If I could only keep one cook book–if I had to throw the rest away–it would be Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan. Melissa is not just a cook, she’s a chef. I haven’t made one dish from Well Fed that isn’t delicious. (And yes, there’s a Well Fed 2, and Melissa has a third cookbook coming out soon, Well Fed Weeknights) Melissa’s blog is delicious fun, too.
This spring will mark 6 years that Jay and I have been “paleo”. We haven’t been perfect, but neither of us have had a slice of bread or pizza in those six years. That would seem to both of us to cross a line. Our weight remains within 8-9 pounds of our initial weight loss figures – 60 pounds lost for Jay, and 30 pounds lost for me.
We have had some wheat, though, in the form of those dang craft beers! I myself love to dive into a glass of Vanilla Porter or Sweet Baby Jesus. So to begin the new year and get the craft beer behind me, I decided to start my first Whole30. I did do a half-hearted 30 last winter, but finally cracked under the pressure of missing half-and-half in my coffee.
I can report on Day 3 that I have a substitute that I think I can live with – coffee with coconut milk and turmeric. Our beloved Bunn coffeemaker crapped out two days ago (I read in the Amazon reviews that the heating element lasts 4-6 years — that’s about right), so while we wait for delivery on a new one, I’m french-pressing and pouring the contents into the thermal canister. A healthy dose of coconut milk and dash of turmeric, and yum!
Jay and I are still eating Paleo/Primal. I went for a check-up the other day, and the digital scale weighed me in at 125 lbs. (I have stopped weighing myself at home after 40 some years of weighing every morning). Our weight is holding steady.
We had been eating lunch out a lot lately, so a couple of weeks ago we decided to cut that back to once a week, and spend the saved money at Whole Foods on grass-fed beef, wild caught salmon, chicken, and red wine. We just polished off a leftover lunch of salmon and braised kale with carrots.
We both gained a few pounds some months ago, and attributed it to the massive amounts of heavy cream we were putting in our coffee, daily. We switched to half-and-half, and the pounds promptly dropped off.
I was happy to see Paleo Magazine for the first time at Whole Foods, yesterday, and bought a copy. It has expanded and improved since it was initially published, and it’s a lovely magazine. I hope to see it in other grocery stores at some point.
Gary Taubes has a new article in Scientific American. I will be interested to see the results of the study he discusses, although I already have a pretty good idea of how it’s going to turn out.