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My non-paleo month July 10, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — aminakailua @ 10:17 pm

So I just logged on to my blog after a 30 day break from posting. I wasn’t posting on purpose, because I wasn’t eating anywhere near my usual 80% paleo. I am pretty sure I dropped down to 50%, which is pretty SAD. Really, my new job has erased all will power I thought I had. I have been training hard, but to no avail, because my diet has been SHITTY!

So here I am, embarking on day 1 of my 30 day paleo challenge. Again.

I am going to do my measurements and my weight/BF on my DailyBurn page. This blog for the next month might seem a bit much, but I really want to use it to document progress, issues, set-backs, and results on a truly manageable paleo diet.

There will be food, workouts and more coming soon. July 10 – August 8.


Jerk Shrimp and Steamed Cabbage May 11, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — aminakailua @ 3:49 am

Jerk. Jerk. Jerk. Jerk.

Most commercial brands have sugar in it. You can get around this. You will need a food processer.

In it, a few nice sized chunks of sweet mango, half a small onion, 2 scalllions (green onions), 1/2 habanero pepper, 1 heaping tbsp allspice and a clove of garlic. This needs to be a paste when done processing. Mix in 1 tsp thyme, shake or two of cinnamon and nutmeg. Salt and Pepper as you like.

This rub goes on meat or whatever. I used it on shrimp today.

Rubbed it into the shrimp and cooked it up in the skillet. It is better to leave overnight but I was really hungry. This stuff has a shelf life of about 2 months or so.

Steamed cabbaged

Simple enough

Sautee 1/2 onion in  1tbsp Kerrygold Butter. Add small head of cabbage, chopped and rinsed.  Stir and add the following:

Handful or so of shredded or cut up carrots.
1/2 tsp of your jerk mix
sea salt to taste

Steam until tender. Viola! Jamaica in a day!


coconut curried beef and tahini roasted vegetables May 4, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — aminakailua @ 6:49 am

Yay. Another paleo dinner success story.

It started with a bacon fat (I use Gwaltney Beef Bacon). I sautéed some well diced sweet onions, green onions and garlic. Yes, now would be a great time for smellivision. My house smelled like a gourmet palace. Once they were well seasoned I added a pound of grass fed sirloin stewing meat, cut into bite sized pieces and browned it. Once that was said and done, I deglazed the pan with 1/2 cup of coconut water. You could stop here and not be dissapointed, trust me. I didn’t after sampling I added 1/4 cup of minced cilantro, 2 tsp curry powder, 1/2 tsp cumin, coarse black pepper and 1/4 cup coconut meal. It started getting pretty thick so I added a cup of water, turned it down and walked away. After an hour or so, I tasted it, threw in some salt and some minced habanero (I keep this in the fridge at all times). Let it cook some more, maybe another 45 minutes and then I folded in some spinach.

While all this was going on, I also roasted some veggies. Here’s how it goes down: Me, a bag of Organic Frozen California Style Vegetables (Safeway O line) and a tablespoon of tahini start getting it on. I decide to get a little kinky and I add some fresh spears of local zucchini and garlic. Turmeric joins in, with cumin, grapeseed oil and sea salt… all with some apprehension. After massaging them with my hands, I put them in a pan uncovered and roast in the oven at 425° for about 20 minutes, and Voilà!

Dinner is served!


Uno, Dos y Tres de Mayo…

Filed under: Uncategorized — aminakailua @ 2:13 am

Ok, this has been a stressful week. Emotional tolls and food and me, well we have a strange relationship. I have struggled with this all my life. Lucky for me I do not have anything really damaging at home, although I have eating all the fruit in the house. I haven’t exercised in 48 hours. I am hoping this changes tonight. Maybe a crossfit workout at home and a run in the morning… We shall see.

I finally got my surfboard back from my friend, so its back in the water for me this week! Last few days I have prepared some small meals, but I have been out alot and eating out. The stress has also made me have less of an appetite altogether, so IF has been going on a lot. I cannot complain, since I have lost 6 lbs, however this will be reversed this week if I don’t get my ass back in gear.

My most impressive meal preparation for the weekend was the lamb shanks. Because I was in demolish mode, there are no pictures of the plate. What I do have, is the recipe which will be posted soon.


Last week, I had a 33 mile week. YES! I am slowly getting back. My injury is not bothering me nearly as much as it was a month ago, and while its a slow process this past week has made me feel HUMAN again. I am going to try and stay focused with that in mind. Hopefully I will be running marathons again in NO TIME!!!

Tonight, I have some grassfed sirloin that I am trying to figure out what to do to it.  Lets see what happens next!


Day 10, 11 and 12 April 30, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — aminakailua @ 2:29 am

So its been a week of sorts. I am attempting this blog, accountability, lifestyle realization during a time of major transition, so blogging on a daily basis? So not an option this week. Today I give you Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. My issues with food materialized during this crazy week.  Orthorexia Nervosa they call it I guess, but since I was busy alot and didn’t have the time to prepare for what the week sprung on me, I unwillingly took part in a lot of IF (intermittent fasting) the past few days. I have made a conscious effort to take pictures of food I was eating, preparing or cheating with. Today, I am braising some yummy lamb shanks. (look out for the recipe)

I have to log yesterday and Wednesdays food, but for today:

B: Hardboiled Egg and a California Mandarin (after an 8+ mile run)

L: Sunflower seeds

S: 2 Applegate Franks, 2 beef ends

D: 1/2 braised lamb shank.


An Accidental Luau April 27, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — aminakailua @ 1:35 am

The Accidental Luau – All Paleo of course

And the “desert”


Kalua Turkey and Cabbage April 26, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — aminakailua @ 10:37 pm

** FYI:

Kālua is a traditional Hawaiian cooking method that utilizes an imu, or underground oven. The word kālua literally means “to cook in an underground oven” and also describes the flavor of food cooked in this manner – e.g. the kālua pig (Hawaiian puaa kālua) which is commonly served at luau feasts. (from

In your Crock Pot:

5lb Turkey Breast, deboned

splash or 2 of Liquid Smoke

2 tbsp Grapeseed oil

1 med sliced onion

1 minced clove garlic

sea salt to taste

cook all day on medium while you work/shop/crossfit

when you get done add 1/2 or 1 small head of cabbage chopped, season with coarse ground black pepper, a dash of cumin and cook till you think its ready (depends on how well done you prefer your cabbage)