When I saw my naturopath earlier this week she told me, regarding my detox diet, “Think of it as gluten free”. My response, “I prefer to think of it as ‘paleo’.” To illustrate, here’s a photo I found while searching around for some photos for this blog post:
That sounds about right, except that I’m allowed to eat legumes, which I rarely eat. I’m only avoiding peanuts and soy, which are my least favourite of the legumes anyway. I’m also encouraged to eat brown rice.
My naturopath agreed with my paleo observation (also said that fruit in smoothies is okay). And so yesterday I went to the paleo resources that I knew I had on a bookshelf, and found this:
I’d bought it from Primal Blueprint/Mark’s Daily Apple in August during a promotion but didn’t do anything with it. At the same time, I bought The Primal Connection, The Primal Blueprint and Primal Blueprint Healthy Sauces, Dressings & Toppings. I read one of those, and thumbed through all of them.
Upon first read, the recipes in The Paleo Primer look easy and delicious and use mostly pantry staples. Some recipes turn classically grain-based recipes into paleo-friendly ones. The photos are beautiful. Without previously knowing that the writers are British, I gathered as much. One such indication: Searing liver and dipping it in soft-boiled egg. There are multiple liver recipes in the book. I suspect that the book is going to save my butt over the next few months. I’ll do a full review at some point. I’m sharing this without the book in front of me.
Meanwhile, I decided just for the hell of it to increase my intake of smoothies and juices. Yesterday I was raw until dinner, then ate mussels in a really nice tomato-bacon sauce. Mussels are high in protein, iron, zinc, vitamin C and selenium, an antioxidant. Today I had a juice for breakfast, and a salad for lunch. Yes, juices can be filling. What I found yesterday was that I was full, but not for long. With smoothies I discovered long ago that having one for breakfast keeps me satisfied for 4-5 hours.
So, going to my bookshelf of paleo resources was helpful yesterday.
If you want to learn more about paleo/primal, here are some resources:
- Mark’s Daily Apple – his post from Jan 1 has a good rundown of which resources are good for whom.
- The Paleo Summit (the one thing in this list that costs money)
- Nom Nom Paleo
- Underground Wellness (host of the Paleo Summit)
- Paleo Hacks
- Elana’s Pantry
- Jane’s Healthy Kitchen (I only just found out about this one because it’s the source of the top image.)
…And so many others. That’s just off the top of my head. I can compile some more resources if people want. The Paleo Summit and Real Food Summit are full of them.
Got any resources for me?