Thursday, January 31, 2013

What my "Paleo" diet has consisted of + Polly Pics!

After my Pancake Meltdown a while back, I was determined to have a good, positive experience with this Paleo shin-digger.

I quickly started googling things like, "Paleo Pancakes." Which typically come up with some random ingredients I never knew existed:
  • Macadamia Nut Oil (SERIOUSLY?!  What is this... like $30 for 4oz?  Nope, no thanks.)
  • Tapioca Flour (actually, I know you can get this from Winco)
  • Ground Pumpkin Seeds (I want to know who had enough time on their hands to think to do this)
  • A splash of water from the fountain of youth (might as well)
Cooking is fun, but not when my cupboard is full of exotic ingredients that you have to special order online because the local grocery store doesn't carry it.

So I found some easy pancakes that are only made with 2 eggs and 1 banana!!  No joke - I was skepticle but they're actually pretty decent!  They need something else and I haven't refined it yet, but I at least got my pancake-fix in.

So with that out of the way, here are some things I've been eating:
  • Paleo Pancakes
  • Paleo Chili
  • Crustless-Quiche
  • Almond Milk Protein Shakes
  • Almond Butter mixed with Honey (MY NEW FAVORITE SNACK!)
  • Salad Salad Salad
  • Turkey Jerky
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Mom's Brisket with Green Beans
  • Paleo meatballs
  • Carne Asada
This week was a little easier than when I first started and I'm finding I just have to plan more in order to make sure I have options.

Also - I'm not 100% crazy Paleo.  Here are the things boyfriend and I don't abide by:
  • Grass Fed Beef - I can't justify spending 2x what I usually spend on meat just because it ate grass and was massaged in a cow-spa.
  • Corn - Tortillas, Chips, Corn, I'm keeping it - I eat eggs with a corn tortilla.  I refuse to give these up.
  • Beans - but really only Black Beans, because bf is a black bean fanatic.  Although when I made my chili I also threw in Kidney Beans.  Shhhh
  • Quinoa - GASP!  It's a grain - I KNOW.  But boyfriend and I love quinoa and have decided to keep this superfood in our diet

Overall, our deciding factor is "If it's gluten free, it's negotiable."  Beans, Corn, Quinoa, etc - it's all gluten free.  So we are doing more of a "modified" Paleo plan.  It works for us and it keep me from whining.

Also, because no blog post is complete without a picture - here's a shot of Ibo trying to give kisses to Polly after we got her home on Tuesday!
And here's a picture of how I found Polly the next morning:
The little stinker.  It took me a good 5-10 minutes to get it off of her, and she puked twice during the entire process.  Poor baby.


  1. I really need to get on the Paleo band wagon, I think it will help me lose the weight that I want off!! I will have to try those pancakes!!

  2. aww poor little polly. i hope she is doing much better! sounds like you guys are making good effort with paleo :)

  3. Wow those ingredients sound totally wild. I had to buy coconut milk and water chestnuts at the grocery store for the last recipe I made and I was dying. I can't even imagine where you find the stuff on your list! Just found your blog and have enjoyed your writing! I'm excited to read more.

    new follower :)

  4. Anonymous8:34 AM

    Good work at making your own rules, I bet that will make following along that much easier in the long run! I'd love to see the recipe for the paleo chili if you have it, I'm also a black bean lover and have cans on cans on cans in the pantry at any given moment.
    Jessi (iPad wont let me select where I'm commenting from, sorry for 'anonymous'!)

  5. I love quinoa too. It keeps me full for a long time.

  6. My husband and I are thinking about doing a Paleo diet...just not extreme!
    I would keep black beans and anything corn in the mix too!

  7. Aww hope Polly feels better soon! Hilarious how the cone ended up as a tutu the next morning LOL

    newest follower!


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