Donut Cheat Day

A few weeks ago, I mentioned I had completely cut out all forms of sugar and grains/gluten. 

I didn’t have a plan to stop or cheat on my plan but when in Nashville this weekend we found a great bakery that had paleo donuts. By definition a paleo donut fits into my criteria for food and I was excited to have a treat. 


Their was some miscommunication between me and the donut lady and only one of the donuts we got was paleo (the smallest one in the box). 

So I ended up having a cheat day and boy was it a good one. I had a S’more one that had chocolate icing and marshmallow filling. 

Back on track tomorrow 🙂

Lunch at Table 33

We took advantage of our babysitter staying until 4pm today and went for a late lunch without the kids. 

We found a new restaurant called Table 33. Their menu was loaded with great gluten free options, like my chicken and waffles with home made sriracha sauce I had, yum!

Typical Breakfast

During my paternity leave, usually made breakfast for myself everyday. I’ve really enjoyed having a hearty breakfast, especially if I go to 5am CrossFit. 

Here’s what my breakfast has looked like durin the last week (minus the potatoes)


I start by sautéing some eggs, then add some veggies from a salad mix from Trader Joe’s. Next I add some butter and spinach and any other vegetable we have in the fridge. 

Then I add either 3 or 4 eggs and topped with some Mozzarella cheese. 

The waffle is a grain free waffle made primarily of cashews and are amazing. 

I have been avoiding grains, anything that isn’t a whole food, and sugar (and substitutes like honey or maple syrup) for the last 6.5 weeks. 

It was tough at first constantly craving sugar, but now I’m trying to see how long I can keep the streak going. 

I’m starting to see some great improvements at the gym and I’m down about 8 pounds of fat in that time (says my smart scale). 

Save Money with ibotta

There’s a great app that we use to save money on grocery items without clipping coupons. It’s called ibotta and I think it’s easier to use that cutting coupons.

How it works:

  • Install the app on your phone.
  • Browse through the items you are planning on buying that have a discount and select them.
  • Checkout like normal at the grocery store.
  • At home, snap a picture of the UPC and the receipt.
  • Within a few days, your account will be credited.

Between my wife and I we’ve redeemed close to $100 in gift cards to Whole Foods (you can choose between a whole slew of great gift cards as soon as you accrue $20 in rewards).

If you use this ibotta link, you’ll get a $10 referral bonus on your first redemption (and to be transparent, I get $5 for the referral).

Fully Stocked

Just got our latest shipment of grass fed beef. This is what half a cow looks like:


In total we got:

  • 20 packages of steaks (with 2 steaks per pack)
  • 13 roasts, averaging six pounds each
  • 20 packs of hamburger patties (6 burgers per pack)
  • 58 pounds of ground beef

That should make our weekly grocery bill a bit less 🙂

Turkey in February 

Two years ago, we bought two fresh grass fed turkeys at Thanksgiving and put one in the freezer.

Since we are just a few short weeks out from having a chaotic life with a newborn, I cooked the 20 pound bird today and will be making some casseroles to put in the freezer.

And of course a whole week of eating turkey 🦃

I did leave the temperature a bit too high, for too long, so the skin got a bit crispy, but since I cook it with the breast meat down, it was still tender and juicy.

4 Weeks of Paleo

Over the last few years, I’ve been a pretty clean eater.

We’ve typically eaten gluten-free, with little sugar, and the occasional dairy.

And in November, I challenged myself to eat gluten and sugar free and was successful for the entire month.

Starting today, our CrossFit gym is doing a Paleo challenge for four weeks leading up to the CrossFit Open.

Each week, we start with 35 points and for every “cheat” meal we have, we have to deduct 5 points.

We get 10 points for coming to the gym (max 30 points per week).

The winner will be based on the number of points, amount of improvement in the benchmark workout, and changes in body measurements.

A fun little challenge to hopefully make the cold Ohio winter go faster 🙂