Dearest diary (fellow foodies)...
Paleo diet - Day 1:
Okay, let it be said upfront, right here, right now... Day 1 could have been a lot worse... Truth be told, yours truly was armed and ready (and had even prepared those around me) for hunger pangs and an overall lack of fulfillment. My expectations could not have been more misplaced (amen!) - I actually rather enjoyed the paleo meal (pictured above), without feeling too full and/or bloated (given that it was gluten-free).
Confession: I skipped breakfast this morning, mainly because I was running around like a headless chicken (it happens to me too) - circumstances did permit for a quick coffee run where I opted for a latte with almond milk which is an adjustment from my usual full cream hazelnut latte with normal milk. Not too soon after... my tummy began to call for something more, leaving me at odds to whip up something with what I had available to me. If anything, take a page from my book when I say that before you commit to any diet or eating plan - do the grocery shopping beforehand. There is (almost) nothing worse than mentally committing yourself to a particular diet or eating plan, only to be disappointed by the lack of options in your kitchen when your tummy feels like a black hole.
So with the above in mind, here’s a few tips, guidelines, rules to help :
Rule number one: Go grocery shopping BEFORE starting any diet/meal regimen.
Rule number two: Be realistic with what you choose to buy when you do this initial grocery run. I like to choose items that are easy, almost ready to go, and which I know I’ll eat when shopping for a specific type of diet (avoid any processed foods, of course). Personally, I find that tuna and salmon steaks (like the one above) are the easiest to find in store and to cook.
Rule number three: Have your basic ingredients on hand at all times, for example, olive oil and coconut oil. Also make sure to have some sort of veggies or greens at hand - so that when you’re cooking up your chosen source of protein for the day, you don't have to worry about leaving your cooking midway to go to the store for sides!
Rule number four: Water. water. water. Drink lots of it throughout your day, and if you feel a sugar drop have a banana or peach on stand-by. The natural sugars will offer you an instant pick-me-up.
Recipe: Honey and lemon salmon
For 1 serving
1 salmon steak
3 tbsp. honey
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tbsp. soya sauce
1 garlic clove
Marinade the salmon in pepper, salt and paprika and set it aside.
Then in a pan, heat the olive oil and add the minced garlic clove, until fragrant.
Then add the honey and soya sauce, lemon wedges, then add the salmon steak.
Fry until it's cooked on either side.
Serve with cherry tomatoes, avocado and butternut.