You may have noticed that I have been sprinkling the word “Paleo” in my posts. In a previous post I may have mentioned that I switched from a vegan diet to a paleo diet to see what all the hoopla was about. I thought it was time to explain my switch in greater detail. What can I say; I love to experiment with my diet. I don’t believe in making nutrition suggestions that I haven’t tried myself.
It’s been about 8 months since I made the switch from following a vegan diet to a paleo or primal way of eating. Now my meals are composed of vegetables, animal protein, and good fat with some nuts, seeds and fruit to round it all out. I avoid eating all grains, dairy and refined sugar with the exception of a teaspoon of organic heavy cream in my decaf coffee every morning. When I want a treat I have a square or two of 90% dark chocolate or I bake cookies and muffins with coconut or almond flour.
I eat this way 90% of the time to allow for a restaurant meal every week or so. I feel great and my workouts are going well. The two biggest differences I noticed after changing my diet were in my energy level (no more naps to survive) and my extreme hunger pangs disappeared. I used to be hungry all the time and would rely on grains to fill me up which would just cause me to crave sugar constantly. Good quality protein and fat help stabilize my blood sugar and give me consistent energy throughout the day.
This is a typical menu for me.
Breakfast: 3 eggs, leftover roasted sweet potatoes and cauliflower, cup of coffee
Lunch: chicken sausage, steamed broccoli and carrots, water
Snack: apple with raw almond butter and herbal tea
Dinner: coconut bison curry with purple cabbage and herbal tea
*I rely on leftovers and my slow cooker for many of my meals. I also eat the same meals several days in a row so that I’m not cooking everyday. It does taking some planning but it’s definitely worth the effort.
If you would like to try the paleo nutrition approach, feel free to contact me and I can help you get started.
My favourite paleo resources were listed in previous two-weeks post in case you missed it.