Happy New Year!! Are you making goals and resolutions for 2015? Weight-loss and healthier living often make it onto new year resolutions for a lot of people. After a holiday season of splurging on sweets and excess, I’m definitely putting healthier eating at the top of my list. If I happen to lose a little weight, that will be good, too.
This month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, we’re going to explore gluten-free diets that focus on healthy eating and healing your gut. This week, we’ll start with the Paleo Diet.
The Paleo Diet restricts eating all grains, so no wheat, corn, or rice. You also can’t eat legumes, dairy, or sugar. So, what can you eat? Your diet can include meats, eggs, vegetables, fruits, seeds, and tree nuts. Some people like to further restrict the diet by eliminating high-sugar fruits and vegetables, like pineapple and potatoes. I’m starting easy this week, so I probably won’t be so strict.
So, why Paleo? A paleo diet removes foods from our diet that contain toxins and are more difficult to digest. For you and me, that might mean a happier gut, no bloating, reduced allergy symptoms, clearer skin, better sleep, more energy, clearer thinking, a better mood, and more.
I wanted to start this month with the paleo diet because I know I consumed too much sugar over the holidays, and I needed to reset my body to a healthier state. I know from past experience, that when I was on the Paleo diet, my overall feeling was that I had more energy, felt lighter, and happier.
Unfortunately, I also felt hungry. So I’ll have to have some healthy snacks with protein (maybe Fruit and Nut Bars without the rice cereal) to fill me up and get me through the week. I’m going to be drinking smoothies this week for breakfast. They’ll be mostly fruit, with some almond milk for protein. For lunches, I’ll keep it simple and eat dinner leftovers or eggs with veggies.
Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and ideas for Paleo meals.
Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:
Monday – Grilled Chicken, Roasted Spaghetti Squash and Broccoli
Tuesday – Beef Stew with red potatoes and carrots
Wednesday – Southwestern Chicken Salad (minus the corn and beans)
Thursday – Bacon-Wrapped Chicken, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Spinach
Friday – Hamburger patties, Quinoa with Broccoli and Mushrooms
Saturday – leftovers
Sunday – Baked Ham, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad
Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup
Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Melissa’s menu has a couple recipes that would work for a paleo diet: Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Chili (leave out the dairy) and Eggplant and Tomato Stew. Also on her menu this week is Iranian Kebob, Chicken Thighs and breaded eggplant, Spaghetti Bolognese, and Chicken Breast with Pasta and Cherry Tomatoes.
Check back later to see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for Paleo meals.
Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?
- For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
- Join us next week for sharing gluten-free menus and gluten-free foods that work for a Low FODMAPs Diet.
- The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme.
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