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Feed the Beast – Roasted Chicken and Broccoli Slaw

While I’m sure “Roasted Chicken and Broccoli Slaw” doesn’t sound utterly delicious, it really really was.

But while I meant today to be a simple recipe post, I feel the need to comment on a lot of what I’ve read this morning..and well…this week in general actually.

A lot of you have probably seen, or heard about by now, Bob Harper’s new dieting tips…Jumpstart to Skinny and the recommendation that women eat 800 calories a day.

Can I just pause to comment and say, “And people call me crazy because I do intermittent fasting and skip breakfast sometimes!?!”

At least I’m not starving myself! I’m just eating when I’m hungry. Whereas 800 calories a day is simply NOT eating! It is LITERALLY starving yourself!

I’m sorry but if you have to eat 800 calories a day to make his diet work on time, it isn’t a diet you should be doing!


Because it isn’t realistic! That isn’t something you can maintain for longer than the three weeks if even that long!

Yes…yes…I get that it is a JUMPSTART…And yes I do see the benefit sometimes of going stricter or working harder to break a plateau or get the momentum going, but honestly 800 calories a day is just ridiculous.

And so many of his 13 rules just sound like the same old bull crap. I mean come on don’t eat carbs after lunch?

I mean I even promote going low carb but believe that statement is utterly ridiculous! If your body needs the carbs, protein, fat…WHATEVER…it is going to use it no matter what time you eat them.

And really go to bed hungry!?! COME ON! No wonder everyone thinks that a healthy lifestyle is impossible. Who the heck wants to go to bed hungry!?!


Also, did anyone notice that his list says “Eat protein with every meal” and then also says “Make one day a week meatless”?

Yes I do realize that you don’t need to eat meat to get protein, but do you know how much harder it is to get all the essential amino acids if you don’t? Do you also know what most people turn to when they try to get protein without eating meat and aren’t supposed to drink their calories so protein shakes are out!?!


Most people don’t go eat beans and rice and do all the research to find out what foods pair together to give you a complete protein. Instead they eat some processed veggie burger….or a whole jar of Jiffy Peanut Butter…that has some protein right!?!


Anyway, I was utterly annoyed by his list, but really not surprised. It is the same old conventional wisdom crap spewed out over and over again.

Shoot if people really sold the truth, they wouldn’t get to keep churning out book after book!

And you want to know what the truth is!?! I can sum it up in four basic, and slightly redundant, rules….



3. Eat when you are HUNGRY! (Not bored, or stressed or tired, but when you are hungry…be that one meal a day or 20).

4. Don’t starve yourself. (Not eating enough can stall fat loss and hinder performance and make you feel like CRAP)

But those rules wouldn’t sell. There is no secret there. No super specific directions to make you drop weight instantly.

But guess what?

Those are the truth!

Anyway, I’m done rambling about this. If you want a blog post that tears apart these rules much better than my rant above just did, check out Nia Shanks’ post.

Back to my original posting topic…FEEDING THE BEAST…aka feeding myself!

Recently, Ryan and I have become very into “Asian inspired” dishes. I use the term “Asian-inspired” rather loosely…basically meaning we used some sesame seed oil, rice vinegar and Tamari in our dish.

Anyway, Ryan made a great roasted chicken dish the other night and I wanted to share it!

roasted chicken


1.5lbs chicken legs
2 cups Broccoli Slaw
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tbsp Tamari
1 tbsp Jalapeno-Kiwi relish
1 tsp Siracha
1 tsp garlic
3 green onions
1 tbsp Rice vinegar

Preheat oven to 375.

Combine oil, tamari, relish, siracha, garlic and onions. Remove a few tablespoons and combine with rice vinegar to mix into the broccoli slaw.

Brush a bit of sauce onto the chicken and bake for 20 minutes before applying more sauce. Total baking time will be about 45 minutes.

In the last five minutes dump on the rest of the sauce. Mix broccoli slaw with the sauce/vinegar mixture.

Then enjoy the roasted chicken legs and broccoli slaw!

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