Well, the holidays have come to an end with a mix of sadness and relief for me. I really enjoy the extended time with my family and sense of celebration, but boy oh boy, by the end I’m really ready to get back on that healthy bandwagon. Right? Are you with me?

Yesterday I started planning my daily allotment of calories to roughly consist of 40% “smart” carbs, 30% fats and 30% protein. This is referred to as a “Macro” (or macronutrient) diet plan. The goal is to reduce body fat without losing muscle mass. The My Fitness Pal (MFP) app is a great tool for tracking this. In the past I have used LoseIt when trying to keep track of my calories. I apologize to any of my clients I recommended the app to. MFP is FAR easier. Apparently the app was purchased by Under Armour and they made a lot of upgrades to it. It is so easy to load a whole recipe and it matches ingredients for you. I highly recommend it. Even if you don’t care to try and balance your calories across the macronutrients, it’s always a good idea to periodically track your intake to remind yourself of what portions support your goals. Why not give it a try for a month? What have you go to lose? Ha, Ha…. catch that. Pun intended. 😉

Anyway… Here are some recipes we are enjoying this week:

Oven-Baked Pork & Apples (PALEO – substitute olive oil for the butter). I’ve made this before. It’s really easy and flavorful.

Mexican Meatloaf (PALEO) – This is a new recipe I’m trying. I’m planning to exclude the chorizo. I’m not really a fan.

Jenny’s Sweet Potato Hash (PALEO) – This is another recipe I’ve made and love.

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