As I’m reviving this Paleo thing, and eating grilled chicken (marinated in fresh orange and lime juice, rubbed with ground mustard, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper), avocado slices, and cherry tomatoes, my sister just told me about this new restaurant that serves everything meatballs. It’s called the Meatball Shop and is open until 4am! So tempting. And actually, I just checked out the farm they get their meat from. Pasture-raised and grass-fed angus beef! They are fed a little corn, but only just before they are butchered. I can deal with that. Hooray for Paleo-acceptable meatballs!
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So really quick because I’m falling asleep…
After almost 2 weeks of being gung-ho and hardcore about this Paleo Diet, I thought I was going to call it quits. Last Wednesday night, I was feeling overwhelmed with the amount of planning, cooking, shopping and cleaning this was taking. And I was leaving the next day for a weekend snowboarding trip in Tremblant and knew I would be eating like crap. So I decided I was sick of it and would quit. I even thought of a title for the blog post I was going to write… “Chalk it up to a failed experiment,” where failed meant miserably time-consuming and inconvenient and experiment meant test of shear willpower.
Then, after the weekend of crap-eating, I felt gross to the core and realized how much better I had been feeling while I was going Paleo. Now I feel like I have to do it. But I can’t be as extreme and cook every meal that I eat. From here on out, it’ll be a 60-40 thing, maybe even 70-30. I’ll eat breakfasts and dinners at home (except when eating out occasionally) and leave lunches open, for convenience’s sake, and just try to eat as close to Paleo as possible on those.
I just placed an order with a natural meats farm in Hudson, NY called Van Wie Natural Foods and might start this as a regular thing. There’s another place called Meadow Raised Meats that I want to try, too. I’ll compare and update here. Either way, this should help me keep going.
Best. Paleo dinner. Ever.
And just in time. I was getting weak and seriously questioning this decision. But tonight, I made slow cooked veal with homemade salsa, zucchini soup, and homemade applesauce. The applesauce was better than any I’ve ever had, the veal was so tender, and the soup had a nice kick to it (made with dried parsley that I dried on my own!). Steph, David, and Nicole can all attest to the delicious-ity of this meal.
Only if I can keep up this cooking. Hopefully, the slow-cooker will make for some more easy and tasty meals that will keep me on track.
Also, second go on the beef jerky. This time I used flank steak and cut it into nice sized strips. Fingers crossed. Banana and apple chips are next.
Being a caveman in this modern world is getting really difficult. So many temptations everywhere you go. I never realized how much food is advertised. It’s all I notice now.
I’m at the halfway point. They say – by they, I mean the all-encompassing they – that it takes two weeks for your body to adjust to the diet and get used to getting its fuel from different sources. Once that happens you feel good. Real good. Can’t wait. Right now I’m not feeling so hot.
Made some beef jerky. Over-dried it because I left it overnight. Next time, I need to keep a closer eye on it.
Cheats for last week…I used all three of my open meals…
- Two slices of pizza, one with sausage, one with pepperoni (this should probably count as all three open meals)
- And sushi. Fish is really good on the Paleo Diet, it’s the rice and soy sauce that’s not.
Trying to finish the week strong to see how I feel after the supposed two-week adjustment period. If I don’t feel super, I might just end this experiment. And go grab some chicken and rice on 53rd and 6th.
Article on other cavemen out there: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/fashion/10caveman.html
Tried to make my own Paleo hot sauce today for some Paleo buffalo chicken strips. Bought some apple cider vinegar and was planning to use some spices I already got. Then I realized it would be better with fresh peppers, so will try that this weekend. So the chicken came out bland, but would have been sweet with the sauce.
Used naturally raised chicken, cut into strips, basted in organic mustard (no salt added) and honey mixed and tried to used crushed almonds for breading. No blender so I used the back of an ice cream scooper to crush them in a ziploc. So difficult. Didn’t work out too well. Note to self: buy a food processor.
In other news, my food dehydrator arrived yesterday! So pumped. Wasn’t expecting it until late next week, but I just signed up for the free trial of Amazon Prime so I guess they bumped up that shipment, too. Just haven’t had time to open it yet. Can’t wait. Will post with how my first beef jerky comes out 🙂
(See what I did there?)
Woke up late this morning because of being out last night. I think my tolerance is going down from this diet. Which I see as a good thing, because alcohol is only allowed in moderation and if I can still get drunk that would be sweet. Also cheaper. Had to rush to class. Washed some blackberries and strawberries to take with me and ate a leftover piece of cold pork as I was getting dressed.
Great discovery today! Steph had almonds and raisins for a snack during class and as I was eating my blackberries, I popped an almond in before eating a blackberry. If you chew the almonds enough before eating the blackberry, it tastes like peanut butter. No joke.
And tonight might be an open meal for me. My 620 class goes until 920 and the professor brings in food. Likely pizza. Ugh. Only if I had time to cook something to bring in. Can’t wait for that food dryer to get here.
So in summation:
- Quick breakfast of fruit and pork chop this morning.
- Crushed almonds + blackberries = peanut butter.
- About to eat pizza tonight.