So, for some crazy reason, I have decided to try out the Paleo Diet! Have you heard of it? A friend recommended it to me a year ago, so I got the book and it landed on my bookshelf. With an ulcer that won't fully heal, I decided to give my body the natural recharge Paleo is supposed to provide. I am following the original Paleo Diet (this book). Not the 2.0 version, or the one created after that (that will come in a few weeks). In a nutshell, this means no dairy, grains, starchy tubers (think potatoes), legumes, added sugar or added salt. That pretty much leaves you with meat, nuts (limited to 4 oz if you want to lose weight), fruit and vegetables that are not tubers!
Breakfast is by far the hardest meal for me. Coffee with out milk/cream or sugar? No yogurt? No muffins, pancakes, bagels or toast? No waffles with cottage cheese? NOOOOOOO!!!!
Here is an example of what I eat in a day.
Coffee with unsweetened coconut milk, chicken breast, sliced apple and a handful of grapes. Having meat for breakfast (other than bacon) is still kind of weird, but it keeps me satisfied a lot longer than my breakfast of choice before Paleo. I used to make a smoothie with yogurt, milk and fruit.
|Salad, homemade salad dressing, walnuts, grapes and red pepper|
|Coconut milk smoothie|
|Crockpot Chicken Cacciatorie|
1 lb chicken pieces (I used boneless thighs)
1 onion sliced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped (they didn't have any, so I improvised)
1 lg celery stock chopped
1 lb chopped or pureed tomato
3 garlic cloves - one whole, two minced
That's it! I used the onion as my base layer, then put the chicken on top. I mixed up the celery, red and green peppers and garlic and placed them on top of the chicken. Then I poured the tomato puree on top, set it on low for 8 hours and forgot about it until 6! I made noodles
Believe it or not, the whole thing is growing on me. I can deal with no ice cream, bread, or added sugar/salt. As a general rule, we should limit that kind of stuff anyway. The yogurt, milk and grains (quinoa, barley, steel cut oats) have proven to be difficult, but the funny thing is... I don't crave sweet stuff as much as I thought I would. The great thing about this plan is that, generally speaking, you can have as much meat, fruit or vegetable as you want. So, when I want something sweet, I'm not deprived of sugar all together like some other diets.
The health benefits will be worth it in the end. That's the opinion today, anyway!
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