What’s with the Paleo People?
This article is boyfriend inspired. Sometimes attempting to cook and eat with difficult people can be very illuminating. It let’s me do cool things like turn omelets into pancakes. And I do love my caveman.
So this paleo thing is sweeping the nation. What is it and should you get on board? Can you even get on board, being both a vegetarian and an athletic one on a budget? Certainly the cross fit people do it, and everyone knows the cross fit people are super buff and crazy amazing. My boyfriend does paleo, and has abs to die for. But then he also tends to eat so many vegetables that I’m surprised his poop isn’t green. Well, actually I don’t know, I never actually verified that. Is it Jesse? Jesse?
There are a few different variations of the paleo diet, but the basics are very simple. If cavemen didn’t eat it, you don’t either. This eliminates all grains and legumes, no bread, beans, or oatmeal. Already we see a problem for vegetarians. It also eliminates dairy (cavemen didn’t have cows or even goats!), sugar (though not honey or maple syrup), and almost any type of processed food. According to the book The Paleo Diet for Athletes, all of these foods raise your body’s acid levels and leach minerals from your bones. According to Jesse, who has been following this diet for about a year now, all of these foods also cause stomach inflammation and hurt your ability to process food. Have you heard the rumors about wheat bellies? Well, Paleo dieters follow along this same line of thought. What can those on a paleo diet eat? Simply put, meat, vegetables, eggs, potatoes, fruit, and nuts. Jesse is never without his sack of nuts.
Sounds awful, doesn’t it? And expensive. Where are the calories? Where are they? Especially without meat, this diet lacks one essential ingredient: fuel. Jesse is always hungry, and relies on a large food budget to supply him with enough stuff to flesh out his awesome abs. Being a vegetarian on this diet would almost be impossible. No beans? No soy? No diary? No peanuts? You would need a good budget for almond butter, eggs, and some sort of vegetable/hemp protein powder.
The good news is, going completely paleo isn’t necessary. For one thing, according to my bi-monthly subscriptions of boxlife magazine, a lot of these elite cross fit muscle bound champions who eat paleo only eat paleo 80% of the time. That’s right, 20% of the time they are stuffing their face with some ice cream! Second, if you are doing any sort of long distance cardio training, this is not the diet for you. According to runner’s magazine, any time you are running more than 20 or 25 miles a week you simply need more fuel in the tank.
But what can we p3bg’s learn from this diet?
It’s been a few weeks since I changed my diet to include a lot more protein, and boy do I feel better! Four eggs a day and numerous glasses of soy milk and regular milk boost my protein intake to well over 80 grams a day. Because my snack foods are now more protein centric, I eat a lot less carbs, even on running days. I am now not sure I can jokingly call myself a carbetarian, like I used to. As Americans, we tend to make the focus of each meal the carb. This goes doubly so for vegetarians, as our protein tends to come with carbs most of the time. From spending time with Jesse and my own experimentation, I’ve found that I feel much better if the bulk of my foods are fruits, vegetables, and proteins. Sometimes my only carbs are oatmeal and a little rice, and the rest of my food is all bananas, lentils, kale, eggs, grapefruit, and dairy! I also noticed that my stomach feels a lot better when I do not regularly consume gluten. I don’t want to give it up, for sure, but with all this protein I didn’t even notice that I’ve basically gone gluten free! Furthermore, with the paleo diet being so popular now, there is no shortage of good paleo recipes that can be found online. If you do a little bit of research, you can find easy and tasty ways to sub carbs for more protein filled options, and your muscle children will thank you!
This Week in Updates
Speaking of protein, I think eating more protein is really doing wonders. Remember when I ranted about how my legs were not getting as muscular as I would like? Well, with the biking and more protein, I think they are developing nicely. What do you think?
No receipts this week, since I’ve been at the parents for my younger sister’s graduation. It is really weird being an older sister. We had a family outing to the Green Owl a vegetarian restaurant where even my dad went veggie for a day. We all shared some vegetarian buffolo wings, and then dad had “pulled pork” which he said was palatable. This is a MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT on the food front. My mom sent me home with almond butter and flax seed. Let’s you know that they care. We talked about the possibility of avacado chocolate pudding making a recipe appearance on my blog. I’m just going to have to try it!
The Recipe: Paleo Pancakes with nut butter and honey
I was suspicious about this whole idea. Bananas and eggs? Together? And sweet not savory? Not this is a dinner staple. Why not? It’s a well disguised omelet! I did try it the true paleo way, but I found that this makes them a little difficult to flip, being so soft. They are still wonderful, but I would suggest adding just ¼ cup of flour of your choice. Don’t have flour on hand? Put some oats in a blender and add that! My favorite is ¼ cup of buckwheat flour. Yum!
1 overripe banana
Nut butter of your choice
Put the eggs and the banana in the blender, and blend until smooth and whipped. Cook like you would normal pancakes, except make sure you give them enough time before you flip them or they will break. Top with nut butter and honey, and enjoy the most delicious (except yes dad, you make the best buckwheat pumpkin pancakes but they are less healthy for you) healthy pancake stack you’ve ever had. And yes, you can eat the whole stack!
If you like the above, try these easy and healthy sweet squash paleo pancakes with blackberry syrup!