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!
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.