If you have been following my Delicious posts for the past year, you’ve probably noticed that most of my recipes have been Paleo, or Paleo friendly! I went on the Paleo diet in January of last year after I found out I had gallstones. I decided to try the diet after I talked to a nutritionist about what I should and shouldn’t eat, and the Paleo diet seemed to follow her instructions.
I have always loved the challenge of trying out diets (not to lose weight, but for health benefits) and making sure I follow every rule there is. If you know the Paleo diet, then you know it’s pretty basic...just animal meats, veggies, nuts, seeds, healthy oils, eggs and a little bit of fruit.
(NO refined sugar, no grains, no legumes, no potatoes, no refined vegetable oils, no salt *didn’t follow that rule*, no candy/processed food, and no dairy.)
It was a little bit of a challenge when I first started the diet, but after a few months I could tell my energy was better and my gallbladder started to feel almost normal! (still no gallbladder attacks in almost 2 years! *knock on wood*)
A couple months ago I could tell something wasn’t right again... I started breaking out on the center of my forehead and I would feel uncomfortable on the right side of my stomach (where my gallbladder and liver is) after I would eat. I looked online to see if anyone else has had problems with the Paleo diet and to my surprise, there were a lot!
After doing some research and talking to a friend who is also into nutrition and knows about the diet, I was encouraged to not think grains were bad anymore (they're not all little devils!), but to slowly start incorporating them back into my diet. I started eating a brown rice cake everyday for a week and then started eating 1/2-1 cup of (soaked) brown rice to get my digestion used to grains again.
Thankfully after eating brown rice for only 2 weeks my forehead cleared up and my digestion feels way better after I eat! Pretty amazing how your body will tell you what it needs, huh?
When I did Integrative Nutrition I learned that one person’s food can be another person’s poison... and that goes with following a diet too!
So I want to encourage you today to LISTEN to your body and not just follow every rule to a diet... if you're not feeling good and the diet isn't helping, make a change!
*I also encourage you to start a food journal and write down everything you eat and how you feel after! That will help you know which foods should and shouldn't be in your diet!*
Are any of you following the Paleo diet? If so, how do you feel?
Because I have been eating brown rice again (you have no idea how much I have missed it!), I wanted to share my lemon chicken and coconut milk brown rice recipe with you!
Coconut Milk Brown Rice
1 can light Coconut Milk
1 cup water
1 3/4 cup brown rice (soaked up to 2 hours in water, drained)
Scallions, sliced thinly (about 1/2 cup)
Preheat oven at 350º. Pour the rice, milk, and water into a 9x9 glass baking dish. Cover the rice with two layers of foil on top and place it in the oven for 60-70min. When ready, remove from oven and let the rice sit for another 5-10min. Fluff with fork and transfer the rice to a serving dish. Add your scallions and salt to taste! Serve as a side!
Honey Lemon Chicken
4 drumsticks, washed
4 thighs (or chicken breasts), washed
Preheat oven to 350º. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place chicken on top. Next, get your sauce ready!
Honey Lemon Sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice, squeezed (no seeds!)
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp stone ground dijon mustard
Lemon, thinly sliced
Place all ingredient in a small bowl and mix together well. With a spoon, carefully pour a little on each piece of chicken on the baking sheet leaving extra sauce for later. Them take your lemon slices and place them around the chicken with the fresh thyme!
Place sheet in oven for 45min. Carefully take the pan out of the oven and pour the extra sauce on the chicken pieces and put it back in the other for another 10-15min (depending on how cooked the chicken is!).
Once fully cooked, take chicken out and serve with a side of brown rice. :) Enjoy!