Lunch: Taco Salad with Quinoa and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Today’s lunch is Taco Salad!!! đź‘Ź

Tale extra 90/10 lean ground beef from hamburgers the night before, chop into bite-size pieces and tossed with some cumin, chili pepper and paprika (spices 2:1:1 ratio). Take kale/spinach/chard/carrot medley mix (Sams Club) and chop up and toss with a spicy ranch dressing along with feta and red and yellow bell peppers.

Tip #1: Always make extra when you are grilling meat. It makes it easy for lunch the next day to pull out and reheat.

Tip #2: You don’t use as much dressing if you toss your salad.

 

Place some left over quinoa and red pepper hummus (Sams Club) in two sides of your bowl and take bites along with salad as a mix in. It makes the salad more enjoyable to introduce new flavors between bites. Don’t forget to rinse your palate with your lemon and organic apple cider vinegar water! The citric acid in the water not only has health benefits, but will enhance the taste of what you’re eating!

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So filling and tasty!

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This recipe is refined-sugar free, gluten-free, corn-free, and low in lactose.

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Snack: Life Changing Gluten-Free Crackers and Blueberry Goat Cheese

Adding some seeds to what you eat daily is a great way to get good natural fats into your diet to aid in going into ketosis (fat burning). Limit yourself to 2-3 of these a day at most, but you’ll enjoy the bread-like texture without all the gluten.

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In your grocery store cheese case, many carry a blueberry wrapped goat cheese option. If not, be sure to ask your grocer to carry. Blueberries are a rich source of nutrition and they are great at decreasing the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease while helping the body maintain healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, and overall lower weight. Every tiny bit helps, right! Add a side bowl of frozen blueberries to your snack and you’ll feel happy, happy, happy!

Also, going dairy-free is part of the PCOS way and mainly this is because of lactose and the way lactose creates an insulin response in the body. Goat Cheese is lower in lactose and is something a Blood Type O person can eat as a healthy option as well.

Life Changing Gluten Free Crackers with Blueberry Goat Cheese

If my kids will eat this, that means, you can eat it, right?! 🙂 Remember, one change a day, making better choices one bite at a time.

— Erin

This recipe is refined-sugar free, gluten-free, corn-free, and low in lactose.

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EAT THIS INSTEAD OF THIS: See why you should say no to the one on the right…

I grew up eating spoon full of peanut butter out of the jar as a quick after school snack. Check out the following graphic to see why you should replace almond butter in your pantry. One change a day, one bite at a time makes a difference!

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EAT THIS INSTEAD OF THIS: Almond Butter and Peanut Butter Face-off

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Make this one change in your diet today and you’ll get:

MORE: Potassium, Magnesium, Cooper, Calcium, Iron, Riboflavin, Vitamin E, Fiber, and Monounsaturated Fats, and Omega-3.

COSTS: Almond Butter runs about $10 – $12 a jar (as of April 2016) whereas Peanut Butter (Jif), runs about $5-7 per jar. You can lower the cost of almond butter by making it at home and buying almonds bulk. I purchase mine at Sams Club presently for $17 a bag and I can make about 8 jars of almond butter (I add walnuts and other ingredients for additional health benefits) for about $2.50 a jar + a half hour of my time.

VERSITILITY: Not only can you use almond butter on crackers or eat by the spoonful, you can also use it in cooking gluten-free baked goods! Check out our dessert recipes on this blog.

The benefits of eating almond butter far outweigh peanut butter in our opinion. YOU can change your life and get your PCOS under control one bite at a time. Add almond butter to your pantry and keep peanut butter out of your grocery cart.

PCOS and Burning Fat

Check out Dr Berg’s explanation on why those individuals struggling with PCOS benefit from reducing sugar (this would include gluten and any foods that convert as insulin in the body) and how ketosis is essential for burning fat.

Here is part II to watch that expounds on his previous video, building on the knowledge of how to eat to lower your insulin hormone response.

I have personally experienced success using this method of eating. The difficult part the first time you are encountered with this type of information, is the overwhelming feeling of wondering how you’re going to give up not only sugar, but gluten, corn, and white rice that trigger an insulin response.

I remember going in to see my doctor after my fourth son was born and my husband and I had been eating the same foods in the same portion sizes. He had dropped 15 pounds and I had a big goose egg for the third week in a row. I told my doctor how frustrating it felt and he went on to share with me that some people are very sensitive to ANY type of sugar – even artificial sugar. So, I took his word on faith and told him I would give up my artificial sugars for one week to see if it would make a difference. Y’all, when I went in the following week, my jaw dropped as 12 pounds had come off of me. It took four weeks for my body to move in to ketosis. For your body, it might be a shorter timeframe, but for others it might be longer – like he says in the video – even up to six weeks. It all depends on you and the food choices you make.

If you bite it, you write it.

One thing that I find extremely helpful is logging what goes into my mouth (meals, snacks, and drinks) in an app called Lose It. You can use the basic functions starting out, but now that I’m in the habit of using it, I’ve upgraded to a premium subscription on the app that gives me insights into what foods are meeting my targets and those I should probably avoid in the future. Logging my food brings accountability, makes me more aware of my portion sizes, and also gives me a reference where I can hand the reports my app generates to my naturopathic doctor for her to review and further advise me. The key to logging food is to log your food after every meal. In this app, you can also set up logging reminders – I set my reminders up for times that I usually have finished eating. I also set it a reminder late at night when I tend to get cravings. There have been times where I have gotten it irritated with this reminder, but it has held me accountable which at the end of the day is really what I need.