Oh ya… I have a blog.
Ok I swear I haven’t forgotten about W2EWYCEA.com, but in my honest defense, it’s been a super crazy time! Between moving, resigning from my teaching position at a school that closed shortly thereafter, and getting a job as the new FACS teacher in a small town 30 min away from my new place of residence… it’s been SUPER busy! I was fully intending to keep up with W2EWYCEA.com, but fully restarting my career has sort of made it difficult to keep up on anything that’s not work-related, moving-related, or house keeping-related!
But enough about my excuses! I’m back! Things are going very well for me actually. I’m LOVING my new job as the FACS teacher! It’s awesome that I get to share my passion about health and nutrition with young minds. It is so much fun, and their energy and enthusiasm for life just lights me up!
My diet has been good, but has also added an new element to the W2EWYCEA list. I have recently decided to go sugar-free. Now I’m not talking about switching over to splenda, or substituting coconut sugar, I’m talking about cutting out any unnecessary added sugars completely. I was inspired by the movie “Fed Up.” It’s a documentary about the American consumption of sugar. It’s absolutely fascinating and really made me consider if most of my health issues stem from the fact that I’ve been raised on too many processed foods that are contaminated with horrendous amounts of added sugar. So the rule is: No sugar except for three times a year. Birthday, Christmas, and Valentines day. I can’t eat sugar the day before or after that holiday, even if I have leftovers.
Now I know what you’re thinking, “Well you’re not really going off sugar if you’re still eating it 3 times a year!” I’d beg to differ. If you consider the fact that added sugars are found in items as simple as ketchup, granola bars, yogurt, and preggo pesto sauce, consider how many processed foods you eat in a week that aren’t so called “sugary.” I’m cutting all of those out from my daily diet. I’m anticipating that by the time Christmas comes around, I will have become so used to NOT having sugar, that my pallet simply will not be able to handle the large amounts of sugary treats it was once able to.
So yes. Sugar-free will now be added to that crazy mix. I thought this was going to be harder especially now that I’m around sugary foods every day with my cooking class. Now that’s not to say I’m teaching only the unhealthy recipes, but with kids, you’re teaching them the basics. This means that instead of making homemade quinoa gf pasta, they buy it. Instead of using cashew Alfredo sauce, they make it with milk and other similar ingredients. Naturally the school has no intention of purchasing free-range chickens for all 195 or my students… I could go on but I think you get the picture. I figure if I can at least give them the skills to cook for themselves, I’ve done some good.
Anyway, back to sugar. Unfortunately I’m afraid to say the “sugar-free” portion might be replacing the “paleo” section of this website. I have found that for me, beans and legumes seem to be just fine. However, I still wholeheartedly agree with the other parts of the paleo diet. I’m just taking a side path to health. We’ll see how it goes, and if it’s a complete flop, I guess I’ll go back to paleo!
Well considering this post has turned out to be far longer than I originally intended, I guess I’ll just wrap up by summing up.
I’m back and better than ever! I go jogging every morning for 40 min. I’m totally seasick (as in: I desperately miss the sea)! I’m going off sugar, and I’m ready to be back and revamp my website!
As for these tantalizing sweet potato fries I’ve lured you with, here is the recipe!
- 5 medium sweet potatoes
- coconut oil
- seasoning salt
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- add in your other favorite seasonings!
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Line a sheet tray with parchment. In a large bowl toss sweet potatoes with just enough oil to coat.
- Sprinkle with seasoning salt, chili powder and paprika. Spread sweet potatoes in single layer on prepared baking sheet, being sure not to overcrowd.
- Bake until sweet potatoes are tender and golden brown. Take them out every 20 minutes to flip them with a spatula and spread them around again. I like mine sort of crispy so I usually leave them in till they’ve dried on the edges.
- Top it off with our favorite ground turkey sausage (or as I prefer, some vegan ground sausage), tomatoes, mashed avocado (or homemade guacamole) sour cream ( I get the Toffuti sour cream at my local health store), and whatever other topings you so desire!
I’ve used this everal times for dinner and the husby always eats it right up! Filling and delicious!