Let’s be honest….eating Paleo can be difficult. The benefits (weight loss, sustained energy, less inflammation, etc.) far outweigh the foods you have to give up but regardless…it can take some getting used to.
When we first changed our eating habits it was like I was learning to cook all over again. I had no idea what some of the ingredients were much less where to find them. I fumbled around the kitchen and had more than my share of failed dinner attempts. However, after a little while, I learned my way around a Paleo cookbook and felt like I had the hang of it and then of course…we moved…to the Middle East.
Learning to eat Paleo here in the desert has been a new challenge for several different reasons. #1) Things like coconut oil, almond butter, Larabars etc. are impossible or extremely difficult to find. #2) I needed to become familiar with new foods I’d never heard of before like date paste and green almonds. #3) And of course I can’t forget to mention the whole “washing all of your fruits and veggies” thing.
Thankfully, I’ve got a partner in crime on this crazy adventure. Not only do we WOD (workout of the day: can be a verb or a noun) together, we look the other way when somebody chooses to have Pop-tarts or ice cream for lunch. =o) On a serious note, don’t know what I’d do without this girl.
One thing I’ve learned is that it helps to have a friend who is trying to figure things out right along with you. Celeste and I are always e-mailing each other new recipes and trying to figure out creative ways to make the paleo diet work here in the desert.
Tonight I’m sharing a few of my recent favorite paleo recipes. Go ahead, give em’ a try.
–Roasted Cabbage Slices (Celeste sent me this one)
–Salted Date Caramels (because I have a wicked sweet tooth)
What are some of your favorite “go-to” paleo recipes?