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So today I attempted to make paleo chocolate chip cookies and pumpkin granola…Apparently I have a bit of a sweet tooth lol.

Before I talk about how those went, I should probably mention that I’ve been eating paleo for the better part of a week now. I wanted to get a bit of a head start because as mentioned earlier, I’ll be drinking beer at the Vanier cup and that would kinda ruin the challenge if I had gluten before 30 days were up. Just figured it was something I should mention, it’ll make the next paragraph make a bit more sense.

Last night I had something akin to what my sister refers to as a “gluten nightmare”. Essentially I had a dream that I had finished my challenge and to celebrate I went to Basillique (a great Mediterranean place near my house), ordered a large BBQ chicken pizza and promptly ate the whole thing to myself…shortly afterward I keeled over in pain, someone called an ambulance and I woke up. What I imagine happened in my dream was that after not eating dairy or grains for 30 days my body stopped knowing how to process it and I developed an intestinal blockage or something. I guess we’ll find out if that’s true when I get my BBQ chicken celebration pizza…

Back to the baking. I’ve spent a bunch of time of foodgawker lately trying to find new food blogs that might deal with paleo food so that I could find some exciting recipes to try. That’s where the cookies came in, this one blog that I found said that they were basically the best chocolate chip cookies ever, gluten free or not. Due to this proud boasting I figured I’d give them a shot, although they’re vegan cookies so I was skeptical.

Lies, they could never contend with a glutenous cookie. They don’t completely suck, to be honest they don’t actually taste half bad, but still if a vegan ever tells you that their desserts are better than yours, smack them. Hard. I won’t leave you with the recipe for the cookies because honestly there are probably better paleo cookie recipes out there.

Now onto the granola. As I type this it is currently sitting cooling on top of my stove. My apartment smells like heaven. Seriously it basically smells like someone spread pumpkin pie and maple syrup everywhere, its divine. Being that its paleo granola, there’s no oats or grains in it, its all just nuts and seeds. I adjusted the recipe a bit and added raisins, but I will absolutely make this one again, hot damn its tasty. I imagine that it will also be really filling. Cereal is definitely one of my favourite snack foods but it never really fills me up which is annoying.
Here is the recipe for the granola, many of my future recipes will be pulled from that site:

http://paleomg.com/pumpkin-granola/

This is a great site for getting paleo recipes, the girl who writes it is pretty funny too. Not only that but she’s also a crossfitter, and Crossfit is something that I really really want to get into so its fun to read about that as well. If anyone wants to know what Crossfit is, just Google it, its awesome. And yes I’m probably crazy for thinking that its awesome, but oh well, that’s me.

That’s all from me for now, I have a spice rubbed trout fillet in the fridge that requires consumption.

Pearce has pretty well explained what eating paleo means…well in terms of what foods we can and cannot eat. What wasn’t explained was how insane I will likely go over the course of this month. In my mind there is only two options for me on this 30 day “journey”:

  1.  I pass with flying colours. The call of the cake, cookies, muffins, cupcakes, scones, donuts, chocolate (you get my drift) will not have any barring on my success. I will not crave them often and I will feel better.
  2. I fail miserably…ending roughly on day 15 with me stuffing my face full of cake (an entire one I imagine).

Okay, so I’m being slightly facetious. Seriously, I am excited about starting November 1st, but I knew the “no sugar rule”** would be an absolute challenge for me and decided I would start early. If you don’t count the amount of sugar in a ranch salad dressing then I’ve been going sugar free for 4 days…and yes I’m feeling it. I have become increasingly aware of my craving for sweets, which happens just about every time I finish any meal past noon. Like my grandfather I am a true “dessert after every meal kinda gal”, though I don’t always have it…I always want it. Tougher still is the fact that I used to bribe myself will sugar! I know, I’m awful, I would say “if I just do a couple more sets and run intervals I won’t regret those chocolate covered pretzels I’ll grab before rehearsal” or “if I work extra hard on this essay until [said time] peanut butter and jam reward for me!” How do you replace your best incentive?

 

…seriously, anyone? If anyone has any good “curb the craving tips” please post them below. Oh! And if you say eat some fruit I will want to throw things…maybe at you.

**To clarify this means no refined sugars. Honey and the like are okay.

So Meghan and I have decided to do a Paleo diet challenge. For those of you who don’t know what the paleo diet is, I’ll do a brief explanation of it so you can get the basic idea.

Essentially the paleo diet is designed around eating things that our paleolithic ancestors would have eaten. What that means is a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, lean meats and not much else. That means no grains, no dairy products, no refined sugars and no legumes (peanuts, beans and the like). All other nuts are good though. The food can be cooked in any manner, it doesn’t need to be raw or anything stupid like that, but you’re supposed to avoid any type of seed oils. I basically just stick to olive oil and coconut oil. Supposedly this diet is supposed to give you more energy and generally make you feel healthier because our bodies have apparently not adapted well to digesting things like gluten and lactose which is why there is an increase in people worldwide with either gluten or lactose intolerances.

We have decided to try this diet for 30 days starting November 1st. This blog is where we will be posting things like grocery lists, recipes and comments about our moods and energy levels while being on the diet. I will be taking one day off during that 30 day period because I’ll be at the Vanier Cup and beer is required, other than that I’ll be following the diet as best I can.

The diet does say that the meats you eat should be free-range, grass fed blah blah meat, but given that I’m a student and that shit is expensive, I’ll forgo that part and eat meats that I can get at the market or grocery.

 
Lastly, I am neither approving nor denying the benefits of this diet at this time, that’s kinda what this challenge is all about. I know what my energy levels and athletic abilities were like before I started the diet and am using those as the base line to compare my energy levels and such at the end of November to. I’m not doing this diet for weight loss or anything like that, after all I am a skinny ass white guy, I’m basically just trying it out to see what it does for me.