Someone emailed me and asked, "Why no grains on the Paleo diet?" I wanted to say "Because they suck", but that's probably not scientific enough to help. Honestly, if I thought it would work I'd put on a chicken suit and run around flapping my arms in the air yelling into a megaphone: "Hey, everyone, stop eating grains and your lives will be so much better!" But again, that's probably not enough to convince someone to give up the breading on their fried chicken and the biscuit that came with it. So I'll buck up here and leave my personal storytelling aside to try and give you some honestly researched information on grains.
And I'll try to sound like I know what I'm talking about. Ready?
Paleo and non-Paleo people alike loved these mashed yams! My 8 yo asks for them all the time. (8 and 3/4 she says.) They're not something you want to eat every day if you are watching your weight, but once in a while, or after workouts, or all the time if you are an active kid they are excellent!
This is one of my go-to dishes for when we have company and it always disappears. Even the neighbor kids gobble them up when they visit. Yum!
I never liked Brussels sprouts. Until now. These are so good I eat them any time of the day, often alone. (I mean, I eat them separately, not that I'm alone. Although I could be - I'm not afraid to eat alone. ;) I even love this dish cold from the fridge. For breakfast. Alone. LOL!
I haven't had sugar in over a year. Not at someone's birthday party. Not at a holiday dinner. Not even in the middle of the night when no one else is looking. How do I do it?
I'll tell you.
A grain-free, gluten-free, nut-free pancake? Heck, yes!
These babies are sweet. Really sweet. My husband likened them to French Toast. We tried putting coconut butter and/or honey on top and no one in our family wanted it - they wanted them plain.
Like any pancake you can pour things on top of them like maple syrup or honey. If you eat nuts you can spread on your favorite nut butter. If you're me, you just want them with bacon. Bacon! Bacon! Bacon!
Look! I'm in Japan!
A friend asked me today: "What does a "normal" food day look like for you?"
Well, I'll tell you, but so you don't run away screaming I'll have to explain some things first.
The first thing you should know is:
I went on a 14 day juice fast and ended it after four days today. Why? Because of my Paleo Diet.
Last year this time I went on a 30 day juice fast straight from a Standard American Diet of grains, sugar and processed foods (albeit a gluten, dairy and soy-free version). The change was tremendous. Detoxing and energy jumps and clarity boosts and fireworks shooting out over my head like a love connection in a Brady Bunch rerun.
For about three months now I have been thinking, "I need to go on another juice fast to reboot myself. You know, clear out my year's worth of toxins." So last week when a dear friend decided to kick the processed food habit and juice I jumped right in. "Me, too, I'll start when you do!" and I declared 14 days. 14 days of juicing! Yes! I put a motivational poster on my wall with check-boxes and everything.
Do you know what I felt while juicing?
You are innocently opening an email from a friend at work. You click on the link and instantly your face puckers and your eyes flinch closed with a groan. "Ug! I'll never be able to get that image out my head now. Thanks a lot, Matt!" From the next cubicle over you hear gleeful, maniacal laughter.
That's how I feel now that I've found out. Except now I am Matt, and I am going to burn your eyes with knowledge.
Those big bellies you see? You know, the boiler, the big bowl full of jelly, the hard stomachs? That is not fat....
I'm going on a 14 day juice fast starting tomorrow. It's been a year since my last juice fast, which lasted 30 days. It's been on my mind to cleanse again it was my dear friend who inspired me to commit. This week he gave up caffeine and will start his very first 30 day juice fast tomorrow before going full Paleo. I want to support him - and me - yay!
As I mentally prepare for tomorrow I'm remembering the things I learned through trial and error last year. In case they save you time and effort, I'll share:
If you have never quit caffeine I tell you this story to encourage you and to help you laugh about it. You are not alone. No matter what it's like it only lasts a few days and then it's over. You can do it. :)
I've never been a coffee drinker, so Diet Coke was my caffeine of choice.
It was a slippery slope. A few sips of Diet Coke in the morning. I deserved it after all, since the kids kept me up all night. The caffeine made me nicer in the morning. I had to drink it... for everyone's sake.
Soon it was one whole can in the morning. Then it was a couple of cans a day. But only two, I'm not an addict or anything, yeesh!
Next thing you know I fancy I'm doing bicep exercise as I buy Diet Coke cans by the case. Lifting them in and out of my grocery cart and mini-van has got to count for something! I'm still doing some good for my body, right?! It's only a phase, I tell myself. I can quit anytime.
I like the easy Paleo stuff.