This past Sunday marked my one month anniversary of beginning the Paleo Diet!
For those of you who don’t know much about this diet, here’s a graphic I found that pretty much sums it all up.
So, that means NO DIARY, NO WHEAT OR LEGUMES (beans, lentils, peas, peanuts), AND NO SUGAR (other than the natural sugar found in fruit). You can eat brown rice, sweet potatoes, etc, but they should be limited to days you are training.
Meals consist of lean meats, seasonal vegetables, minimal fruit (because of the high sugar content), and good fats, such as nuts, seeds, avocado, and coconut/olive oils.
I had heard about Paleo for a while, but was hesitant to try it. I LOVE my sweets, pasta, and bread, and I couldn’t imagine living without them. In the last year and a half, I’ve dropped about 40 pounds, which feels AMAZING. But, even with the intense training I do, this last bit of belly fat has been refusing to detach itself. After talking about this with my trainer, Mickel Evangelista (who is the mastermind behind Get Tough Fitness), I came to the conclusion that I had to change my eating habits even more if I wanted to truly see results.
And thus began my Paleo adventure!
In this post, I’ll be going over some of the meals I made in the last month. Some of which are from recipes I’ve found, while others are my own personal concoction.
I’ll begin with one of my favorites: Boomsauce Chili, a recipe that I got from Mickel.
Here’s how mine turned out:
The longer you let this simmer, the better it gets. And I absolutely love the use of eggplant in this dish. It gives it the perfect texture and the taste of it is not overwhelming.
I had a lot of leftovers from this, which is always great. One of my favorite uses with the leftovers was to heat up a small portion and put a fried egg on top. SO GOOD.
Next up are some very yummy almond butter pancakes I made one morning with my roommate.
They were so easy to make, and we had enough for leftovers! Next time, I’m going to experiment with a blueberry compote to put on top of them.
This week, I made stuffed peppers with ground turkey. I used this recipe as a base, but changed it up a bit.
I DID NOT brown the meat before putting it in the peppers, because I read that this dries the meat out. Also, I had no zucchini to put in, so I used some diced mini heirloom tomatoes instead.
Friday night I made this cauliflower rice, which turned out to be amazing! It was super easy to make, which is always a plus. Also note, if you don’t have a food processor for finely chopping the cauliflower, a blender works just fine. Just make sure to only put a small amount in at a time.
I also did a lot of experimenting in the kitchen in the past month. I made a lot of different vegetable stir-fries, including ones with eggplant, zucchini/squash, fresh snap peas from the garden, onions, and peppers. I realized that you can basically throw anything in to a skillet with a little bit of coconut oil and balsamic vinegar and it always turns out to be delicious!
As far as protein goes, I made a lot of fish and chicken using my George Foreman grill. I mostly used basic seasoning (salt, pepper, oregano, basil, etc). I also occasionally marinated the chicken overnight in homemade balsamic dressing.
I’ve really enjoyed eating Paleo. I feel more energized, I’m sleeping better, and I’ve lost a few inches so far. This is definitely something I plan to continue!
Check back next week for updates!