I have started a new beginning by going backwards.
It all started when my son, age 25 which we will call “Gorp”, decided that he had found the solution to both my weight and knee issues. “Mom, you have got to try the caveman diet! I think you’ll love it.” The caveman diet? Are you kidding me? Me? No way. I haven’t been born in this glorious age of food to go back in time to eat raw meat while getting eaten by mosquitoes or bigger things! Particularly when he informed me that there would be no eating of bread, grains, sugar or beans. No way, not this girl.
Fast forward 9 months to a raining May day. My knees, which were damaged severely in a skiing accident 30 years ago, were having a hard day. More than that, they were having a hard month! I felt like I was dragging my legs around, weighted down by the pain from osteoarthritis. I made an appointment with my orthopedic surgeon to start my supartz injections again, which are all I have left between me and a knee replacement.
Gorp, got me in a weak moment and once again gave me his paleo (short for Paleolithic) diet plug. “Mom, give it a try! You won’t hurt anymore.” Fine. Just to get him off my back, I’ll give it a try. Huff.
The first day on this diet I was wild eyed and in a blind panic. What will I eat if I can’t stick something between two pieces of bread??? I stood in the kitchen, frozen. Hungry and frozen. Fortunately my son was home and got industrious and made us a delicious tuna salad stuffed in green pepper halves served next to apple slices. Ah, not so bad. I feel good and that wasn’t that difficult. I think I can do this.
After 2 weeks of eating mostly a diet free of grains, legumes, and sugar , a funny thing happened. My knee pain just stopped. I mean, it was like a light switch was flicked. No more pain. I went ahead and went to my pre-scheduled doctor’s appointment, for good measure. My doctor just shook his head, perplexed why I just stopped having pain. But I knew why. We are what we eat.
So, I am off on a new adventure by going backwards. I have been eating this new way, more or less, for about 2 months and quite frankly, loving it. I love it. I LOVE IT! Which is so cool. I still have to take forays back into the grain and sugar world occasionally, just to remember how awful I feel from it. And then gladly go back to the cavewoman café.
This blog will be devoted to my exploration and recipes in this new life of eating and being healthy. I will be getting on my soapbox occasionally, sharing wonderful recipes and bringing you along the way as I study and learn the old ways in a new world.
My first recipe I will be sharing is a nut bar recipe that I picked up off of Mark Sisson’s web site. Great place to hang out and read, BTW. No lack of info from this dynamo hum. This nut bar recipe literally got me through the first 2 weeks of going backwards in time. It was something I could eat in a pinch when I was in a hurry. They are delicious!
Just remember that nuts should account for about 5 % of our calories. Something I’m still working on. Sometimes I don’t put the coconut in them and use a different nuts, like walnuts which are loaded with omega 3s, and different fruits. Get creative and have fun!
Primal Nut Bars
1 cup of slivered almonds
1 cup of pecans
½ cup of nut flour,
(I used Bob’s red mill hazelnut flour, more local ya know)
½ cup of unsweetened dried coconut
½ cup almond butter
½ cup of coconut oil
¼ cup of honey
2 tsp of pure vanilla
½ teaspoon of salt
1 cup of dried fruit, like cranberries
Preheat the primal cooking fire (oven) to 350 degrees and toast the nuts until golden brown stirring occasionally. Watch them carefully, they’ll go from golden to black fast! Once they are toasted nicely, toss them in the stone grinder, (the food processor or blender) and give them a few pulses till they are a coarse meal and stir into the nut flour in a medium bowl and add the coconut and mix well.
In a microwave safe bowl, warm up the coconut oil and almond butter for about 20 seconds, in the radiant zapper, (microwave) and stir them together well. Add the honey, vanilla, and salt then mix till all creamy and you are starting to drool. Fold the nut mix into the honey mix then add the fruit. Pat into an 8 x 8 baking dish and stick in the ice cave (fridge) for 1 hour or more till nice and solid. Cut into squares and try not to grunt when eating. Keep in the ice cave to store.