Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Paleo: How it's Going

So. Basically, I eat paleo at home. And I'm fine with that.

I figured out that, on average, 17 of the 21 of the meals I eat in a week are cooked by me, and those are paleo. The other 4 meals are cooked for me by others, and when it is a friend cooking I figure they work hard enough to make gluten-free meals for me that asking for paleo would be too much. So I don't. Plus, I don't mind eating grains in 20% of my meals -- as an endurance athlete (endurance in the sense that most of my workouts are between 1 1/2 to 2 hours long), that's probably the safest way to go.

I've had some pretty boring meals, but some really great ones too. I made a meat-only chili (just tomatoes, onion, red pepper, ground bison, chili, cumin, and ground red pepper) this weekend and recently ate it over "cauliflower rice," which is minced cauliflower sauted with onion. It was great and filling. And surprisingly, I'm not as hungry as I used to be. I think carbohydrates make me crave more carbohydrates. I'm sure there's some science to it.

In case you're interested in learning more about eating this way, here are a few links I've found really helpful:



Becca said...

Thanks for sharing about the Paleo diet and the links. I have definitely spent the past couple days researching this way of living. I am hopeful in giving it a try, even if I don't commit to it 100%. It's going to be so hard to eliminate rice as that is my favorite food, believe it or not!

Becca said...

Oh, I have a question for you---Would almond butter be considered on the Primal grocery list?

Kathryn said...

How much meat do you eat on this diet? I ask because we've all been told we should reduce the amount of meat that we eat.

Liz said...

Let me know how it goes for you Becca! As far as I know, almond butter would be considered a primal food (pending the only ingredients are almonds and a small amount of salt).

There is quite a bit of meat, Kathryn. I eat it at each meal. However, this way of eating pushes that your meat must be organic and free range -- and even wild when possible.