Thursday, December 15, 2011

Going Caveman

December 15 Reverb Broads
Did you taste any new flavors this year? Did you love or hate them or something in between? Will you incorporate these new flavors into your life? 

A little over three months ago I went "caveman." Essentially, after having a complete freak out about my weight I made the decision, with plenty of support from Jon, to dramatically change our eating habits.  No grains (particularly corn and wheat), no processed foods, no legumes, no potatoes, dairy optional. It's low carb and high protein. It's part of a lifestyle known as caveman or paleo.  Essentially eating what our caveman forebears would have eaten: meat, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.

For the most part, it has been relatively easy.  I've learned that cauliflower "rice" is a decent base for curries and stir fries.  I enjoy my plain yogurt with fruit and nuts for breakfast. Braised cabbage makes an excellent side. Apparently, though I don't really care for winter squash, I'm surprised to find that with tomato sauce, spaghetti squash is pretty good. I've even made paleo biscuits and gravy.  The gravy part tastes just about spot on, the biscuits leave a lot to be desired.  Good thing that going paleo lets a person cheat now and again.

I've even caveman-ed some favorite recipes.  I'm still learning.  I will say that I've lost about 20 lbs. On the days when I stick to the rules my appetite is well under control.

But I've also made some other lovely things.  Kassie blogged about these browned butter Rice Krispie treats and I must say they are fantastic.  I've had this recipe for Chocolate, Almond, Cranberry Biscotti in my recipe box for ages.  I finally made them this year, only substituting dried tart cherries for the cranberries.  I think they may be one of my most favorite things ever.

There have been a lot of new flavors this year.  Many of them I will have to carry into the next year.  Twenty pounds is a great start, but I have a long way to go.  Of course, I'm still going to be looking forward to the next new tasty baked good recipe.
I suspect there are readers who will wonder why I chose the gender specific, caveman.  I know it's likely un-pc.  I don't care.  Such is life.

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