I was compromising in order to fit in. And where I compromised the most was the worst possible place, sugar.
I can tell you that eating high fat with added sugar is not the best way to stay trim.
Not to mention my skin suffered too, I started to get breakouts like a teenager. Not a good look when you’re almost 40 years old.
So I switched things up a bit by going back to the root.
Paleo = Veggies
The thing that separates the Paleo diet from the awfully unhealthy Atkins diet people used to be on, is the veggies.
Paleo is basically a vegan diet plus meat. It’s not a meat diet with a few veggies – really! It can be easy to get sucked into feeling pleased with yourself when you cook a huge roast for the first time, and of course it’s great to include lots of bone broth (more on that later), but when it comes down to it, 80% of what goes in should be vegetables.
It’s crucial to include the crucifers. If you’re on a Pale diet, you need to be having a whole bunch of kale, a whole head of cauliflower, a massive pan of rapini. Yes you cook them in ghee or lard, but the bottom line is you must get those veggies in.
But Not Raw Veggies
Like many people I got into Paleo eating because of digestive issues, and raw veggies can give me a wicked stomachache that puts me right off track. I just don’t have the digestive power to make up for the rawness.
So while I do have small sides of raw peppers or cucumber, the majority of my veggie intake is steam-fried or broiled.
When I’m trying to be acommodating, that’s when I end up eating huge salads in restaurants. Because who wants to be the guy who says no to all carbs and sugars on the menu, and then says no to the chicken salad too because it’s raw?
That would have to be me I guess. These days I go for the salmon & cooked veggies, hold the rice.
My Paleo Skincare Routine
Along with pulling my socks up around overindulging and going off track, I’ve been practicing a new skincare routine to help unclog my pores from all the sugar that’s been causing major breakouts.
I’m using coconut oil as a cleanser, and scrubbing with a magic skin brush. My skin is definitely clearing and going back to its usual soft self. Yes, even without any soapy cleansers!
Broth, and lots of it!
Bone broth is full of collagen so it’s very good for building a strong skin, inside and out.
People love the healing benefits of broth on leaky gut, but the same nutrients that help heal the skin of your digestive system, also help on the outside for acne! Providing your skin with all the collagen it needs to rebuild itself will help you achieve that soft, flawless complexion much sooner.
And yeah… I hang my head as I say this… I was overdoing the Paleo snacks.
They’re great and all, but let’s face it, fat-bombing shouldn’t involve shoving half a jar of coconut oil down your throat to challenge your liver.
So this recipe is all about tiny deliciousness. High fat, protein and fiber, in a teeny weeny package.
- 2 tbsp cocoa butter
- 1 tbsp coconut butter
- 1 tsp raw honey (or stevia to taste)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup hemp hearts
- Melt cocoa butter in a double boiler, take off the heat and add coconut butter till melted.
- Add honey and vanilla and mix well.
- Add hemp hearts and mix till coated.
- Put 1/2 teaspoon in each of 8-12 mini muffin cups.
- Refrigerate till set, and store them in the fridge, they’ll keep for ages, and won’t melt away if you take them with you to work.
I don’t usually talk about beauty so here’s a credit to my resource. If you’re interested in seeing more of the skincare advice I’ve been following, Natasha’s natural skincare blog has really simple DIY recipes and generally good advice for sensitive skin.