When I turned 20, I became acutely aware that living off of pasta and beer was no longer an option. I became sluggish, my motivation to work out went out the window, and the weight began to pile on. I started fiercely working out, and while I got stronger, my appearance didn’t change. When I met my boyfriend, he was going to cross fit daily and he looked great, yet seemed to constantly be eating. He gingerly informed me that he was a paleo cheater.
For those of you who don’t know, paleo is a diet consisting only of meat, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. I won’t go into the science of why this diet works, but you can click here for more information if you’re interested.
I would like to clarify here that I don’t believe in extreme diets, paleo included. I encourage people to use the paleo diet merely as base. It encourages you to plan out unrefined, well-rounded meals.
Here are the reasons why I stray from paleo: to denounce goat cheese (which has anti-cancer properties), yogurt rich with probiotics, or the cream that saves your stomach from the acidity of coffee is just outrageous to me. Diets encourage a lot of unhealthy behavior, such as avoiding food that is just plain good for you!
DO NOT JUMP ON THE BAND WAGON. It’s usually full of crazies.
*Also after a hard day, a glass of wine never hurts.*
Here is one of my favorite Cheater Paleo meals:
My Crockpot Shredded BBQ Chicken with Coleslaw:
-turn crock pot on high
-put three chicken breasts in the crockpot
-completely submerge the chicken in chicken stock, this will make your chicken tender.
cook for 6 hours
For the last 30 minuets add BBQ Sauce.
Again if you’re in a hurry: I use stubbs or salt lick bbq sauce.
if not, click here for homemade BBQ sauce
The Cole Slaw:
-dice one red bell pepper into small cubes
-dice one yellow bell pepper into small cubes
-dice a who yellow onion into small cubes
-cut half of a green cabbage into long thin pieces
-cut half of a purple cabbage into long thin pieces
- mix together in big bowl
- salt and pepper to prefence
in a separate bowl:
-add half a cup of mayo
-half a cup of red wine vinegar
- salt and pepper to preference
- pour over veggies
****This also makes for a great sandwich if you eat bread. *****