Alex Roque

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“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” —Virginia Woolf

Part of my plan to get healthier [I could talk your ear off about why] is getting into the Paleo lifestyle. I started looking into it when I decided to try a more natural way of getting better, and wanted to go gluten free. I heard about it on The Colbert Report when he was interviewing John Durant, and it was something I felt like I could follow. Here is the basic definition of what this lifestyle is:

With readily available modern foods, The Paleo Diet mimics the types of foods every single person on the planet ate prior to the Agricultural Revolution (a mere 500 generations ago). These foods (fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and seafood) are high in the beneficial nutrients (soluble fiber, vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, omega-3 and monounsaturated fats, and low-glycemic carbohydrates) that promote good health.  The Paleo Diet is low in the foods and nutrients (refined sugars and grains, dairy, trans fats, salt, high-glycemic carbohydrates, and processed foods) that frequently may cause weight gain, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and numerous other health problems. — from PaleoPlan

The current resources I use for recipes, meal plans, and inspiration are PaleoPlan and Everyday Paleo.

Needless to say, I fell off the wagon a little – I stayed away from gluten, because that makes me incredibly sick, but my biggest vice is cheese. I love good, awesome, goat cheese. It’s a terrible thing. But I voted December be the time for me to really get back on and hold on tight. I bought a food processor, became a member of PaleoPlan, and am setting up weekly meal plans. My partner is being extremely supportive, and I think it’s partly because he gets delicious [hopefully] meals more often. Honestly, this is the first time in 5 years that when I eat, I feel normal. Human, even. So whatever the critics say calling this the next fad diet – whatever, it has allowed me to enjoy food again, so I’m sticking with it!

So here, have two things I made last week – crusted chicken with vegetables and pumpkin muffins. Tomorrow I am going to attempt making cauliflower rice!  :)

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