Well, where do I even begin? Let’s just say for every one paleo meal I’ve had the past three weeks I’ve probably had two donuts. No, I haven’t been experimenting with paleo donut recipes…I’ve all but flipped the bird to my paleo ways and have definitely increased Krispy Kreme’s profit margins. I’m not proud, my thighs aren’t too excited either, and my stomach freaking hates me. I was doing well on zone and then life happened and rather than embracing it and overcoming it, I was a total stereotypical girl and ate my feelings. Every blessed one of them. So. That happened. Let me tell you just a few things that have been bothering me:
- My foot, which has made me a crappy runner, which then makes me sad….enter donut
- The season premiere of SOA….enter donut
- The guy that told me “You just aren’t built to run” as if my thunder thighs hadn’t tipped me off….ran anyway….then donuts
- Zone diet stress….eat a ton of veggies….enter donut
- skinny girls in high schools that I visit truly believing they are fat and being really distraught over it…..enter donut
- overweight kids in high schools that I visit truly believing there is no hope to get healthy so they just binge and binge…..enter donut
- boys…..enter donut
-just liking donuts…..enter donut
So. There it is in black and white. I’ve come clean and now I need to get my act together because while I’m still eating clean sans donut…my body hates it, stomach aches, breaking out like a high school freshman, and just feeling bloated which just makes me cranky. Cranky Christina is NEVER a good Christina.
Now that I’ve been a total ray of sunshine….let me assure you. I’m better now. I’m not cranky. And I’m donut free….although, there was a close call at bible study. I realize food doesn’t define me. The scale can suck it. And I like having big ol tree trunk legs. Life is actually really awesome, I have amazing family and friends, I have a job and a home, I get to work with some pretty awesome people, my capstone family ceases to amaze me, and I’ve been PRing my squats. God is good, I just have to get out of my own defeating mind and recognize all of the blessings that surround me every day. And to do that, I don’t need a stinking donut.
Chili Bacon Sweet Potato Hash Browns
2- medium sweet potatoes
6- strips of bacon (crumbled)
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp red chili flakes
1/2 tsp onion powder
salt & pepper
In a large pan cook bacon until it’s crispy, remove, keep grease in the pan you’re going to need it! Peel and shred your sweet potatoes (I used my food processor to shred them). In a large bowl combine sweet potatoes, eggs, chili, onion, and garlic powder, chili flakes, and crumbled bacon. heat your pan with bacon grease to med/high. Scoop sweet potato mixture in to pan and flatten into hash brown cakes (I used an ice cream scoop so that they could all be the same size). Cook on each side for 5-6 minutes. If your cakes are turning out darker than preferred turn down your heat. You want to make sure they’re cooked through so I’d stick with 5 or more min per side. I ate mine with an egg in between them! Yum!