Plus a sneak peek of our upcoming “7 Day Anti-Perfect Mindset Challenge!”
By: Janine Serio
Last week, I gave you the low down on the PERFECT workout. This week, it is all about the PERFECT protein…FRIED CHICKEN!
Wait, say WHAT? Yes, you read correctly and you may even know what I am about to say.
Anything you want can be the PERFECT fuel or, for today’s post, protein; it is all how it works for you!
Is it satisfying? Do you enjoy it? Does it decrease your hunger and cravings? Are you still keeping in line with your physique, or overall health and wellness, goals? While there are many other questions you can ask yourself, these are the most basic and, if answered with mostly “yes’s,” then what is stopping you from consuming?
Is it because all you hear is that this particular food item is supposedly “bad” for you?
Is it because your friend does not eat it so, therefore, you should not consume it either?
Is there a feeling of guilt or shame that is correlated with its consumption?
Does this food make you feel like you are “cheating” because it is not bland, dry, and, frankly, unappealing and tasteless?
Again, I can go a LOT deeper with the psychology behind food related behaviors but that is not the point of this post. Not only do I want to share with you a SUPER AWESOME recipe that was whirled up in my kitchen last evening but I want to help you drop this mentality that you have to be super strict, or PERFECT for that matter, in order to see results.
In our upcoming “7 Day Anti-Perfect Challenge” (which you can register for HERE), the first lesson focuses on this concept of shame and how it is directly linked to this idea of perfectionism.
The opposite of loving ourselves and OWNING our own process (yes, this process includes eating WHAT we want) is the universal emotion called “shame.” For so many, it defines us. It is that emotion that leaves us feeling like we are flawed, unlovable, unworthy, etc.
Why did I let myself eat that fried chicken, or that bowl of ice cream, or even have those chips with my sandwich?
Am I THAT weak?
When did I lose my willpower? Am I at a point of no return? Maybe I am not cut out for this whole “moderate lifestyle?
In our effort to avoid these feelings, we strive to be perfectionists. Enter in the SUPER STRICT mentality of deprivation, needing to be “on a plan,” working out like crazy, etc.
Perfectionism is debilitating, and it’s what keeps us struggling day after day, month after month, year after year. In fact, the more we strive for perfectionism, the further away we get from our goals. Instead, we continue down the rabbit hole of self-destruction. Our deprivation turns to an all out binge, we tell ourselves that we will get “back on a plan” tomorrow or next week (when, in actuality, we never go back to anything), and our workouts become boring, stagnant, and downright dreadful.
This vicious cycle will keep on continuing unless YOU, and only you, decide to get out of your own way and to, FINALLY, give yourself permission to live your life according to what works best FOR YOU!
So, are you ready to accept the fact that fried chicken REALLY is the PERFECT protein? If so, check out this awesome recipe that was adapted from Diane Sanfilippo’s Mediterranean Paleo Cooking. Enjoy!
Crispy Fried Chicken Tenders
As authentic as it gets! No frills or perfection; picture captured post-fry!
- 2 cups blanched almond flour
- 1 tbsp. paprika
- Fine sea salt and ground black pepper
- 1-1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins or chicken breasts
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup coconut oil
- In a shallow bowl, combine the almond flour with the paprika, sea salt, and black pepper (just a pinch).
- If using chicken breasts in lieu of tenderloins, but breasts, lengthwise, into 2-inch wide strips. This yields ~3 strips per breast. Season the chicken, liberally, with salt and pepper on all sides.
- In a separate shallow bowl, break eggs and beat them with a fork. Thoroughly coat each piece of chicken with egg, then dredge the chicken in the flour mixture, coating both sides, and shaking off the excess. Place the coated chicken on a plate and set aside.
- Once all chicken has been coated, heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over high heat.
- Carefully place the chicken strips into the FAT and “fry” for 5 minutes. Flip them and cook for another 5 minutes, or until the chicken is golden brown on the outside and no pink remains on the inside.
- Let the chicken drain on a paper towel for 1 minute before serving. Don’t be alarmed, most of the dredging may end up in the pan. The (possible) way around this is to “fry” in smaller batches and/or flipping every 2-3 minutes in lieu of 5 minutes
Our FREE “7 Day Anti-Perfect Mindset Challenge” that will help you PERFECT your ANTI-PERFECT mentality starts Monday, August 29th. For more information, and to REGISTER, check out all the details HERE!