Paleo links and TV

So if you want to find some good places to visit here are some of my favourite paleo links and paleo tv!

Robb Wolf – ask him anything vids

Paleo Leap

http://www.yourguidetopaleo.com/?hop=edp2014

OMG paleo- she does use some non paleo ingredients so be careful and check if in doubt

http://paleomg.com/

Eatdrink Paleo

http://eatdrinkpaleo.com.au/

Paleo Grubs

http://paleogrubs.com/

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Benefits of the Paleo lifestyle -So how paleo is my life? Time for a life overhaul.

So like I should be feeling the benefits of the paleo lifestyle as I have been doing this for a while but yesterday after the mother of period cramps I had junk food and felt guilty and good! It lead me to thinking hey what are the benefits of this lifestyle choice and how is it manifesting in my life?

Well having accumulated info from over the web I should be feeling some of these benefits

  • Stable blood sugars
  • Increased and more stable energy levels
  •  Improved sleep
  •  Clearer skin and healthier looking hair
  •  Mental clarity
  • Improved mood and attitude
  • Improvements in those suffering depression or anxieties
  • Less or no bloating, decreased gas
  • Sustained weight loss
  • Muscle growth; increased fitness
  • Lowered risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer
  • Higher immune function and a general feeling of well being
  • Improved glucose tolerance; decreased insulin secretion and increased insulin sensitivity
  • Improved lipid profiles
  • Healthier gut flora
  • Better absorption of nutrients from food
  • Reduced allergies
  • Paleo diet is anti-inflammatory, most people experience reduction of pain associated with inflammation
  • Improvements in those with respiratory problems such as asthma

What I am actually feeling

  • Improved sleep, with dreams every night
  • Weight increase :/
  • tired and un motivated
  • lower blood sugar levels
  • increased gas
  • higher fitness level

Obviously there are some benefits here but there are also some gapping problems . I have weight loss issues my whole adult life (trained as a ballet dancer so kinda self explanatory). But right now I am the biggest I have ever been :/ This is probably contributing to the tiredness, as does my work. But there are some obvious issues here.

One explanation could be I am getting too many carbs, eating the wrong kind of fats.

So I am going to try and over haul my diet, clean out the bad foods from my cuboards and aim to go 100% paleo for 30 days and see if that makes a difference.

Sooooo changes to be made:

  1. Drink more water- I rarely drink water, but I can see from every paleo detox or challenge water is a main component so every day when I wake up and after every meal (min 8oz a time)
  2. More raw vegetables. My diet contains very little raw veg at the moment so I am shifting to more veg for meals and snacks.
  3. Smoothies for lunch instead of breakfast.
  4. Salads for lunch, instead of paleo bread.
  5. clean out all non paleo foods from my kitchen (a lot of them left from the previous tenant)
  6. Drink more teas.

Current daily diet

Breakfast – smoothie

Lunch – Paleo bread with pate, banana, apple, yoghurt, paleo cake

Dinner – Paleo soup/ bacon and eggs/ meat in paleo sauce with veg

New daily diet

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Breakfast – carrot, apple/banana, lean meat/ egg

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snack – apple/ banana, carrot

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Lunch – salad, smoothie, snack nuts,

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snack – apple/ banana, carrot

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Dinner- Paleo soup/ bacon and eggs/ meat in paleo sauce with veg

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**Aiming for 60-80 g or less carbs a day***

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No Bake Paleo Caramel Chocolate Fudge Slice

This is addictive seriously sooooooooo good.

Ingredients

  • 16 tbsp. of Cashew nuts, soaked in water for 10 mins
  • 12 dates, soaked in water for 10 mins
  • 2 tbsp. of coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. of raw cacao
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla essence
  • salt
  • 1 tbsp. of soya milk
  • 5-6 Almonds smashed.

For the Sauce

  • 4 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. raw cacao
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. of coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp. of vanilla essence

Method

  1. Toast the almonds in a frying pan. Put half the almonds to one side.
  2. Add all ingredients to the blender except for the salt- If your blender works fine then don’t bother with the soya milk. Mine is just ancient and needs fluid to work!
  3. Transfer to container and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  4. Heat all the sauce ingredients until its smooth and creamy.
  5. Sprinkle the salt on top of the date mixture.
  6. Pour the sauce on top of the date mixture.
  7. Decorate with the almonds.
  8. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

choclate fudge                choclate fudge 2

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Prawn, ginger and cashew nuts with avocado

It’s a lazy Sunday at home alone with TV and nursing a hangover so dinner needs to be easy and tasty.

Enter my favourite prawn dish.

Ingredients

  • Prawns (as many as you want)
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 small knob of ginger
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 garlic glove
  • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp lemon grass
  • Dash of lemon juice
  • Cashew nuts
  • Avocado

Method

  1. Fry onion, garlic, ginger, cashew nuts and prawns
  2. Add spices
  3. Splash of lemon juice.
  4. Add coconut milk.
  5. Slice an avocado.
  6. Serve sauce on raw avocado.

prawns and cashew

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Friday night Steak with garlic and mushroom sauce

For an easy and delicious Friday night dinner.  I used to make this sauce with milk and was pleasantly surprised to find that soya milk acts the same way and tastes even better 🙂

Ingredients

  • Steak
  • Mushrooms sliced
  • Garlic 2 cloves diced
  • Soya milk 3 tbsps
  • Steamed vegetables of choice
  • Black pepper
  • dill

Method

  1. Fry steak with pepper, garlic and mushrooms.
  2. Steam vegetables.
  3. Remove steak from pan and add the soya milk.
  4. Reduce the milk by half. Add dill.
  5. Enjoy!

steak and mushrooms    steak and mushrooms 2

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Tips to going paleo for a type 1 diabetic and a daily meal plan

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Having diabetes is relatively new in my life. I got my diagnosis as a 30th birthday present. I was literally admitted the day before. One of the pluses (and there are relatively few of those) is that you become very body aware, as in your gain an acctute understanding of how the body functions as a machine. Sometimes it can be like being a walking chemistry set – so we put this chemical (meal) in  and see what happens….

The other thing I became acutely aware of is how much other people think they know what it is you should and shouldn’t be doing. Hand up if you have heard the phrase ” should you be eating that?” more times that you can count. Sometimes I want to scream yes because I know the exact carbohydrate content of my total meal consumption today, can you say the same Mrs Normal Functioning Pancreas. However so far I have managed to restrain myself.

Since I have been turning more to the paleo diet I have people asking ” should you be doing that?” and ” don’t you need more carbs”. Its like they are freakin experts of diabetic health. I am a fully grown adult who has more awareness of her body then the average human thank you very much.  Turning paleo is basically about relearning to eat and that takes some training diabetes or not. You have to retrain shopping, eating and cooking habits not to mention controlling the impulses to eat, well crap that’s no good for you. Here are so tips to help with turning paleo and that you can bring forth as good ammunition for the interfering people and their annoying questions.

  • CONSULT AND INFORM YOUR DIABETIC MEDICAL TEAM

They are there to help, btw they won’t like the idea (so go prepare with information to the consultation) but get them to come on board,  it does help.

  • GO SLOWLY!

Seriously don’t try and go paleo overnight. YOu will crash and burn. Start with breakfast and do that for a while before progressing to lunch and dinner. I have been doing this for nearly a year and I am still only 80% right now.  And as a diabetic we do need some carbs so we never really be 100% paleo.

  • KNOW HOW MUCH INSULIN YOU NEED

Going paleo will lower your blood sugar levels. BUt you need to know exactly how quickly your body will burn off say a banana and how much insulin you will need for a banana when say training or sitting in the office. Keep a tight record during the first months and consult with your medical team as you might need to adjust your background insulin after a period of 2 months.

  • CHECK BLOODSUGARS MORE OFTEN

For the first 3 to 6 month check more regularly.

  • Expect HYPOS

Low blood sugars will increase as you remove carbohydrates from your diet.  So keep an eye out for low blood sugars and keep the glucose tablet on hand.

  • KEEP SOME CARBS IN

As diabetics we do sometimes need it, so have some in the house. I have crisp bread like ryvita in the house. I discovered that I was getting low blood sugars after lunch so I added yoghurt to my pack lunch and no more low blood sugars.

  • ROUTINE

Ok we all hate it but a structured and repetitive diet keeps blood sugars level and insulin usage easy.

  • ITS OK TO SLIP UP OR TAKE A NIGHT OFF

Seriously chillax, you can eat out, or eat something you wouldn’t usually- Everyone deserves a break. And to be honest after a while you won’t feel like it. I wish however I could cure myself of the desire for salt and vinegar crisps :/

MY DAILY MEAL PLAN

Breakfast :       Homemade smoothie 200 ml

=  22.6 g carbohydrate

Lunch:             Paleo bread with pate, apple, banana, 200ml yoghurt, paleo cookie.

=  40g  carbohydrate

Snack:             Fruit

= 10g/20g  carbohydrate

Dinner:            Paleo soup and fruit

= 10g/20g  carbohydrate

ToTal daily CArbs = 82.6g / 102-6g

REMEMBER YOUR BODY YOUR RULES 😀

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Easy Paleo Soup – Spicy Pumkin and Ginger Soup

I have a love affair with soup, so does my budget. I make a large amount and eat it for 3 or four days.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil.
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 medium apple, cored and chopped ( I prefer a sweet-tart variety)
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • Diced inch of ginger
  • 1 pint veggie broth
  • 1pumpkin diced
  • 1 tbsp. of garam masala
  • 1 tsp. of corriander
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • Sea salt to taste

Method

  1. In a large sauce pan, heat your oil/fat over medium heat.
  2. Add the spices
  3. Stir in your onion, carrots, and apples. Saute for 5-10 minutes until wilted and soft.
  4. Stir in the broth . Bring to a simmer.
  5. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Puree the soup (in batches if necessary) in your blender or food processor until creamy and no chunks remain.
  7. Return to your saucepan..
  8. Heat gently and adjust seasonings to taste.

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