I have a confession to make, I’m eating meat!
It still seems a bit foreign after being pretty close to vegetarian for 8 years. (I ate wild salmon occasionally) But at this point it feels like I need to out myself as I’m about to go on a 21 day Paleo challenge. (Which entails a lot of meat!) Ok let’s start at the beginning. My re-entrance to eating meat began about a year ago when I decided I wanted to eat more locally. I mean I’d always chose a locally grown option if there was one but I started looking more carefully at my diet and at what things I could swap out for more local foods. I found that pears, even canned (home canned ) worked just as good as bananas in my smoothies. I never thought I’d get away from bananas for their ability to sweeten, thicken and smoothen, for lack of a better word, but pears sure do the trick! Then I looked into some of the heartier foods I ate: quinoa, rice, beans, lentils…. I found out that the price of quinoa in the South American countries that grew it had gone up so much that the natives could no longer afford to buy their own staple food crop! So I looked around and switched to a Canadian grown quinoa, maybe it costs more than at Costco, but it made sense. Then one day I was at the farmers market selling my cookbook and hula hoops (yup that’s what I sell there!) and I met a young girl who loved to hula hoop. Her Mom was at the market selling organic free range chickens and she was bored so she became my buddy and would come hula hoop with me every week. Of course I met her Mom and we became friends too, and I start thinking about eating chicken. Here it was local, fresh, organic, lovingly raised and I’d also be supporting a friend in business. It took a trip to their family farm and a dinner party but I started eating chicken, just a few bites at first, but then maybe once or twice a month.
A year later I’d gone down to eating chicken maybe once every 2 months and then I met Leo, the Buffalo Rancher and I end up at his place for dinner. Now he knows I’m pretty close to being a vegetarian still and asks if I want to eat Buffalo which he’s slow cooking for dinner. I figure sure, its fresh, local, grass fed, organic, humanely killed and all that good stuff and some cute rancher is cooking us dinner, why not try it? It was delicious and it felt good in my body. Over the last year I also kept meeting people who were talking about the Paleo (caveman) diet so I began doing some research and I guess the truth is I’m just curious about eating meat. It’s been 8+ years since I regularly ate any meat and I’m curious about how it would feel in my body if I did. Would I feel stronger or recover from sports faster? How would my digestion be? Are grains and vegetable oils leading to inflammation? I guess I am as confused as anyone when it comes to food and what we should ideally be eating. So I decided what if I just see how it feels for me? So I slowly started adding in more organic meat (by slowly I mean over the last 3-4 months) and cutting out grains, though I’m still eating quinoa and beans (not on the paleo diet) and I’m just curious to see what happens! The Paleo diet cuts out all grains, beans and lentils and coming from a vegetarian diet this is quite a change, but I’m doing my best to at least avoid grains. I do have a weakness for muffins, at least I can make them gluten free….
Anyway the point of all this is to experiment with my own body. I sourced some local organic chicken, buffalo, grass fed beef, wild salmon and free range eggs and am planning to eat more meat over the next month than I have in the last 9 years. Of course that’s not all I’m going to eat, I’m taking the high vegetable, high raw and high superfood approach I already had as a Vegetarian and spinning it into the Paleo paradigm. And I’m going to keep reading about our bodies and as the nutritional information keeps coming at us I’m going to keep sifting through it. What food did we get told was great for us that now isn’t and why? And I’m going to use my body as my experiment, maybe in a few weeks I’ll be a vegetarian again? Maybe not?
The one thing I know is that I’ll keep trying new recipes and sharing the best ones with you! If you’ve tried the Paleo diet and would like to share your experience please comment or send me a message I’d love to hear your story!