What the heck is Paleo already, right?!
First of all, don’t worry, I am not turning my blog into a Paleo based food blog. I like to step into the wild side of all food lifestyles. Anyway, I have done a lot of reviewing on this “Paleo” lifestyle and, I must admit, I am a bit intrigued. For those of you who may have heard of this lifestyle but not quite sure exactly what it is let me explain it to you the way I understand. The Paleo diet, often called the “Caveman Diet”, is considered to be the healthiest way to eat because the food that you ingest are the foods that works best for the human body. Eating the Paleo way will help you become more lean and have more energy. What you are able to eat in the diet isn’t that bad. You only consume fruits, vegetables, lean meats, seafood, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats. The foods to avoid are diary (no prob for me), grains, processed sugars and foods, legumes, starches, and alcohol. The basic premise is to only eat the foods that early humans consumed; hence, the “caveman diet”.
The one thing you will never get from me is telling or suggesting to anyone a specific diet to follow. Why? Because they are hard and can be difficult to keep up for an extended period. There are several people in the world who have been vegans, vegetarians, or gluten-free for a very long time and that is great! In my opinion those people fall into one of these categories:
– They’ve experienced some sort of health issue that reinforces them to keep up their eating lifestyle.
– They were raised on the lifestyle.
– They are extremely allergic or intolerant to certain foods that fall outside of their chosen lifestyle.
– They are amazingly crazy disciplined and I need to be more like them.
If you do not fall into any of those categories, I am not saying that you can’t sustain a specific eating diet for an extended period, but it might be very difficult to do so. I always say eat healthy as you can within reason because that is something you can do over an entire lifetime. Allow yourself cake or cookies or a cheese steak every now and then, but split the dessert with someone or only eat half of something. People think that you have to eat more than what you need to feel fulfilled. You might surprise yourself if you half the unhealthy food options and how fulfilled you feel. It doesn’t take much I promise.
Anyway, back to Paleo, let me tell you what I like the most about this diet as opposed to the other diets out there, the desserts! I have browsed Pinterest and other sites at some of the Paleo Dessert options and have been seriously impressed. There are a few I plan to try and I will let you know how I feel about them as I try them out. But…I wanted to give this Paleo thing a shot. So I made a breakfast hash that is really, really amazing. I have to give it two “really’s” because I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it. First of all, I only like sweet potatoes in Sweet Potato Pie or as Candied Yams. Basically, in the most unhealthiest way possible. However, I wanted to step out onto uncharted territory and try something new….A Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash. I wanted to dice the sweet potatoes in small chunks so they would be more edible for me and I wanted to give them some serious flavor. I seasoned the sweet potatoes with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika, and for an extra hint of sweetness, a little maple syrup. To make it more healthy, I added some kale, onions, and chicken breakfast sausage and fell in love. At first I was a bit confused because it was a new way of eating sweet potatoes but after a few more bites, I really enjoyed it. Here is the best part, I felt great! My stomach wasn’t bloating or gaseous and I was full but not heavy. I really felt good. I am telling you, you will love this recipe. It is insanely good and really easy.Print