Paleo Day 5…Where Are The Seasonings?

So I never disputed the fact that paleo feels pretty natural…but I think today was the day I finally stopped thinking about it. (Is it becoming a habit yet?!) I started the morning with my usual egg white scramble and fruit, but wanted to do something a little special for Shant. It was Friday, after all.

Last weekend, when we were researching paleo, we came across a really dead simple recipe book. One of the things I kept in the back of my mind were the banana pancakes. I blended 5 bananas, 2 eggs, and 10 dates and tried to cook them like regular pancakes. NO CAN DO! They were too mushy. After many frustrating failed attempts, Shant helped me out in the kitchen. I ended up cooking them one by one in the microwave (not very paleo…probably not very healthy either), and then peeling them off the plates to flip around on the pan for a bit. Then we topped them with cranberries and munched away.

I was interning all day, from 11am until about 8pm. I get mostly deep tissue clients on Fridays, so I wanted to load up and feel full throughout the day. I ate all of my citrus marinated salmon before noon and was incredibly stuffed!

Snacked on my usual berries and nuts mix in between clients. I forgot to take a photo so this old picture will have to suffice for now.

After I wrapped up for the day, I decided to use whatever energy I had left for grocery shopping. Headed to the local Costco and picked up a few items.

-Artisan lettuce
-Brussel sprouts
-Bell peppers
-Bella mushrooms
-Carrot sticks

Then for dinner, I had some sauteed asparagus, red bell pepper, and bella mushrooms, with a side of mashed potatoes.

So far everything is feeling very natural and not forced. To be honest, I am not missing the grains as much as I thought I would. I thought I would be craving tons of pasta, rice, and beans, but I am not finding that to be the case. What I actually miss the most are the seasonings and the sauces…the little things like salt, pepper, soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, etc. Sometimes its hard not to reach for them, but all I’m really trying to do is to retrain my body to appreciate the taste of food as it is. Instead of enjoying the taste of salt or pepper, I should be enjoying the taste of my veggies and fish. I don’t think I’m really going to lose or gain a whole lot of weight from salt, pepper, or soy sauce — I don’t consume enough of it — but the little I do consume I apparently appreciate so much it hurts.