I feel like I need to mix things up a bit.  I’ve been living a very healthy lifestyle.  I eat what I want, when I want.  But lately things have really stagnated. My skin has broken out, I am not as energetic, and I’ve experienced a bit of bloating.   I guess it’s a bit to do with winter, its easier to succumb to comfort food when it’s cold outside.  I’ve also been house-sitting which puts me out of my regular routine.  And a bit of work related stress has crept in too.  All of these things can contribute to the body not working at it’s best.

I work really well  with  “all or nothing” concepts.  No sugar, no alcohol, no coffee.  When I am on one of these health-kicks I am pretty good at sticking to it.  But for some reason when it comes to gluten, I find it much harder.  I guess it’s because gluten really is so insidious in our western diets.  Bread, pasta, pastry, cookies.  These things are everywhere, particularly when you have to get a quick meal out of the home.

The reason a Paleo diet appeals to me is that it is gluten (and all grain) free.  It is also dairy, refined sugar, seed & vegetable oil and legume free.  I reckon I might struggle with the legume and dairy part.  I do love my Greek Yoghurt!

So I have decided to try this Paleo thing in stages.  I am already sugar and mostly vegetable oil free.  From today, I will go grain-free for two weeks.  See how I feel.  Then take out the legumes as well for two weeks.  Then the dairy.  I will try and stay Paleo for a full month and if I really want to add dairy or legumes back in I will and again, see what happens.

For me, the whole idea of trying different ways of eating is to feel better.  If this experiment doesn’t achieve that then I won’t continue – what’s the point?

Has anyone got any good Paleo tips or stories to share?

I’ve got a great brownie recipe I can share – it’s a great Paleo treat!

Paleo Brownie

 

Paleo Brownies

Coconut oil for greasing a tin

1 1/2 cups of sweet potato puree (baked sweet potato, peeled and blended with a hand blender)

1/3 cup rice malt syrup (probably not 100% Paleo as it comes from rice – can’t be too fussy I reckon!)

1/4 cup coconut oil, softened

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla powder

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/3 cup raw cacao powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon of baking powder

a good shake of cayenne pepper

few grinds of sea salt

3 eggs, whisked

3/4 cup of chopped walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts

1/2 cup of very dark chocolate chips (don’t buy the ones from the supermarket… buy Lindt 85% dark chocolate and chop it.  Saves you a lot of sugar!)

Method: Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.  Put blended potato, syrup, oil, vanilla powder, cacao, baking powder & soda, cayenne and salt into a bowl and blend using a stick blender. Hand mix in the eggs, nuts and chocolate chips.  Pour mixture into a greased tin and cook for 30 minutes.