Friday, April 27, 2012

What I've Been Eating Wednesday - Now on Friday

This whole post was supposed to go up on Wednesday; but somehow even though I know I saved it it disappeared. Pretty irritating. 

Anyway, I've seen people's What I Wore Wednesday Posts and I thought I'd do a What I've Been Eating Wednesday Post- just for today.

I love to cook mainly because I like to eat. For a while I had been posting my food and recipes but discontinued that since my pictures were never as pretty as real food bloggers and I'd end up eating half of what I cooked before I could take a picture of it. So most of what you'll see below is photos from the original websites.

What I wanted to talk about today was a new diet I've been on since I've been pregnant. I don't really think of it as a diet so much; more like a healthier way of eating. It's called the Paleo Diet. It basically calls for eating natural unprocessed foods; lean meats, lots of veggies, fruit, nuts, & berries. It's based on the way Paleolithic Man used to eat. (Supposedly he was one healthy guy!) The big thing is that there are no grains and very little dairy in this diet.

This was a big change for me since my meals have always been the same- high fiber cereal for breakfast, turkey sandwiches on whole grain bread for lunch, and often whole grain pasta for dinner. Sounds healthy right? Why would I go and change it if it's been working for me? 

Well since getting pregnant with Tiny Falcon #2 my usual diet seemed to be giving me some trouble. Serious indigestion, painful heartburn, embarrassing other stuff that comes with indigestion (you know what I mean?). 

My Crossfit coach is the one who mentioned the Paleo way of eating to me and I thought I'd try it out since nothing else was working. And a lot of doctors suggest a high protein diet for pregnant women anyway so what did I have to lose?

It took some extra planning for meals and shopping for different things but I've felt a lot better and all my internal issues have pretty much vanished.  

Here's some of what I've been eating:

Breakfast- mainly eggs or homemade fruit smoothies but some other good stuff as well:

Omelets with lots of veggies

Lunch & Dinner Stuff:

Almond Crusted Chicken Breast & Butternut Squash

Loaded Veggie Cauliflower Pizza (good but will never replace real pizza for me)

Desserts & Snacks:

So there you have it. I small sampling of the variety a Paleo Diet can offer. Since I'm not a Paleo purist I do eat cheese on occasion, and I made this the other day:

So not good for you but sooooo good! I'm from Louisiana and pretty much everything Cajun is rice or pasta based. I had to give in. And I haven't been able to give up ice cream. Sorry- Paleo Ice Cream just isn't the same. I am pregnant after all!!

Will I continue a Paleo Diet after Tiny Falcon #2 makes his appearance? I don't know. It takes prep and planning, and going out to eat is difficult. But I like the way it makes me feel and I like eating healthy. So we'll see how it goes.

Have you tried a Paleo Diet? What do you think about it?


Mrs BC said...

I have been wanting to switch to a Paleo diet for a while, but I'm finding bread, rice & pasta a hard habit to kick! I have type 2 diabetes, & I think the health benefits would be awesome, so I will persevere, one meal at a time :)
There are so many great paleo blogs & web sites around for ideas but thank you for posting these, I love them.

Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

I've never heard of this diet, but it's always good to know about this stuff for the future! I have mild acid reflux, so I know pregnancy will equal a lot of crazy stomach stuff for me!