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BBQ Tacos

So I decided to cook up a slab of ribs we had and chop them up to make BBQ tacos. I ended up using about half a slab for our Sunday night dinner.

Ryan then decided to make his own version of BBQ tacos for us on Monday night.

I will admit….His were better….

BBQ ribs, homemade corn tortillas and a spicy slaw with cheese. DELICIOUS!

Ryan’s DELICIOUS BBQ Tacos with Spicy Slaw


1/2 slab ribs
6 corn tortillas
1/2 cup Purple cabbage
10 Jalapeno slices
1 tbsp Heavy whipping cream
4 oz Cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 can Tomato sauce
2 tbsp Dijon
1 tbsp Orange juice
1 tbsp Ketchup
2 tsp Paprika
Chili powder to taste
6 tbsp mashed pinto beans

So the ribs I pre-cooked in the oven and the corn tortillas were homemade. Check out the Recipe Box for both recipes.

Heat a skillet with shredded rib meat, tomato sauce, Dijon mustard, orange juice, ketchup, paprika and chili powder.

Heat tortillas in a skillet.

While meat is cooking in the sauce, mix together chopped cabbage and chopped jalapenos. Add in cream, cheese and salt and pepper.

Place warm tortillas on a baking sheet and heat oven to 350. Place  1 tbsp of beans on each tortilla. Divide meat mixture between tortillas and top with cabbage mixture.

Put in the oven till the cheese is melted and the tortillas has a little golden brown on the edge.


Sorry, but I’m not Paleo

I’m sort of sick of being called Paleo with a negative connotation attached. I’m sick of having my diet dismissed because of a term someone else attached to it.

So while I’ve discussed the great components of both the Primal and Paleo diet, but I’m really not either.

I mean let’s face it, no one really eats Paleolithic food so no one is really Paleo.

It is just a name. A way to describe a “philosophy.”

The name has either become a source of pride or something to mock. People either blindly follow the name or won’t give the diet a second look because of it.

BUT, even though I wouldn’t define myself as perfectly Paleo or Primal, I respect the message of both of the diets – EAT WHOLE NATURAL FOODS!

All diets THAT ARE ACTUALLY HEALTHY, no matter what you call them, should follow that basic rule – Eat whole, natural foods. Get plenty of healthy fats, proteins and vegetables and avoid process crap and gluten.

I personally believe that if you avoid gluten and vegetable oil, you will avoid the two leading causes of inflammation, which can cause serious health problems.

I also believe thought that it doesn’t mean you can just eat a ton of gluten-free products.

You also need to avoid as much processed food as possible because frankly, it is CRAP.

But whether or not corn or dairy or peanuts or beans are bad is all up to you. Certain diets say they are bad, but honestly, I think it comes down to how you feel when you eat them and the studies you choose to believe. Because, let’s face it, you can find studies to basically support anything.

At some point you have to make an educated decision about what studies to believe. And then you experiment to find what works for you.

I’ve found that corn tortillas are something I really enjoy. And they can be all natural with no crap. I find that they help me get the perfect amount of carbs to perform well and feel great.

The Primal diet doesn’t promote eating corn, but it works for me.

I also like to include full-fat cheeses and minimal cream in moderation. I don’t have a problem with dairy SO I EAT IT.

Of course, if you have a problem with dairy or follow strict Paleo, you probably won’t.

Then the amount of fat and types of fat you choose to consume are also up to you.

I’m not afraid of some saturated fat. NATURAL products contain it.

HOWEVER, I’m going to choose grass-fed or naturally raised animal products because they have a natural, appropriate ratio of omega 3s to omega 6s. Just because I’m not afraid of some saturated fat doesn’t mean I’m going to eat grain-fed, conventionally raised animals.

They do not contain the same healthy ratio of fats!

But again, it is up to you and HOW YOU FEEL! Maybe you are still a bit more fat-o-phobic even though you eat whole natural foods.

Anyway, stop worrying about the name of your diet.

Whatever you call it, if you eat whole natural foods, you are on the right track! Then it just comes down to exactly what foods you choose to include.

Also, this leads me to a quick fasting update….I used to do intermittent fasting almost every day. Now I’ve varied it up more and I’ve found I’ve gotten even better results. I train fasted still, but only in the mornings. At night, I generally train after eating a small meal.

I’ve found that I get the best results training in this way. I also find that I’m listening to my body more by not forcing myself to fast till a certain time every day.

Again though….it is up to you to find what works! You can find a bazillion suggestions, articles that tell you to never fast and articles that promote fasting for 24 hours at a time. But it comes down to what works for you – to self-experimentation (which I’ve written about so many times!).

Lobster, Bacon tacos with a Kiwi-Jalapeno Relish


2 Lobster tails
Diced bacon (about 2 slices)
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp Cumin
1 tbsp Paprika
1 tsp Cayenne
Salt and Pepper to taste
Grass-fed Cheddar cheese
Kiwi-Jalapeno relish
Homemade Corn tortillas (recipe to follow after tacos)

Cook bacon bits in a saute pan.

While bacon is cooking, de-shell lobster and dice. Season with cumin, paprika, cayenne and salt.

When bacon is brown, remove bacon bits and add butter and lobster tail to pan. Cook until lobster is fully cooked and add bacon back in.

Add bacon-lobster mix to corn tortillas. Top with a few thin slices of grass-fed cheddar and two tsp of kiwi-jalapeno relish.

Serve warm with a side of your choosing. (We made a nice romaine salad with tomatoes, blue cheese and an olive oil, balsamic and dijon mustard dressing.

Note: I linked out to the company that made the relish we got at the farmers market (All-natural ingredients! YAY!). I will be making my own though next time and will then post a recipe!

Corn tortillas:

2 Cups Masa Harina (make sure you get non-genetically modified corn)
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 to 2 cups hot water

Put the masa harina into a bowl and add in salt.

Heat the water then slowly add it into the masa harina and salt. Mix as you go. I don’t usually use more than 1 1/2 cups. Add water until the dough is spongy, but not sticky.

Roll dough into a log and wrap in a damp paper towel. Let the dough sit for 1 hour.

Then roll out 2 inch balls after the dough has sat for 1 hour. Flatten the dough using a rolling-pin or a tortilla press. (I use a tortilla press and put cling wrap on both sides of the press so the dough won’t stick.

I then cook the tortillas in a hot cast iron about 1 minute on each side or until the tortilla is cooked to your liking.

Serve warm!

Fall Eating

So since moving to Cali, fresh, wild caught fish has become more a part of our diet. So has local, seasonal produce. We been buying all of our fish and produce at the farmers market. For one, it is all local and usually organic. Two, it is actually cheaper.

Better, HEALTHIER food that is CHEAPER! Win, win, right!?!

We also added in more carbs. We’ve made corn tortillas with non-genetically modified corn. We’ve also used some rice (of course my preference is toward white rice). We usually cycle in days of higher and lower carb. I’ve been doing higher carb on days when I workout to replenish my glycogen stores and lower carbs on days when I don’t since my stores don’t get depleted.

I still focus on keeping my carb intake below 150 grams per day. (Although there is the occasional day I go above when I really feel depleted. I also know over the course of the week, my carb intake will even out to way below the 150 gram limit.)

Anyway, here are some delicious meals we’ve made recently that haven’t taken very long at all! (Especially fish…it cooks up in no time!)

Wild salmon with a balsamic sauce and an arugula, kale salad with a bit of blue cheese and a balsamic and olive oil dressing

Grass-fed lamb in a chipotle chili sauce with white rice and a mixed greens salad and balsamic dressing.

Ribs with a spicy tomato/mustard bbq sauce and a fresh salad of local, organic tomatoes, avocados, arugula and green onion in an olive oil and pepper dressing

Recipes to come! Hopefully this inspires some great weekend meals! What are you cooking!?!

P.S. Saw this guest post on Mark’s site the other day and thought it was very interesting. It is definitely something to think about when planning out a diet program. There are certain times of the year when losing weight can be more difficult…be those times when we know we will be traveling and partying or be those times when our body tells us that it wants more food!

Also this is a great article to get you thinking about carbs from Man Biceper Polly!

Food Logs

So for work this past month, I’ve had to keep a food log, which is something that I honestly haven’t done since I did my low-fat diet experiment a couple of years ago.

The reason I haven’t done one is the same reason I haven’t counted calories for the past year or more….because I don’t need to.

I’m very conscious of what I’m putting into my body and I know that if I eat whole, natural, unprocessed foods, I don’t need to count calories.

For me looking at the nutritional breakdown of what I’ve consumed is interesting, but I also don’t like getting caught up in what I do on a day-to-day basis and I don’t like getting caught up on calories.

For me the overall picture is more important. I know I will have slip ups and bad meals and I don’t want to get caught up on them because I know if I stick to my diet in the long run that is what will matter.

How I FEEL, how my body functions, and how I even look are enough to tell me if I’m on track.

BUT that doesn’t mean that keeping a food log doesn’t have merit or benefit. And I did find it very interesting to look at my macronutrient consumption now that I’ve added in corn tortillas and some rice for carbs instead of only getting carbs from fruits and vegetables.

I think for anyone about to start a new diet, or evening starting a new diet, it can be a great tool. It can get you more in touch with what you are ACTUALLY eating.

I think sometimes we aren’t truly aware of the nutritional value, or calories, of what we put in our mouths. I think sometimes keeping a food log can be eye-opening.

I think it can also force us to be honest with ourselves about our diet.

I hear lots of people say, “Well I was pretty good today. I BASICALLY stuck to my diet.”

But if they were to food log their day, I guarantee most of them wouldn’t be saying it was a good day at all.

Most people don’t realize how quickly that handful of nuts adds up. Most people haven’t really stopped to think about what a handful of potato chips as a snack every day really looks like as part of their diet.

Heck most people have no idea about the nutritional or caloric value of half of the food they eat, especially when they dine out or order in!

So if you are happy with your current diet, I’m not saying you have to start keeping a food log.

But if you want to make a change or have failed to really achieve success in the past, maybe you should think about starting a food log. It may just reveal the flaws in your current diet program.

Here are some great logs you can use online!

SparkPeople –

Fit Day –

MyFitnessPal –

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