There's been a LOT of talk about New Year's resolutions and the like... many people coming up to me or emailing me asking about 'my secret'. Of course, I steer them toward the blog I did last month with all my connections to Mark Sisson, Robb Wolf, Sarah Fragioso, etc...
There is one huge difference so far in these folk's reactions compared with last month (the holidays were looming, after all)... no GASP or SHOCK of HORROR when I mention NO GRAIN! Hmmmmm... seems by flipping a calendar page and writing a different number for the year turns some people around. How long? Seriously, how long? I am already hearing on Facebook about headaches and 'cravings' for those 'carbs'. ??CARBS??? You mean "GRAIN-based carbs", right? Yeah, that's gotta be it 'cause I KNOW I've talked about the fact that vegetables ARE carbs (and some fat, fiber and protein... great chart here for vegetable components)! Get away from the 'simple' and 'complex' carb talk down to the brass tacks... you "need" carbs, you eat your veggies. So stop whining about not being able to eat a hunk of bread with slimy sugary crap all over it and eat some delicious veggies.
|The more colors, the better!!|
Veggies... delicious? YES!! I'm not talking about having a heaping plate full o'salad greens every freakin' meal, but actually eating different types of veggies. Find out what's in season where you live and get some of those. (click here for a link to a seasonality chart for vegetables) Don't know how to cook them? Easy! GOOGLE it!! Find a recipe with grain in it? Do a little research (or, ask me for help) to figure out how to replace it with a non-grain version. Such as... wheat flour being used as a thickener for beef brisket carbonade... there are different things we Paleos can use in place as the flour or typical cornstarch thickener.
|Huge Kudzu root!!|
Another thing I see a lot of in vegetable recipes is brown sugar. How to replace that? WHY USE IT IN THE FIRST PLACE!!?? I mean, really? If you cook the veggies right, meaning don't cook their color out and boil away all nutrients, they have their own sweetness! Hmmm... perhaps that comes form the fact that THEY contain CARBS! (read this, O doctor of my diabetic friend who told her to eat 120 grams of carbs from grains a day cause her brain couldn't survive without them!!) Remember, carbs are sugar.
I find that once you've been 'off' sugar for a minimum of 2 weeks, you stop craving that added sugar anyways. I guarantee, if you bring back in any sweeteners, even the 'natural' kinds like honey and maple syrup, you will STALL in your weight loss. Not bad, if that isn't your goal... but right now, it's mine. I have been at the same weight (or juggling the same 4 pounds) since Thanksgiving. That's the period in time that I began using honey and maple syrup in my attempts at making baked goods (brownies, anyone??) and ate more starchy foods such as sweet potatoes. Cut out the starch (read, slow acting, but long acting carbohydrates) as well as those USDA "healthy whole grains" and the weight loss will begin again. Case in point... 2 pounds since 31 December. Got it? OK.
Lovely, just lovely... steak... good steak at that, and artichoke? We were all in heaven!
Happy 2012 all! I pray your goals really do come true... I'm here for you!