Ballerina and I laughed as I pulled from the cupboard things I no longer need:
Super Dieter's tea
Get Regular tea
Dietary Fiber (two different kinds)
I warned you that I talk about my intestines sometimes. Such is the life of a sufferer of chronic constipation. But no longer! I threw the fiber in the garbage (it was past its "use by" date anyhow). The leftover tea will be best used as an aromatic soak in the bathtub, then tossed into the compost pile. Other random things in the cupboard I wonder if I'll ever use again:
packets of aspartame
a box of Jell-O
Vital Wheat Gluten
Chocolate flavored Whey Protein Powder
As I stare at the cupboards, I can't help but wonder -- what kind of food storage should I be concentrating on now? In the past, I've stored wheat and rice and oats and dry beans and canned soups and canned corn. Most of what I cook now comes from fresh vegetables/fruits and meats and nuts (which I love), but if my power were out for an extended period, or if calamity struck and going to the store were impossible for some reason, those foods would spoil and replacement food would be hard to come by. What does a Paleo mom stock in the pantry?
Another busy day in front of us. Both crock pots are going...pulled pork in one, Spiced Apple Butternut Squash Soup in the other.
Leftover buckwheat pancake
leftover Rosemary Rainbow tart slice
Leftover "Mel's Favorite Chili"
Amazing Pulled Pork
Spiced Apple Butternut Squash Soup
Romaine salad with toasted walnuts and avocado slices
The Pulled Pork was amazing! Here what you do:
Ease a pork roast into a large crock pot before you go to bed at night. Liberally sprinkle with kosher salt. Thoroughly sprinkle with garam masala (it sounds exotic, but you really can buy it in the spice aisle at your grocery store -- I bought mine at Wal-Mart). Sprinkle a little (just a little!) red cooking wine around the roast. Put the lid on and set the heat to low. Let it cook all night and all day. At supper time, pull it out with tongs. It will easily shred. It's wonderfully mouth-watering. I dare you to not eat all of it in one sitting.
As I was checking my blog stats just now, I noticed at the bottom of the page a new entry under "search terms". Someone found my blog by googling "how do you know if paleo is working?" How do you know?!? Just see how loose your clothes are after one week! Or step on a scale and see how many pounds of fat have dropped off! Or examine your clear skin! Or celebrate your stupendous lack of constipation! Honestly. Stop making excuses and just do this. I've tried a lot of nutrition plans. Nothing else has worked so beautifully, so consistently, so deliciously. I'm not saying you have to write me a thank you note. Just start. Start today. Trust me, you'll know it's working.