If you’re having a go at Paleo and you’re missing your carbs, a friend sent me this recipe for cinnamon and coconut pancakes. Paleo pancakes to cope with those carb cravings.
My take though is this. It’s tough to follow a diet that requires you to buy a whole new set of ingredients you wouldn’t normally buy or don’t have in the house. For me a diet has to be easy and accessible to follow. I’m fine with making a batch of mini omelettes to freeze and heat when required. But I’m not that much of a Paleo nut – yet? – to really get into cooking special foods for a special diet.
It’s not Kosher!
I have a bit of a “thing” if you like about special diets because I’m Jewish but wasn’t raised in an entirely observant manner. So we ate bacon and ham but never ever roast pork, prawns, lobster or crabs. Being raised Jewish in Waspy Surrey I hated it when anyone said, ah, you’re Jewish. Does that mean special diets? No! I didn’t want to be singled out as needing special food. I felt different enough as it was. Perhaps if my parents had stayed in north west London, it might’ve been easier but they didn’t and that’s a whole other thing…
Also my father was Diabetic so he had a special diet which I know today is not the way with Diabetes. If you have it you’re supposed to eat the same as everyone else just cut back on the overly sweet stuff and refined carbs. Refined carbs – doesn’t that sound like something rather appealing? Oh my carbs are sooo refined they wear hats and gloves and all!
Fear of difference
Anyway that’s why I don’t want to be One Of Those People who when asked out to dinner or to a restaurant has to have special allowances made. I’m gluten free. I’m dairy free. I’m vegan. I’m carb free. I’m fat free. I’m lactose intolerant. Me me me. Eat what you’re given if someone is good enough to offer to cook for you or buy you a meal! You won’t die and you can compensate later. That’s what I once read in a book about Buddhism. Said you shouldn’t eat meat. But never refuse it in someone’s house because that’s rude and being kind to your fellow humans is just as important as being kind to animals.
My failed Buddhism!
I did try to become a Buddhist once. But I can’t let go of the hate! I think hate and anger are good strong emotions and very healthy. I can’t be doing with all that being nice to people all the time. I try but I couldn’t make it as a Buddhist. Besides how can a Buddhist follow a meat-rich Paleo diet? We spoilt Westerners have so much cognitive dissonance to deal with don’t we?
Anyway, that’s me for today. Busy weekend ahead including taking tea at The Midland Hotel in Manchester tomorrow! About which I will report next week.
Have a great weekend.