Thursday, 19 February 2015

Thinking Out Loud- Accidentally Sorta Paleo

Something occurred to me the other day as I was chomping my way through 2 boiled eggs and a bowl full of roasted veg.

My diet's changing.

Ever so slightly and very subtly... but changing nonetheless.
Ever so slightly in that I am starting to veer off grains a bit (after looking back at some of my earlier WIAW's I could see that I incorporated more than nowadays) and focus on more veggies and fat and protein.

But before you start screaming down my neck about grains being essential to everyday life and I'm a runner so I need more carbs etc. etc.

I know all that. I've spent the past year practically preaching that. I still believe that. It's just when I eat some types of grains (mainly wheat) I can definitely notice a difference in how I feel ( bloated, heavy... not great) and when I have a meal with heaps of veg cooked with some oil (coconut/ olive etc.) or mixed with some olives/ avocados/ nut butter/ any other deliciously healthy fat then adding in some good protein sources like tempeh, beans/ lentils (not Paleo), I feel a heck-of-a-lot better!
 Typical lunch now-a-days with some roasted potatoes and white sweet potatoes, oven roasted brussels sprouts and brocoli, steamed corn and spinach topped with a lentil veggie burger.

Even after a bowl full of oats, I just feel heavy.

So I've been mixing things up a bit. Sometimes oats in the mornings, sometimes smoothies chock full of protein (nut butter/ protein powder/ greek yoghurt/ almond milk) fats (nut butter/ chia seeds/ avocado) greens (kale/ spinach). Sometimes sandwiches for lunch, most times big salads with veggie burgers or roasted veggies with tofu. Sometimes a bowl of pasta for dinner, most nights oven baked veggies (tomatoes/ onion/ mushrooms/ eggplant/ zucchini- in olive oil) or a baked sweet potato, along with eggs and spinach.
 Delicious dinner of some more roasted potatoes (this was not the same day!) and some home-made ratatouille!
 Onion, celery, zucchini, eggplant, tomato, capsicum, chili, garlic, tomato paste and water boiled on the stove for around 30 mins, then added in some kale and chopped tempeh and boiled some more for around 15 mins.
P..S why did no one ever tell me how good tempeh is when it's in a sauce and soaking up the flavours! (Now that I write it like that, it seems pretty obvious)

It's not because someone's told me to do this, it's not because it's the next big diet fad, it's not because it will give me amazing super powers to save the world from utter destruction. No! It's because my body feels noticeably better when I focus on obtaining my carbs from other sources (potatoes, apples, nuts and legumes, dried fruits, bananas and green veggies)

I know it's not very Paleo at all, but that was the most recognized diet that I could think of that was starting to fit into my diet changes. I don't like labels and so consequently my diet doesn't seem to fit into any of those labels. Makes me happy. And feel a little rebellious. ;)


Woah. Things just got deep.

Ok, I brought it back down to not-deep with that awesome paleo t-shirt!

No- I'm not going to start to eat meat again or cut out grains and legumes and all other yummy things I can't live without (no oatmeal?!?) This was really just a post about me realising that my diet's changing, my love for sandwiches and huge bowls of oats is sort of decreasing. And also I wanted to throw a few paleo puns out there. :)

What about you?
Do you follow a paleo lifestyle?
Are you like me and don't fit any single diet?
Have you ever noticed your diet changing?

That's it for today folks! I'm just Thinking Out Loud on this lovely Thursday- make sure to head on over to Running With Spoons to see what other people are thinking out loud about too!! Bye! :D


  1. I also don't go with one particular type of diet. I am with you on that. Sometimes we just know how our bodies feel after we eat certain things. I love that t-shirt. I'm not paleo, but find it quite amusing! :)

  2. I definitely don't fit any sort of single diet, and I like it like that. I think people run into problems when they slap a label on the way they eat because it prevents them from listening to what their body really wants. I'm a huge proponent of constantly experimenting with your diet, and I think it's awesome that you found out what works for you!

  3. Erin and Amanda,
    Thanks for your comments! I love that you agree that our diets need experimenting and not everyone is the same.
    P.s. I love that t-shirt too!!
    Steph 2 chef x

  4. I'm all for making changes in my diet when something feels right - and not just because I told myself it was right! I switched my oatmeal for eggs or fish after a holiday to Japan 2 years ago and haven't looked back because of how great I feel in the morning now. Other things, like rice and legumes, I have not intention of ditching in the near future because they make me feel good too, paleo or not!

  5. Cat,
    I'm so glad to hear that your listening to your body- what feels good and what doesn't! I think I would probably feel a lot better if I switched in some eggs for brekky every now and then... but I just love my dessert style breakfasts too much! ;)
    Steph 2 chef xx


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