It’s Day 14 of my (mostly) paleo diet lifestyle. I’m not going to lie and say that I am strictly paleo (and not insult those true paleo people–my hat is off to you!) but most of my diet has been paleo inspired. And as much as it’s difficult at times, I am glad to have a guide to follow AND wonderful recipes that keep me on track.
As I mentioned in a previous blog post, recent health issues had led me to going back to a paleo inspired diet. Those issues included a sluggish thyroid, excess weight that DID NOT BUDGE no matter what I did, and some other gut problems (bloating, pain).
I have to report, so far so good. I’m optimistic.
My goal is to have my TSH count (thyroid jargon I recently learned) down within 3 months without having to succumb to Western medicine’s solution–prescription medicine. After all food is medicine. I had slowly slipped away from this health conscious mindset. The mindset that what you put into your body directly affects your mental and physical health. How did I fall away from staying focused on that? I know, busy everyday life was my excuse. I mean my life WAS busy.
I was too busy to eat “gut” healthy…
But to be honest, although it had only been 2 weeks since I started this diet, I was starting to get tired of eating the same foods. Before I had grains, lots of grains. This was not easy, giving up all those wonderful grains!
And, I had been approaching this diet with the thought that I was limited to just eating the very basic paleo diet, which is meats, eggs, veggies, fruit, nuts, and seeds. While that is true (there might be a couple other items not in these categories), a search for some paleo recipes opened my eyes to a whole new world of food. I learned there is SO MUCH variety and creativity in paleo recipes using just these ingredients. I mean, although we’re used to seeing it regularly now, who thought you could get some decent tasting “milk” from a nut? Or sugar and oil from a coconut? Certainly not me.
So, onward I go, marching to the paleo diet drum beat. Another day towards gut health.
Paleo chocolate chunk cookies CAN taste yummy!
By the way, here is the recipe for chocolate chunk cookies I made today. They were a real treat after 2 weeks of no sugar or grains!
I modified the recipe slightly. Rather than using the Enjoy Life chocolate chips and chunks, I used Lily’s 70% dark chocolate sweetened with stevia which I chopped into chunks myself. I recommend using Lily’s dark chocolate chips for easy use next time.
I also switched out the honey for 1/3 cup of agave instead.
I wanted to use stevia and agave because I’m watching my glycemic intake to help repair my leaky gut issue. I suspect that will then correct the other health issues I mentioned above. This is not a medically proven fact, but with all my other autoimmune issues that I have been able to correct in the past by changing my diet, I feel quite strongly about this working too. Too much yeast (candida) in your gut can cause all kinds of problems as well. And candida and sugar (plus other sweeteners with a high glycemic index) are fast friends. Since 80% of our immune system resides in our gut, having a healthy gut is super important!
In an upcoming blog post I will talk about the supplements, foods and other things I’m doing to help fix my leaky gut and perk up my thyroid.
Till next time, stay healthy!
P.S. Here’s a really, funny critique on a paleo cookie recipe. Getting used to paleo desserts especially might take a bit of getting used to after eating processed food and grains. I know that was true for me!