Breaking Up with Paleo

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This post has been coming for a long time. If you’ve been reading Guilty Kitchen for more than a couple days, you’d know I’ve gone through just about every “lifestyle” diet there is, from Atkins to Vegan, to Paleo and back again. You’d also know I’ve been anorexic, overweight and everything in between. But if you follow my social media, you may have noticed lately, that I’ve been breaking up with paleo.

About two years ago, I started the Paleo Diet, which fuelled my rise into the world of being a multi-published cookbook author, but it also coincided with my first foray into CrossFit, weightlifting and worlds of fitness and strength I had never even heard of. I thrived on it for the first few months. My constant dieting and Beachbody cardio had brought my 5’4″ frame down to a measly 115lbs, but after 2 months on the paleo diet, I was back up to 130lbs. Most of that was not muscle, even though I was doing CrossFit 6 days a week, I still put on mostly fat (though I did gain some serious muscle too).
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Peanut Butter Apple Oat Bars

peanut_butter_apple_oat_bars2-2 Hello my very favourite readers. Last week I held a very informal poll on my Facebook Page asking my readers what kind of recipe they’d like to see next. The overwhelming answers were “healthy snacks” and “fitness and health informational posts”. So today I give you Peanut Butter Apple Oat Bars, a perfect little transportable snack that is very easy to make, inexpensive and perfect for before or after the gym, or even if you just can’t make it one more minute without sustenance. These bars are moderate carb/high protein and very low fat. Now, I’d like to take a minute and talk about those macronutrients. As someone, in the always friendly world of online commenting, tried to point out that high carb/low fat automatically means that it is unhealthy because, let’s face it, that is what the dreaded food pyramid has been pushing on us for years and is mostly to blame for the obesity epidemic (or so they say). That being said, I’d like to point out that anyone who performs any kind of intense physical activity NEEDS carbs for fuel, as does our brain. Brains running on fat are logey and slow, as our brains preferred energy source is and always will be glucose…as in, carbohydrates. Before, during and after an intense lifting session (and/or especially long endurance sessions), ones body is in need of carbohydrates to replenish their glycogen stores (the energy our muscles utilize for fuel).
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Nutrient Timing

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Timing your nutrition is the holy grail of performance, maximum muscle building and proper recovery (some people will tell you it’s also good for body composition, but that’s debatable). A lot of people are confused (rightly so) when it comes to putting this knowledge to work, though.

So how do you eat to optimize performance, muscle growth and recovery while also keeping body composition in check? Well, if really depends on who you ask, but taking a page from my own personal experience and those of the people I look up to (Layne Norton, Lyle McDonald, Krissy Mae Cagney, etc.) there is really only one way to do it properly. 
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11 Days of Giveaways – Day 11

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This is it you guys! The final day! 11 Days of Giveaways – Day 11! And it’s a BIGGIE. Many of the prizes are things I have or would like to have, but this one right here…I covet. Seriously. You’ve seen my ice cream posts but you have not seen my ice cream maker…it’s a little old, a little slow, a little small and if you put too much in, well, it’s a soft serve ice cream fountain.

But this baby, this baby is THE BEST ice cream maker around. The KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment (MSRP $149.99) produces up to 2.0 quarts of soft-consistency ice cream and other frozen desserts, fits all Stand Mixers except KSM6573C and KSM7 models, has several recipes included with the attachment and features a little quirky bit called the dasher, that rotates inside the freeze bowl to spread, scrape and mix the batter. Unlike mine, that leaves a rock hard layer of my ice cream on the sides of the bowl…
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Help for Allergy Sufferers

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In the coming weeks, I will be posting several advertorials on varying products, resources or other things that I use or enjoy. Please see below for my official disclosure. If you have enjoyed the many giveaways I have been doing, then you can understand there are parties behind these products that do require a bit of advertising to support me.

 Advertorial Content Disclosure

All views in any and all advertorial content on guiltykitchen.com is 100% my true and honest opinion. I may or may not have received monetary or product compensation to write the content, but I would never post about anything I didn’t see value in to you, my readers, or myself and my family. This blog started with humble beginnings, but my aim in the next few years is to make this blog my full-time job. Without income from sources such as these, this goal would not be possible. If you do not enjoy the advertorial content, please scroll down for recipes. 

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Summer has been here for a few weeks now. Isn’t it beautiful? Lush green grasses, flowering bushes everywhere, trees sprouting leaves, itchy eyes, runny nose, explosive sneezing…oh what, you too?

From about April through September I suffer from some pretty extensive allergies to flora. I have zero food allergies (though sensitivities do exist) but when it comes to plants, I try to love from afar. One of the things I was super stoked to experience when I went full strict paleo two years ago, was the promise of reduced allergies in spring and summer. Well you know what? For me, that was complete bull. Every morning I woke up with itchy eyes. I sneezed so hard all day long, I thought I was coming down with a new cold every week. I sniffled, I snuffled and finally I gave in. I went back to the pharmacy, and despite my eagerness to never buy any pharmaceuticals (unless it was an emergency), I was back on the pills.
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