This is a hashtag you’ll often see us use on whatever social media platform we happen to be on at any given moment. We feel very strongly that weight loss is at least 80% food and 20% physical movement.
You can’t out exercise your diet if what you’re eating is full of crap and unless you are reading labels religiously and mapping out your macro nutrient percentages you probably aren’t paying attention to what comes inside those neatly packaged pre-made meals with words like “Low Fat”, “Low Carb”, “Lite” yadda yadda yadda.
Most people complain about not having enough time. Well, we say fuck that. You make time!. Make time to take care of yourself. Make time to put yourself first above busy schedules, soccer games and gymnastics and time to finally make some life long changes that lead to life sustaining changes that you’ve been so desperately trying to make.
You don’t have to go into the kitchen and channel the spirit of Jamie Oliver, making a six course meal fit for the Queen to make good food that’s good for you. You just have to have a recipe you want to try and a little patience with yourself.
So what if it doesn’t come out looking just like the picture? So what if your kitchen got more messy than you thought it would? So what if it took a little longer than you anticipated? Maybe the taste didn’t turn out exactly like you thought it would.
But what if what you tried to make in the kitchen came out just like you imagined? What if it tasted better than you anticipated? What if it didn’t take nearly as long as you imagined? That’s what being in your kitchen is all about!
And here’s a little secret: When you’re kicking ass in the 80% food department, you’re gonna be seriously kicking ass in the 20% physical movement. Believe that!
Below is the recipe for one of our favorite soups that we found over at Cook’s Kitchen (it’s a paid website but the original soup was up for grabs for a day at no cost!). Because we practice A LOT in our kitchen we knew to change this up just a little to give it more complexity according to our tastes.
Paleo Curried Sweet Potato Bacon Soup
This will make about 10 cups of soup (140ish calories per serving).
Start to Table time: Less than an hour
- 6 Slices of Bacon (chopped)
- 2 Onions (chopped)
- 3 lbs Sweet Potatoes (6-7 medium, peeled and sliced thin)
- 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1 Tsp Curry Paste
- Garlic (we used 5 cloves, minced)
- 4 C Chicken Stock
- 1 C Water
- Salt and Pepper to taste
As always it’s best to prepare everything in advance so when you bring it all together, the process “flows” more smoothly. Raw meats should be the last thing you prep for safety reasons. Mince your garlic, peel and chop your onions, peel and slice your sweet potatoes then finally prepare your bacon.
In a large pot (or dutch oven), cook bacon on medium heat. Half way through add onions, garlic, curry paste and maple sugar. Continue to cook until bacon is crisp and onions are translucent.
Add broth, water and sweet potato slices to the pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium/low heat and simmer until sweet potatoes are tender (about 10-15 minutes). When ready, transfer in small batches to blender/food processor or pull out your handy dandy hand held immersion blender (and if you have one of those we are officially jealous of you!) and blend until smooth.
Season with salt and pepper according to your tastes!
~Now that’s good eatin’ folks!