Friday, January 25, 2013
I am going to try this again~ I need to get my blogging voice back, and I have to start somewhere. Here goes:
I have been doing a Paleo style of eating since Jan. 7th. Since my research in any area boils down to nothing, I just took the advice from one of my work out companions, and define Paleo as any food except grains or dairy. I was not enthusiastic about this, but it was a challenge, and if you want me to do something, challenge me, and I'll do it.
Coffee is paleo. French Press coffee has become an essential part of my morning. I have fiddled around with the coffee, the water temp, the steeping time, and come up with something that tastes terrific. All this despite the fact that I rarely have time or presence of mind to pay attention to any of the above. And it still tastes terrific.
I love eating this way. I can't believe it, though. I mean bread was my life, my love, my everything. How can I live if living is without bread??
And cheese? Seriously?? Cheese is the stuff that makes the world go around, food of the gods, gift to all mankind. How could I possibly live with out cheese?
So now I have established that I probably needed to reset my food hierarchy a bit. I think I was living mostly on bread and cheese.
The first week was the worst. I wanted to cry, scream, hit, verbally eviscerate whomever, and then go straight to bed. I continued to work out my three times a week schedule, which helped. I made good food though. Chopped lots of veggies, roasted chicken, made bone broth, modified all our regular meals to include a paleo option (basically serving the pasta, potatoes or bread on the side, as well as the cheese on the side.) I made paleo stuffed peppers, paleo spaghetti, paleo cookie bars, and lots of avocados. Favorite sweet craving snack: Sliced banana with sesame seed butter on top, covered in either almond milk or coconut milk. So good.
It came to be, that I could live just fine without bread if I had avocados, and without cheese if I had carmalized onions (with cayenne pepper). If I made almond butter and dark chocolate cookie bars I could make through my morning coffee happy. If I had avocado/chicken salad for lunch, or a hamburger patty with kimcha on it, with raw veggies on the side, happy as a clam. If I had roasted chicken with sauteed seasoned veggies for dinner, or bone broth soup, or roasted veggies with roast beef, content. If I had bacon wrapped dates, or ham wrapped olives or roasted brussel sprouts for a movie snack, yum.
Will I keep this up? This began as a 30 day challenge. I have more energy for sure. My mood is so much more steady, and I have a body with very few aches and pains. I am almost never hungry, or if I am it is a good, honest hungry, not a shaky "if I don't eat something right now I might kill someone or die" sort of hungry. So yes, I will apply what I have learned past the 30 days. I will incorporate some grains back in, I will just be careful about the quality and amount. I love cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread, and intend to add that in. I will have cheese from time to time, as the delicious treat that it is, and relish it and enjoy it, and not just put it on everything. I will add back good quality yogurt. I will keep my new found love of veggies. I will keep being more intentional about what I create in the kitchen. I will use food treats as treats, and not as a daily occurrence . And I will keep working out three times a week, which has been the key to all of the changes I have been able to make. Maybe this will be the topic of my next quick takes: How a 46 year old who just had a baby got back in shape after sitting in a chair and nursing for 4 years straight, or something like that.