I’m on week 4 of being 100% Paleo and it hasn’t necessarily been hard to give up things, some days are a challenge and those cravings for string cheese or chips or a sour candy pop up, but I keep myself focused and my eye on the prize.
I have started to notice slight changes, weight is coming off, I don’t look bloated (not that I was overly bloated before) and I have more energy.
I have combined this plan with an intense workout schedule, hitting the gym 5-6 days a week (sometimes twice as day getting in short 40 minute workouts over my lunch hour).
I have a goal in mind and that is to be comfortable enough in my own skin to sport a crop top when I go to Vegas this summer, I found the most perfect outfit for a night out there.
We have been sticking strictly to lean meats (chicken, turkey, beef and pork, a seafood allergy restricts all seafood), eggs, veggies, fruits and have been using unsweetened almond milk in our daily coffee, I think that was the biggest thing to get used to, I used an almond milk creamer before but it has sugars in it which we are restricting, so I opted for vanilla unsweetened almond milk, it’s ok I suppose LOL
I made my first ever homemade guacamole (with NO yucky cilantro, I would rather stick my foot in my mouth) just last weekend and it actually turned out really good, yes I was surprised.
I made just regular chocolate chip with 90% dark chocolate chips and I made a take on my favourite cookies from a little food bus in Tofino, BC called Diablo Chocolate cookies, they call for cocoa, ginger, cayanne, sea salt and dark chocolate, I swapped out the regular flour for almond flour and the brown and white sugar for maple syrup and let me tell you AH-MAZE-ING!!!!!
Paleo Friendly Chocolate Chip Cookies
3 cups almond flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda
Beat in 2 eggs, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 cup coconut oil
Fold in 1 cup chocolate chips
Bake in 375 degree oven for 15 minute
Paleo Friendly Tacofino Diablo Cookies
Stir together: 1.5 cups almond flour, 1 cup cocoa, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp cayenne, 1 tsp cinnamon, 2 tbsp ginger (fresh or powder, if fresh make sure it’s grated)
Next add: 2 eggs, 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1 tbsp vanilla, 1/2 cup maple syrup
Combine wet and dry ingredients, put cookies on cookie sheet, top with a 90% dark chocolate chunk and sprinkle with a sea salt and coconut palm sugar mix.
Bake at 375f for 11-13 minutes.
I made a Paleo friendly “bacon” on the weekend, I told my boyfriend I made us bacon and he thought it was the greatest and I handed him a piece, he said it’s fantastic but don’t call something that isn’t bacon, 🥓 LOL
Paleo Friendly “Bacon”
Pork side (I bought pre sliced from the store)
I put parchment paper down on the cooking sheet with a touch of coconut cooking oil spray.
Place the pork side slices down and I put organic garlic salt (oddball organics, from a small town in BC, fantastic stuff) and drizzled with maple syrup
Bake in a 350f oven for 10 minutes
Turn and shake on Cajun seasoning and cook for another 10 minutes.
Comes out nice and crispy and resembles bacon but MUCH healthier, no fillers, no artificial flavours, just goodness 😊