30 Day Paleo Challenge



  • Have signed up for this at the new gym, figured the team environment with stop me from giving up early.
     
    Have been tracking calories for the past 50 days, using MyFItnessPal, and while that has lost me 2.6kg, the quality of the food hasn't been great and I've not lost as much as I should have. Currently just under 83kg. So instead of killing myself in the gym and ignoring the 70% part of the diet, I'm going to make a shift to a healthier diet. The Paelo challenge is a kick start to more veges, meat and variety in what I eat.
     
    So if anybody has suggestions for meals that someone useless in the kitchen can whip up, and a Paelo friendly please suggest away. I know a few of you have some talent in this area.
     
    Should be interesting to see what the body looks like after this radical a diet change. Starts on the 1st, also have a benchmark WOD to compare the result with at the end of Feb. Will post that result here too.



  • This is something I whip up in about 10 minutes before I go to work, for a healthy lunch

    • Chicken Thighs (Boneless) - flatten with a meat tenderiser or the bottom of the frying pan, make sure you cover with gladwrap first. Season lightly with your choice of seasoning (S&P for me)
    • Courgette, cut into chunky pieces
    • Salad greens of your choice. Today I have bean sprouts
    • One other vegetable. Today I have beetroot, cooked the night before.
       
      Cook the chicken thighs in the fry pan with a little olive oil, I like to get a nice brown on one side before turning. The flattening will ensure the chicken all cooks at the same time. Once cooked, remove from the frying pan, and add the courgettes, again season lightly and I de-glaze the pan with a little water that helps in the cooking. Stir fry for a few minutes.
       
      Then assemble the dish. I sometimes add a squeeze of fresh orange juice over the dish as a dressing.
       
      This method is very simple
      Protein + Warm Vegetable + Salad Greens + (another vegetable OR quinoa with feta OR brown rice) = Healthy and Tasty and may even be paleo


  • Perfect, thanks. Minus the rice, everything else is on the list. Figure I'm going to cook more than I need when I do cook, and use the leftovers for easy meals the next day.



  • Did something similar last year. check out my 6 week experiemnt thread! 
     
    Eggs, eggs and more eggs. Hope you like them. I have actually gone back to eating some carbs now but its a lot lower then what it was.
     
    Mooshld



  • Roasting is another easy way to cook lots of vegetables.
    Kumara or Sweet Potato
    Capsicum
    Onion
    Garlic Bulbs
    Fennel
    add - Beetroot and Courgette when there is about 15 minutes left to cook
     
    Throw them into a roasting pan (heavier the better), good splash of Olive Oil, season to taste, set at 180-200C, check after 15 minutes and give them a stir (add Beetroot & Courgette), then cook for another 15-20 or until ready.
     
    This opens up a couple of options, make some couscous or quinoa and mix the roasted veg in, add some feta if you like and that is a healthy dinner and great leftovers for next days lunch



  • Similar to dK's salad above with a bit longer prep time (though once you get used to it you can have each ingredient going simultaneously). This one is good for BBQs and whatnot - use whatever green leaves (spinach mix or something) for your base:
     
    Eggplant and Capsicum - roast them in the oven (with a little bit of oil over them and Masterfoods lemon pepper seasoning). Once cooked remove from oven and then chop into small pieces on top of the salad
     
    Sundried tomatoes - cut up over salad, maybe letting some of the oil on it too.
     
    Sausages - chicken snags from the butcher or if you can't find decent "clean" ones, then go with chicken breast. Cook about 4 snags and then cut up into bite size pieces and again place on top of the salad and other ingredients.
     
    Pine Nuts - finally cook some pine nuts in a fry pan.  You need to watch them as they cook really quickly (use low heat)..  Then sprinkle over the salad
     
    Dressing - mix up some lemon juice and seeded mustard - just to give it a little flavour.
     
     
    There is another ingredient that makes this simply fucking awesome, and though it doesn't fit the Paleo thing as its dairy, but give it a try some time.

    Haloumi Cheese - Cooked Haloumi cheese (cut up into long strips) and just before they are ready, squeeze a little lemon juice over them.  Again cut into a smaller strip and put over the other ingredients



  • Healthy Hedgehog Slice
     
    200g coconut butter
    200g pitted dried dates
    100g pitted prunes
    70g cacao powder
    60g dried cranberries

    • Blitz speed 5 for 30 seconds or until finely mixed
    • Add.. 
      60g honey
      50g coconut oil
      1 tsp vanilla bean paste
    • Blitz again speed 5 for 20 seconds or until you're happy with it
    • Scrape into container, squash firmly down, refrigerate for a few hours
    • Carve it into slices


  • I love the Fern, great tips guys. Thanks.



  • Will be interesting to see how this works out for you Kirwan especially is you keep your overall calorie intake consistent to that prior to the challenge



  • Did something similar last year. check out my 6 week experiemnt thread! 
     
    Eggs, eggs and more eggs. Hope you like them. I have actually gone back to eating some carbs now but its a lot lower then what it was.
     
    Mooshld

    Will check out your thread, we have some chickens at home and have more eggs than we can get through, so finding more things to make with them be good 🙂



  • Free eggs are gooood! And those home eggs are way better than the crap we buy in the shops.
     
    I was going through about 30-35 a week for a while last year but not all the yolks of course.



  • Could I elbow my way into this thread for some advice (hopefully you don't mind Kirwan).
     
    I'm pretty good with meals (I can eat just veges and meat stir fry every day) but can you blokes recommend 'snacks' that will fight off my craving for sugar? I'm a sugar junkie, as long as it's processed (for example chocolate and lollies rather than fruits), and every time I try to eat better I always wind up back on the sugars (obviously I have very little will power ;)) so really need something to eat as a replacement snack. I have nuts and cold meats quite often but find they don't always work.
     
    Moosh - I eat eggs quite often but find they make me feel hungry full - I'm not sure how I explain that, I feel full in the gut but it doesn't stop hunger cravings I guess.



  • nuts are best...maybe it depends which ones you are eating??
     
    They sell a number of different packs which come with a number of different nuts in them.
     
    These are pretty good, I usualy have a bag of chocolate covered raisins with this as well and usually lasts me 4-5 days as a 'snack' and have them sitting on my desk.
     
    http://www.motherearth.co.nz/nz/our-range/deluxe-mix-nuts/
     
    WARNING; These packs may contain nuts!



  • My favourite paleo dish is Paleo Cottage Pie (with mashed cauliflower)
    eg http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2010/12/28/paleo-comfort-food-cottage-flower-pie/
     
    I usually freeze some servings for easy meals later.
     
    Also, Buffalo wings were my dish to try and achieve sense of normalcy when needing something to look forward to for the weekend, ie eat during the rugby game, etc.



  • I recommend not eating raisins - they're loaded with sugar.
     
    Here's a list of paleo style snacks/ recipes.



  • My favourite paleo dish is Paleo Cottage Pie (with mashed cauliflower)
    eg http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2010/12/28/paleo-comfort-food-cottage-flower-pie/
     
    I usually freeze some servings for easy meals later.
     
    Also, Buffalo wings were my dish to try and achieve sense of normalcy when needing something to look forward to for the weekend, ie eat during the rugby game, etc.

    Hee hee I laughed when I opened that age and saw the title. Then I despaired as she removed all the good stuff from the pie. 😞

    nuts are best...maybe it depends which ones you are eating??
     
    They sell a number of different packs which come with a number of different nuts in them.
     
    These are pretty good, I usualy have a bag of chocolate covered raisins with this as well and usually lasts me 4-5 days as a 'snack' and have them sitting on my desk.
     
    http://www.motherearth.co.nz/nz/our-range/deluxe-mix-nuts/
     
    WARNING; These packs may contain nuts

    I usually buy the raw ones of those, just the nuts none of the fancy raisin or berries or chocolate pieces ones.

    I recommend not eating raisins - they're loaded with sugar.
     
    Here's a list of paleo style snacks/ recipes.

    Cheers. What is it with all these cauliflower recipes - does it actually work as a rice replacement, popcorn replacement, potato replacement etc?



  • yeah the chocolate pieces and choc raisins are usually first to go from my 'snacks' so I just as well not have them to fight off the sugar cravings 🙂
     
    Drink more water too!



  • Hee hee I laughed when I opened that age and saw the title. Then I despaired as she removed all the good stuff from the pie. 😞

    I usually buy the raw ones of those, just the nuts none of the fancy raisin or berries or chocolate pieces ones.

    Cheers. What is it with all these cauliflower recipes - does it actually work as a rice replacement, popcorn replacement, potato replacement etc?

    Replacement for potato, yeah. I've also used it to replace the rice in fried rice.

    Naturally, it's not as good as the real thing. That being said, that cottage pie is genuinely delicious.



  • Replacement for potato, yeah. I've also used it to replace the rice in fried rice.
    Naturally, it's not as good as the real thing. That being said, that cottage pie is genuinely delicious.

    There is way too much effort and ingredients going into that cottage pie! I should also have mentioned I hating cooking as well. 🙂
     
    I like cauliflower on it's own and don't really need a rice or potato replacement TBH. If there's a cauliflower chocolate replacement I'll be all over it like white on cauliflower.



  • cut cauliflower into smaller florets, drizzle with some olive oil, a bit of salt and pepper and a decent covering of smoked paprika. Bake at 160-170 till it starts to caramelise then finish with a squeeze of lemon juice. It's the business!
     
    Aren't we all a bunch of new age men-folk!! I love cooking and there are obviously some talented and created cooks on the fern. Good stuff.