Well for a little while I have been considering going onto the “paleo program” not sure why I’ve never made the switch but I am doing the “Daniel Plan” and so I have cut things out of my diet that I have never thought I would ever stop eating… some crept back in but honestly in smaller doses.
I gave up Coffee... me who used to rink 6 or more cups a day! I said “If I can’t have milk and sugar what’s the point?” so I gave it up like that 10th November 2014.. since then I tried a cappuccino and it was terrible and I forced myself to drink it because my husband brought it but I didn’t enjoy it which means I’ve made the right choice to quit it. For a while I was doing “Chinese red tea” instead, but on 7th December I got really badly sick with Gastro and that put me off the tea so now I have nothing, nada, zip, zilch. I miss the ritual of the “Morning Coffee” but I don’t actually miss the coffee.
Sugar– Since I don’t have coffee or tea anymore, I no longer have sugar, I did bring it back after the detox in smaller doses, I have one small glass of Pepsi each night, it’s my one consolation.
I also gave up dairy…. me who loves cheese, but I recall when I was pregnant with “Star Son” and I have gestational Diabetes, I had to change to Skim milk and low-fat cheese and in fact limit it all together back then it was hard, but this time gave up dairy too! So as usual I fast read everything so that I could start (Yes I am working on “Patience” now!) and I read in correctly that the “Detox” was what I was supposed to do… silly me thought “forever” but no it was for a limited time… then you re-introduce the taken away stuff back in one by one.. but I had not felt so good so I left them out… well all except the dreaded bread!
A few weeks back and I went and did my yearly blood test, I have been feeling really tired and worn out and wondered if I was in need of iron or something, plus she checks on my hormones and whatever else they check, Oh yeah Glucose, Cholesterol and Blood Sugars and Liver enzymes. I went back for the results wondering what would they say and she was amazed! My blood levels are the lowest they’ve ever been all over the board! 18 months ago when I was last tested, I was told I was just barely in the “normal range” for Cholesterol which shocked me because we eat healthy… apparently not!! She said my Blood Sugar and Cholesterol had never been this low!! Yay me! it convinced me that I am on the right path, as for the tiredness she put that down to “life style” and said “go ahead and take your Nanna naps if you need to”
Gluten has been a learning curve for me.. bread is evil for me (please don’t take what I say to heart this is just MY opinion for MY body) I know full well that when we go away camping or to our holiday place for the weekend, white bread is involved… it’s much easier to buy one loaf of “white bread” and know Star Son and the Bloke will eat it than try to make them eat my “Soy linseed” nutty bread that I use at home… I also know that when that happens I’ll come home and I could have gained as much as two kilos… because White bread had no goodness init and whats more when you eat bread the water is absorbed in to the bread which cling to you..I learnt that from “body trim” So I cut out bread, it’s been hard, much harder than I like to admit and it’s the one thing I struggle with.. and then I discovered “Paleo and Gluten Free” recipes which mean you can have a “type of bread” to use the same way you’d use bread but without the nasties…
One of my favourite websites is “Paleonewbie.com” and I am really enjoying reading what Trina comes up with.
So today I got brave and made one of her recipes…
Paleo Zucchini Chocolate Chip Mini-Muffins
They were delish! and as expected the “Zucchini” in the title put everyone off.. but my husband and I liked them. I am taking them to an art class tomorrow I had already decided that was what I was taking and I emailed the teacher to ask her how many students so I could bake enough and she said “well I am gluten intolerant so I won’t be needing any” so I wrote right back and told her they were Gluten free and Paleo and she was rapt!!
So without further Ado… here is the recipe…
Paleo Zucchini Chocolate Chip Mini-Muffins
- 1 1/2 cups almond flour
- 1 tbs ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 eggs, whisked
- 1/3 cup raw honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
- 1 cup grated raw zucchini (about 1 medium zucchini)
- 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips
- Pre-heat oven to 350º F (175 C )
- Grate zucchini – blot firmly with paper towels to remove excess moisture
- In a medium mixing bowl, first combine dry ingredients (except the chocolate chips)
- In a separate small mixing bowl, combine all wet ingredients (except the zucchini)
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients bowl and stir
- Finally, fold in both the grated zucchini and dark chocolate chips
- Grease a non-stick mini-muffin pan with coconut oil
- Fill each muffin well about two-thirds full
- Bake 10-12 minutes (oven cooking times may vary)
- Cool, remove and enjoy!
Seriously they are good!