Okay, so have you heard of the Paleo Diet? Also call the Cave Man Diet. No, it's not new. Been around since the 70's-ish. (Or, actually, since the time of the cavemen if we're getting all technical). You're supposed to only eat the things cavemen (or people from the paleolithic period) had available to them. The theory being that the human body is best suited to these foods - from an evolutionary stance. I don't know if it's true. I'm no nutritionist or medical doctor.
But I do know a few people who have tried it. And raved about it. And it's supposed to be anti-inflammatory. And since I have autoimmune issues, anti-inflammatory is good. (Actually, as I understand it, anti-inflammatory is good regardless of autoimmune issues. But then, like I said, I'm not a doctor).
So, I'm giving it a spin. A thirty day test drive, if you will. Now there are degrees of Paleo. Some folks say no dairy, no starchy fruits or vegetables, no nightshades, and even no coffee. I know if I tried to do this I would fail. So, I'm going the more moderate route and if at the end of a month I'm up for re-enlisting then I can re-evaluate my terms. In the mean time, I'm getting my c-reactive protein level checked, I'm stepping on a scale, and I'm (considering) taking body measurements.
Wonder what I'll be eating? Well, I'll post new recipes as we go (you know, assuming they're not terrible), but in case you don't want to wait, here are a few Paleo-friendly (or easily adaptable) posts already in the repertoire:
(Yes, I realize not everyone will agree on the Paleoness of all of these!)
- Whole Roasted Chicken and Carrots
- Spicy Vegetable Curry
- Restaurant Style Roasted Tomato & Garlic Salsa
- Marinated Flank Steak
- Oven Fried Bacon
- Tropical Fruit Salad
- Slow Cooker Italian Beef
- Curry Mustard Sauce
- Caramelized Onions
- Fresh and Fruity Chicken Salad
- Easy Guacamole
- Chicken Soup
- Apple Un-Pie
- Savory Pumpkin Soup
- Prime Rib Roast
- Olive Tapenade
- Turkey Meatballs
- Baked Chicken Breast
- Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Stew
- Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup
- Cheesy Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms
- Roasted Garlic
- Coconut Curry Soup
- Beef Stroganoff
- Curry Grilled Chicken Wings
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Roast Chicken and Turkey
- Chicken and Turkey Stock
So do you follow a diet regimen?
Calorie counting? Atkins? Vegetarian? Gluten Free? Paleo? Moderation?
I'd love to hear your thoughts and stories!