Monday, July 30, 2012

Maui 2012, Day 2, Part One

 Today started out with a Paleo breakfast outside:

I'm so glad we had a full kitchen and washer/dryer in our suite.  We were actually upgraded to a two-bedroom suite.  When we walked in what I thought was an unlocked, connected suite next to us was actually the second bedroom!  It was a nice surprise.  The kids each loved having their own space.

While today started out great it did not remain that way.  Today we took the road to Hana.  We were unprepared for the long and winding road.  Oh, we knew it was long and winding.  We just didn't know how long and winding it was.  In our ignorant bliss, we hit the road at 9:30 (late, though we thought it was early enough) and I didn't bring any activities for the kids to occupy themselves with during this long drive.  Oh, and during part of this treacherous drive it started pouring rain.  NOT FUN.  The next day we were told by a local from Hana that next time we have hit the road at 6:30 a.m. and plan on staying overnight in Hana to really enjoy all it has to offer.  Maybe next time, if I'm up for doing that drive again.

We did take a little hike to one of the Twin Falls, but since we weren't prepared to wade all the way to the cascade we weren't able to get a great close up picture.  This is how far (or close) we got.

I had planned on eating 80% Paleo while on this vacation and it started out well but after this draining drive I helped myself to this when we were almost to town:
It was GOOD!
By the time we got to Hana and had a very late lunch it was time for us to take that road back to Lahaina.  Ugh.  BUT, before we did we stopped at a lava tube!

It was cool, until my claustrophobia started to kick in and panic began to wash over me as we made our way deeper into the tube.  We had flashlights, but the combination of darkness and humidity took hold of me.  Here's me trying to look like I was enjoying myself:

See how dark it is?  You could only see what the flashlight illuminated.  I had to stop and let my hubby and kids go on without me.  They had a blast!  My daughter was holding my hand on the way back telling me not to be scared because she was there with me.  My kids are so sweet!

After this we hopped back in the car and made our winding way back to Lahaina, where we had dinner reservations at Mama's Fish House.  It was recommended by one of my good girlfriends whose family visits Maui often.  They're practically locals!

More about Mama's Fish House in Maui 2012, Day 2, Part Two.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Maui 2012, Day 1

I have to begin this blog with thanking God for blessing us with this vacation.  There were a few things about this trip that started out questionable, but in the end, with God's intervention, it is all coming together.

We landed in Maui and headed straight to our resort for a late lunch at Duke's.  We've been to the one in Malibu and were pretty hungry so we figured we couldn't go wrong there.  I enjoyed a Mahi Mahi salad with a wonderful ocean view.  My hubby enjoyed a cocktail with lunch to kick off his well-deserved and overdue vacation.

Afterwards, the kids really wanted to go for a swim.  No surprise there.  While there we were treated to a beautiful rainbow.  Everyone oohed and aahed!

We then made our way back to our room get ready for dinner at Honu.  Now, as I am getting tired and am probably making grammatical and spelling errors, I'm simply going to post the pictures and tell you that I enjoyed every single non-Paleo bite of this meal.  It was totally worth it!

Ahi Tuna Bruschetta
Onaga with a lemon sauce and grits
Rock Shrimp Pizza
Gluten-free, vegan Chocolate Mousse Cake
I will come back and caption those pictures tomorrow.  Good night!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Summer Outing #3

Just a little over four weeks of summer break is left!  Man, it's going way too fast this year.

This week we went to a local library that was hosting a good old game of Bingo!  I actually printed out some cards for the kids to practice with so that they could get the hang of it.  They were super excited.  Space was limited but luckily we were one of the first to arrive and were among the first in line.

There were plenty of prizes and those in charge made sure each and every person in attendance won a prize.  There were books, toys and gift cards to Coldstone, Starbucks and Jamba Juice to choose from.


The first of the three of us to win was my son.  He loved that he got to yell out, "Bingo!".  He picked a yo-yo as his prize.  My daughter was bummed that she didn't win first and she thought it was over.  She was almost in tears.  She quickly recovered when I explained that we weren't done yet and she would have plenty of chances to win.  I won the next round and chose a gift card to Coldstone since there were only a few available and I knew the kids would be bummed if I didn't get it.  Finally, my daughter won and she chose a book; a creepy monster book, which doesn't surprise me because she's really into Halloween and anything associated with it.

Afterwards, I took the kids to our favorite coffee place, Two Guns Espresso.  I got a couple of Fluffies for them and a cappuccino for me.  I don't drink a lot of coffee and have never been the type that needs it to get going in the morning or to get through the day, but I LOVE their coffee.  We sipped happily as we made our way to Sur La Table to pick up a doughnut pan for tomorrow's breakfast!  Paleo doughnuts, of course!

That's all folks!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Flinstones Week Wrap Up

This will be a really short one.

Day 5

Breakfast and lunch were repeats of a couple of the meals they had during the week.  They were eaten without any issues!

  • Grilled Porterhouse
  • Grilled Zucchini
  • Cucumber, mango, blueberry and avocado salad (my summer go to salad!)
  • Tomato Slices

This meal was dee-lish!  The kids agreed, but then again, there wasn't anything on the menu to dislike.  It was a summer feast for four!

They were supposed to continue to eat this way through Sunday (or longer).  They had Paleo waffles for breakfasts and Paleo leftovers for lunch on Saturday.  Saturday night I was supposed to cook Beef Broccoli a la ELaD, but my brother and his friend came over for a visit and we ended up all going out for dinner.  Going out to eat put a dent in my effort to keep the kids on the Paleo track, but I didn't let it get to me.  Especially after reading this from Paleo Parents.

Even prior to this Flinstones week, my kids ate healthier than most kids AND adults.  I just wanted them to eat even cleaner.  They both have different but special needs and while I only have a small sense of what the future holds for them with regards to those needs, one of the few preventative measures I can take now is establish good eating habits for them.  I want them to be aware of what they're eating and how it can affect their bodies.  I want them to eat whole foods, not just shop at the store of the same name.

I didn't see a change in my son's behavior this week, but then again it hasn't been that long.  Plus, the mid-week holiday kind of threw a wrench in my plans along with dining out on Saturday.  Still, they're getting the hang of it.  I have a small white board in our kitchen that says:  "We eat meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts and GOOD fats."  I'm continuing them on Paleo this week.  I told them that whenever they want something to eat to look at the list and see if it falls into one of those categories.

This doesn't mean they're going to pass on pizza or pasta or ice cream.  They're kids!  It just means they will only have those things on occasion, just like me and my hubby.  I've been eating this way for a year and I'll be writing about my experience with it later this week.

Bye for now!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Summer Outing #2

She shoots!  She scores!  Well, that's what it looks like anyway.
Hoping for a strike!
Go baby, go!
Making good use of the hand dryer!
Good game.  Good game.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Flinstones Week, Day 4

After yesterday's fiasco, I was happy the kids were back on track today.

  • Fruit Smoothie
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Turkey Sausage

There were no big glitches with this meal.  Just a teeny-tiny one.  First, I must say that I made the smoothie with water, a little bit of coconut milk (canned, full fat) and then added half an avocado.  You couldn't taste the avocado, since the frozen fruit masked the taste, but apparently my son does not like his fruit in smoothie form.  He took a few sips and proceeded to gobble up his eggs and sausage.  My daughter had no problem devouring everything presented to her, especially since she was exhausted and too tired to eat dinner last night.


No, yogurt isn't Paleo, but this was full fat and organic, so I had no problem letting my daughter have one.  My son passed on it.  This meal was more Primal than Paleo.  I was supposed to make a carrot dish from Eat Like a Dinosaur as opposed to plain old baby carrots, but completely forgot about it.

  • Leftover mini beef patties
  • Plum

This was a no brainer.  They both asked for it so I obliged.  Done.

  • Chicken BLT "sandwiches" from Eat Like a Dinosaur
  • Cucumber, mango and blueberry salad
  • A bowl of strawberries for dessert

Winner!  Winner!  Chicken dinner!  Not to mention the fact that bacon makes everything taste better!  There were no problems whatsoever.  The kids cleaned their plates as did my husband and I.  This will be a dish we add to our growing dinner rotation!

Have a wonderful evening.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Flinstones Week, Day 3

Today started out great then went downhill quickly.  Being a holiday and since we were going to a couple of parties I told the kids they could have ONE, O-N-E, ONE, off-Paleo treat.  

  • Eat Like A Dinosaur Waffles (You can tell they LOVE that book as much as I do)
  • Turkey Sausage
  • Orange
This is a breakfast they've had before, except only on the weekends.  Since it was a holiday we decided to have the waffles.  I had baking to do before our annual neighborhood parade and I was pressed for time.  It's a stressful morning when I'm eating a waffle while trying to pull a cookie tray out of the oven!  Either way, the kids ate their breakfast, I finished baking and we all got to sit and watch the parade, though I got there later.  This is where things went downhill quickly.  Since I was finishing the baking, my hubby and kids headed to our usual spot to watch the parade.  The neighbor behind us holds a spot for us and has an annual party in their front yard.  My daughter decided to crash their party and munch on some chips.  As I made my way to our reserved spot I saw her holding an EMPTY Dots gum drop box.  Mind you, I was not the parent in charge when all of this went down.  That's all I have to say about that.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Flinstones Week, Day 2

Today's post will be a quick one:

  • Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin from Eat Like A Dinosaur (Yes, it's grain-free, sugar-free, basically all the icky stuff-free but still tastes like a muffin.  Get the book.)
  • Turkey Sausage
  • Scrambled eggs
This went MUCH better than I expected!  I thought my son would balk at the eggs, but I scrambled them with some leftover sauteed mushrooms and tomatoes and he loved it!  My daughter ate almost everything too.  (They both got full, especially after my son asked for another sausage).

  • Lara Bar
I chose to do a Tabata Treadmill Run today because trying to go for a run with both kids has proven to be unsafe and impossible.  My son doesn't always follow directions and doesn't always pay attention while riding his scooter.  My daughter refuses to sit back in the jogging stroller watching the world go by (which is great, but not so much when I'm trying to run).  So, they played outside while I did my thaaang on the treadmill.  They must have built up an appetite because the first thing they wanted after coming inside was a snack.  I let them split a Lara Bar.

  • Grass-fed Beef Hot Dogs (uncured and organic)
  • Baby Carrots
  • Avocado slices or a bite of coconut butter
  • Half a plum
This meal went well also.  My son wasn't too big on the avocado, but he took a couple of bites.  My daughter opted for the coconut butter instead (she loves it as much as I do).  My son complained that his tummy hurt because of the avocado!  He's fine.  Just dramatic.

We try to purchase Grass-fed meat as much as possible.  We stock up when it's on sale and just when I think we've spent too much on it, I remember the impact that grain fed cattle has on our bodies AND our environment.  For insight into the environmental issues read The Omnviores' Dilemma for Kids.  Yes, the kid's version, because I liked the way it flowed and it was a much quicker read.

  • Apple
  • Almond Butter
Neither kid was in the mood for the almond butter, so they just had an apple.  No biggie.

  • Burgers (sans bun and cheese) from The Counter (unplanned)
  • Riviera Pears
I was supposed to cook dinner, but I was also planning on going to our box to get my CrossFit on.  Since I couldn't make a decision until the very last minute (I didn't go, my head was throbbing and I felt nauseous), the chicken wasn't thawed, so my hubby picked something up on the way back from his workout.  It's not ideal because when you eat out you don't get to control the preparation or ingredients but at least we could customize our meals.  I really should have "back-up meals" in our freezer that I can just cook frozen.  I have to look into that.  Anyway, hubby and I had salads.  The kids got mini burgers with sweet potato fries.  My son ate everything.  There wasn't a crumb left on his plate.  My daughter only ate part of one mini patty and some of her fries.

I think they're doing well.  I want them to eat more healthy fats and I'm trying to figure out how to incorporate that.  I think I'll be making a smoothie tomorrow with avocado in it.  I need to throw more veggies in the menu too.  They love steamed vegetables, but I want them to try vegetables prepared other ways.  I know they both like Kale Chips, so I'll have to make those this week too.

That's all folks!

WoD Picture 7/3/2012

I saw the workout from this day and knew I wasn't going to be able to do the burpees.  I've been feeling nauseous (no I'm not pregnant!) and I went in asking if we could replace the burpees with something else.  I was even willing to double the run.  The workout was:

15 min to find 1RM Power Clean & Jerk
Four rounds for time:
7 Squat Cleans 85% of above
14 Bar Facing Burpees
200m Run
1 minute Rest

He was planning on having me do burpees and just landing in a push up position (which is how I used to do my burpees) since putting pressure on my tummy made me feel like I was going to puke.  Somehow, after spending time on the 1RM (1 rep max) Power Clean & Jerk, we just kept going and he made it a lifting day.  That was fun!  We got a chance to really focus on my form and mistakes I was making while lifting.  In the end I did a 90lb squat clean, a personal record for me.  I couldn't jerk that up though, so my max jerk was 85lbs.  My trainer mentioned I was probably feeling a bit fatigued from the lifting I had already done and I probably would have been able to jerk it if it weren't for that.  That's his story and I'm sticking to it!  Just so you know five pounds is small, but it can make a big difference. 

The picture below is of me doing a 75lb clean.  This was after I failed an 85lb clean.  He dropped the weight down to 75lbs, had me try that and then added the weight back on.  I got the 85lb clean up the second time.  I have to learn to really ready myself, both physically and mentally before attempting a lift AND not be scared of the bar landing on my shoulders.  The latter is a hard one for me, but I'll get there.

CrossFit Zen

No, it's not a flattering picture, but look at what I can lift!  So, there!  If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Flinstones Week, Day 1

As I've mentioned before, my husband and I eat Paleo all the time while the kids will have a Paleo dinner every night because they don't mind what I make for dinner.

This week, on their own, they've decided to eat completely Paleo!  That means all snacks and meals will be Paleo.  Amazing, right?  To refresh your memory, eating Paleo focuses on meat (preferably grass-fed), fish, vegetables, fruit and nuts.  That's it.  No legumes, no grains or rice, no peanuts or soy, no dairy and no sugar.  That will make us the Flinstones for the week, minus Dino!  They even sat down with me and perused the Eat Like a Dinosaur book to pick out snacks and meals.  After I thought I had enough yummies listed, they continued to look and found more stuff!  While I was making the shopping list they both blurted out that I needed to get more carrots and they told me it was for something from the book.

I thought I would write about our experience on a daily basis(if I can).  Another reason why I'm happy to put in even more time in the kitchen is because of my son's behavioral issues.  Eating Paleo, while healthy because of its main focus, also removes gluten, which may have an affect on his behavior.  I've read studies that have shown that a change in diet, mostly the removal of gluten, can improve ADD in some kids and I'll use this week to test that.  My kids eat healthier than most, but it still may take more than a week to see any results.  I'm hoping that this will be the first step toward them eating this way more consistently.