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Fruits & Veggies

Are you like me in that it drives me crazy when I purchase $50-$60 dollars of produce weekly and I don’t get to consume every last bit of it before some of it gets spoiled. Well,  I have been on the hunt to find out what the perfect methods are to keep them fresh.  And this is what I have come up with.
I found this great chart that shows you which should be refrigerated and which should be left out on counter. 
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I learned a few great tips from this chart.  First, I need to stop placing my onions in the same basket as my potato’s.  Second you should; 
Know Which Fruits and Veggies Produce Gas
Fruits and veggies naturally emit an odorless, harmless, and tasteless gas called ethylene, and some produce it in greater quantities than others. When ethylene-producing foods are stored next to ethylene-sensitive foods, the gas will speed up the ripening process of the other produce. This is great if you need to ripen a piece of produce, for example, pair an apple with an unripe avocado. However, if you don’t want to speed up the ripening (or decay) process, store or keep the following fruits and veggies separate.
Produce That Creates Ethylene Gas: Apples, apricots, avocados, ripening bananas, blueberries, cantaloupe, citrus fruit (not grapefruit), figs, grapes, green onions, honeydew, ripe kiwi fruit, mangoes, melons, mushrooms, nectarines, papayas, passion fruit, peaches, pears, peppers, pineapple, plums, prunes, tomatoes and watermelon.
Produce That Is Damaged by Ethylene Gas: Asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, kale, kiwi fruit, leafy greens, lettuce, parsley, peas, peppers, potatoes, romaine lettuce, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, watercress and yams.
Next you should know the life expectancy timelines;
Follow These Food Storage Guidelines
Produce Storage Life Expectancy

Apples

refrigerator (loose, not in bag)

up to 1 month

Apricots, Nectarines, Peaches, Plums

counter until ripe, then refrigerate in a bag

2-4 days

Artichokes refrigerator, in a bag 1-2 weeks
Asparagus refrigerator, trim stems, upright in a jar of water 3-4 days

Avocados

counter, store uneaten portion with the pit intact in a bag in the fridge

3-4 days

Bananas

counter

2 days

Berries & Cherries

covered in the fridge. Don’t wash until you use them (too much moisture in the package speeds spoilage).

1-2 days

Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower

refrigerator, bag in the crisper

4-7 days

Carrots

refrigerator, take tops off

2 weeks

Celery

refrigerator, wrapped in aluminum foil

1-2 weeks

Citrus

room temperature of 60-70 degrees

1-2 weeks

Cucumber

refrigerator, bag in the crisper

4-5 days

Eggplant

cool, dry, dark place (counter, cupboard, basket)

3-4 days

Garlic

unpeeled – cool, dry, dark place;

peeled – sealed container in refrigerator or freezer

unpeeled – several months;

peeled – several weeks in refrigerator, months in freezer

Ginger store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, then freeze remainder

if refrigerated – 2-3 weeks; if frozen – 2 months

Grapes refrigerator, in a bag 1 week

Green Beans & Peas

refrigerator, in bag or container

3-5 days

Greens (lettuce, kale, spinach, cabbage)

refrigerator, bag in the crisper

1-2 weeks

Herbs (fresh)

refrigerator, trim stems, upright in a jar of water

1 week

Kiwis

counter until ripe, then refrigerate in a bag

3-4 days

Mangoes, Melons

counter until ripe, then refrigerate in a bag

4 – 7 days

Mushrooms

cool, dry dark place (counter, cupboard, basket) in a bag

2-3 days

Onions

cool, dry dark place (counter, cupboard, basket)

2 months

Pears

counter until ripe, then refrigerate in a bag

3-4 days

Peppers

refrigerator, bag in the crisper

4-5 days

Potatoes

cool, dry dark place (counter, cupboard, basket)

1-2 weeks

Root vegetables (radishes, beets, turnips)

refrigerator, leave greens on

1-2 weeks

Squash

cool, dry dark place (counter, cupboard, basket)

4-5 days

Tomatoes

counter, uncovered; refrigerate if very ripe

2-3 days

Paleo grocery list

Thought I would repost this because it is super helpful. So here you go.
How do I shop for Paleo ? What do I buy? How Do I prepare the food? Isn’t it a lot of work?

With everything else in life to succeed at something we need to have some plan to get us started as well as a little bit of knowledge as to what it is about. Then we can move forward .

First you need to know what Paleo is. Robb Wolf is the man and he will give you what you need to know.

Then just to get you started Caveman Strong offers a starter grocery list. Many times people will ask me to write one up for them, this is a great starter list. Of course switch up the items you don’t like for something similar, we all have different tastes.

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More references and lists are available at Paleo on a Budget

Paleo Plan also has a great meal plan guide and suggestions to also help you get started.

Take what they offer and put into something that works for you. Just follow the principles of the a Paleo lifestyle and you will be fine.

Eat and buy the following
Grass-produced meats are best (but the best cut in your grocery store is fine)
Fish/seafood
Fresh fruits and veggies
Eggs (lots of them)
Nuts and seeds
Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)

Remember do not eat
Cereal grains
Legumes (including peanuts)
Dairy
Refined sugar
Potatoes (sweet potatoes are optional)
Processed foods
Salt
Refined vegetable oils

It’s time to be healthy and take control of your body!

Stir Fry Veggies

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Yup this is the start of Day 4!!! So far so good. I don’t have the normal sign for Day 4 and I will not mention what that symptom is so that I don’t jinx myself. LoL

Stir fry veggies go a long way!! You can Sauté some up and use over and over. I made a batch for steak stir fry for Friday nights dinner, then I had the veggies in an omelet Saturday morning and now just heated the remainder in a bowl and added an avocado for breakfast. Delicious.
Make your Whole30 as simple as possible.
Prep for the week as much as you can. Here’s a few simple ideas;
🔹Slice and dice veggies and portion out into baggies then freeze or keep in fridge.
🔹Make a batch off egg muffin quiches for grab and go breakfast.
🔹Grill up some chicken and beef to have on hand.
🔹Plan your meals for the week, this makes shopping easier and less to think about during your busy week.
🔹Stick to your grocery list.
🔹Follow me on My Facebook Page. I will share recipes, helpful tips and links to help you along.

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Have a fantastic day!!

😘

The Hangover.

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The last couple of hours I have felt wicked sluggish. Feeling like someone drugged me. And then I remembered the timeline…
What day are you at on Whole30? Are you feeling tired, hungover or like hurting someone??
Here you will find a timeline of what to expect while on the Whole30.
Whole30 timeline will help you identify different feelings you may experience.
Everyone is different so everyone will experience different affects.
Let me know if you are feeling any of these symptoms?
I can’t wait to reach 12-15. I have no time to be tired.
All and all It’s been a pretty good Day 2 for me. I wasn’t as hungry as yesterday and felt pretty satisfied most of the day. There was one point I had a hankering and it was when I was driving a distance and wanted a piece of gum. (I usually chew gum on and off all day, yes I know not a good idea but it keeps satisfied. It’s something I have done since I quit smoking). I reached for it then realized shit… there is sugar in it. Damn…. Thank goodness I had cashews I had about 15 and this seemed to do the trick.
You too will need to find healthy alternatives when urges arise for the wrong choice.
Goodnight sleep well my friends.

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Today was weigh/measure in day!!!

This is how much weight I figured I gained a week this past year!
For a total of 18lbs. No I’m not proud of it! No I am not defined by a number on the scale. But with the scale# came higher inches on my hips and my waist!!! Those are not cool!!!

I do not feel defeated, I did however slowly feel like crap over the past 6 months. I found I was eating outside of the Paleo box and mostly with snacks! This unfortunately is all part of my sweet addiction that I’ve had my whole life.

My first year Paleo I did amazing and had amazing results because I was dedicated and focused. Then I think I got too confident. I thought that I could keep myself on track. But then I would let myself slide here and there. I figured it would all be ok because I would always fix it with a Whole30 Omg thankfully I did, if I hadn’t I probably would have gained so much more than I did.

Thankfully I have learned enough of the fundamentals and had enough discipline to not completely derail. It’s Crazy I can eat every meal on point! I will not waiver and have exactly what I should for each meal.
Then I go to work….
and there is practically a bowl of candy in every office or someone is bringing in baked goods. My brain knows I love sweets damn it!!! I got weak.

Well Im not stupid I know that I need to be more disciplined with my habits. I’ve been strict, I have learned so much in a few short years about how to treat my body. I know what to do.

So here I am, starting a Whole90!!! I figured I started Paleo with a 90 day stint of Whole30 I can do it again.

I am worth it…my body is worth it…and my hubby and I are going on tropical vacation this year finally.
I want to look good.

Happy New Year!!!!

Haymarket Trip

Well Good morning. I went to Haymarket-Boston again on this gorgeous Saturday morning. It amazes me all the fruits and veggies I get for such little money.

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Are you fortunate like I am, to have such an awesome farmers market to go and get your fruits and veggies?? I find that the inner city market is most affordable. Prices actually blow my mind. I spent $37 today again.

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Where are your local Farmers Markets.

I’ve compiled a list of easy links to find one closets to you!

Eastern Ma Locations

Massachusetts Markets

Zip Code Search for Farmers Markets

Happy shopping!

Leave your blog or page address in the comments below.

saturday share 8.2.14

kombucha starter

My good friend and Paleo sister, Pretty in Paleo shared a starter kit of Kombucha with me.

I followed the directions step by step, I took my tea bags out this morning, hopefully this wasn’t to long to steep.  I emptied the ingredients of the starter Scoby with tea into the 1 gallon Mason Jar she shared with me and the gallon of tea I steeped,  and finally placed a paper towel over the top of the opening and secured it with a rubber band. Next I marked my calendar. Now I wait for 7-10 for the fermentation process to complete.

So first you must be wondering what the hell is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a tea-based beverage that is often drunk for its health benefits or medicinal purposes.

Kombucha is a living health drink made by fermenting tea and sugar with the Kombucha culture. The result can taste like something between sparkling apple cider and champagne, depending on what kind of tea you use.

Next what in the heck is a Scoby? A Scoby stands for “Symbiotic Culture of friendly Bacteria and Yeast”.  The scoby metabolizes the organic sugar and the caffeine in the organic green and black tea resulting in a beverage that contains billions of probiotics, vitamins such as B, C, amino acids and enzymes.

So now that you have that information; What are the benefits to drinking Kombucha?

Drinking Kombucha tea seems to alleviate a number of ailments. In addition, it helps to prevent the onset of illness and promote health even as we age.

  • Detoxification produces healthy livers and aides cancer prevention
  • Kombucha contains; glucosamine, which is a strong preventive.  It also is a treatment for all forms of arthritis.
  • Kombucha is a probiotic beverage. This has a multitude of benefits such as;  improved digestion, fighting harmful yeast overgrowth, mental clarity, and mood stability.
  • Kombucha is extraordinarily anti-oxidant rich.  The benefits of anti-oxidants for boosting your immune system and energy levels are just amazing.

When I first tried Kombucha, I was in my local Whole Foods Store I am one to try all that is good for me.  I have to say I truly didn’t like the one I grabbed.  It had a bunch of Chai seeds in it, which when I sipped it reminded me of little tiny fish eggs in my mouth or less disgusting tapioca pearls. Then I tried another flavor on a different day with out the Chai. This seemed ok.  But I still wasn’t loving it.  So I just continued to drink my coconut water that I LOVE.  Soon my friend was making her own and little by little she shared it with me and now I have grown to like it. More importantly I love the benefits of drinking Kombucha.

So stay tuned in a couple of days I will let you know how mine came out.

 

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That hankering for something sweet or something salty or maybe your craving something with crunch.

Is this a craving or a habit?

Have you ever had the late afternoon cookie binge? My cravings usually come around 2 pm. How about snacking on junk food when you get home from a hard day’s work? Eating sufficient amounts of low-sugar whole foods is the simplest and fastest way to reduce cravings. When you’re craving sugar check-in with yourself to make sure you’ve eaten enough during the day. Did you skip breakfast? Only had a small lunch? Eat whole foods like grass-fed meats, fish vegetables and greens and good fats like avocados and coconut. Adding sufficient amounts of these whole foods into your daily regime will dramatically cut your craving When we don’t eat enough low sugar whole foods during the day, our body naturally craves calories. Guess which type of food our body knows has calories? Sweet foods. Yup no surprise to you all this is my down fall.

A habit is something that most of us don’t even know we do. Like eating a meal, and having to finish it with a desert, or having that cup of tea every afternoon like I do, how about the morning coffee is this habit? Uh for me this is my brain jump start I can’t start the day with out my caffeine.

So which is it Cravings or Habit for you?

Diane at Balanced Bites explains “Magnesium deficiency is common, as both stress and sugar consumption deplete magnesium stores in the body.” She also has stated that “Essential fatty acids and fat soluble vitamin deficiencies are also common since many people who make the switch to Paleo or the 21-Day Sugar Detox previously ate a “health conscious,” low-fat diet.”

You can find out more and get some helpful tips on her page Balances Bites. Very interesting information and certainly I will be trying some of her helpful hints.

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Autoimmune Disease

Do you know what autoimmune disease is????
“An autoimmune disease develops when your immune system, which defends your body against disease, decides your healthy cells are foreign. As a result, your immune system attacks healthy body cells. Depending on the type, an autoimmune disease can affect one or many different types of body tissue. It can also cause abnormal organ growth and changes in organ function.” Healthline has more information regarding this disease.

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Check out what Robb Wolf shares about autoimmune disease Here

A great author of mine Danielle from Against all Grain shares her agonizing but courageous story with us all on her site. If you haven’t checked her out you must, she has a great site as well as great books and recipes.

I often come across many recipes on Pinterest that target Autoimmune recipes. Check out what Paleo Parents is posting, and Diane of Balanced Bites shares a board as well under 21 Day Sugar Detox

One mother of a day also shares her story of dealing with Autoimmune, I’m sure you will find what she has to say very interesting. Make sure to check Part One & Part Two

I hope some of these references help you or someone you know with this disease.

List of Autoimmune disease

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