About Me...

My name is Marlene. 

I'm a proud LEO Wife and Mommy to three gorgeous and charismatic little girls. I'm also a photographer and feel blessed to be able to stay home with my girls while continuing to pursue my passion for photography.

I was a vegetarian for 10+ years (hence... You hunt. I gather.) and in 2012 I decided to re-enter the meat eating world.

Basically, in 2002 I watched a documentary called "Meet your Meat".  That was enough for me to quit cold turkey (no pun intended) and not pick up another piece of meat, chicken, fish, etc. I ended up marrying a meat eater and I didn't force my opinions on him, I actually ended up cooking many, many animal protein based meals. I didn't consider myself "healthy". I wasn't eating meat, but I also wasn't eating a balanced diet that was optimal for my health. When we had our girls and they were old enough to eat whatever we ate, again I let them try it if they wanted it and never deprived them of it. My husband started CrossFit in 2009 or 2010 and since Paleo and CrossFit kind of go hand in hand he came home talking about this "diet" that he wanted to incorporate to help his training. I decided to try it with him and failed miserably! There's only so much spinach you can physically eat in one day; it isn't very filling when there's no substantial protein/fat to go with it. My husband, on the other hand, had amazing results! He was feeling great, doing great in his workouts and looking great. After our last move we decided I'd be a SAHM and I decided I wanted to do something for myself, I started CrossFit. I knew I would need to make some changes in my eating habits because there was no way I was going to see results anywhere near his living off of Hot Cheetos and fried mozzarella sticks just because they were "vegetarian" ;) I started doing some research and realized that not all animals live in cruel conditions and are treated badly. I looked into local, organic, grassfed options and decided that was somewhere to start. I eased back into it with some poultry then fish. When I was ready to start with red meats I went for the super lean choice of bison. I never had any problems transitioning which I thought for sure I would. I think because I eliminated all processed foods and was able to let my body "detox" it made all the difference in the world. Now, we have our cheats and our favorite not-so-paleo treats, but that's what helps keep us on track.

My husband is a Certified Level 1 Trainer and I joined his box at the beginning of 2012.  I've never been athletic and I have to admit that I'm kind of surprised at how much I am loving CrossFit!  I wish I had started much sooner.  I feel great and I look forward to our WOD's which is something I never thought I'd say.

Anyhow, thank you for stopping by. I'll mostly be sharing new recipes with you as well as recipes I've found that are tried and true.

Welcome!




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