Friday, 1 June 2012


Hey peeps, I've been MIA since going Paleo this last month. I have a few pictures of the sort of thing I've been making and eating:
Grilled Vietnamese Pork Patties with Avocado on Organic Baby Kale Salad mix

Grilled Prawns, Vietnamese Pork Patties, Avocado on Organic Baby Kale Salad mix

Roasted Eggplant and Zucchini.

Since going GF, I thought I had it hard.  Then a few weeks ago when my GP said that I should avoid those simple carbs and suggested upping the cardio to 4 times a week because of my whacky hormone levels (due to Hashi's, cycling hyper and hypothyroidism) regulate my insulin levels, he cautioned me that my baking may have to be put on the back-burner for a while.  He told me to give it a go for a month.

Well, I've stuck to it.  I'm running (outside even!) and doing strength-training and I feel good.  Still GF primarily but the other day when the kids had roasted corn and were all telling me how sweet it was, I resisted!  It's certainly GF, but it isn't Paleo as it's a grain.  

The bbq is my friend...and so is olive oil and coconuts!  The Vietnamese Grilled Pork I made is an adaptation of my favourite meal:  Grilled meat and veggies on rice vermicelli (called "bun")...minus the vermicelli of course.  I just grabbed a bag of organic greens, chunked up an avocado and topped it with the grilled meats and seafood.  For the nuoc cham, I used freshly squeezed lime juice and fish sauce (diluted with water) and a touch of honey.  The veggies were grilled simply with olive oil.  The meal was very yummy and it'll be one I'll repeat again and again.  So this meal was delicious, GF and Paleo friendly! 

Working up my nerve to make a Paleo dessert with dried fruit, coconut and whatnot.  Still debating on what that would be like.  Thinking I need chocolate so maybe a brownie of some sort?  Will keep you posted!


thelittleloaf said...

Can you eat tofu? I've read loads of recipes that make a kind of chocolate cake using tofu or avocado as the base. Maybe one to investigate!

Cakebrain said...

hey littleloaf,
thanks for the suggestion! unfortunately, I am off of soy because it's goitrogenic. Soy's not good for me. Perhaps avocado would work well as a base...I have tons of avocao on my counter! I will look into it!

a. maren said...

ooo my mouth is watering at this! i remember when i was briefly GFCF (although not quite paleo) i absolutely lived on avocado and coconut. keep the recipes coming!

Connie the Cookie Monster said...

paleo eh? i don't think i could ever do that myself, but im supporting you all the way!!!

btw, I would like to give you the one lovely blog award, go to my blog to see what you do with it next :)

Charlene said...

Any recipe for that pork patty, by chance? Thanks!
If you look up raw vegan brownies, you will find plenty of 3-5 ingredient brownies, usually involving dates, almonds and cocoa. Crafter has one such recipe, and here's another (I am not affiliated with this blog):

Cakebrain said...

Hey Charlene,
thanks for the link! will check it out! I'm trying to find a recipe without nuts so my kids (allergies) can eat the brownies too...otherwise it's going to be me eating the whole thing! :)
I'm looking at the avocado and coconut-based ones. Can't see how avocado could be good in a brownie, but am willing to try anything as I'm desperate for a hit of something that resembles cake!

The pork patty recipe is so easy:
1 lb organic pork, ground [I used a locally sourced pork from our area]
1/2 an onion, minced (optional)
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon honey

Christine Ho said...

Oh, there are still many yummy foods for you to try. Enjoy !

Easy Recipes said...

You took stunning photos ! Even your whole post is incredible.

Stefanie said...

Sounds like a difficult diet, but the food you've been eating lately looks delish!!


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