If you are what you eat…


As part of my redemption from unfulfilled contractual obligations, I wanted to talk a little bit more about my diet, how I’m doing, and how I see it affecting my RA.  For those of you who don’t know, I’m trying my hardest to follow the Paleo diet which means eating only lean meats and proteins and fresh fruits and veggies.  No glutens, no processed foods, no dairies, and no sugars other than natural sugars.  Oh yeah…and also no alcohol. In all honesty, it’s been an easier diet to follow than anything I’ve ever tried before.  I think partly it’s because I’ve bought several books but also because I have a friend who’s doing it with me. But I’m not going to say that I’m perfect at it.  I think I’ve developed a new phrase for our joint Paleo dieting: those who EAT together, CHEAT together. Yep, we’re FAR from perfect!

One of the biggest challenges is that I really don’t cook so to say that I’ve learned a lot is an understatement!

  1. I actually don’t like things cooked with lots of ingredients.  I tried making several things that were “fancy” and did a fairly good job of it…but they didn’t taste good to me.  As soon as I scaled back my ambitions from triple roasted broccoli braised with virgin gorgonzola made by elves to just plain old steamed broccoli, I began to like most of what I made! And SCORE because that is so much easier!
  2. And yeah, I have no frigging clue what triple roasted broccoli braised with virgin gorgonzola made by elves is.  Nor do I understand what the hell smart chicken is. I do not care about the IQ of my fowl. In my world, chicken is grilled, fried, or baked.   Also while I’m on the subject, I do not care about the sexual habits of any of my food…I will eat it virgin or not.  Whatever that means.
  3. I do not like brussel sprouts.  Not raw, not boiled, not roasted, not grilled, not spiced, not un-spiced.  I just do not like them.  SEE WHAT ALL THOSE HOURS SITTING AT THE DINING ROOM TABLE FOR REFUSING TO EAT BRUSSEL SPROUTS DID TO ME, MOM!!!!! It’s just not going to happen.
  4. I have a tendency to overcook things…ever so slightly.  My kale “chips” that were supposedly done according to the recipe when they turned bright green…were more like little black kale brickettes.
  5. I have got to learn how to eat fish.  Except that I hate it and have no idea how to cook it.  I attempted seared tuna the other day and my dinner guest said it smelled like cat food.  And he was correct.

BUT I’m starting to have more successes than fails! Some of my favorites so far:

Steak seasoned only with garlic powder and pepper, plain zuccchini squash.

Chopped apples cooked on the stove for two hours with a little bit of water and a lot of cinnamon (no sugar).

My all time favorite- chopping up a bunch of fresh veggies and a red onion, wrapping them in foil, and tossing them either on the grill or in the oven.  No spices whatsoever required because of the red onion!

How I’m handling lunches…pictured with veggies roasted with rosemary and potatoes.  Ignore the booze.

I have noticed a difference in my symptoms, not so much when I’m hardcore on the diet but more so when I’m cheating if that makes sense.  What I have noticed healthwise is how much more “even” I feel.  I sleep better, I have more energy, I’m not hungry all the time.  And yes, my wrists feel better.

I’m no Emeril…nor do I aspire to be…but I’ve got to admit that this has been a little bit fun!

6 responses »

  1. Pingback: If you are what you eat… « All Flared Up: An Arthritis Blog | Paleo Diet | if you do the paleo diet you need supplementing

  2. Wow, A…

    These pictures look…good. They look pretty fine. If I worked in Charlotte, I would totally hire you to make lunches for me everyday.

  3. Bravo, Amandajohn! Discovering the relative ease and benefits of simple cooking changed me from a woman who didn’t know how to cook much and certainly didn’t LIKE to cook into the opposite. I like to cook, now, and I like eating what I cook, too. What an epiphany.

    And yes, that simple food can help you feel better in so many ways.

    Way to go, grrrrl. I hope you continue to feel better and enjoy your food. Oh, and a secret about fish: A piece of really fresh fish shouldn’t smell of anything but water. Fish only smells after it starts to get old. So, the fresher the better, both for lack of smell AND taste. Good luck!

  4. Oops! I meant lack of smell and better taste. As in better flavor.

    (sighs) Maybe I should go back to bed and start over… 😉

  5. That all looks delightful, can I come round for dinner?!

    A friend at work is following a similar diet, just protein and some veg and she is finding it not too bad to follow either, she cheats sometimes same as you but says she feels really full up all the time.

    Animal wise I only eat fish so would be pretty hard for me to follow it. If you wanna get into fish, try cooking trout, it’s dead easy just rub lots of pepper and a bit of salt into it then pan fry it for 10-15 minutes and put some lemon juice on it. yum yum.

    anyway enough ranting..take it easy!

  6. I have noticed that since cooking Paleo I have become better in the kitchen too. It is really pretty simple, isn’t it? I am glad you are experiencing good side effects with it. Me too.

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