Despite trying not going overboard talking about my Paleo diet, it often comes out, especially when I'm out in a group, quizzing waiting staff about exactly what is in each dish and how it’s cooked. It also becomes quite obvious when I'm the only person tucking into fish and vegetables – instead of eating pizza! I'm always asked (in disbelief) what a Typical Day in Paleo meals looks like.
I explain what I eat and why I don’t eat grains. This stage often seems to happen whilst the person asking the questions, is tucking into their grain based meal. Once they've got their head round the impossible – life without grains – they’ll almost always ask me what I actually eat.
So I thought I’d show some photos of a fairly typical working weekday, in Paleo meals.
On this particular day I had bacon, eggs and avocado. I avoid supermarket bacon as it’s often very heavily processed with all sorts of ingredients I don’t want to eat. My local organic butcher makes the best bacon I've had since I've been in Australia. It’s fresh, made in store, with minimal ingredients. It comes from organic, non factory farmed pigs. And the taste really is testament to this. I cook this in coconut oil (I'm currently using organic, virgin cold pressed, unrefined Melrose Coconut Oil). Once the bacon is almost ready I cook the eggs in the same pan. I always use organic, free range eggs – and where I can find them I’ll also often get Omega-3 enriched eggs. I complete the meal with a few slices of avocado. This breakfast is a great source of great fats and protein. At the moment I'm trying to eat within 30 minutes of waking up and it really does seem to be making such a significant difference. You can read my Paleo breakfast post for more breakfast ideas.
Lunch should be something bought in from home so I know I'm eating the best possible ingredients. However, in the real world I invariably don’t get round to making lunch every day. This was one such day, where I had to find the best possible Paleo meal in the city. In this situation, I often choose a roast dinner, on this occasion with roast beef and seasonal vegetables.
Dinner is the meal where all the effort, creativity and amazing ingredients go! I usually plan the week’s dinners at the weekend, then shop to make sure I have all the required ingredients. This dinner was stuffed capsicum (bell peppers) with a filling of minced beef and lots of veg, herbs and spices. I have something different most days as I enjoy trying different recipes, cooking and introducing a lot of variety to my diet.
And to Drink?
I drink water all day long with the occasional cup of tea, or hot water with a slice of lemon or lime thrown in for good measure.
How does a typical day in food look for you? Do you tend to repeat the same meals or go for maximum variety in your diet?