Happy Friday, All!
Congratulations to all of our members who have successfully completed the 12 week Biggest Loser program at the New Holland campus! I heard some very good reports that our team-mates placed well and we’ve seen our first set of 30+ pound weight losses. This is tremendous news and I am very proud of your efforts. As such, this weekend provides you an opportunity to shift to a new gear and keep your momentum going strong! Take your three month pictures, record your new measurements (send them along to me so I can redo your numbers), and take an account of what changes you have noticed – physical and non-physical alike.
With the end of one challenge we can now look forward to a new challenge! If you are participating in the Walk This Way program (anybody not a CNH employee can certainly pick up an OMRON pedometer at Walgreens, $20, and track steps too!) then you are shooting for one million steps by the end of the program. Anyone want to race me? I’m averaging almost 20K steps a day – not including workouts!
I am also offering you a new challenge. The 30 day Resolutions challenge. In this challenge, you are to choose 4 resolutions that you will push for over a period of 30 days. You will start one resolution now, another one in one week, the third in a week following, and the fourth a week after that. In essence this is a staggered start. You will only be doing all 4 resolutions in the 4th week. You will continue each resolution for 30 days individually (so the total time to complete all 4 is 7 weeks). My vision is that by the end of that week you will have a new habit and continue with what you are doing anyway. Make sense? If you are interested – send me a message and let me know what your resolutions will be! I will be starting on Sunday with my first resolution – 30 days of water only. No coffee, tea, wine, soft drinks, etc… This is would be my toughest challenge to myself yet, but I am excited to see how it will affect me.
This week I received many great emails from members and our respected paleosphere friends. Here’s the round-up:
The Paleo Diet: Is it Right for You? – Thanks, Michelle!
A 9 Year-old’s Take on 30 days of Paleo – Thanks, Gadeer!
Keep Those Knives Sharp! – Thanks, Naked Food!
How the Samba Can Teach You How to Use Your Body – Thanks, MDA!
The Meat Monster – Thanks, Health Habits (and Gadeer)!
Recipe: Chili Colorado – Thanks, Everyday Paleo! (BTW, pre-orders have shipped! Can’t wait for the new recipes!)
A very happy birthday goes out to member Bonnie! :-)
Some great tips on Freezing Food for your Paleo Freezer by Nikki Young of Paleocookbooks.com:
When following a paleo diet it is vitally important you don't leave yourself short of paleo friendly food in the kitchen. Having nothing in the house to eat is the primary cause of straying from the path, resulting in ordering a takeaway or snacking on something you shouldn't. For this reason, being able to freeze food presents a paleo lifeline.
Although freezing food isn't something our ancestors would have been able to do, we do have this luxury at our disposal. However, while freezing food can save money and allow you to stockpile food on a rainy day, it is very important to understand the health implications behind the freezing process, and how to get the best out of freezing your food.
1. Freeze Fresh Freezing will inevitably affect quality to a certain degree depending on the food type. However, the more fresh food is when you freeze it, the better it will taste when you thaw it out for preparation. Don't refrigerate and then freeze, try to freeze the things you want as soon as you get back from the supermarket.
2. Seal In The Moisture The freezer environment is very dry, so make sure you freeze food in ziplock bags or tupperware to lock in the moisture and preserve the taste.
3. Freeze In Manageable Portions Chopping up food and freezing in smaller volumes will enable food to freeze faster and preserve freshness. It will also save you space in your freezer and defrost far quicker when you need to cook.
4. Don't Defrost and Refreeze Raw Food Freezing slows down the process of food spoilage but it doesn't kill bacteria entirely, it creates a kind of dormant effect. By defrosting and refreezing food, you will be refreezing an increased level of microbes, which may make the food unsafe to eat. For safety, once defrosted, it is best to consume the food in full.
5. Thawing, Cooking, and Refreezing This practice is fine, because unlike simply defrosting and refreezing, you are killing potentially harmful bacteria during the cooking process. Make sure you read the last rule regarding when to refreeze.
6. Let The Food Cool Before Refreezing Don't leave food sitting around for ages before you refreeze it, but don't put hot food straight in the freezer either. The reason for this is that it will start to defrost other food in the freezer, and alter the temperature of your freezer.
Now you know how to freeze food properly you can ensure you are never without paleo-friendly food in your kitchen!
Thanks to all who submitted emails, tips, and shared stories this week!
To new challenges. And never staying idle.