I make an effort to eat a variety of fresh vegetables, choose only wild seafood, organic, free-range meat, and most recently Omega-3, cage-free eggs. I try to limit my fruit and nut intake (I do notice a negative change in my skin when I consume too many nuts) and only on occasion do I eat a food item outside of what would normally be recommended. I am able to do this because I have mixed in some variety and because the food that I'm eating tastes good and makes me feel/perform better.
With that being said, I was creating an alternative to corn tortilla chips for a fellow CrossFitter gone Paleo and came up with this recipe. My husband and toughest critic, Scott, gave them his seal of approval so I sent them to the gym for a test run. But before he left he asked, "So...this is good for me!?". To this I responded, "No. They're not good for you, but they're not bad for you...if eaten in moderation"...the keyword, "Moderation". Many nuts and seeds are packed with good fats, vitamins, and nutrients, when consumed "sparingly". Just as fruits, carrots, beets, and other higher-glycemic food items should be consumed sparingly, if at all, sometimes when you're craving something sweet, I'm thinking it better to eat a sweet, crunchy carrot or apple, rather than a highly-processed candy bar...
So, the points I'm trying to make are these:
- Think of it as a lifestyle change, not a "diet.
- Know that if this is a drastic change from your usual way of eating, you are likely to experience "detox"-like side effects...stick with it!
- Don't think that just because you're not eating "junk", you can consume primarily fruits and nuts (i.e. Paleo Muffins, Paleo Waffles, Paleo Bread, and Paleo Chips) and experience positive results...these food creations are great treats, but should be consumed as such...a "treat".
- Get creative and think of the many food items you can enjoy, not the items you can't have.
- Read this and listen to your body.