Why on earth… ?
Without going into too much detail, I’ve been struggling with a topsy-turvy tummy for most of this year (actually for the last 10+ years but it really stepped up a notch this last 12-18 months). I thought I had food allergies that were slowly getting worse & worse – but it turns out I was wrong. After seeking professional help 6 months ago I’ve been able to get my digestion back on track with a combination of practitioner prescribed probiotics and a change in diet.
Since I’ve been experimenting with a Paleo/Primal healthstyle I’ve seen significant improvement, but I’m the first to admit that I haven’t been particularly committed. The problem with this is that when I eat the wrong thing (too many grains, too much wheat or dairy or sugar) I feel it hard – in my digestion, my mood and my skin.
So it’s time to stop fluffing about and commit to 60 days of making my health my complete focus. I’ll be trying new recipes, adapting old favourites and making the effort to move more. It’s my goal to prove to myself that it’s all worth the effort and that these healthy changes are here to stay… for good.
What am I doing?
I’m doing my own special blend of Paleo and Primal, sugar-free, wheat-free, high-protein (and whatever other category it happens to fall into), all thrown into one. At the end of the day I’ve done my own research and I’m just doing what makes me feel the best. Here’s the basics…
If you would like to do some reading of your own, here are some of my favourite websites that you might find helpful:
(these links will be updated each week of the challenge)
Favourite recipe websites…
- Nom Nom Paleo
- Against All Grain
- Eat Drink Paleo
- Elana’s Pantry
- Simply Sugar & Gluten Free
- Paleo Diet Lifestyle
- Amazing Paleo
- Vegie Head (section on vegan Paleo recipes)
Planning & prep & more info..
- Lunch planning : salad in a jar
- Recipe love : Paleo / Primal dinners
- 1 week, 7 Paleo breakfasts : Eat Drink Paleo
- Summer travel tip – packing grain free snacks : Against All Grain
- Weekly Paleo meal plan : Elana’s Pantry
- Homemade Paleo condiments : Paleo Diet Lifestyle
- Snacks on a plane : Hello Little House
My favourite recipes so far…
- Paleo breakfast bread from Elana’s Pantry
My boys love this. For me, it tastes like a cakey treat & is beautiful served warm with a cup of tea. Because I’m off sugar & artificial sweeteners I leave out the honey & stevia.
- Spinach & fetta chicken burgers
Beautifully moist & best cooked on the BBQ
(1 box frozen spinach thawed & moisture removed, 100g garlic fetta & 1 egg processed until smooth. Mix in with chicken mince and divide into burgers. Mixture is sticky so I recommend disposable gloves.)
- Energy meffins from Sarah Wilson’s ‘I Quit Sugar’ cookbook
Like mini quiches with mince and veg. Perfect for freezing to have on hand for breakfasts & snacks.
(500g beef mince browned with finely diced onion, 1/2 head broccoli, 2-3 thawed frozen spinach portions. Cool slightly and add to 1 cup cottage cheese & 12 eggs. Mix well & spoon into a very well greased muffin tray – my batch made 15 muffins. These stuck to the muffin tray terribly, so next time I’ll use a bacon lining (like here) or patty paper cases.)
- Fiery jalapeno beef burgers
The jalapenos added a spicy but sweet flavour. Fantastic.
(500g beef mince, 1-2 Tbsp. chopped Old El Paso jalapenos, 1 tsp. smoked paprika, 1 egg, salt & pepper. Combine all ingredients, form into burgers and cook.)
- Fiery jalapeno beef burgers with a bocconcini bomb!
Follow the recipe above but when you’re forming the patties put 1/2 a small bocconcini ball in the middle. When you cut the burger open after cooking the melted mozzarella will ooze out. Yum!
- Bacon-wrapped jalapeno chicken bites from Salad In A Jar
Amazing! No seriously. These are going to be a permanent feature on our BBQ.
- Moroccan chicken lettuce wraps
The boys loved these and they’re one of the easiest meals ever.
(Slice 3 chicken breasts through the middle so they’re half as thick then season generously with salt flakes and Moroccan seasoning. Cook on the BBQ then slice into thin strips. Wrap chicken in lettuce leaves with chopped cucumber & tomato and grated carrot & cheese. Drizzle with tangy mayonnaise – 1/4 cup sour cream, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, squeeze of lemon, pinch of salt, tsp of Dijon mustard.)
- Paleo macadamia chocolate cookies by Eat Drink Paleo
On day 7 I was craving something that resembled a treat and these hit the spot. I over-processed the nuts though and next time I’ll leave them a bit chunkier.
- Broccoli and bacon salad
A nice change from the standard salad greens.
- Beef casserole
My basic slow cooker recipe that the whole family loves.
- Fluffy coconut flour pancakes by Nourishing Days
This recipe was good, but I’ve pinned this recipe for overnight almond pancakes and I’d like to give them a try.
- Primal energy bars from Mark’s Daily Apple
We’re off on a trip this weekend and I thought these might pack well. I used diced prunes instead of cranberries and left out the honey. This recipe is great but next time I’ll reduce the quantity of protein powder – the flavour was a little overpowering. The diced prunes were an excellent addition by the way.
- Leanda’s choc-nut Paleo balls
My sister-in-law threw these together and they’re a great little sugar-free treat. Adjust the quantities to suit your taste.
(Pulse in a blender 2-3 cups roasted almonds, 150g prunes or dates (I used prunes), 3-4 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 & 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut. Add enough coconut cream to make the mixture sticky enough to form into balls. Refrigerate to set.)
- Chia, coconut & spinach smoothie
A nice change from the usual breakfast of eggs. Don’t worry about the spinach – you can hardly taste it.
- Fruit & nut balls
I love these and you can adjust the recipe to suit your taste. This time I used prunes and left out the honey.
- Paleo Asian cabbage salad by Sweet Peony
Recommended by my sister-in-law and it was beautiful. The sesame oil smells amazing.
- 12 minute cobb salad
12 minutes to boil the eggs. Brilliant salad – my husband’s favourite.
- Low carb tuna bake
This was amazing. If you don’t like tuna you probably won’t agree, but I thought this was one of the best dishes I’ve had for a long time.
I’m not a health professional and I’m not giving health advice in any way, shape or form. This is my own personal experience. Before commencing this challenge I spoke with my Doctor, had a comprehensive blood test and recorded all of my relevant stats including body fat, muscle mass, weight, body measurements etc. I’ll be checking all of these stats again at the end of the challenge.