As discussed in the last post, we are going to talk about the Paleo Diet. When I was transitioning from omnivore to herbivore, I used this diet. I think it's a good transition diet (I don't like seafood so the Mediterranean diet wasn't for me) and a good diet for those who want to continue to eat meat.
Fun facts about the paleo diet: it too helps with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, on average those who follow this diet lose one pound per week, but the paleo diet saw more improvement with visceral fat (they lost more weight around the stomach) and can decrease blood pressure as well. So maybe the issue you have or concerns you have, might help you to decide if one of these lifestyles is suitable for you.
The paleo diet is very old school, meaning it follows the path of hunters and gatherers. They claim to eat as we would have eaten in the early days, when we got our own food, and didn’t have grocery stores and markets. The major difference is the paleo diet does include pork and red meat as staples. It also focuses on fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and beans. And limits processed/sugary food and refined (you notice the pattern there, right?). Keep it as natural as possible and that is the paleo way. If you can grow it or hunt it, you can eat it. If you can’t? It’s not paleo and it shouldn’t be consumed in this way of eating.
As with the Mediterranean Diet here are a few recipes from the Paleo Diet, specifically from the book Practical Paleo by Dianne Sanfilippo. If these recipes appeal to you, this might be a diet that might work well for your lifestyle and tastes. Again, I didn’t create these recipes, just took a few simple examples to show what kind of meals are available with this diet to see if it would suit your pallet and tastes. I did alter a few slightly to remove ingredients I felt picky eaters, or those just starting to experiment, would not enjoy eating (basically what I wouldn’t eat I took out, but I have personally tried these meals and they’re fantastically delicious and easy to cook). However, they are based on her recipes not mine, and her book is amazing if this is a food lifestyle you are looking to consider.
Bacon-wrapped smoky chicken thighs– Serves 2
4 bone in skinless chicken thighs
8 slices of bacon (turkey or other kind you decide)
1 tsp paprika (slightly different than hers)
1 tsp pepper (slightly different than hers)
1 tsp olive oil
1. Preheat oven to 275 and heat oil in pan/sheet
2. Sprinkle thighs with paprika and pepper and wrap each thigh with 2 strips of bacon and place in pan/sheet
3. Bake for approximately 40 minutes or until chick reaches 165 degrees.
Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps – Serves 2 (or 4 small servings)
1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
Dash salt and pepper
2 tbs coconut oil
1 heat of lettuce (iceberg, romaine what ever you like)
½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tbsp chopped green onions
1. Slice thighs into ¼ inch strips and chop onions and cut up tomatoes
2. Toss chicken in bowl with garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper
3. Over medium heat melt coconut oil in skillet and add chicken
4. Cook until chicken is white all the way through for approximately 5-10 minutes and flip occasionally
5. Put chicken in lettuce cups and add tomatoes and onions and serve hot
Hayley’s Skirt Steak Tacos
2 tbsp lime juice (or juice from one lime)
1 clove garlic, minced
½ tsp paprika (or chili powder if you like spicy)
1 lb skirt steak
Dash salt and pepper
1 head lettuce (preferred type)
2 dozen cherry tomatoes
1 avocado, thinly sliced (optional and toppings can change. Pick what you like)
½ cup chopped cilantro
1. In mixing bowl whisk lime juice, garlic and paprika.
2. Place steak in bowl and rub mixture on. Sprinkle salt and pepper
3. Grill for approximately 3 minutes per side and set aside for 10 minutes.
4. Slice against grain into small strips.
5. Add steak to lettuce leaves and add tomatoes, cilantro and avocado. Serve hot.
Both of these food lifestyles have been proven to be healthier than the typical Canadian or American diet. Amazing options if you are looking to change the way that you eat, that can still include meat and help you live a long disease-free life. Hope this helps,