On June 1st I began a Paleo-Based Diet / Whole 30 challenge.  The idea is getting back to our roots…subtracting processed foods, sugar, dairy, things that are not natural, from our diet.  I read up on the Whole 30 on Free People’s blog. It sounds like a great challenge for someone who just wants to try it out or treat is just as a detox or cleanse.  They say anything you do for 30 days becomes habit right?! So anyways, Paleo is based on eating meats, eggs, lots of vegetables, some fruit, and only processed food that have natural and pronounceable ingredients.  I have altered a few things since I am a vegetarian.  I have added eggs and some fish into my diet but otherwise I am substituting with soy protein powder and more beans.  This diet makes total sense.  And for someone who has struggled with food allergies, stomach problems, and weight, I can’t believe I didn’t start doing this sooner.  In just 5 short days of cutting dairy and sugar from my diet I already feel better and my stomach already looks flatter…no joke.  
I am going to be sharing recipes and healthy snacks that we are eating during this time.  I’ve started an “eat” category on the left side to organize all of these posts.  I would love to hear other experiences with this diet…have you tried it? 
If you’ve followed any past food posts, you know I like to keep things simple and I’m unfortuntely not much of a recipe person so bare with me.  The other day I was looking around the store for ways to spruce up my usual dish of baked vegetables.  I saw this beautiful pomegranate and took it home to try out.  I added the seeds and squeezed the juice on brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and onions.  I also squeezed some lemon and added a small spoonful of coconut oil.  I seasoned it with garlic and pepper (remember no salt or butter on this diet! So the juices and spices became the “sauce”).  I baked on 350 for about 30 minutes.   Our salad consisted of romaine, tomatoes, mushrooms, strawberries, walnuts, and hard boil egg for more protein.  Again, without using dressing I just squeezed some lemon, added a very small amount of olive oil, and some pepper. 
Happy whole eating!

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