Dear Paleo, Sometimes I hate you.

ok, so who doesn’t feel this way at least part of your day?! So let me remind all of us WHY we are torturing ourselves (because I forgot why last night!)…

Studies have shown that eating Paleo (for just 2 weeks!):
–improves blood pressure
–lowers plasma insulin
–reduces cholesterol

Paleo is a great way to get stronger, faster, leaner, and improved recovery time between workouts.

The PROS (if you need more):
–no processed foods
–meat/fish are wild-caught (not farm-raised or full of antibiotics)
–you eat way more fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds

The CONS (besides you hate it):
— athletes – especially endurance athletes (like marathon runners) will need more carbs.
— it’s restrictive
— it’s hard to do when out to eat (although improving)
— you hate it

Listen, here’s the deal. It’s perfectly fine to make room for foods you love, but you know are not optimal for your health…but how often? Daily? I’m not so sure. What about a percentage? Like 80%/20% of the time. 80% of the time I eat Paleo, 20% I don’t worry about it. Probably ok if trying to maintain your weight, but trying to lose weight? How about 99%/1%?

What are your thoughts??? Please comment.
(Linda, this one was for you!)

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One thought on “Dear Paleo, Sometimes I hate you.

  1. Doesn’t red wine also improve blood pressure, lower insulin and reduce cholesterol? Sorry guess you can tell it’s day 4?! Agreed – I think awareness is the key and each time I ‘pay attn’ to what I’m eating and look to change one thing…I learn and feel better. I’m sure many of you have tried but I haven’t made the cauliflower pizza…from the Spartan food of the day…good stuff

    Flatbread Pizza with Cauliflower Crust
    by Rose Marie Jarry

    60 minutes + 1h cool down time
    5 individual pizzas (6-inches wide)
    445 calories per pizza
    Vegan, gluten-free
    Ingredients

    Dough

    4 cups steamed cauliflower
    2 cups of the cooking water from the cauliflower
    ¼ cup olive oil
    ¼ cup flax seeds
    1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    Celtic salt
    2 tablespoons fine herbs (basil, oregano, thyme)
    1 ¼ cup gluten-free flour
    1/3 cup tapioca flour
    1 tablespoon baking soda

    Sauce

    500ml organic tomato sauce
    1 red onion
    10 garlic cloves
    ½ cup olives, chopped
    Fresh herbs ( cilantro or/and basil)

    Directions

    Steam the cauliflower for a good 15 minutes, or until it gets soft. Keep 2 cups of the cooking water to blend with the cauliflower in a blender.
    Use the blended mixture to mix with the other ingredients of the dough.
    Let this mixture sit for 1 hour on the counter before using it.
    Heat up a large pan. Split the dough into 4-5 servings. Cook 5 ’flatbread dough pancakes’ in the pan—1 at the time. You will need to cook them for 2 minutes on each side on medium heat. Then lay each pizza crust flat on a cookie sheet.
    Garnish each pizza with the tomato sauce and chopped herbs, onions, olives and garlic.
    If you like dairy and you wish to add some cheese on top, you are welcome to do it. If not, the vegan version is pretty tasty too.
    Cook for 20 minutes at 375F.
    You can pour some virgin olive oil on top of the pizza after cooking. This pizza can be eaten hot or cold.

    http://www.spartan.com/food-of-the-day/recipe-of-the-day/flatbread-pizza-with-cauliflower-crust/?utm_source=fod&utm_medium=email&utm_content=link&utm_campaign=fod_cauliflower_2015&c3ch=Email&c3nid=FOD

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