Hey Paleo kids!
I am always experimenting with my diet to see what works and what doesn’t. My latest experimentation that I feel is really working is having no nuts in my diet. At one point I used to rely on them so much for snacks. Since cutting them out I feel a whole lot better. I’m not crazy strict… if I feel like nuts I’ll have some, if I am out and they are there I’ll eat some.. But I don’t go out of my way to buy them and there isnt a permanent stock in my house like there used to be. For the last couple of months I have been avoiding nightshades ( tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, peppers) just to see if it makes any difference. To be honest I don’t know if it really made me feel any better. But then again I never gave it 100% chance because I kept eating tomatoes and peppers in salads when I went out or when I got meatball cravings and nothing but tomato sauce would do.
These meatballs are THE BOMB. The recipe is coming…
But first a little Paleo Wisdom.. or babbling. Whatever you wanna call it.
So the past week I have eaten chocolate cake and two peanut butter sandwiches. And some chocolate chip cookies.
So this came about after a conversation with a friend whose opinion I really respect.. he is a great athlete and has a ridiculous amount of knowledge. And is the anti-paleo. One of the things he was concerned about is how eating paleo can bring about eating disorders. I both agree and disagree… I think ANY kind of ‘diet’ or lifestyle change can bring about eating obsessions, not specifically paleo. When I read the first paragraph of this post – I cut out nuts, I don’t eat certain vegetables… ye that sounds like a crazy obsession right?
There really is a very fine line between health eating and obsessive healthy eating ( orthorexia). I truly believe the problem is when your diet starts to rule your life and makes you stress out about it ALL the time.
I really believe in paleo and think I go about it in a sensible non-obsessive way. But if you’re obsessed… you don’t think you are right? I used to be CRAAZZYYY obsessed with eating healthy and I was 100% convinced I was healthy and on the right path. So how am I different now?
I know I am different now because I have no problem eating out at other people’s houses, restaurants, going away for the weekend etc… But I wanted to make sure.
I wanted to see if eating a peanut butter sandwich and then some chocolate cake would freak me out/ scare me/ make me feel guilty
Verdict: No guilt. No fear. No stress. Totally delicious ( not so much the overly sweet chocolate cake… but PB sandwich HELL YES)
Did I wake up the next morning feeling puffy and exhausted and ‘off’… yep. Gluten will do that. Did my heart race like crazy from the sugar… yes.
Am I obsessed? Nope. I just know what works for me.
I really encourage anyone eating paleo/ clean/ healthy.. whatever.. to make sure you are doing it along with a healthy mental attitude. Don’t fall into a health eating obsession… because mental health is AS IMPORTANT as physical health.
For the sauce:
3 chopped tomatoes
1 chopped onion
1 cup bone broth
2 garlic cloves
1 cup water
salt + pepper
2 bay leaves
1 grated carrot
For the Meatballs:
500g ground meat
salt + pepper
Putting it all together:
Get all your ingredients for the sauce going in the crockpot. Once everything has started cooking add your meatballs to the pot and let it got overnight!