For a little more than a month - actually just around the time that my friends Paul and Karla prepared to leave for Shanghai - I decided that I needed to make some drastic changes and went Paleo. Not a 100% - just my version of it. This has meant that there is barely any normal carbs in my cupboard now. My version has no normal flour except for the odd Ryvita cracker, absolutely no rice except when I order Chinese (actually not even then most of the time) or go out (not that often), no dairy except for a drop or two in my one solitary cup of tea, no potatoes except the sweet kind. I have been living on meats, root veggies and fruits. I do stray once in a while but more often than not I try and avoid the breads and rice when I am doing this. And its working. I have found from within the first two weeks that I lost weight, my sugar level went down and I was never really hungry. Even my doc was pleased. I have since then convinced my brother and his wife to join the bandwagon and they've been doing reasonably well too. If you want to find recipes, just Google it and there are a lot of resources out there. And since most of it is meat and 2 veg, they are quite reasonable and easy to prepare.
This has led me to gravitate to any mention of paleo and I found this site (courtesy of Facebook ads) - theproteinbakeshop.com and a restaurant courtesy of an old article in the National - the Cycle Bistro. The Cycle Bistro (situated in Motor City) has a very nice selection of paleo-friendly meals and they are substantial and quite delicious. At least the breakfast options we tried were.
Since I stopped smoking more than 10 years ago, I have developed a bit of a sweet tooth. Of course chocolate has always been a friend. You have to be a weirdo not to like chocolote IMHO. So I was so pleased a few days ago (towards the end of last week) to find the ad on Facebook for theproteinbakeshop.com. I had a bit of an initial problem not in ordering it but in getting the delivery (mostly my misunderstanding) but I called Rashi Chowdhary, the founder of the shop, and she had me sorted. Lovely to talk to. The deliveries are done through Down to Earth.
I had a selection of Chocolate Stacks (a set of four bite sized chocolate treats), a couple of almond cookies, some fitscuits, and a Paleo Chocolate cake. All of them came packaged with details on the calorie break down, ingredients, and the manufacture and expiry dates. The web site makes it really easy to order and you can pay for by cash on delivery so its easy if you don't like putting your card online. I love them all but I have to say my favourite so far has to be the chocolate cake.
Highly recommended. And now there is no reason why you can't indulge yourself. Guilt-free.