All posts tagged: paleo diet

kale salad

Marinated Kale Salad

I’m told I make the best kale salad. It must be true, because even my nine year old daughter begs to eat it on a regular basis. Fortunately she loves to mix the marinade while I chop the kale. Kale is very nutritious, filled with minerals such as calcium and iron and marinating it is a wonderful way to enjoy it raw. The oil, salt and acid break up the fibrous leaves and make the rich minerals more absorbable and quite delicious. Ingredients: 1- 2 bunches of fresh Kale (any kind will do, shown here is Lacinato or Dino kale) 1 lemon 1 Tbs Miso ( I use chick pea rather than soy) 1/2 cup cold pressed Olive Oil 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar 1 Tbs Juliano’s Spice Chutney (from Raw: The Uncook Book: New Vegetarian Food for Life) you can also use hot pepper sesame oil or a pinch or your favorite masala mix 2 tsp Sea Salt 1/2 cup Hijiki Seaweed 1 Ripe Red Bell Pepper (carrots are great here too) Advertisements

Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions: Ever wonder what to have for breakfast when you can’t have gluten, sugar, nuts or milk products? Try this Sautéed Veggies – onion, bell pepper, collards. Rainbow of veggies for vitamins and minerals. Sweet Potato Disks – baked and then lightly fried. A little carbs to start the day. Scrambled Eggs – 3 eggs for a nice 21 g of protein. All in Cold Pressed Olive Oil – Healthy fats for long lasting energy.

Food journal 6.18

It’s the third week of the bootcamp challenge. This week were only eating meat and veggies. No dairy, no nuts or fruit in addition to avoiding grains and sugar. Paleo to the fullest. I’m adding in a lot of bone broth to use this as an opportunity to rebuild my gut flora. Though the last few days my bowel movements have been so regular I’ve actually been taking a break from Psyllium and Cascara. 5:05 up with the alarm, moving a little slow, but feeling good after 8 hours at home in my bed 5:30 1/2 carrot, 1 cup broth 6:00 bootcamp, abdominal workout. Lost 3 lbs over the last two weeks. 7:40 Breakfast: 2 lamb chorizo sausages, sautéed asparagus, cabbage, onion in coconut oil and kraut 8:30 a little more chorizo and veggies, breakfast was rushed before work and I just wasn’t quite satisfied 9:00 1 cup broth 11:00 Snack: rest of breakfast, celery and water 12:30 1 cup broth, finished second bottle of water 1:00 Lunch: Cajun Halibut with a pile of broccoli, …

Food Journal, 6.3

6:35 psyllium water  7:30 tsp coconut mana, 1/2 cup grilled salmon (leftover from an amazing feast yesterday) while packing lunches before work/ school  9:15 Breakfast: 3 eggs scrambled, 1/2 cup kale, 2.5 apple muffins Paleo Apple Muffins 2 cups coconut pulp (left over from making nut milk, I think I may use juice pulp in this too in the future) 1/4 cup almond flour 1/2 cup ground flax 1 banana 2 peach, apricot 1/4 cup kefir 1/4 cup coconut oil 1/2 cup water 1 tbsp psyllium husks 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp fresh nutmeg 1 tsp vanilla 1 large apple chopped fine 1/4 cup raisins 1/4 cup sliced almonds Mash banana, slice all the fruit really fine. Beat eggs, melt oil, mix it all up. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes in oiled muffin tin or on a cookie sheet, 1/4 cup batter each.  This is a very loose recipe, I adjust the ingredients until it is a slightly thick muffin batter and tastes pretty good raw. Makes …

Food Sensitivity induced abdominal swelling

This morning I woke up and my belly was noticeably flat. Just one day without any irritating foods can do that. Yesterday was totally grain and sugar free for me. It’s described as non gaseous abdominal swelling/ bloating and makes people look like they are pregnant. Do you, or someone you know sometimes have a big distended belly, one that comes and goes throughout the day and with eating? Well, it is likely caused by a reaction to an irritating food that makes all the lymphatic tissue in the digestive tract swell up. This type of bloating is different from abdominal fat and is not relieved by passing gas. But is most definitely relieved by removing the offending foods. As the bacteria in my gut get balanced out my whole being gets balanced out. The gut has more neural pathways than the brain, it is an aspect of our thinking. When it is inflamed and on high alert emergency mode, how might that make me feel? Tense, anxious, afraid and over time exhausted and depressed. …

Food journal, day 0

I was talking about my diet today with some of my relatives and how I feel good when I follow it. Amazingly enough they were curious for more. One of them even asked to know what I eat on a day to day basis. I’ve tracked my food before over the years. A few months with weight watchers, several more with Breaking Free from Compulsive Eating (a great book to look at your patterns with food) and almost two years with Radiant Recovery (managing blood sugar fluctuations and mood with food: eat at a regular schedule, enough protein, take out sugar). I learned a lot about how I eat, when, what and how much as well as how that makes me feel both physically and emotionally. I am much more aware of my eating and body as a result. Eventually I let the rigorous tracking and planning go in favor of a more intuitive approach to food, checking in with my body before I eat to see what is best in that moment. And following …

I like food

I like food. I like to read about it, to make it, to eat it and to contemplate all the ways it effects us. The way we think, feel, look, … I like to try out diets. I spent my teens and 20’s vegetarian, vegan and raw. Then for a while I just ate whatever, though still mostly organic. Almost ten years ago, I had a naturopath who recommended I eat more meat and eggs. I have added in meat and fats and cultured dairy and taken out most of the grains, refined sugar and ultimately carbs. The funny thing is that I was quite thin as a vegan, and a bit paranoid. On raw foods I gained weight, on whatever I gained more and even more with my pregnancy. It wasn’t until I upped the protein and fat and lowered the carbs that the weight just started to melt away. My energy improved, I feel better, I crave sweets less. Guess paleo style eating works for my system. And paleo diet is the new …

Listening to my gut

I’m not going to tell anyone how to eat, unless they ask my advice, of course.  But I finally told myself and am following my own advice. I got to the point where my aching joints, delayed bowel movements, frequent gas and dry skin just got to be too much for me. So I eliminated sugar, gluten, legumes and most grains from my diet a week ago. I know those are the foods I’ve struggled to digest in the past. And wow, do I feel better. The joint inflammation and pain is almost totally gone. My bowel movements are softening and totally unexpectedly I feel warm, even when it was 57 deg in my home. I’m excited and inspired. Have been browsing some paleo blogs for recipes and checking out the Gaps diet for extra ideas such as drinking bone broth with my meals. On some intellectual, moral, spiritual and environmental levels I think being vegetarian would be better. But my gut doesn’t seem to think so at all and that’s who I’ll be living …