Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Quick Paleo Resources (AKA Get the Info You Need About Paleo—Without Hours of Research)

I'm an information junkie. Particularly when it's a topic I'm passionate about.

However, I do realize that most of the world doesn't suffer from this indulgent compulsion. Most people won't spend five hours per day listening to podcasts or reading medical blogs to find the leading experts in fields like metabolic syndrome or nutrition.

So, if you're interested in learning what this whole paleo thing is all about, I've compiled a list of great starting places for you in the Resources tab above. I even linked to different kinds of media—from movies to blogs and podcasts. I've followed each resource I list for quite a while, they've proven to provide consistent, quality content and I trust them.

I think it's important to note here that health is a journey, not a destination. I was overwhelmed when I was first exposed to all this new information. I wanted to get everything right, right away. That's a dangerous endeavor, and it leads to failure, every time.

If this lifestyle is something that interests you, my advice is begin from a place of education and understanding. Do a little research, take in what good information you can, process it objectively and then apply it in small ways to start. Do a few trial runs, find what works for you and then set small goals that will lead you to where you want to be (and eat a lot of great food along the way).

More recipes and/or interesting things for the non-research obsessed next time, promise.

To your good health,

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Paleo Breakfast

Breakfast. According to some, it's the most important meal of the day. Though, I'm not usually hungry until about 11:00 am, so for me it's more like brunch.

Regardless of when you eat in the morning, it is the first thing you're putting into your body since the night before; so I try to make it something that's nutrient-dense and filling.

When I stopped eating grains, breakfast became a huge challenge. Without traditional options like cereal, Pop Tarts, granola bars and toast, weekday mornings began mocking my ineptitude to feed myself.

A little planning goes a long way. Every Sunday evening, I make something I can eat each morning during the week. I try to get a lot of protein and healthy fats for my first meal. I stay full and energized for longer than I ever did with grains, I don't crash an hour after I eat it and when I do get hungry again, it's a just a gentle nudge to eat and not a ravenous, I-have-to-eat-or-I'm-going-to-die kind of feeling.

This week, I made a frittata.

This is how I make it:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2.  Fry 6 pieces of bacon in a cast iron skillet.
  3. Chop veggies. I generally use whatever veggies I have on hand. Tonight, I used zucchini, asparagus, onion, mushrooms, broccoli, green pepper and tomatoes. 
  4. When the bacon is done, move it to a cutting board and cut it into bite-size pieces.
  5. Then, saute the veggies in the bacon grease. (I add a little salt to help draw the water out of them.)
  6. While the veggies cook, whip 9 eggs with about half a cup of heavy cream in a separate bowl.
  7. When the veggies have cooked down, move them to a separate bowl to cool just a tad; then mix them in with the eggs.
  8. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil or butter to the pan you used for the bacon and veggies, when it has melted, pour the egg and veggie mix into the hot pan. Top with the bacon and shredded cheese.
  9. Cook over medium high heat on the stove top for about 5 minutes then transfer to the oven for about 15 minutes.
  10. The frittata is done when you gently shake the pan, and it isn't wobbly in the middle.
And, voila:

After it's cooled, I cut it into slices, and put each in a separate tupperware container.

Then stack 'em up in the fridge. Breakfast is ready for the week! I also usually have some full fat Greek yogurt with my frittata slice.

 With more time on weekend mornings, I indulge in something like this:

If I eat either of the above options for breakfast, I'm usually full until about 4:00 pm or so. That's generally when I notice I haven't eaten "lunch" yet. 

For more info on why I eat the way I do, check out the "About Me" tab. I'll also get more into that in future posts.

To your good health,