Going primal

Almost everyone starts the new year with some sort of “going to be healthier” resolution. I didn’t make any specific resolutions this year except that I would be brave as well as good to myself and my boys. It is very generic but that’s because I honestly did not have time to think of specifics. Just a good general direction would surely work for me. Somehow, despite the lack of specifics, I still stumbled onto this new resolution of eating better.

Several weeks ago, M made mention of his Crossfit box starting a 7 week paleo/primal challenge. He started bringing home books such as this and this. Knowing my history with diets, I was skeptical. But I listened to M’s description of this lifestyle change and read up on it. Then I came across this book by Gary Taubes, he challenges conventional wisdom on diets and talks about the science behind why people get fat. I was intrigued but I didn’t want to make a big deal out of it. I have a phobia of diets. They were always failures and some how I attributed the blame all on me.┬áThen I remembered my new year’s resolution so I told M that I would go on this challenge with him. I think such changes are always a little easier with someone by your side, doing the same thing.

Now, I am a week into this new eating and I haven’t felt this good in a long time. I don’t drag ass out of bed anymore even when S wakes me up several times a night. I don’t feel bloated after meals. Even the really bad eczema I’ve had since pregnancy has now started to recede. I don’t know how long I can keep up this change but I really do feel much better. I won’t go into the numbers I read on the weighing scale because that is nothing compared to how much better I feel. I’ll miss rice, noodles, pasta and bread for sure but at this point in my life, good health and plentiful energy are my priorities. Skepticism is always a strong follower of change but as the old adage goes, the proof is in the pudding *grin*.

The other added benefit is that I am back in the kitchen and I am being creative with what ingredients I can use. I’ve been able to come up with some delicious meals with “allowed” ingredients and I don’t feel restricted at all. What’s interesting is that I find myself cooking 3 or 4 vegetables per meal.

I wanted to share my favorite meal so far –

Thai-style Basil Beef Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients

  • 2 lb organic ground beef (Costco sells it at a good price!)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic (I love garlic), minced
  • 1/2 zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup Thai basil leaves (again, I love Thai basil so I like to add lots of it)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • Fish sauce or sea salt
  • White pepper, ground
  • 1 head butter lettuce

Method

1) Brown the beef in the coconut oil, remove to a plate. Leave coconut oil and beef drippings in pan.

2) Saute onions for about 5 minutes until soft then add garlic. Saute for about another minute or so. Add zucchini and saute further, another 3-5 mins.

3) Add beef back in, season with fish sauce (Red Boat fish sauce is high quality fish sauce if you have to be strictly paleo. If you decide to use sea salt instead, it will not taste as authentic Thai but still good) and white pepper.

4) Add in basil leaves, stir into meat and turn off heat.

Serve up with lettuce leaves to wrap meat. No need to worry about utensils.

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