By Hoyt Chang
I've been eating a Paleo-style diet for close to a year now. Before, I ate large quantities of bread, rice, pasta, and sugary foods, at just about every meal. Now I eat beef, pork, chicken, fish, veggies, and eggs. I'm not always 100% strict Paleo. For example, I still use some dairy products such as cheese or heavy cream, although I've stopped drinking milk recently. On rare occasion I eat some rice, if it comes with the fish or beef I order at a restaurant, but I absolutely avoid pasta or bread. As a result, there have been several benefits I've enjoyed:
1) I used to lie in bed for an hour or two, wide awake, before falling asleep. I was that way for as long as I could remember and I just thought it was normal for me. Now I fall asleep within 10 minutes. The carbohydrates made my energy levels fluctuate, whereas fats provide a more stable energy source. I'm also more awake and alert during the day.
2) Hunger used to be sharp and painful. Around 11:30 am and around 4:30 pm everyday, I used to be forced to interrupt whatever I was working on in order to eat something, because the hunger was so overwhelming. Now hunger is dull and easily ignored. I can fast for 24 hours and hardly notice it.
3) Eating large portions used to make me feel bloated and uncomfortable. (Think about the stomachache after eating four plates of pasta.) Now, eating large portions makes me happy and content. Eating has become a positive pleasurable experience, not merely an avoidance of the negatives of hunger and death.
Here is what I've been eating. I tend to favor dishes that are easy and fast to prepare, and require few ingredients.
Eggs are one of the most awesome foods in the world. The egg yolk is the most delicious, especially if I fry it over easy. It drives me nuts when I see people order eggs with the yolks removed. Anyways, I usually scramble it with a bit of heavy cream. Often I add vegetables, such as spinach, sauteed in olive oil. For breakfast, bacon makes an excellent addition. Below, the superb combo of nutrition and flavor includes uncured Canadian bacon, which looks like ham (good) but tastes like bacon (better).