I don’t mean drinking. . . I mean eating primal. I have been religiously following the primal diet for about a month or so now. I have only veered off minimally for the occasional beer. Does beer count?
On Father’s day I made strawberry shortcake with Bisquick. They were spectacular. I had some, even though they certainly contain grains. I love Bisquick. I absolutely love it. I figure I am following the 90/10 rule, and I eat well nearly all the time.
Some of my biscuits stuck to the bottom of the pan and when I pulled them with a spatula, I helped myself to the crumbs. The second the flaky goodness touched my lips I was like an addict, inhaling them. If Bisquick tasted any better, it would be illegal.
Fast forward about 6 hours, and I made homemade whipped cream to serve with the biscuits. YUM. I just beat heavy cream on the highest setting of my hand-held mixer, with a spoonful of sugar, and a drip of vanilla. And topped them with strawberries. I love love the freshness of this dessert, even though I’m not even a fan of fruit.
I made myself a moderate portion. I never go crazy with portions, which is one of the reasons why I think it’s okay to eat most foods. Just watch your portion control. However, you may have read in a previous post, I have a real issue with carbs, crashing blood sugar, and hunger. I cannot eat pizza, pasta, bread, or anything with a high amount of carbs.
So what happened to me that night? At 3 AM I was awoken to the worst hunger ever, eating my stomach. I tried to sleep through it but I couldn’t, and I had to drink milk to go back to bed. What had I eaten for dinner? A protein-style burger wrapped in lettuce. I had a cup of 2% yogurt right before bed, but it didn’t matter. When I eat carbs, they catch up with me, wake me up, and make me hungry. Needless to say, being awoken during the day set me straight back to my primal eating plan.
Without grains I have been in a good mood, without hunger spikes, which was all the reminder I needed to avoid grain.
What have I been eating instead of grain?
There is so much you can eat that doesn’t contain grains. I haven’t missed them one bit! I have been eating oatless oats, almond butter, eggs, chicken sausage, avocado, chicken sandwiches wrapped in lettuce, cheese, almonds, sushi, salads with chicken, and small amounts of fruit. I have felt great, and haven’t been hungry!
Modified Oatless Oats
I modified my favorite oatless oats recipe. This is my go-to breakfast if I don’t eat eggs. The recipe in Grain Brain served two, but I only need to make enough for myself. Here is how I make it now:
In the magic bullet, combine 1/4 cup almonds, 1/4 walnuts, and 1/8 cup of flax seeds. Add 1 drop of vanilla, dash of cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Crack an egg in, and add 3/4 cup of almond milk, and 2 T almond butter. I pulse it for about 5 seconds. You want it to be pretty gritty, not like soup.
Then I heat it in a saucepan on low heat, stirring often, for about 5 minutes. I highly recommend this recipe. Let me know how you like it!