|Making Olive Tapenade|
I've never believed in diets. I don't believe they work. I've always thought eating well and exercise were the only way to go. While I still believe this, what eating well means to me has changed significantly this year.
|Cooking my first whole chicken|
|One of our easy go-to recipes: |
Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
One of N's favourite foods is pizza, so I kick started our month with a paleo pizza. It turned out pretty well for a pizza without grains or cheese and it was definitely a fun experiment. We made a cauliflower crust and then topped it with some delicious tomato sauce, meat, mushrooms and asparagus. N still says it's not really a pizza, but he enjoyed it anyway.
I didn't go into this thinking I was going to lose a ton of weight. I don't really weigh myself that often anymore anyways, but I did take note of my weight at the beginning and then again at the end. I lost about 10 pounds, which was a wonderful side effect. I'm mostly just happy to feel like I look better. I've gotten a lot of compliments which also makes me feel amazing.
I really have nothing but great things to say about the experience. I know it's not for everyone and I know a lot of paleo enthusiasts can get kind of preachy, so my goal is to stay far away from that. At the end of the day, I think everyone should do what makes them feel good.
So I'll leave you with this: Try new recipes. Eat bacon. Experiment with food.
Eat, drink, be merry.
Here's a few favourites for our month-long challenge. Check out Diane's book for the actual recipes.
|Chinese Five Spice Lettuce Wraps|
|Spaghetti Squash Bolognese|
|First delicious attempt at lamb chops with olive tapenade|
|Butternut Squash Sage Soup|
|Shrimp and Pesto Zucchini Fettuccine|
|Lemon Artichoke Chicken|
|Typical Breakfast: Rutabaga Egg Nests with Avocado and Bacon|