Friday, February 1, 2013

Happy February!

Hard to believe we're one month in to 2013. Where the heck did January go??

WHAT a week this has been! Never thought I'd make it to the end. Third straight week of long days 6am-8pm running all over the city in the bitter cold testing people for my dissertation, getting 6 hours of sleep each night (I need all 8 to feel normal), and squeezing in a WOD each day. I felt productive though and the kind words from research subjects kept me going, but I was pretty worn out when I got home.

Today is Day 5 of the Whole60 with sugar detox. Towards the end of this week, I felt somewhat lower blood sugar which was probably some combination of sleep deprivation, dietary changes, and mentally & physically tiring days. I still had the energy to work and workout, but I wasn't bouncing off the walls like normal lol  Also, one thing about the sugar detox program that makes no sense to me... even at the strictest level, everyone is allowed 1 green apple or 1 green banana per day.  How is that a sugar detox??  Will that really slay the sugar dragon, curb cravings, and not cause any insulin spike or weight gain? Whatever the case, there will be no fruit for me... I'm a stickler for this kind of stuff hehehe

Soooo.... what to do to celebrate the end of a long, tiring week?? STEAK!! I haven't had a good steak in awhile and it was on sale at the grocery store (for the superbowl) so I figured why not. Plus, after eating tupperware leftovers all week, I wanted a fresh, hot, homemade meal. Cooking a steak indoors can still taste delicious even if it's not on a summertime grill. The secret is to sear it on the stove, then put it in the oven.

Easy Peasy Indoor Steak

NY Strip Steak (or other cut of red meat) of any size, visible fat removed
GrillMasters Reduced Sodium Steak Seasoning (coarse salt, black & red pepper, paprika) 

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Preheat nonstick skillet on high. Sprinkle both sides of steak with seasoning. 
2. Place steak into heated skillet. Sear for 2 minutes on each side.
3. Put skillet into heated oven and cook for 4 minutes (medium-rare; adjust cooking time to personal preference).
4. Serve with whatever sides you want. I used a veggie mix of broccoli, peppers, green beans, carrots, mushroom & water chestnuts - sauteed in olive oil and seasoned with italian seasoning, parsley, garlic powder, & seasoned salt.

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