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This week's tester are Holly and Chad Hailey from Stafford, VA. Holly works as a Pharmacist, but also lists Mom, wife, maid, chef and nurse as her other professions. Chad is a Marine currently stationed at Quanitco. They both enjoy CrossFit and are new members of Ardent CrossFit in Stafford, as they have only lived in town for five months.

If she can find a minute of spare time, Holly enjoys cooking, reading, playing the piano, pretending to be a wine connoisseur, snowboarding, camping, hiking, hunting (she just got her first bow), fishing, spending time on the beach or in the mountains, and being a foodie and lover of microbrews (she's originally from Oregon).

I asked how she had heard about PaleoNick and this is what Holly had to share:

"I randomly stumbled on Paleo Nick’s website one day while searching for a Paleo lamb recipe. I was trying to be brave and venture out by cooking things that I’m unfamiliar with and are totally out of my comfort zone. Upon scouring the site a bit further I saw a picture of someone I know so continued to read further about why there was a picture of this person that I know on this website. I mean, at this point I felt almost famous already anyways with that tiny connection. LMAO. This was when I discovered the whole recipe testing thing and I thought to myself, “I love to cook, I could totally do that”! The only recipes I’ve tried of Nick’s so far have been the four tested out here. I plan to continue cooking many of his recipes though as I was thoroughly impressed with the ones I made. My favorite of the four I tested was the slow cooker carnitas. Eating Paleo has definitely changed my life. Not so much in a physically tangible way, but in a way that only I can feel on the inside of my body every single day. Does that even make sense? It does in my head… I started doing Crossfit about 7 years ago and had no intention of changing the way I ate because I love food way too much. I honestly hated hearing people at my box talk about it “all the time”. After almost a year a group of people were doing the 21-day challenge so I decided to give it a shot. I mean, I could do anything for 21 days right? Then I would prove to them and myself that it would make no difference whatsoever. Fast forward 21 days… well, I was dead wrong. *GASP* The first week was tough and I felt like I was going to either starve to death or faint all of them time. Then I began to feel amazing and healthy. Who knew healthy was a feeling? Anyways, I haven’t looked back ever since. I mean, I fall off the train every now and again (ahem, Thanksgiving), but I always get right back on with a big sigh of relief. At any given point in time I would say I’m 90% Paleo only because I am human. At this point in my life I’ve not given any consideration to my macros, I just thought people were wasting their time and trying to sound all fancy and smart. Now that I’m working out much more than I have in the past I am starting to become curious about these macros they speak of… stay tuned, I know nothing at this point. But I do see that they are all measured out on your recipes so that was inspiring.

Scroll down to see how the recipes turned out for Holly this week:

17.50 Groceries

Slow Cooker "Carnitas"

Nick's Ahi Poke

Balsamic Braised Lamb Shanks

Bacon and Green Chile Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

Thank you Holly and Chad for being AMAZING meal plan testers!! Your feedback is top notch and the amount of photos you submitted made my job super easy this week. I am glad to hear that you stepped outside of the box and tried some new recipes. Now if you just learn your macro breakdown, you will be "Zoned Out Culinary Ninjas." I appreciate all your hard work and I hope you will test for us again some day. 

(Holly and her family)

 

 

 

 

 

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I have been a cook for the past 20 years and a CrossFitter since 2008.  It is my passion to share my cooking knowledge through the videos on this site.  I want to turn you into a Culinary Ninja while helping you "Keep it Paleo!"

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