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.