Steak and Sweet Potatoes (Paleo Friendly)

Tonight after my workout of mostly pull-ups, push-ups, and kettlebell exercises. I made a delicious dinner of steak and sweet potatoes. Starting the diet has been a struggle adjusting to from my normal eating habits, the cravings for bread are ridiculous especially when walking past the bakery at the commissary. The dish would be easy to make a large amount then slice the steak to separate for meal prep containers. This dinner will definitely be added to my meals list though!

Ingredients:

Favorite cut of steak

Sweet potatoes

Tonkatsu Sauce

Onion

Garlic

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Parsley

Thyme

Salt

Pepper

I started by marinating my steak in a light coating of tonkatsu sauce. After several hours I preheated the oven to 350 and began to saute the garlic and a medium layer of olive oil in a braiser pan for easy transition to the oven. Once the garlic is caramelized add in the onions for caramelizing. Cut up the sweet potato into cubes then throw into pan and season with parsley, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook until outside is golden brown and crispy. Push potatoes and onions to edge of pan to make a space in the middle for the steak. Place steak in pan then place in the oven for 10 minutes. Broil for another 5 to crisp everything up.

Next time I make this dish I will marinate my steak longer and add in a little vinegar to tenderize the steak better. I will also try just broiling the dish because the pan is already cooking the steak from the underside.

Please comment your suggestions and recommendation to the recipe!

I will update as I experiment with different techniques.

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Lifestyle Post

I was fortunate enough to go home for 10 days to see my wife, parents, sister, in-laws, and friends. It was not nearly long enough but it was a much needed trip. There is nothing like coming home to that kind of support I have, also spending time with my two dogs gives a huge positive emotional boost. Watching two dogs play has to be the most sincere pleasure.

This is supposed to be a multi dynamic blog and I have really just focus on adventure. Well today I want to share some lifestyle updates I am changing up. This is not some of that new year new me BS people usually post. Most of this has come from months in the planning making. The topic will I want to cover is a post I wrote before Christmas but wanted to wait until after the holiday season to share it for obvious reasons. This posting will be apart of a series of reflection and lifestyle posts.

Journey in my mind, thoughts, and beliefs

Written December 14, 2017

“After 105 days of restriction I am finally able to feel like myself again! The time I once thought to be a negative aspect on my life turned out to be a positive. This experience taught me a lot on who I am as person. As you might have seen from the blog, I enjoy freedom to go and experience adventures. This experience gave me the time to clear my head and unwind on stress. In August, I was caught up in mishap that lead me to being restricted to only base and work. The restriction was a dampener to my personal instincts; by nature I am a curious human being who thrives off the sense of adventure. Taking this away forced me to take on my depression and suicidal thoughts head on. I struggled for weeks trying to make sense as to why I was on restriction, why I stayed in a career that had that power over me, and how it personally affected me deep down. I was able to harness this emotion and figure out my goals, values, and morals. I will create a miniseries that examines each topic and how I used negative emotion to give me new drive. The miniseries will also include the constant battle with depression and suicidal thoughts. Hopefully this helps others who have hard time dealing with emotions and expressing themselves.”

 

With this being said somethings I will be changing up are my diet and exercise habits, friendships, and education/business.

I have waiting till I got back to Okinawa before testing out the paleo diet. I have researched not only the physical benefits of a good diet but how it affects people mentally. Throughout this I will document weight, strength, cardio, energy, and mentally how I am feeling. I have always been extremely physically fit but this past year since moving to Okinawa I have noticed myself starting to slack, I want to get back to that level I was a couple years ago where I was doing a cardio and a strength workout a day.

Friendships is a huge part of my life, I feel just as comfortable solo but meeting new people and learning their adventures and experiences is fascinating to me. There is something in hanging out with someone who gets you and has the same success goals as you. This is why I am going to start cutting out negatively draining people from my daily. This doesn’t mean I won’t help you or say hi but I need to focus on what is best for me and my family.

Lastly I have 22 months left in the Military then I am done for good so it is time to get my hustle on and get my education and business ideas in order. I recently started going back to college but that is not my only means of education. I have probably read more books in the past couple months than I have my entire life. Majority of these books have been on business and finances but an interesting one I have start is the “The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT”. This book has actually inspired me to open up on what is going on in my own mind. The business side of my life is to continue working on Drunken Wanderlust and to design some outdoors apparel soon. I will also continue to bring the raw unedited photography to the blog.

Choosing the cover picture because Cain has a wild side to him but he is extremely loyal to my wife and I. (Emily won’t admit it but he is a daddy’s boy)

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