Hey everybody! Hope your Tuesday is going well. We have this thing called sunshine today…haven’t seen it in a few days, so it is nice to have it this late in the day (it’s almost 1:30pm central time, which really isn’t late).
I got word today that I can send my thesis to my other thesis committee member to have it reviewed and hopefully once she gives it her comments I can set up my defense date!! This is huge news!!!
Also, there is another big thing going on that I might know about tomorrow, so please send a few prayers up, I could use them.
Ok, so I am making ribs (again) in the crockpot with a recipe from The Paleo Kitchen by Juli Bauer and George Byrant and have adapted it for the crockpot.
Best Ribs Ever Recipe:
Ingredients: 2lbs beef ribs, 2 Tbsp paprika, 2 Tbsp sea salt (I used fine sea salt), 2 Tbsp Oregano (could use herbs de provance here as well or tarragon), 2 tsp chili powder, 1-2 tsp ground cumin (this adds a good earthy flavor, but some people find it over powering), 2 tsp ground black pepper, 1/2- 1 tsp cayenne pepper (if you want less “zingy”), EVOO, beef stock
1) Place ribs in crock pot.
2)In a small bowl mix together all the spices and herbs to make the rub. Sprinkle the rub evenly over the beef in the crock pot.
3) Drizzle a little bit of EVOO over the meat (maybe a 1/4 cup at most, but I don’t measure an exact amount). Then add up to 1/4 cup beef stock. Put lid on top and turn on low for 8-10 hours. I like to cook it a little bit longer as the rub really gets into the meat well the longer it cooks and the smell the cumin brings to your house is the best!! SO GOOD!
Again, this recipe I derived from the recipe in The Paleo Kitchen, so if you want to give credit it is to the authors of that book, I just like to make things in my crock pot!
During the holidays it is common to become obsessed with either eating too much, or the number on the scale. Well here are some tips to overcome the obsession.
– If you plan to weigh yourself, do it in the morning when you first wake up and have done your morning routine. Also either weigh in your birthday suit or in your underwear. Weighing in the morning will reflect the “fast” your body has been in all night and will give you the most accurate weight you are currently at. If you weigh at night, you will almost always weigh anywhere from 3-8lbs more because your body is holding onto the water, stress, and food consumed throughout the day, which all adds on the lb’s!
– Only weigh in once a week, do not go crazy, it will only stress you out more. So pick a day, maybe Monday mornings and only weigh in on Monday’s.
– Try to workout at the same time everyday. So let’s say you can workout at 7am on MWF, then stick to that. Keeping consistent not only keeps you on track, but our body will recognize that it is time to work harder and almost crave it!
– Drink more water. Hmm, that sounds familiar….yes, it is. Drinking water will actually help you throughout the day. It keeps you hydrated and keeps the bloating down that we obtain throughout the day.
– Eat lots of vegetables. Veggies are so good for you, not only are they nutritious, but they are low in calories, so you can eat more of them for snacks then those silly 100 calorie pack snack cookies. Seriously, those are no good, so please do not eat them.
As for exercises, try something new. I am a big fan of TRX training, so if you are looking for something new, give this a try. The link will take you to TRX’s website where there are videos and lots of workouts to choose from. TRX incorporates all the main muscle groups of the body and offers a wide variety of progressions for practically anybody!
OK, word of the day is passionate. Be passionate about what you do, whether it is in your job or your nutrition, just be passionate about it!