I was worried that I wouldn't be able to commit to what Step 1 demanded of me, as someone with an autoimmune condition: no eggs or nightshades (peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes, among others), in addition to none of the foods that the strictest version of the Paleo diet bans (no dairy, no concentrated sweeteners like honey or sugar or maple syrup, no juice, no seed oils like Canola or Soy, and of course no grains or legumes [except green beans, which Chris allows]).
The program doesn't set any calories or portion limits. Mercifully, I can eat 70% dark chocolate, unsweetened coconut products, avocados, veggies, fruit (though berries are preferred over tropical fruits), nuts, and meats.
And...so far, so good! I have lost weight, feel full longer, my mood has stabilized, my energy levels are much better, and, for the first time as far as I can remember, I rarely have food cravings. Cravings used to run my life and demolish my weight loss and healthy eating attempts. Well, no longer!
I wanted to share some pictures of some of my favorite dishes, my favorite recipe, and some shopping tips for those of us who live in or near Hilo.
Coconut milk and dark chocolate pudding with strawberries.
Thai restaurants generally have dishes I can eat too, though curries generally have added sugar; I asked for no sugar and it tasted just as good!
Surprisingly I don't have any pictures of my favorite new dish, cocoa balls! They are dates, mac nuts, shredded coconut, almond butter, and cocoa powder chopped and mushed together. Delicious! Little paleo cookies.
For any of you who are thinking of trying paleo, I suggest:
Cost-u-less: a big bag of frozen organic blueberries for $15
KTA Puainako: Grass-fed, free range Big Island beef in various cuts, organic free range chicken in the refrigerated section
Sack and Save: Nitrate free bacon
Island Naturals: Nitrate free turkey cut daily in the deli, in the refrigerated section by the cheese and fish
Abundant Life: Synergy kombucha in various flavors. The raspberry and mango are my favorites.
Kinoole farmer's market: Saturdays 6:30-11:30/noon Great for hydroponic lettuce and a variety of fruits and veggies. Unlike the downtown farmer's market, everything here was grown on island. Get there early before the selection is largely depleted!
Most anywhere: Crystal geyser flavored sparkling water. A great drink for those of us who get tired of just water. :)