Thisispaleo

Be like this guy but don’t be this guy

Ok – so I will admit, traveling and sticking to Paleo is FREAKIN’ hard!  BUT it’s doable :)

I have been traveling for the past three weeks on both vacation and work and I must say it was much more of a challenge for me – especially when you are traveling to awesome cities like New York and LA. Nobody wants to be “that guy” who won’t do anything, try any legit foods or make everyone’s life complicated because you’re eating like a caveman.  Just don’t be “that guy”.

Here are some things I learned and recommend for the next time you are traveling and want to avoid putting on a couple 100 lbs by sticking to your Paleo/primal eating.

1) DO NOT ANNOUNCE TO THE WORLD THAT YOU ARE ON PALEO:

  • No seriously, keep that ish to yourself.  If it comes up in conversation and people ask questions then great! Talk about it and maybe you can introduce your friends or co-workers to the world’s greatest fat loss program (aka eating real foods).  But don’t go around trying to draw attention because you eat like a caveman.  That just makes our population look like some pestering Vegans, and we are not like that, right guys?! ;)

2) Don’t let friends or family (or girlfriends) try to accommodate you for the times you are going to eat dinner with the group.

  • There is nothing wrong with that…. it just shows the people that care about you are being considerate of your lifestyle.  However, don’t let them.  It’s nice of them but I don’t believe one person should change the plans of the majority.  Kindly let them know, don’t worry about me, I will work things out on my own (along with a nice big smile and hug)
  • Now if your like me, at this point you are thinking “CRAP WTF AM I GONNA EAT AT THIS MEXICAN RESTAURANT NOW?!”

EatsYou are already at the restaurant now and it’s too late. You already told them don’t worry about me.  So what I found works best for me was eat something Paleo BEFORE your dinner.  If you have some get-away time, stock up either at your hotel with some food or step out and find a quick little local spot to eat at.  You don’t have to get full (don’t want to be eating two meals) but at least eating something will help you resist the temptation of not-so-friendly foods at your dinner.

Having said that, be adventurous and try something new.  You don’t have to sacrifice fun for your lifestyle, you are in a new city, enjoy it the best you can! Just don’t stuff your face and remember it’s about enjoying the taste of the food, not how much you can fit in your belly.

3) Snacks, Snacks, Snacks

  • Unfortunately, when you get hungry it’s too late and more than likely, anything at that point will do just fine since you are on vacay or working.  There are not really many Paleo-friendly spots around town (at least not conveniently located for you in a new city).  What really helped me was carrying around my own trail mix.  On my most recent trip, I hit up the Sprouts store before and grabbed bags full of a variety of nuts and dried fruits.  I also made sure to stock up on fruits from the hotel – they usually give them away.  Carry them with you and snack whenever you get hungry.
WATER
HYDRATE YO’SELF!

4) HYDRATE!

  • This should be a no brainer but I think we forget.  A lot of times, we are not really hungry, we are just thirsty.  If you constantly drink water ALL day, you will find yourself not craving a majority of those sweets or bakery’s you pass.

5) Stick to Tequila

  • The truth is, you are probably going to want to party. I totally understand this, I get the urge.  Stick to a tequila liquor.  Beer is full of yeast, carbs and probably preservatives unless you’re having a home grown beer.  Vodkas come from grains.  Tequila is from the Agave plant – as natural as you will get and you will get wasted faster so what does that mean? Less money to spend!

6) Sneak meals

  • If you do ever get a chance to get away from the group, do it and have your own meal on your own time.  Typically for breakfast or lunch it’s ok.  Dinner is where it starts to look like you just don’t want to hang with everyone else.

7) Use the free continental breakfast

  • Many times at hotels, they will offer free breakfast.  Check with yours before you reserve and make sure not to miss it.  Ideally, you want to book a hotel that offers breakfast with some eggs and meat.  They will usually have fruit available (like I said before).  Just stay away from the other crap like the cereals, oatmeal, bread/bagels and waffles.

I hope this was helpful.  What other tricks do you use when traveling to stay Paleo? Use the Hashtag #keepinitpaleo on Instagram and Twitter… I’d love to hear them!

Love, peace bacon grease


HC

Paleo Ice Cream Dream

Posted: April 29, 2013 in Paleo World

I’ll admit, there are those times when I REALLY have a sweet tooth and try my hardest to fight my urges for some frozen yogurt or ice cream… Especially as it gets warmer.   Well now, I don’t have to fight it (so bad).  Thanks to my good friend Ana Mullins from our Triathlon team, she has found a way to enjoy Paleo friendly Ice Cream!

Thanks Ana for the contribution! :)

Read her recipe below:

——————————-

Here is the recipe for my ice cream! I’d been craving ice cream so decided to make one that wouldn’t make me feel too guilty. It was super easy to make and very delicious! :)
Ice Cream
1 lb fresh strawberries
1 14-oz can coconut milk (full fat)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbs raw honey

1. Purée strawberries and then stir together with the other ingredients.
2. Add mixture to ice cream maker and follow instructions. (Mine took 20 minutes).

Enjoy!

Ana

 

 

Our First #PITS Party

Posted: April 22, 2013 in Paleo World

PITS partyI know I put this up on my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter but I really thought it was important to also post on my blog.

Last weekend I hosted my first Paleo #Pits party.  It was a complete blast!  My training friends  had been asking me for a long time to teach them a little more about the Paleo lifestyle.  So, I thought it would be awesome to get a couple of those curious to come over and I would cook some Paleo friendly foods, do a small presentation on what Paleo is all about, add some personal tips on how to get started and also have general discussion about healthy eating overall.

PITS 3I hope they liked the food.  On the Menu we had:

          • Main Entrée
            • Paleo spaghetti squash
            • Special home-cooked Lamb tomato sauce
            • Paleo Pizza
          • Side Dishes
            • Cauliflower Mashed potatoes (absolutely no potatoes in this;)
            • Sauteed asparagus
            • Roasted red bell peppers
          • Dessert
            • Paleo Dark Chocolate Truffles
            • Paleo Chocolate Peppermint Patties
          • Appetizers
            • Asperagus wrapped with Bacon
            • Raw veggies
            • Guacamole
            • Sweet potato chips

PITS4Thanks to everyone who came out.  I definitely would love to have more of these Paleo Gatherings.  If anyone in Houston is interested, please let me know and maybe I will try to set up another one.

PITS 2

13 - 1-1

13 - 1

MV5BMjIxMDg4NTcxN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODQ3MTYwNw@@._V1_SY317_CR1,0,214,317_Excuse my writing but this comes to you straight from the Megabus, which I only paid $1 for FYI (Thrift Shop that Macklemore, POW!). Last night I watched a documentary called “Vegucated” and since it’s fresh off the dome, I figure I better capture some of my initial thoughts before too much time passes.

As you might have guessed, “Vegucated” is a documentary regarding Veganism. It’s part sociology experiment, part educational tool and part “comedy.” The film takes three individuals (rather unhealthy) who agree to go vegan for six weeks. We get to slightly see their transformation and if in the end, each person decided to stay vegan on their own.  Just for reference, I have considered going vegan several times and support all of my vegan friends on their journey.  I am an open-minded person so love seeing different perspectives on health/diet.

My Review:

Loved the narration. Loved the concept of the movie. I even loved some of the facts presented.  However, there were several parts of the film that REALLY urked me such as, this film was not so much about living a healthier lifestyle but more like a Sarah Mclachlan animal cruelty PETA PSA – on steroids!  I’m an animal lover myself and yes some of the images were nightmarish but my overall take-away from the film is the vegans care most about not harming animals. I get the point, animals die…cruel. But I thought the film could have done a better job focusing on the journey of the three individuals. We didn’t learn too much about their habits other than they were shocked about the videos of animal cruelty. What happened the first time they went shopping? Did they find it easy to find vegan products? Or eating out? Was it expensive for them? Yes it was brushed on briefly but these are the things I feel a complete immersion would help convince people to live healthier lifestyles. In fact, showing too much animal gloom may turn people away. I worked on an animal cruelty campaign at my job and one key insight we found was that when people see disturbing images of animals (i.e. the Sarah Mclaclan dog cruelty commercials) they tend to just look away or change the channel. It’s too much for many people, especially animal lovers. So ultimately, you lose your message.

Here were a couple of Red Flags I got from the diet:

  1. How in the heck can you make outrageous claims like this is be best diet for ANYONE when you are telling people it is ok to eat Teddy Grahams and Oreo Cookies? REALLY?! I mean that’s cool, but don’t go telling me that it’s the most ideal way for everyone to eat.
  2. This film actually makes the claim about saturated fats being the cause of heart disease and high cholesterol which we know with doctors and plenty of research has already disproved those myths a long time ago. The fact the people are still making these claims are absurd. Healthy fats are GOOD! Stop with that nonsense already.
  3. When they were done, the improvements to their overall health were not as  significant as I was hoping. Of course they would have  some weight loss and better blood work. They would have if you put them on ANY diet if they were living unhealthy lifestyles before.

Vegetarian-Jokes images

Don’t get me wrong, the film did have a fun attitude. It kept me interested and yes i would recommend people to watch and come to their own conclusions.  The whole debate of Paleo vs. Vegan and which is healthier, why we should/shouldn’t kill animals, can come at another post (start research as to what might be best for you).   I believe this film let’s its passion for the vegan culture take over vs. helping us live healthier. We ought to encourage and inspire healthier living regardless of what lifestyle/diet you choose and I support anything straying away from western diet.  It’s about educating and providing people with healthier way’s of living to prevent illness and diseases happening in our communities.  Stop with your own hidden agendas and let’s all support each other.

I’m Henry Cadena and I support this message!

Love, peace and bacon grease

#Paleo Don’t Mess With Texas Chili

Posted: February 21, 2013 in Paleo World

I’ll admit, being strict Paleo for almost a year now I have been missing out on my spicy foods.  Well duh, I have Mexican taste buds, EVERYTHING has to have spice… Well I found a recipe that satisfies that craving a bit.

Keep in mind, this is chili NOT chile. Where I’m from there is a huge difference.  In any case, this great tasting and has plenty of kick to it.  I got the recipe from Paleoplan.com and modified it just a bit to adjust to my level of hotness – I’m talking about my food of course;).  Check out all their other recipes though, they have TONS of great looking ones that I have marked to try.

As you can see, this one is super simple with hardly any ingredients.  Image

This is what I used.

Ingredients:

  • Bacon grease
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1-3/4 lb ground bison
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 1 (12 oz) jar of HEB  salsa, hot
  • 2 fresh diced tomatoes
  • 2 fresh diced chilies
  • 1 Jalepeno
  • 2 tsp sea salt

Directions:

  1. ImageHeat a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium-high heat.  When the pan is hot,add bacon grease.
  2. Add onions, celery and garlic and sauté until onions are translucent, about 3 or 4 minutes.
  3. Next, add ground bison, cumin, thyme, and chili powder
  4. Stir while this cooks, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  5. Pour in salsa, tomatoes, diced chilies, jalepenos and salt.
  6. Simmer for at least 1 hour.

I would recommend adding half a cup of water while simmering.  Either that ormore salsa.  This comes out pretty thick.

Image

 

Y wala! So fresh, nutritious and spicy!   I love slow cooking recipes because while it’s cooking, I can work on my blog, clean up or take care of other chores that are needed.   So no excuses about not having enough time.”  If you don’t, do your best to make time. Your body deserves nutritious foods, and it will thank you later down the road by saving you some Dr. Visits.

Well,  in the words of porky big… that’s all folks

Love, peace, bacon grease

Henry C

Image

ImageImage

Whut up my Paleoite amigos,

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of watching this documentary on  Nexflix called “Hungry for a Change.” (I know, I know, it’s a year old but hey i’m sure I aint the only one who hadn’t seen it!)

Image

“We are addicted to additives” 

Watch is A$AP.   It’s just an overall great movie on our food behavior, the food industry, lifestyle and exercise   Although It doesn’t reference  Paleo specifically, the discussion points are basically telling us to adopt a Paleo lifestyle.

“We are not buying food anymore, we are buying food like products” – Hungry for a change 

One of the most insightful Paleo parts of the film was when they discussed “Dead foods” (man-made foods like breads, pastas, etc.).  Their point was  as long as you are starving on a nutritional basis, your body is always going to stay hungry and the breads, pastas, sugar foods, etc trick your body into thinking it got its nutrients it needs. However, your body will stay hungry because it never got the proper nourishment it needed with the “dead foods.”

Fat is good for you if it’s the right kind of fat” 

I  appreciated the psychological perspective of the movie which I felt they touched on very nicely vs. most health documentaries I have seen.  Not to say others don’t touch on it, but this movie really personalized the day-to-day life of majority working Americans.  The movie follows around a career women through a typical day of her life.  It gives people a sense of realness as it explains our conflicting food paradigm.

Image

(Love this Photo.  Courtesy of their FB page)

Another interesting point they made was that obesity is not the problem for people, it’s our solution.  Think about it… It is our solution for being stressed out, relationship problems, work, having a rough childhood, etc.  I thought that was very insightful for us to hear.

Don’t just take my word for it, check this movie out ASAP.  It was very inspiring and powerful and I think you will like it too.

Follow there Facebook page if you get a chance.

Here are some other great reviews i stumbled upon online

Love, peace and bacon grease

Henry C.

Any other good health flicks you would recommend for me to watch?  Has anyone else seen this? What are some of your thoughts?

Musix part deux

Posted: February 9, 2013 in Paleo World, Tunes For The Cave

This is probably one of my most favorite topics  to write about.  Not only because I get to share but  learn about new music from my friends.  Music is an important part of  my life… I must have it and try my best to keep up with it (it’s so hard with the internet to keep up with everything these days!).

flock of seagulls

For my workouts, music is 10xs more important.  I can’t perform without it.  As I said in my last music post, it’s my steroid.  Not only that, my workout  is really my only time I have to listen to my music whether it be a new album I recently bought or something older.  I often find myself liking old songs even more because I’ll catch lyrics I never  understood before.

Now, I know my music taste is skewed by my hip-hop head, I reached out to some other influential fit friends and they shared some of their favorites.  Here is our compilation.

Enjoy ya’ll!

Flux Pavilion – Blow the Roof

Suicidal Tendencies – Institutionalize

Day_N_Night-Kid_Cudi_

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz – Don’t F*ck wit Me (Inspired by Suicidal Tendencies)

Trillville – Get on my Level

A Flock of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away)  

AfroJack – Take Over Control

Kid Cudi vs Crookers – Day n Night

M.I.A. – Paper Planes

Dale Caliente – Daddy Yankee Deadmau5 – Sofi Needs A Ladder 

50 cent feat Eminem – You don’t know

deadmau5-SOFI-Needs-a-Ladder

Na Palm – Two Day’s 

Straight 

Thank you Juan Daniel, Diane, Jimmy, Timmy and Victor for sharing your music with me:)

What are some of your favorite songs to listen too?  Share with me and I’ll put them on my next list!


MIA