I’ve always been a lover of cookbooks. I buy them. I store them. I read them. I drool over them. But I never bloody cook anything from them. Until now.
I picked up Daniel Green’s The Paleo Diet in January and can now confirm I’ve cooked a total of five recipes from it – with another three in the pipeline for this weekend and next week. It’s a brilliant cookbook as the recipes aren’t too fiddly and the ingredients required cover a lot of the recipes and are easy to find. Meaning you’re not sent on a wild goose chase for a teaspoon measure of Espelette Pepper. Instead you can pick up everything local, and without breaking the budget.
To date, two favourites of mine and the man’s are meatballs in a rich tomato sauce with basil, and sesame steak with broccoli and basil pesto.
I have already decided this weekend that I’m going to pick up another paleo cookbook to try out further recipes. Potentially Daniel’s second book. It’s becoming a bit of an addiction – searching out paleo recipes. Although, as far as addictions go, it’s certainly not as bad as the two glasses of wine every night of the week habit I was enjoying pre-Christmas!
So it’s been about three weeks now that I’ve been on a paleo-based diet. I’ve not been completely ruthless with myself and will enjoy the odd vodka or whisky or square of dark chocolate. But my overall wellbeing has improved tenfold.
I have more energy. I’m happier. I don’t feel hungry. I’m not having the highs and lows of sugar cravings. I don’t find mornings a struggle (mostly helped my the lack of alcohol involved), and I feel more positive on my outlook on life.
I’m still drinking four litres of water a day which I’ve been told is doing wonders for my skin as everyone keeps commenting on it.
I even bought some exercise outfits to get out and hit the hills of Greenwich Park again, as well as some new goggles and a swimming cap to plunge in the pool at the bottom of my road.
Today is February 1st, and I’m feeling in a much better place than I was two months ago when the thought of exercise or healthy eating never even crossed my mind.
The only way to stick to a healthy lifestyle is to prepare. So today I made egg, bacon and veggie muffins for breakfast this week as well as roasted some vegetables to add to a salad for lunches.
Now I’m relaxing, watching a film and sipping water from my fruit infused (lemon and orange) bottle and feeling very smug.
I picked up a paleo cookbook this weekend to inspire me further and give me more ideas for paleo recipes. I’m extremely excited to try the lemon pound cake recipe. Reading through the book the author, Daniel Green, says you should start off with 10 days in a row without cheating or breaking the paleo diet, then you’ll be more likely to stick at it long term. I like this, 10 days is achievable and not too daunting.
Monday is day one, food is prepared. Wish me luck!