April 30, 2012


     Starting May Day, I am using recipes generated by Chris Kresser's Meal Plan Generator and using his Personal Paleo Code to dial in a stricter paleo diet.  You can select which ingredients you want to exclude with the meal plan generator or use a canned plan or both.  I chose a 30-Day Reset (paleo with no dairy, rice, buckwheat, or concentrated sweeteners)  and I also deleted nightshades.  The plan also generates a shopping list and my fridge is full of fresh vegetables from my weekend shopping trip.  I've already got a freezer full of beef, chicken, pork, and lamb. After the initial 30 days, you gradually add in some of the removed items, like dairy, and see if there are reactions to any of them.  The obvious non-paleo foods like vegetable oils, gluten and most other grains, and processed foods are never used or reintroduced.  I'm doing this because I want to see if the annoying migrating joint pains I am getting are just from weightlifting or have some other cause.
     I've been easing into it over the weekend trying out a couple of the recipes which are culled from all the best paleo sources, including some of Chris' own recipes.  So far, they have been excellent, bringing in rave reviews from the family.  Saturday night we had a version of sole meuniere (as usual I adulterated it by using haddock and coating with almond chips instead of almond flour) with a side of fried plantains and some asparagus soup.  Last night we had Curried Beef Stew with Coconut Milk with a dessert of strawberries drizzled with balsamic vinegar and coconut milk and a sprinkle of black pepper.  They were amazing.  Tonight, we had what my husband called "bachickage" - bacon-wrapped chicken surrounding sausage - with a side of brussel sprouts with some more bacon.  
     My only complaint so far is that I cannot make gourmet meals several times a day.  There is no way I am going to be able to recreate this generated menu for one day: 

Bratwurst and German
Curried Beef Stew with Coconut Milk
Mahi Mahi with Gingered Carrots
Thyme-Braised Brussels Sprouts
Crispy Shiitake Mushroom Chips
Easy Paleo Ice Cream

So I've decided to pick and choose from the menus provided, building in leftovers from the previous dinner for lunch and simplifying breakfast.  Rough life, this paleo.  I'll keep you posted.  It is still April 30th so I am going to enjoy my last gluten free cookie for the next 30 days (and maybe longer).

1 comment:

  1. Laurie, congratulations on the reset - it sounds like it worked wonders. I have started mine today.