It’s been a long time since I’ve had a sandwich for breakfast.
I know. But I have my reasons. 😉
Yet, if you’d asked what my favorite breakfast was when I was little, I would have told you, without hesitation, that it was an Egg McMuffin.
And I would have added that the smiley face chocolate chip pancakes at IHop came in a close second. 😉
But we’ll talk about those when I make chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast. This post is about egg sandwiches. 😉
Granted, I was rarely given the opportunity to enjoy an Egg McMuffin. My mom made it clear that McDonald’s pit stops were for long car trips only.
My brother always ordered the Sausage Biscuit. This was before McDonald’s started selling 20 other things for breakfast. Back then you really had two options: Egg McMuffin or Sausage Biscuit. Oh, and hash browns on the side. Gosh, I loved them.
When I began experimenting with a modified Paleo-style diet, I started giving myself permission to truly enjoy the foods I once loved, but had convinced myself I no longer loved because they didn’t fit nicely into my “healthy lifestyle.”
Foods like avocado, whole eggs and…bacon. (Yep, I ended up adding bacon to that sandwich!)
It’s not that I hadn’t been eating these foods; I had. It’s that I hadn’t been eating these foods without feeling a twinge of guilt afterwards.
But over the past few weeks I’ve began embracing all real foods. It’s the man-made stuff that’s not healthy. Natural fats, proteins and carbohydrates are healthy.
There are many scarier things for sale in the grocery store than organic bacon. (Like fake bacon. Read the ingredient list!)
Anyways, I’ve come across a lot of fun Paleo-style recipes lately! I have an ever-growing list of “must-makes.” And an expanding list of “make-agains.”
Creamy Zucchini Pasta (seen in my last post) is one such recipe.
Click here to make some for yourself!
When I stumbled across Paleo-style biscuits on Pinterest the other day, I knew had to make them.
I baked two batches in one day. The first time around, I followed this recipe, halving it, to be sure I liked them (almond flour is way too expensive to waste!).
They were good, but a tad bit dry. And the muffin shape just wasn’t biscuity enough.
The second time, I tinkered around with the flour ratios a bit, baked the biscuits on a baking sheet, and got a result that was much better.
If you’re looking for a grain-free, high fiber biscuit, meet your new best friend. I ate three in one day (be careful of fiber overload! 😉 ) and my third batch is in the oven as I type this. They’re wonderful slathered in honey butter or coconut oil. Click here for the recipe!
**UPDATE: Going Cardio-less**
It’s been a long time since I updated you on my progress with LiveFit! Last Sunday, I finished Phase 2, and on Monday, listened to the introduction to Phase 3. However I quickly realized that I wasn’t ready for Phase 3. Jamie Eason explains that Phase 3 is the “leaning out” phase, which is definitely not something I’m trying to do! I’m still working on gaining muscle mass. Five to ten pounds of muscle mass, more specifically.
I didn’t get the results I wanted with LiveFit. And it’s not because the program is flawed; it’s a great fitness regimen, and I’d recommend it to almost anyone. The reason I didn’t get the results I wanted was because I didn’t completely follow the program. I did cardio all the way through—almost every day—which definitely compromised my efforts. When you’re trying to gain muscle, your body needs extra energy to build that muscle. Doing cardio burns off that energy, leaving the body with nothing to work with.
I knew this. But I didn’t want to believe it.
I LOVE cardio. It makes me feel good. I love sweating. I love the feeling of accomplishment after running eight miles.
But I had to ask myself, How badly do I want to be my best? Am I willing to give up something I love in order to get something I need?
The answer is YES.
Cutting back on cardio is going to be one of the hardest things I’ve done in years. Cardio is my clutch. Cardio is my escape.
But I’m doing it because I know my body will function best with more muscle.
The lovely Tara is in the process of designing a custom program for me that will be heavy on lifting and very light on cardio. I’m kind of scared, cuz this girl doesn’t mess around. 😉
I’ll provide more details soon!
I hope your day is beautiful!! xoxo
Questions for you:
What was your favorite breakfast when you were little? Any Egg McMuffin lovers, like me?
Are there any foods you know you shouldn’t feel guilty about eating but you feel guilty about eating anyways?
Nut butters were a big one for me for a long time! Now I don’t think twice about them. Same goes for avocado.
Tell me what you had for breakfast today! And, if you worked out, what did you work?
While I’m waiting for Tara’s program, I’m repeating Phase 1 of Live Fit. Today’s workout will be shoulders!