The Paleo Diet

So for the past week i have changed my diet to a paleo one. For those of you who don’t know what the paleo diet is, well its rather simple it just means eating whole unprocessed foods.  You want to eat grass fed and pastured meats and eggs, wild-caught seafood, and vegetables. Enjoy fruit, nuts, and seeds in moderation. While avoiding gluten-containing grains, legumes, sugar,and other manufactured foods.

A Typical days menu would contest of

Breakfast

2egg any style, a small bowl of fruit, and a pork breakfast sausage

Lunch

Any meat protein, with a salad and some fruit

Dinner

Any meat protein, with a vegetable side

Recipe for One meal

Baked Chicken with roasted brussel sprouts

Ingredients for the chicken

8 bone-in thighs

1 lemon grass stock (minced core only)

25g minced ginger

25g minced garlic

2 limes (for juice and zest)

1 tbsp of fish sauce

1 tbsp of honey

2 shallots minced

1 tbsp olive oil

salt and peper to taste

Brussel Sprouts

1 pound  Brussel sprouts

2 tbsp Olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste.

The chicken is pretty easy to make it’s simply mix everything in a bowl and marinate for 20mins. preheat oven to 400F, placing chicken skin side down bake for 25mins and then flip and continue for another 25 to 30mins you are looking for a internal temperature of 165F. For the brussels you simply clean them, cut in half, toss in olive oil with salt and pepper and roast for around 40 mins at 400F. till soft and slightly crispy.

One thing I found when i was doing this diet was it felt like you were eating meals that were a lot lighter. When the focus is just on meat, fruit and vegetables the meals filled you but you weren’t overly  stuffed.  One thing I also found interesting was it pushed you to use more fresh ingredients, since many of the sauces you would normally use to flavour things weren’t allowed. At the same time this made preparing meals slightly more time consuming since research for meals had to be done daily. Another area i had difficulty with has with sweets, again you are very limited since you can’t have anything refined, so coming up with dessert ideas were not easy as well as not satisfying.  I think the key to allowing this to work in plan a head have stuff ready for meals a head of time and work that way, doing all the prep for meals the same day makes this very difficult and time consuming.

If a chef was on this diet my advice would be plan your meals a head, even make meals for 2 or 3 days a head, because the life style of a chef doesn’t leave much room to make anything to complicated they simply do not have the time.  The harder aspect might be the work place where you have to constantly try things that might go against your diet, my only advice for this  would try to work at a place that is more about fresh local ingredients that doesn’t many refined goods and makes many things in house.

I don’t think i would continue my diet choice, i well take some elements from it, i do like the focus of meat, vegetables and fruits as the primary ingredients but i have a weakness for sweats. That would mean i would have to make substitutes for these items which at this point I am not willing to do! The concepts of the diet make sense to me but it isn’t as simple as i thought it would be.

 

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