Food

Different foods agree with different people, and everyone has preferred  tastes and requirements.  I believe food is to be enjoyed and dining out is extremely sociable.  As much as I hate to use this word it really is all about balance, some things in moderation as a treat occasionally are absolutely fine.  I used to have an extremely sweet tooth and when I was following bad diets I would consume 100-160g’s of sugar a day without realising (i.e. low fat foods with large amounts of added sugar and smoothies full of fruit) my body was crying out for energy and consuming large amounts of these unsatisflying foods soon caused a crash and wanting more.  I am gluten intolerant so when I occasionally crave bread I will buy from a naturally gluten free source that is also free from added sugar and additives or I will make my own paleo bread.  Ugg Foods do a great tasting and easy to make Chai Seed & Nut Bread.

I love food and have a large appetite, eating the modern day paleo way allows me to maintain and stay a consistent ‘optimum/ healthy’ weight, whilst enjoying the food I love and makes me feel great.  I will always avoid wheat/gluten however my body doesn’t react badly to grains so I will occasional eat brown rice and quinoa and the only dairy I eat is from the most pure natural state such as full fat greek yogurt (butter and cheese doesn’t agree with me) hence my 70\30 paleo balance.  I would never change my way of eating now  that ‘paleo’ has helped me overcome the illnesses I had before and has completely changed my overall health, wellness and way I feel, in addition to having clearer skin, strong nails and hair and a decrease in cellulite.

Food shopping can be an overwhelming experience for some people due to lack of knowledge, time, false advertising of so many products claiming they are healthy.  When I am not working from home, I will usually make a packed lunch, so I know exactly what i’m eating, this also saves me a lot of money and time trying to find the right food.

My cupboard essentials

  • Green, white peppermint tea
  • Herbs & spices: smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, turmeric, chili flakes, cinnamon powder, zaatar
  • Coconut oil
  • Maple Syrup / Coconut Sugar
  • Buckwheat, almond, coconut, teff flour
  • Almond butter, pine nuts
  • Engevita – nutritional yeast flakes
  • Mixed seeds
  • Quinoa
  • Buckwheat noodles
  • Dark Chocolate (ideally raw and sweetened with coconut sugar, Ombar is one of my favourite)
  • Mustard
  • Apple cider, balsamic Vinegar
  • Extra virgin organic olive oil
  • Black pepper & Himalayan Salt
  • Cocoa dark chocolate powder
  • Unsweeted dessicated Coconut
  • Tamari

My fridge essentials & weekly shopping list

  • Coconut water
  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Red chili
  • Fresh coriander, basil & mint
  • Unwaxed lemons
  • Organic, free ranged eggs (St Ewe Free Range Eggs)
  • Fresh fish; cod, sea-bass, tuna, salmon, mackerel
  • Free ranged chicken, turkey

Vegetables

  • Red onion
  • Cucumber
  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • Courgettes
  • Kale
  • Mushrooms
  • Broccoli & cauliflower
  • Salad; cherry tomatoes, lettuce etc
  • Sweet Potato
  • Butternut squash
  • and a lot more depending on what i’m cooking.

Fruit

  • Avocado
  • Bananas (for pancakes, and pre/post gym)
  • Frozen berries (they are a great snack and a small handful is a lot more satisfying when frozen)
  • Mango
Supplements
  • Supper-greens
  • Reishi Mushroom
  • Aloe Vera Juice (Aloe Pura, digestive aid juice)
  • Bee Pollen
  • Chai seeds
  • Peppermint oil tables
  • Milk Thistle

For bespoke meal plans and further advice contact: iamlondonpaleogirl@gmail.com

 

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