Happy Hump Day Peeps! Today was yet the nicest day of the the year and wouldn’t you know, the AC in my car was blowing out hot air! Wtf??!! My cousin Janet and I, nearly melted on our way home from our cousin Arlene’s house.  We had a little impromptu girl’s meet there with little Miss Cali (my niece) who think she is hot stuff, hanging with the girls.  Anyway, I was ready to trade my Volvo in for a 370Z (my dream car) when my father told me he would take care of it on Saturday.  Needless to say, by the time I got to the gym to see Cyril, my hair was drenched with sweat, and so was my shirt.  Normally, I wouldn’t care, but I had just blown it out! Ugh..

Anyhow, not sure if I mentioned this, but I’m in the process of doing RP Strength and loving it so far.. I mean, it’s definitely been a challenge in some respects, but I am loving the results.  At the start of the year, I completed the Whole30 which I truly believe, reset my entire system.  It also helped me to give up alcohol, caffeine, dairy, and sugar.. it also helped me to get back on the Paleo band wagon.. And all of this helped me to lose half the weight I put on, last year, but then I kind of plateaued, so I needed something that would jump start additional weight loss.

My sister saw amazing results on RP Strength and so have many others, so I decided to give it a try, and the weight is coming off quickly, consistently, and I’m never hungry, but I’m going to be completely honest.. it is not the easiest diet in the world to do.  For starters, your life for twelve weeks will revolve around templates that tell you how much protein, fat, leafy greens, and carbs to eat, and at what times throughout the day, and this is all contingent upon whether or not you workout on those days, and at what time.  The good news is, there is a template for every scenario, but if you are Paleo and thinking about RP Strength, which is common since it’s very big in the world of cross fit because of the amazing results cross fitters are seeing.. not sure if that’s a word because I tend to make my own up, here and there, but if you’re Paleo, it takes a little time to get used too.

There are two things I allow myself to have without feeling as though I’m betraying my Paleo beliefs.. I mean, lets face it, even Paleo people have certain things they refuse to give up.. PaleOMG eats rice, NomNomPaleo eats beans, Primal Palate consumes the occasional scoop of quinoa, and I like oatmeal! There you have it, I like oatmeal, and on occasion, I’ll eat white rice (never brown because brown is said to cause inflammation because the husk has been removed, but I’m just not crazy about the taste of it).  Anyway, I like oatmeal, and my trainer highly recommends it, so I incorporate it into some of my night time casein smoothies or use it as a side.

If you’re thinking about RP Strength, I’d recommend taking your templates to the grocery store, so you can pick up items right off their recommended list, and find easy peasey groceries that match the recommended amount of carbs which can range from 25, 35, and 45 grams per meal depending on the time of day, and whether or not you worked out.

Of course, none of this has anything to do with dyeing eggs naturally, but this is what I’m doing at the moment, and figured I’d share.  Now lets talk about these eggs..

I love dyeing eggs and have been doing it every year for Palm Sunday since I can remember, but this year I decided to dye them using real ingredients because lets face it, if you’ve ever eaten a hard boiled easter egg, you’ve seen dye run into the egg at some point.  Probably not enough to make you sick or kill you, but never the less, in keeping with my newfound love of all things made with safer ingredients, I decided to forgo the PAWS this year and opted for turmeric, paprika, blueberries, coffee, and red zinger tea instead!

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Ingredients

  • one dozen eggs
  • 1 cup coffee
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric (mixed with 1/2 cup distilled vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (mixed with 1/2 cup distilled vinegar)
  • 1 red zinger tea bag by Celestial Seasonings (mixed with 1 cup boiling water)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (bring to a boil in 1 cup of water in a small pot, once the blueberries begin to pop, strain the blue water into a glass)

Instructions

  • Place the eggs, one at a time, in each solution
  • The longer you leave the egg in the solution, the darker they will get
  • To make a blue swirl egg, leave some of the blueberries in the glass

*Turmeric=yellow, blueberries=dark blue, red zinger=light blue, coffee=tan, paprika=pale pink.  You can also boil red cabbage for blue, beets for pink, and red onion for green.

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