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"Kinda paleo" week

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The norovirus is not a good diet plan, though I have to say it's effective. Thankfully, the effects only lasted 24 hours.

Today, I'm getting geared up for the food week. I've been doing a little "kinda paleo" for a week now. It's "kinda" because I'm not totally swearing off all grain. I figure that in "paleo" times, women knew how to gather wild grain and used it, tossing it into soups or stews cooked over the flames. So, I'm not going to be a purist about it. Besides, there are so many conflicting plans. Some say no eggs, some say potatoes are okay. So, I'm going to use common sense.

Mostly, for me it means eliminating MOST carbs, esp. wheat and sugar. That is something we should do anyway. So I will eat an occasional potato or corn product, oats in breakfast cereal. And I will not be above putting a teaspoon of raw sugar crystals into my tea, either.

There's a meat store near here where the owner sells primarily locally-raised meat. It's not organic, but it's not feedlot beef, either. I got 3 pounds of strip steaks and I'm cooking it all now. I'm going to slice it up into small pieces and use to toss into everything. I actually asked for sirloin, but she told me that strip steak is the same price and would work better for what I'm using it for, so I was thankful for her recommendation.

I also got about 5 pounds of chicken breasts (that "simple" kind that Kroger is selling now, supposedly no antibiotics, though it is grain fed), and I'll do the same with it. I am also going to cook up some bacon because a little goes a long way for flavor, and it keeps well in the fridge once cooked.

I also stocked up on tons of veggies. Now I'll be able to come home and throw together supper in a few minutes. I found something really great to substitute for rice, as a base for handfuls of the veggies and meat strips. It's my Jamaican breakfast greens.

I think I've written about this before. When we were in Jamaica in December, on the buffet they had this greens mix that I loved. I figured I could make it, too. I use my food processor slicing blade and I shred any combination of: kale, collards, bok choy, celery, napa/chinese cabbage, onion, sweet peppers. Then flip the blade to grate and do a few carrots. It's gorgeous and delicious. I like to flash/stir fry it in some dark sesame/olive oil. Hub likes it cold as a salad.

Cooked, it's a great substitute for rice for stir-fry recipes. I just toss in a little teriyaki sauce while it's cooking, to boost the flavor even more.

I'm not being highly calorie restrictive right now. I'm just trying to get out of my sweet/salty food swing mode I was in. I want to eat well each day. I guess I AM making sure I stay below 1800 calories, and some days I do better than that, but for awhile, to get back into my good habits, I'm trying to do things gradually.

I'm just thinking it might be good to shake things up a bit. And before we know it, it'll be time to start seeds for the garden, and so eating so many vegetables will be even more fun.

We're also planning to raise some broiler chickens to butcher this summer. I can get organic grain for them, which yes, is grain, but at least I know what they're eating.

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    Very sensible. And the green mix sounds delicious. I may have to experiment with it for salads and such. Thanks for the tip.
    1779 days ago
  • JANAMP09
    There is a Team on Sparks called The Perfect Health Diet. I joined the Paleo team first but then saw this one and I think it more describes what you are doing. I think that is great - we all know our own bodies and weight loss is an individual thing and we all have to do it our own way so there is nothing wrong with what you are doing. If you find you are not losing weight then re-evaluate and see if there is something that you feel may be the reason. For me, it was cashews - they had become my potato chips. Then I found out they are not even paleo. You read everywhere that peanuts are not nuts, I just never knew cashews weren't either emoticon

    I looked at your Sparks page and it is obvious that you are committed and you have done so well to date. I think you know how to continue on any plan you choose and you will be successful even with your adjustments to the Paleo "ideal" (if there is such a thing)
    1779 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/27/2013 1:34:25 PM
    Sounds like a sensible plan. What you are describing sounds very much like the way my diabetic relatives eat. Light on the carbs, heavy on the vegetables and care with grains and fruit.
    1779 days ago
    Well my dear friend you have really figured it out. Sounds GREAT feasible and do able. GOOD GOING !
    I am 97% lol positive I will be joining you very soon. I wanted to support a spark friend ( that I also have met ) as she has to stop coffee and otehr things. But figured I won't stick to it. But more I think of it, more I think yea I can do it and I am going to.
    Mine is wheat, sugar and processed. I am back to square one with wheat and sugar. Processed isn't too far behind, well I suppose not as bad as many, as we don't buy froz dinners, or ice cream stuff like that. But I am thinking fajitas kit, cereals. etc
    So starting tomorrow am, ( cos there is still a bagel calling my name! and 3 squares of dark choc) I will be with her and you!
    Glad you have gotten a plan and ready to go!
    now I wish I had the money to find and afford the good meat!
    1779 days ago
    I have to laugh at the norovirus, effective diet ... It made the rounds through my family right before New Year, and I dropped 7 pounds with it.
    1779 days ago
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