So much GOOD change is happening over here at OMT!
Spring, for one, is going to happen sooner rather than later.
The melting snow and above zero temps have been a happy indicator.
We have also started making changes in our diet as a way to cleanse the ugly winter months OUT of our bodies (and minds really) and get ready for an active few months of enjoying the beautiful sunshine.
I find this happens every year in our house and is sort of like a kick off to spring.
This year I am trying something different though.
For months I have been noticing that I feel sluggish, don’t sleep well and in general feel down.
I know this is part of the winter blues thing but I also know it has a lot to do with what I am putting in my body.
So I decided to really clean things up around here!
I have been eating a Paleo style diet (I say diet but it really isn’t a diet – it is more a way of eating).
For those of you not familiar you should check out one of my new favorite blogs Health-Bent.
They have a fantastic way of laying out what it is to “eat clean” following a Paleo diet.
Mainly this involves eating like a cave man and cutting out processed foods.
Lots of meats and veggies, no grains or oats, no dairy or grass-fed cheeses only minimal rice and no pasta unless Paleo friendly.
What I love is that you don’t miss the bread, noodles, etc. too much because all the dishes you make have TONS of flavor and I am experiencing a LOT less highs and lows in regard to sugar.
I feel like I am more focused during the day and able to rest better at night.
I also noticed within the first couple weeks that I feel a lot less bloated and my muscles feel stronger.
I have been trying to fit in at least 20 minutes of exercise daily and when Spring is in full force I plan to up that to at least 30-45 minutes 4-5 times a week.
Many people think Paleo is really extreme but what I am finding is that it really is a way to cut out processed food and feed your body with nutrients vs. eating for pure pleasure without regard to what is going in and how it will affect your body.
I have only purchased one cookbook and it was from the couple at Health-Bent.
I felt like their methods and ideas of how to adapt Paleo for everyday life fit into my life best and their recipes are pretty fantastic!
Check it out here on Amazon .
I have made a handful of recipes from this book so far and one of my favorites is a very simple breakfast idea.
I did make some changes to the original recipe so you will have to check out their book if you want that!
WESTERN OMELETTE TO GO
You will need:
6 slices deli ham
2 tablespoons red bell pepper, finely chopped (whatever color you have would be fine)
2 tablespoons fresh jalapeno, finely diced
2 tablespoons green onions, thinly sliced
Sprinkle of coarse sea salt & Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 ° F.
Line your muffin tin with one slice of ham per muffin.
In a bowl, whisk together eggs and salt.
Evenly sprinkle your veggies into each ham lined muffin cavity and followup with your egg mixture.
Bake for 15 minutes or so. Mine took about 24 minutes to be fully set. This made the ham nice and crispy too!
I added some fruit to my plate and called it good.