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I promise this blog has not been abandoned, well I haven’t abandoned it…I don’t know about Pearce haha, just kidding, he’s in exams right now (it’s still abandonment though right?). Anyways, the other night I was looking to bake and I ended up stumbling on a recipe for Cupcakes. Basic, white, vanilla, paleo cupcakes. Boring right? Wrong! It’s a gold mine and you know why? Because finding a good base in baking is like winning the lottery. Once you know that base you can make any flavor or version you want. Sooo let’s just say I took a few creative liberties with this one 😛

This is the recipe: http://www.thewannabechef.net/2012/01/16/paleo-vanilla-cupcakes/

Now, I’ll be upfront, I did add a dash (literally, probably less than a tbsp) of molasses to my version which makes it a questionable paleo recipe, but because most of you who read this don’t eat paleo I figured you’d it slide. I also added the zest AND juice of 1 lemon and (get ready for a classic mash up here)…blueberries! They are really lovely. It’s next to impossible to make a decent icing without dairy or sugar, so I’ve been just drizzling some honey over top of them. They taste great, I call that a baking success.

Over the past few months I’ve been in the gym a lot here at Western. Whenever I go it’s always the same: all the boys lifting, all the girls running/elliptical-ing (that’s a word right?). I posted this video on my FB yesterday that made me laugh so hard. I’m not saying that all girls/guys are like this, BUT it still rings true: http://greatist.com/fitness/men-women-switched-roles-gym-video/. 

Since starting with a personal trainer (who I saw through the summer) I learned the importance of lifting weights and more importantly I learned how to lift them AND not to be afraid of them. I was reflecting yesterday at the gym about how far I’ve come in terms of my fitness, but also my mindset. Working out is no longer a chore, it’s something I enjoy (well, most days haha) and I’m going to tell you the top 5 reasons I love a workout with lots of (heavier) lifting and lower reps:

  1. It takes less time
  2. It’s more challenging
  3. It makes me feel like a badass. Really and truly, I’ve never felt more powerful as a female as when I’m squatting weight.
  4. The whole hour is spend with me, myself and I (okay, sometimes I bring a friend!)
  5. I love all my new muscles. A lot of woman worry about getting “bulky” when they lift higher weight and it’s so silly because we don’t have the same shape as males, the same hormones, the same way of eating, etc etc. So why would our muscle look the same way as men’s? They won’t.

Well a recipe and a rant on fitness, I think I’ve covered my quota, non?

Have a happy week!

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Today was a bad day. Today was a terrible day. Today I ate 2 pieces of cake, and I feel like dirt.

I have a confession: I love terrible food. I can’t resist it some days. Today was one of those days. I love things like pop tarts, KD, granola bars, those frozen cheese cakes you can buy at the grocery store, think of the worst thing to put into your body, guaranteed I want to eat it. I was that girl who used to lie to myself about what I was putting into my body, the girl who would sneak extra cookies or chocolate and that girl was always unhappy and unbalanced. But I loved (…love) it all, but you know what? It doesn’t love me. Not even a little bit.

This past month I’ve been feeling great. Heck, I made it through mounting a play without a panic attack or any more than a (minor) meltdown. It’s funny the way food can dictate the way you feel. Again, I would never say paleo is for everyone, but the way I’m feeling tonight is making me realize it’s definitely for me. I haven’t felt more shitty in the last month than I do right now. Perhaps it’s post-play depression and yes it’s a real thing just ask any actor/director/stage crew. Regardless, I should feel amazing, accomplished and absolutely bright and shiny. I do not.

So when people say you should eat what you want, they’ve never met a girl like me who could (nay, HAS) single-handedly consume an entire cake in one sitting. Food is the thing that dictates whether or not I’m mentally and emotionally balanced. It’s far more to me than just the thing I need to put into my body in order to survive. It decides my mood, my mindset and my physical ability to perform. Food is supposed to fuel my body, not make it feel like this.

Moral of this story and such a long winded post: No more cake for Meghan…well paleo cake is allowed haha!

Back to clean eating tomorrow. Tomorrow is a new day, I love new days. Anything can happen.

“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

Tell me I’m not the only gal (or guy) out there who feels like this?

Alright, so the end of the month ended yesterday and I will be the first to say I failed miserably at the end of the month. Now I’m not one to make excuses, but I really do have a good reason and that reason is a play, which I was directing. It’s important to note that when I say I failed miserably I mean that I needed coffee…almost every day of the week.

Allow me to have a moment about how much coffee saved me. I needed it, not only for my energy, but for my nerves, for my sanity and for a moment each day I got away from all the stressers I was feeling…I woke up this morning feeling panicked because I had forgotten something: “Oh crap! WAIT WAIT….*sighhhh* the show closed last night Meghan”. Now that being said I stayed fairly paleo outside of the coffee and 1 cider after opening night because I needed to celebrate. One must celebrate their directorial debut.

So back to the food talk. I’ve taken to eating spaghetti squash with a nice meat and veggie sauce on top.

I made these brownies today from OMGpaleo and I really like them. I’m going to continue eating paleo for the most part, but for the purposes of this recipe I decided to add mint chocolate chips and boy are they yummy, I had to try super hard not to eat them all! Here is the recipe, I said if I ever wanted to convert anyone to paleo this is the recipe I would use: http://paleomg.com/sweet-potato-brownies/

This week has been a whirlwind and I had an incredible experience, but I’m thankful to be back to having time to cook for myself, eat (mostly) full paleo, and work out! Back to the gym tomorrow and back to work. I’ll keep posting here despite the month being over. I think a lot of the recipes that Pearce and I have made are quite easy for those not eating paleo to do.