I have been meaning to share this recipe, but honestly, I kept forgetting about it. It is so incredibly easy that you will want to make it all the time; especially for the leftovers!
Lately, I have been getting a lot of questions about paleo and how I got started and what keeps me going. Keep asking me those questions, I love it! Anyways, I wanted to talk about how I have made paleo work for me so hopefully, it will inspire you to find a healthy lifestyle that works for you. I started paleo about three years ago, just a bit after I graduated college. I was living with my personal trainer boyfriend (now fiance :)) and I basically became his guinea pig. He started talking about some diet that people called “paleo” and it sounded so hard to follow! I started doing some of my own research and liked what I read so I decided to give it a shot. I dove in head first cutting out EVERYTHING that wasn’t paleo. I’m not going to sugar coat anything, it was fing hard! My cravings for pizza and ice cream took over and I was pretty miserable. I stuck with it, though, and eventually those cravings slowly became less. Once I got my cravings under control and become more creative with my meals, I started to love the paleo lifestyle!
I was strict paleo for a good two years, if not longer with cheat meals here and there. I didn’t cheat often because I would feel extremely guilty. Finally, somewhat recently actually, I told myself that I didn’t want to feel guilty anymore about the “bad” things I was eating. I started slowly adding in some none paleo foods and kept out the foods I knew upset my stomach. I noticed my workouts were feeling better and overall, I was happier! This is when I fully adopted the 80/20 rule. I eat 80 percent paleo 100 percent of the time (name that movie!) and 20 percent none paleo foods. I still eat very healthy and clean but I add in more carbohydrates to fuel my workouts and indulge a bit more than I have in the past.
It has taken me three years to get where I am right now with my eating habits and I am not done figuring it out either. Living and eating healthy is a lifetime of effort. It isn’t something that you can try for a couple weeks, see results and go back to the way you have always eaten. If you do not teach your mind and body how to properly fuel it and how to prep ahead of time, you are only setting yourself up for failure. Over time, I have found the type of paleo that works for me and my body. Now, it is up to you to figure out what works for your body! Just because this works for me may not mean that it is the best for you. I am here to help you along this beautiful journey so if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below, message me on facebook or send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I started this blog to inspire and help people live a healthier lifestyle so please let me help you!
Easy Paleo Crockpot Chicken
- 2lb frozen chicken breasts
- 8oz mushrooms, sliced
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground pepper
- 2 tbls dried basil
- Juice of 1 lemon (save the lemon halves)
- 8.25 carton of organic unsalted chicken stock
- Place the chicken and mushrooms in your crockpot. Sprinkle on seasonings and pour in lemon juice. Place the two halves of the lemon face down in the crockpot on top of the chicken. Add chicken stock, cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
- Remove chicken from crockpot and shred with two forks.
- I had mine with a bed of mixed greens and green beans. Make your side of choice and you have a simple dinner ready for you when you get home from your busy day!