Monday, November 2, 2015

I've Gone Paleo....

When I decided to try eating the Paleo Lifestyle (some say diet but for me now its a lifestyle) in May I never expected to blog about it, but here goes....
So about the first of May this year I decided to go Paleo, I needed to lose weight and start eating better my blood sugar was running high and so was my blood pressure. I did not want to have to start taking a bunch of medicine to control it if I did not have to so I figured a total change was in order. If you are not familar with Paleo it is called the "Cave Man" Diet. I jumped in and pretty much have not looked back.
All that being said and 60 lbs later I have decied to share some recipes, tips and things I have learned.
So first of all, did you get that in 6 months I've lost 60 lbs. I feel alot better, have more energy and I sleep better at night.
Now for the good stuff, when I decided to give this a try  I googled Paleo and tons of stuff came up. Lots of recipes and guide lines on what you can and can not eat. So basically you can eat meat, veggies, most fruits and nuts. You avoid dairy, sugars, starches, and processed foods. And maybe most importantly drink water and lots of it. I try and drink about a gallon a day. I used My Fitness Pal to track what I was eating and drinking and my excerise.
I try to eat about 75 grams of protien per day. Since I am following Paleo and sugars and carbs are not Paleo I do not worry about them. I just do not have them. In the beginning Nuts (Almonds and cashews no peanuts they are not really a nut and not Paleo) and pumpkin seeds were pretty much my snacks sometimes I would eat some almond butter and a square of a 90 % pure chocolate bar. But in the last 6 weeks or so I have really started to branch out.
I try and walk no less than 30 minutes a day everyday and about 3 days a weeks I do about 20 minutes of low impact Zumba. I am not a big exerciser. I never have been but I will say now when I walk I do feel good and it does give me energy.
So about what I cook and try to eat...  
A typical breakfast is some cooked bacon and an egg with some onions, peppers, and spinach cooked in.
Lunch is usually a packet of tuna, some diced tomato, and some diced zucchini, yellow squash, or carrots.
Dinner is some type of cooked meat and more veggies.

My first recipe to share (I have seen this several places and I have no idea who to give credit to but I did not come up with this one on my own) ....

Printable Version

Broiled Steak Rolls 
Flank Steak or Thin Sliced Sirloin ( I really try and pound it out to get it pretty thin)
1/4 cup soy sauce 
1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup water
Ground pepper to taste
1 Zucchini and/or 1 yellow squash, and/or 1 carrots cut into matchsticks
1/2 Bell Pepper Cut into Matchsticks
1/4 Onion Cut into matchsticks

 Pound steak and marinate while preparing veggies. Slice your veggies matchstick style to fit into your steak rolls. I usually have more veggies than will fit and I just serve them as my side dish. Saute your veggies for about 5 minutes with 2 tablespoons of your marinade, just to get them to soften.
Remove your steak from your marinade and spoon your softened veggies lengthwise onto your steak. Roll your steak and secure with a toothpick.
Broil on low about 5 minutes turning once. Be careful not to over cook the steak. It is so thin the meat will get tough. 
Serve and enjoy. 

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