In looking back at old photos I took of my food, I can’t fathom how anyone would want to make the recipes based on the photos in the recipes. My food photography still has a long way to go, but it’s come a long way, so I’m making some updates to the images in the posts and giving them a “facelift.”
If nothing else, I look at this as a reminder that we are always growing and always learning. When you feel like you’re climbing a mountain, and no matter how far you climb, you still can’t see the top, keep going. You’re making more progress than you think you are!
For reference, and at the risk of embarrassing myself, here’s the old photo. Slight resemblance to dog food, yes? 😀 Artificial lighting, way too close up, pork chop bone in the background.
The new shots make it look a bit more appetizing, don’t you think? Natural lighting, background texture, and simplicity.
Whole30, Whole30, Whole30, everywhere all the Whole30s! Ok, I don’t blame you guys. I get it. Ya need to reset after all those cakepiecookies you ate from Thanksgiving to New Years. And there’s really not any reason to stop eating them after Thanksgiving, ’cause you’d stop for like 2 days and then it would be time for Christmas cakepiecookies, and then right after that you need to celebrate the New Year, and January is a good time to start things, so let’s just wait until then! Amiright? (Don’t sweat it–the only reason I know this is because I was right there with you.)
I thought I was pretty good about still getting in my salads and healthy dinners, but in reflection I was probably off my routine waaaaaaay more than a “reasonable amount.” It was very rudely pointed out to me on New Year’s Eve, in the form of a miserable cold that is now on Day 8, and to which I say, ‘good riddance!’
I haven’t been sick in about 3 years, and I fully attribute it to my immune system being so strong from eating paleo. Over the past few years, everyone around me has gotten sick and I’ve been fine, not even so much as a sneeze or a cough. Last year, both of my parents got pneumonia, and then came to stay at my house, and I still didn’t get sick! I guess none of us are invincible though, because this one got me good. (Actually, I think my sugar demon got me good, and the cold just followed him in the door before it closed.)
But, anyway, I’m back on track, and glad to be there. I’m not Whole30-ing this month, because, as I explained previously, mai tais. A Hawaii vacation does not lend itself to the Whole30 program. However, I’m still keeping it paleo as much as possible, and by prepping all these Whole30 recipes, I’ll have a list of stuff ready to go when I get back and start my Whole30 in February!
Said cold has also kept me from working out, which has been super frustrating. (If you know me, you know I don’t deal well with not being able to work out. :D) A couple of nights ago I put my pole back up (it had come down for feeding the cops on Christmas Day, because I didn’t feel like explaining it over and over again), and I tried some moves that I’d struggled with over the past few months. I haven’t poled in a few weeks, and I was still sick, so I wasn’t expecting much, but I just wanted to MOVE.
How shocked was I when this happened?!!?!?
I’ve been poling for 3 years. Last night I got my first deadlift and first iron x, then started running around the house screaming, “did you see that?!?” Three years ago, I would have laughed if you told me I’d be able to do that. Never give up. Keep pushing. Anything is possible. #polefitness #poleeverydamnday #poledancersofinstagram #polefit #paleo #paleoblog #paleoscaleo #paleodoesabodygood #strongisthenewsexy
I was so stoked. Give me a cold any day if that’s what I get in return! Now I just have to work on holding that Iron X for longer than a single second. But I”ll get there. I know I will. It’s a delicious, spicy, challenge.
Wait, now I’m getting confused. These potatoes are spicy and delicious. Also, Whole30 compliant. You’re welcome.
- 1 pound of sweet potatoes diced
- 1/2 1 large yellow onion diced
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp salt
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil melted
- Preheat the oven to 425°.
- In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, cinnamon, cumin, paprika, salt, and cayenne pepper.
- Toss the diced sweet potatoes and onions with the melted coconut oil.
- Sprinkle with the spice mixture, tossing to combine and making sure everything is well coated.
- Roast in the oven for 20 minutes, until onions are tender and potatoes are cooked through.