A few months ago, my mom and I decided to embark on a Paleo Diet. Having been a Type 1 Diabetic since I was six years old, I am always looking for meals that won’t spike my blood sugar and will still taste great. The Paleo Diet essentially focuses on foods that a caveman would have eaten.
Lucky for me, I love most of the foods on the “Eat” list, and I was okay with letting go of the foods on the “Don’t Eat”list, except for cereal grains, that one was a difficult thing to say goodbye to.
My mom decided to join me on this journey as moral support, and she loves trying out new ways of eating, especially if there is a challenge. She is constantly coming up with new recipes for paleo bread or cauliflower rice, which she always ends up bringing over for me to try 🙂
Saying goodbye to many staple items in my diet, like cereal, beans, milk and peanuts (oh, how I miss creamy Jiff peanut butter), has been a challenge and frustrating at times, but the rewards of lowering my blood sugars, reducing the daily amount of insulin and losing weight (super stoked about this one!) have definitely outweighed the cravings and longings for a big bowl of Froot Loops with milk.
For those looking to switch up their diet, try something new and potentially feel healthier and more energized, then I say give Paleo a try! Eating fresh, REAL food is never a bad thing and is actually quite enjoyable. One of my most favorite Paleo recipes is a low-carb Paleo waffle. Check out the recipe below for a delicious, fluffy, coconut-y morning treat!
Low-Carb Paleo Waffle
Adapted from Foodie Fiasco
Yields: 1 full waffle
- 2 egg whites plus 1 whole egg
- 2 Tbsp. coconut flour
- 2 Tbsp. unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or unsweetened coconut milk!)
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. Stevia
- 1/2 small banana, sliced or 1/2 cup blackberries/blueberries/raspberries
- 2 Tbsp. sugar free syrup
Whip the two egg whites until stiff peaks form, then add coconut flour, milk, baking powder sweetener and egg.
Heat the waffle iron to the temperature of your liking (I put mine at 4/6 and it becomes golden brown). Spray the waffle iron with nonstick spray, then add the batter to the waffle iron. I have found that it is much easier to cook the waffle in two batches so it doesn’t overfill the waffle iron.
After waffle is finished cooking, finish it with your choice of toppings!