Progress

Okay, so I know it’s only been a few days since my last post, but I have already seen progress with the change of my eating habits! And no, I’m not only speaking of losing weight, but progress in my willpower and ability to say no. I feel so accomplished when I have the willpower to say no to something, and know that I will reap the benefits later.

Let’s start with grocery shopping. If any of you know me, you know that I am an atypical grocery shopper. Yes, I make lists and cut coupons. But the similarities end there. I can’t just zip in and zip out of a grocery store. My friends joke with me, because I’ll say I’m just running to the store for one item, but walk out with a cart full. I also have to walk down every single aisle, even if I don’t need anything from half the aisles anyway! It’s a bad habit, and it makes me impulse buy like crazy. So, now that I have to shop Paleo, walking down every aisle is a huge no-no. Most Paleo eaters suggest you skip the middle aisles entirely, since the contain most of the gluten heavy foods, high sugar items, and processed foods. This irritates me. I dislike not being able to follow my pattern and habit. But, in the long run, it does pay off. I spend less time trying to decide if buying a container of Oreos can be my cheat for… uh… the week, and spend more time trying to find vegetables, meats and fruits for my meals.

Eating out as a Paleo eater is also very difficult. Dating a non-Paleo eater makes it even more challenging. If he wants to go out for a burger or sandwich, it’s hard for me to figure out what to do for two reasons. Number one, what am I supposed to eat at Potbelly’s, when all their food is made on bread?! Number two, if I go there, I’m just going to want to go and “cheat” so I can eat a delicious sandwich. Gah, so frustrating! But, I am finding that I can and will say no.

Lastly, I have to say that I have conquered eating at work the most. I work at Panera Bread as a manager, and as a manager, you are allowed a free meal each shift you work. That includes literally anything in the cafe, pasta, soup, sandwiches, salads, pastries, bagels and cookies. Before I decided to go Paleo, I would usually consume at least one or two baked goods a week, along with a sandwich or soup a day. And, if you haven’t looked a the nutritional content in our pastries and sweets… oh dear. It’s shocking how much saturated fat and calories Panera can squish into one small scone. Granted, I wouldn’t gorge myself on their mac and cheese every day, but even their sandwiches are packed full of calories, sugar, sodium, and fat. Now that I have decided to eat Paleo, I try to bring in my own food and use what I can at Panera, to create a healthy, filling meal. I have lasted two whole shifts so far without even nibbling on a cookie or a piece of bread.

I know that there’s an inevitable hump coming my way, but I’m reveling in the fact that I have not given in yet. I want to follow through with this, change my lifestyle, and be more healthy!

Over the past few days, I have pulled from many difference sources for ideas for food. Let me tell ya, Pinterest is great! I know, you see the Pinterest wedding pictures plastered over Facebook, and can only assume that’s what Pinterest is for. But being able to find recipes that are Paleo online, right at my fingertips, is the most helpful way for me to find things to eat! Cookbooks can get expensive, and I don’t have too many friends in the area that are Paleo, so Pinterest is the way to go.

Last night, I was brainstorming dinner ideas, trying to find something that would appease my non-Paleo boyfriend. And what came to mind? Tacos! Yum. I love tacos. They’re so versatile and you can basically top them with anything you can think of, and it’s all delicious. But then I realized my problem. Flour tortillas. They were the only thing standing in my way from making one heck of a meal. So what do I do? I’m not just going to give up on this! I go and grab my trusty laptop, open up my web browser, and pull up Pinterest. (Let the groans begin.) I simply typed in “Paleo tacos” and pages and pages of recipes appeared before my eyes. After a couple of minutes, I settled on a tortilla recipe. Now, when I tell you what these tortillas were made of, some of you probably won’t believe me. I mean, there is no way tortillas could be made from this! But seriously, these tortillas were amazing, maybe (dare I say it?), better than flour tortillas! Call me crazy, but I think so. And, for your enjoyment, here is the recipe!

Cauliflower Tortillas

Makes about 6 tortillas

Recipe by: Slim Palate

Ingredients:

1 large head of cauliflower

2 eggs

Sea Salt

Pepper

Cheese cloth or a dish towel

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

1. Clean and wash the cauliflower. Cut off the stems and cut into smaller pieces. I try to pull them into bite sized pieces, they will be easier to mix that way.

2. Place about 3/4 of the head of cauliflower into a blender or food processor. Pulse until it resembles rice. It should only take a few pulses to create the right rice-like consistency. You should have about 2 cups of it riced.

3. Take the riced cauliflower and put it in a microwave safe bowl, microwave for 2 minutes. Stir, and microwave for another two minutes.

4. Place the cauliflower into a piece of cheesecloth or dish towel, and squeeze all the liquid out. Be very careful, it will be hot!

5. Put the cauliflower back into a bowl, add the two eggs, sea salt and pepper, and pulse until it is all combined. It will be slightly runny.

6. Place a piece of parchment paper on your cookie sheet (very important), and spread mixture into 6 small circles with a knife.

7. Bake for 10 minutes. Take the tortillas out, peel the them away from the parchment paper, flip, and put back in oven for 5-7 minutes.

8. Heat a fry pan over medium heat, and place a tortilla in the pan to crisp up both sides of the tortilla.

9. Eat! 🙂

I topped my cauliflower tortillas with Paleo taco meat, tomatoes, lettuce, and cheese (my cheat for the day). But feel free to use whatever topping you like.

I apologize for not having any pictures of the final product. 😦 I do not have adequate lighting in my kitchen yet, but I will hopefully have that fixed soon.

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