Airports are fun until you wake up at 5am to get there for your flight only to have the plane experience electrical problems, causing you to miss your connection and get booked on alternate flights that get you home a good 8 hours later than you originally planned. Whee!
Okay so I’m not entirely miserable… I’m sitting in this terminal in a cushy arm chair with my feet up looking out a floor to ceiling glass window at the nice blue Colorado sky. Things could be worse.
As you know, the 2013 LuRong Living Paleo Challenge is starting up on September 16th. If you haven’t already signed up for it yet, please do. Our gym only needs 7 more people with even just a minor sense of self discipline to agree to eat healthy foods for 2 months so we can compete for the team prize.
Continuing my multi-part series on -ish that I did wrong or would have found it useful to know before going into the 2012 paleo challenge, today I’ll ramble about how the insides of my kitchen cupboard have gotten a drastic makeover in the past year.
THINGS I WISH I KNEW BEFORE THE PALEO CHALLENGE – Part 2
BE OPEN TO NEW FOODS.
Do your research on what you CAN eat. I have to say that the #1 change that has stuck around with me since last year’s challenge is the way I stock my cupboards. Leading up to your first time participating in a paleo challenge, you may be solely thinking about how you can’t have cheese, beer, ice cream, potato chips, peanut butter etc… without the realization that with a little time and little research, there are new things you never used to buy that will now be staples. Here’s a short list of items that I try to have on hand at ALL times (which I never envisioned myself purchasing a year ago).
- Almond Butter – Muffins, Treat Recipes, Snacks (excellent dip for apple slices)
- Almond Flour – Paleo baked goods – pancakes, muffins, etc
- Coconut Oil – Sauteeing vegetables, pan frying fish, used in some treat recipes
- Coconut Flour – Baked goods, mix with herbs for seasoned bread-ish crumbs
- Dried Figs – PaleOMG Double Chocolate Energy Bites. LOVE LOVE LOVE.
- Pitted Dates – Muffins, PB&J Bites, Treat recipes, homemade LaraBars
- Raw Honey – Treat recipes
- Flaxseed Meal – Baked goods, Smoothie add-in
- Chia Seeds – Smoothie add-in, also said to be great to sprinkle on most anything, given they’re relatively tasteless
- Eggs – Sounds weird, but I never used to like them growing up. Now, I eat them practically every day. Go figure.
As you do more research on new recipes, you’re going to notice a few mainstays on ingredient lists. It’s such a wonderful feeling to find a new paleo recipe you’re dying to try and realizing that you ALREADY HAVE everything needed to make them in your kitchen. No supermarket trip, just cooking and devouring delicious food. It’s fun. Doing the dishes afterward is not fun. I don’t think it will ever be fun.
Long story short… last year, I had to do THIS:
This year, I don’t.
Stay tuned for (or rewind to) the other 9 topics on the list:
- DON’T BE AFRAID TO GET A HEAD START
- EMBRACE SOCIAL MEDIA, BLOGS IN PARTICULAR
- YOUR NON-PALEO FRIENDS WILL QUESTION YOUR SANITY
- IT’S QUITE POSSIBLE YOU WON’T LOSE ANY WEIGHT
- SHOP THE PERIMETER, ACCEPT YOU’LL HAVE TO SPEND MORE TO EAT WELL
- STEP AWAY FROM THE QUINOA
- READ LABELS
- THE MAJORITY OF YOU WILL TRIP UP
- RESULTS DON’T COME IMMEDIATELY, BUT THE CARB FLU DOES