The Start of My “Eat, Pray, Love” Summer

I used to write these posts called “A Week in my Paleo Life”, where I’d basically tell you about what food I was eating, what workouts I was doing, and why. I thought they were kinda boring, but I got emails here and there saying they were appreciated. I usually hesitate to post personal things, but this summer I am embarking on my own “Eat, Pray, Love” experience. Or a Happiness project. Or I don’t know, one of those books that means I am opening my eyes to new things and experiences! 

My summers and school breaks are always a time for me to refuel and do things that I really love. My freshman summer, I learned the world of blogging from Laura Fuentes. My sophomore summer, I studied for the MCAT. Now my junior summer, I will be learning how to cook from Chef Robert Vasquez

Chef's Table quote

Day 1:

The Chef told me I should “prepare for bootcamp”. A few of the other workers warned me that he will be nice the first few weeks, and then he’ll expect a lot from me. So to me this meant, I should probably take notes. 

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How to Make Salads Taste Better

Not a salad person? Here are my favorite tricks on how to make salads taste better. If you do just one of these 3 tips, go with number 1!

How to make salads taste better

1) Buy a salad chopper.
I am not kidding when I say this is my favorite and most used tool in my kitchen. I know I’m not the only one who hates making a salad and then having about 4 bites of food because my lettuce is so huge. Breaking up pieces with your hands gets so annoying, especially if you have already been chopping everything else. SOLUTION: SALAD CHOPPER. Throw in a few handfuls of lettuce, all your favorite toppings (unchopped), and chop away!! I absolutely love this thing. It has saved me so much time, and it has made salad eating so much more enjoyable.
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What is Paleo F(x)? (2015)

What is Paleo F(x)? Just possibly the GREATEST, most inspiring weekend of the whole year. Imagine walking into a building where each person there has a goal to make this world a better place, and each of them has a different unique story that they are eager to share with you! 

Going to Paleo F(x) felt a little bit like meeting your favorite characters at Disney World, except without the autograph book. Words don’t describe what its like to meet the people who started this movement. To name a few I met Mark Sisson (Mark’s Daily Apple), Dave Asprey (creator of Bulletproof coffee), Melissa and Dallas Hartwig (creators of the Whole30 program), and Nell Stephenson (The Paleoista, basically Loren Cordain’s spokesperson). These people have changed my life and the lives of thousands of others. 

 What is Paleo F(x)?

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Paleo Noodles with Shrimp and Bacon (Zoodles!)

Here’s a basic equation for you. Zucchini + noodles= zoodles. The new Paleo Noodles. They are delicious. VERY delicious. And possibly your new favorite Paleo meal. Imagine all the things you can make now that you have zoodles on your menu too. Paleo Noodles are real! You won't believe how these are made, and how delicious they taste.

The only thing you need to make these zoodles is a Spiralizer. You can buy one on Amazon, and it is completely worth the small price. Once you start using a spiralizer, you will wonder how you went this long without one! 

If you decide to buy a Spiralizer, you will find it very easy to use. The product comes with directions on how to spiralize your zucchini, or whatever vegetable you may want to use.
Zoodles can be made in a variety of ways. Just think of them as your regular noodle substitute. So if you love spaghetti and meatballs, just sub them spaghetti with zoodles. Fettucini alfredo? You can do it! Or just try this amazing dish below, zoodles with shrimp and bacon. … 

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Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Twice baked sweet potatoes, you say? Yes! And this recipe is so good. These Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes are easy to make and incredibly flavorful!

I usually like my sweet potatoes sweet, but sometimes I like them savory, like in this recipe below and in my Sweet Potato Hash Browns. This recipe below was inspired by my friends when they were making twice baked white potatoes the other night. They had gotten through most of the recipe and said, “What is it missing?” I answered “an egg for binding!” They praised the idea, and their potatoes came out amazing. 

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