Friday, November 10, 2017

My Quest for Information Became Personal

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

 My name is Bradley Nickell, I’m 47-years-old from Bremen, Indiana and this is my story. Two years ago my New Year’s resolution was to quit using tobacco and lose a couple pounds, I was 198.5lbs at the time. I did some reading and watching shows and decided that a vegetarian diet was the way to do it. I started running on the treadmill and cut meats completely out of my diet.

A couple days later while running I had sharp chest pains and went to the ER. The chest pains turned out to be nothing, but my cholesterol was around 200 and I had high blood pressure.

After that I again thought vegetarian eating would be the answer to the cholesterol issue and even started leaning more towards vegan. A year later I was 165 my blood levels improved but I was tired all the time and irritable. So I continued reading about nutrition and started to get a better idea of what your body really needs to be healthy and what supplements you had to take as a vegan.

My thoughts were if I have to supplement then that’s not the way to eat, what would people thousands of years ago do? They didn’t have a CVS to buy B12 or iron from. I found some information on the paleo “diet” and it made a little more sense to me.

In June my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, in July my stepdad
passed away from complications from diabetes and my wife suddenly was
allergic to all kinds of food. My quest for information became personal.

I quit using alcohol and I started living the primal lifestyle in September and am enrolled in the Primal Health Coach Program. My triglycerides are 30, blood pressure usually 110/65 and I’m 150lbs. I feel great and want to help other people learn to be happy and healthy like me!

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Pantry Clean-Out Challenge

Motivation for pantry challenge cooking is two-fold: to save money and get organized!

It can be hard to keep everything straight in a pantry, especially if you’ve had some items hanging out for a while (beans, jams – guilty!) The end of the week when the fridge is looking a little bare is the perfect time to make “clean out” meals as a way to challenge your cooking creativity in the kitchen. If you’re cooking and shopping on a food budget, this is also extra motivation to not overspend 🙂 You’ll be surprised how much you can pull together from what you already have, and how just a few small additions can make an interesting meal.

Plus, it will feel good to make more space and organize the pantry once you’re done! 🙂 Obviously, this is my favorite part! The first step to cleaning something out is to reduce the number of items, so the week before you clean out your pantry, use up as many ingredients as you can.

Some easy go-to meals that I can usually make with things on hand include fish salads, pasta dishes and rice bowls. If you have salad greens left, you can jazz them up with pantry staples. Nuts, dried fruit, pesto, canned tuna or salmon, sardines, hearts of palm, artichokes, and jars of olives are my go-tos. Greens + grains + garnish!

Here are some tips for inspiring you to “shop at home.”

Use up condiments, boxed goods, and canned food.

Inspiration can come in the form of flavored oils, vinegars, canned foods (fish, beans, salsa, soups) and pasta and grains. Jars of salsa make great crock-pot marinade. Beans make a great salad for any season! Pasta can be revitalized as minestrone soup in fall or winter. Or, get creative with sauces – I always keep a jar of good tomato sauce on hand! You can also make your own with crushed tomatoes, herbs, seasoning, and garlic.

Add fresh herbs and citrus.

Herbs like basil, dill, cilantro, whether dried or fresh, can bring a whole new dimension to a pantry dish. Try adding your favorite herbs into canned sauces or soups for more flavor, or a squeeze of fresh lemon into dishes made with pantry ingredients for a bright, fresh taste.

Stir Fry it!

Rice (or other grains like wheatberries) + veggies + protein can make for the easiest one-pan meals, and work great with leftovers. A peanut sauce is an easy good go-to for an Asian-inspired meal that works with almost any combination of veggies. Borrow some veggies from the freezer!

Spice it up.

Inventory your spice cabinet to see if there’s something you haven’t used in a while and try that as the basis of a meal. Curry powder, steak seasoning, or other pre-made spice blends are great bases for dishes. Mixing spices into yogurt is also an easy way to make a sauce or dip for veggies, salads, or proteins.

Mix sweet and savory.

This is a unique challenge, but one that can turn out well! If you have a lot of leftover jams or dried fruits, try a sweet and savory crock-pot recipe with pork or chicken. I also love to use jam in salad dressing!

What are your favorite ways to shop in your pantry?

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Clean Eating Caramel Popcorn Recipe

This clean eating caramel popcorn recipe was a gift from heaven….or rather, from Australia. (One and the same???)

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