I’ve been Paleo now for around a month and thought I’d start to share with you how I find eating this way, my weight loss and also recipes I come across along the way.
To give you the best definition of what the actual Paleo diet is, here is a short paragraph…
The Paleo Diet is an effort to eat like we used to back in the day…WAY back in the day. If a caveman couldn’t eat it, neither can you.
This means anything we could hunt or find – meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional veggies, and seeds. Sorry, the pasta, cereal, and candy will have to go! Instead, you’ll be making things like chicken stir fry and paleo spaghetti.
In fact, ‘The Beginners Guide to the Paleo Diet‘ was one of the first resources I read on the diet and I recommend it to those considering it. The little lego dudes did it for me 😉 but in all seriousness it tells you a lot of what you will need to know and also answers questions too.
So, why did I go Paleo?
Well, in the past I have given up gluten before and felt much better for it. Its hard doing it when you find out just how many things contain gluten. I haven’t had cows milk for years now and have always been a soya girl. Going from being on soya to, well not, was actually one of the things I have only just started to change (Opting for Almond Milk instead). I do still love Soya Milk, but its a no no on this diet (That also depends on how strict you are which I’ll talk about later). So I eat NO GRAINS at all now, which in honesty took a good 2 weeks to get used too. I eat way over my 5 a day and don’t have any sugar (Unless its a natural sugar found in fruit). I eat plenty of meat and fish though and am never hungry.
My biggest reason was health though. I’ve felt awful for a long time and I needed something that was going to help with energy, giving me all the nutrients I needed and be something I could stick too.
Is Paleo hard?
I’d be lying if I said no. But in really depends on what you were eating before. It also depends on how strict you are. Some people are hardcore with what they eat on the diet. I like to think I’m middle of the road. Yes I’ve had naughty days (I had a starbucks!) and have also had a takeaway (It was chinese, but I didn’t have any rice, noodles or anything that was grain). Mostly I stick to it on a day to day basis, but if there is a special occasion I’m not going to beat myself up about treating myself!
So what do you eat?
This varies day to day. Which is why I wanted to start recording the recipes I use and how I find things. As I type this I am making a Quiche with a pastry (All be it grain free!) base – it smells amazing I should add). I have A LOT of smoothies, these I find both filling and yummy. I’ll share some of my favourite concoctions but you’ll find my tastes are all very similar (Where as Mark who’s been doing it 3 weeks likes to vary his). I have made turkey dippers, vegetable medley’s, soups, burgers, bread and am going to try a pizza later this week. You can even make ice cream and chocolate brownie bites – see does it sound like I’m missing out?
Do you lose weight on Paleo?
Well, if you do the ‘Whole30’ you tend to lose a lot more faster. However, it is VERY restrictive and can be a little boring. I guess it depends on whether you want that quick satisfaction of weight loss or not. I’m good with steady and to date since starting have lost 10lbs. I’m happy with that!
So, this is just my intro on what I’ve been doing. I have noticed a significant change in my energy levels, moods, joints (I was having more issues with my legs, arms and wrists) and feeling healthier. To feel these benefits in just a short time (For me) is worth doing it. I find it easy to stick too and enjoy playing with the recipes (Although am sometimes lazy and just make a lot of chicken salads!).
There’s some really great recipe books out there and resources for those interested on Paleo (Click Here). My favourite which has some great recipes (Including Mayonnaise if you are a mayo freak like me!!) is by Michelle Tam and called Nom Nom Paleo : Food for Humans.
So, that concludes my intro on Paleo and why I’m clean eating and feeling good! Also, here’s a little snap shot of my lunch; broccoli, spinach, onion and mushroom quiche with a pasty base and the recipe!
The base I used can be found here at Elanor’s Pantry and here is what I put in the filling…
2 tablespoons of Almond Milk
4 Broccoli Florets (I love broccoli, if you aren’t as keen use something different).
1 Red Onion
10 Leaves of Spinach
Make the pastry case as per instruction (I used a 9″ round dish) at Elanor’s Pantry (Recipe Here). I then par baked it for 5 minutes at 180 (350).
Pop all the vegetables in a saucepan and par cook for 5 minutes or so (You can even steam them if you prefer).
Mix the 5 eggs with the almond milk and whisk well.
Once the vegetables are par cooked, pop them into your pasty base. Then pour on your egg/almond milk mixture.
Pop in the over on 180(350) for 25 minutes (Pop a knife in the middle, if it comes out clean you are good, if not leave it a few more minutes).
Eat hot or cold, its yum! ENJOY!!!
You can add ham to this and other meats if you prefer, in fact you can really mix up the veg with some asparagus and even garlic. It’s your call.
Lots of Love,