauliflower rice. No one missed the potatos, rice, or pasta.
I also made my "famous" Cauliflower fried "rice" which I usually do as a vegetarian dish. I just served chicken and tofu on the side as an option. It was a hit as always.
I also made mustard chicken with veggies in the crock-pot, Paleo buffalo chicken wings for a holiday party, Paleo meatballs, and a beef tenderloin roast and grilled lobster tails and tons of roasted veggies for Christmas dinner. And we ate lots and lots and lots of nuts, pastured eggs, and salad with homemade dressing.
I did indulge in fried pickles and sweet potato fries that one night at Finz, but I had all my seafood grilled. I also had several pieces of cheese and a few crackers, dipped my lobster in butter, and then had a piece of cheesecake on Christmas day. BUT... mostly I ate steamed shrimp with homemade cocktail sauce so there was no sugar there!
And I'm not a total scrooge, so Santa did get Christmas cookies decorated by the kids, and all 3 made gingerbread houses as is our holiday tradition. It was Christmas after all... Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on who you ask), Grandma bought about 2 pounds of extra candy and frosting because she didn't think the kits had quite enough. The candy is finally gone from the houses, and I threw the last one out this morning along with the remaining cookies!
The Christmas decorations are all back in their green and red bins (even if they've not quite made it to the attic yet), and the pine needles have been vacuumed. So now we are all back to our normal lives and healthy eating habits. Tonight I'm making more grass-fed meatballs over spiraled zucchini noodles because I just
can't get enough!
can't get enough!
So, we survived the holidays, without the "holiday heavy". Now, I'm on to my New Year's Intention. (I don't really do resolutions). So far, it's going great and I'm feeling amazing! Tell you more about it soon!
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