Friday, December 8, 2017

Overcoming Addiction Included Changing My Diet

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!

I don’t often receive video success stories, and when I do it doesn’t always work out to share them on the blog. That said, today’s video fits the bill in every way. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. These stories always make my week.

Hi Mark, I know you have a thousand success stories a day, however I just thought you might enjoy this one today. I firmly believe that part of overcoming my addiction to alcohol and drugs was changing my diet through the Primal way of eating. The video below is my story of how I beat the odds, overcame addiction and prison, and now help others to adopt this “awesome” way of living.

Currently, I’m a personal trainer in the Fayetteville AR area, also a Nutrition educator for Natural Grocers—teaching keto and low carb and doing online nutritional consulting as well. I hope to be a Primal Health Coach soon as I pursue my next certification.

I’m hoping that others will see, if nothing else, the power that nutrition and lifestyle have over brain function to overcome addiction and addictive behaviors.

You rock bro, thanks for your time!

Zach Johannsen, Muscles and Veggies Fitness

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Mini Prep Day

Like many aspects of my life, with the popular Prep Day, I waffle back and forth. Some weeks I do way more prep than others. It all depends on how my Sunday goes! If I have a full day of soccer or have been traveling, you can bet your bottom dollar that I will barely have had time to make a meal plan for the week. During the winter and summer when my Sundays are open, I do a lot more planning on the weekend.

It all comes down to this: unless I’m in a particularly good mood with nothing on my calendar, I don’t want to spend my Sunday in the kitchen. I’d much rather be playing outside with Mazen, going somewhere fun, or simply lounging on the couch. This realization has led me to admit that I will never be one of those people with a week’s worth of meals ready to go in tupperware. (There are some really impressive prep day divas out there!)

What I did decide, however, was that I could do a mini prep day. I’m talking 15 minutes in the kitchen, tops, just to take the edge off the week.

Here’s what I decided I could commit to that would help me have my healthiest week of eating:

  • One salad
  • One fish
  • One soup

Keep it simple.

Salad

For salads, massaged kale salads are the obvious best choice. They take minutes to assemble and they hold up well in the fridge for many days. Other ideas could be a wheatberry or rice salad. Or simply a pre-tossed, undressed salad (although that might take the longest to make and be the first to wilt).

Here are some massaged kale salad ideas. (Pesto is the easiest and the sesame oil version is so delicious!)

You might have to click through to see these if you’re in an RSS reader!

Easy Pesto Kale Salad

Easy Summer Massaged Greens

Tropical Kale Salad

Fish

Most weeks this will come in the form of canned fish! Tuna, salmon, and sardine salad is easy to make in 5 minutes flat. They are also sooooo good for you! And cheap!! But, a rotisserie chicken or any significant leftovers will do too. The only rules are that there should be no oven involved and the meal needs to be protein-centric. (Unless I have one of those magical cooking Sundays.)

Here are some of my favorite recipes!

Every Herb Salmon Salad

The Very Best Sardine Salad

Simple Sardine Salad

Curried Tuna Salad Recipe

Soup

And finally, soup. This is the hardest to fit into my 15 minute window, but my compromise is to make it either Sunday or Monday night for dinner and have the leftovers all week! The options are endless. Here are some ideas.

Smoked Sausage and Split Pea Soup

Summer Vegetable Soup With Pesto

Simple Split Pea Soup

Nutty Vanilla Sweet Potato + Kale Soup

Super Easy Crockpot Chili

So, what do you guys think? Sounds do-able, right?!

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