I had my first bite of meat in over 7 years. For those of you who haven’t read, I will be trying the Paleo, Blood Type, Raw Vegan, Vegan, Vegetarian, Soy-Free and Gluten-Free diets each for two weeks to assess the role of meat, dairy, soy, gluten and carbohydrates on our bodies. Back to the meat- it was chewy, tough and hard to swallow. I really had to force myself to down it and felt sick chewing the lamb, not used to it’s tough consistency. I tried to eat as many pieces as I could but a few bites were more than enough. I can’t even imagine how people eat an entire steak.
I ate a Persian stew called “Gormeh Sabzi” which is made of lamb slowly cooked in herbs served over rice (I didn’t eat the kidney beans). Since rice (and all grains, including quinoa) is banned on the Paleo diet, I had to just eat it plain which was a bit much. I instead topped the stew over lentils, which was extremely filling. I think the purpose of the Paleo diet is to fill you up on meat so you’re not even tempted to eat carbohydrates.
And it worked. I always eat dessert after my dinner, even if it’s just a little piece of chocolate. However, I was completely stuffed and had no craving for sugar. Perhaps meat subsides sugar cravings?
After the meal, I felt heavy and stuffed and sat for a few hours. I’m sure my body is going nuts trying to digest this unfamiliar substance. After my plant based meals, I normally feel energized but for the first time in a long time, I felt that post-dinner blah where you just want to sit on the couch and veg out (and it didn’t hurt that the Oscars were on!) My family and friends are amazed that I’m actually eating meat for this experiment, as I’ve refused countless times with them, but I am determined to find out whether I am actually better off without it. Tomorrow I will be getting a blood test to see my iron levels and assess whether they have changed by adding meat.
I’ve been reading up on Paleo blogs such as PaleOMG and Paleo Hacks to get educated on exactly what I can and cannot eat. There is a bit of debate around dairy but most Paleolithics agree that pasteurized dairy is strictly banned. I was most upset to see that peanut-butter is prohibited and have no idea how I’m going to go one month without my favorite food (2 weeks for the Paleo diet, plus another 2 weeks for the blood type diet.) I bought some Barney Crunchy Bare Almond Butter since it is the most similar version to peanut-butter, created by a woman who became allergic to peanuts and wanted to make a replica of her favorite treat. I’ve also found many cool dessert recipes using no sugar such as Double Chocolate “Peanut-Butter” Ice Cream Sandwiches which are made of dates, cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla, eggs, coconut oil, raw honey, coconut milk, baking powder and baking soda (and no peanut-butter), Paleo Brownies, Raw Raspberry Bliss Bars, Chocolate Cinnamon Truffles, Apple Cinnamon Cookies, Paleo White Chocolate and tons of others. It looks like I’ll be living off desserts for the next two weeks!
It looks like I’ll need a good food processor, chopper and juicer for all the raw creations I’ll be making which is why I decided to invest in a Vitamix. You’ve probably heard of them before, but these powerful blenders seriously do it all. They can make juices, hot soups, frozen desserts and really anything else with just the push of a button. I avoided buying one for a while because my Nutribullet was perfect for my on-the-go smoothies but I felt it was time to invest in a real professional blender. I’m excited for all the Paleo concussions I’ll be able to create with it!