Getting Started ~ Paleo? Are you sure?

So I have tried lots of diets. Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, Atkins, counting calories, you name it and I have tried it. My most successful attempts were with counting calories and Atkins. Something about being strict and ridged was easy for me, and made sense. I could not cheat my way out and eat whatever I wanted. I had to have some kind of structure, and those diets provided it for me. Now I am trying something new. After talking with several doctors, I have decided to try the Paleo plan. I do not want to call it a diet, because I want this to be a lifestyle change. I can do without bread, that is not a problem, and I can do without some of the other things called for, but cheese. Oh, cheese. You will be sorely missed. So far, I have been doing the Paleo method for a little over a week and a half and have lost about 10 lbs. I weigh in on Friday, so I will find out how much I have lost exactly. Pretty exciting! So far I have lived off of tuna, salad, bacon, eggs, hamburger in some form or another along with fruits and veggies. As you can see… I need to hit the grocery store ASAP! I did get in the mail Friday almond flour, coconut flour, palm shortening, maple sugar, cacao powder, Herbes de Provence, and maybe something else. I cannot wait to get cooking! I hope to go to Sam’s this weekend and pick up some coconut oil and a few other staples. I got a few Paleo cookbooks in the mail and I cannot wait to get started on cooking from them. I will post a review once I have made a few of the recipes found in the pages. One is a Southern cuisine cookbook, so you know I am super excited about that one. On the menu for Friday are Mini Chicken Pot Pies. These look and sound delicious and I hope they become one of my new favorite comfort foods. The recipe does not sound difficult and the picture looks gorgeous. The instructions do call for small mini pie tins or small oven safe bowls, but I plan on using one large pie plate. Look forward to some pictures soon.

I know I said I could do without bread, but tonight I am going to try a new recipe. I am going to try Jalapeno Bacon Bread from Paleo Bread Cookbook. I ordered this simple book full of bread, muffin, pancake, and waffle recipes from amazon for $6.99. It has been a great resource and has given me lots of ideas. Later, I may try the Cinnamon Rolls recipe with the cinnamon and honey glaze. That would make a yummy Saturday morning treat!

I hope with this blog I will help you find new recipes to try, hear back things you have tried as well, and offer words of encouragement. Cannot wait to share this journey with you!

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