Fall is nearing, which means the football, festivals, fairs, and of course the holidays are all around the corner. I like to indulge and dibble and dabble with treats but I know I have to stay on track with my diet to not gain unhealthy weight. My plan to beat the bulge this fall/winter is getting back on the PALEO plan.
So, I am one of those people who try everything and go on full ahead. I’ve been vegetarian (2 years), IIFYM (if it fits your macro), Atkins (low carb-high protein), a strict body-builder diet, and EEIS (EAT EVERYTHING IN SIGHT)! lol. What I’ve learned over the past few years is do a diet/meal plan that works for you, something that can be a lifestyle change, easy, and fulfilling.
Paleo. The best diet that has works for me. I eat a ton of vegetables, feel energized, and don’t feel like I’m sacrificing myself for it. I love it! It challenges me to buy and try new things, such as coconut flour- a staple for Paleo followers, it teaches you how to eat whole real foods, and most importantly it brought my love back to cook. I love creating and trying new recipes.
So what is Paleo? The best description I’ve found – “In a nutshell, the Paleo diet (or, as I like to think of it, the Paleo template—the word “diet” tends to mislead folks into thinking this is nothing more than a temporary weight-loss program) is based on the notion that for optimal health, modern humans should go back to eating real, whole unprocessed foods that are more healthful than harmful to our bodies. “– from nomnompaleo.
Basically you eat all whole foods:
Meat: Chicken, Pork, Beef, Fish, etc.
Fats: Avocado, coconut, etc.
Back on the Paleo path, thought I share a dish I made last night for dinner. It will definitely become a staple this fall.
Crock-Pot Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs
For this meal what you need is a slow cooker, spaghetti squash, meat of your choice for meatballs, tomato sauce or your favorite pasta sauce, and seasonings for your meatballs and sauce (Italian seasoning, garlic, and whatever else you have in your cabinet).
- Cut your Spaghetti Squash in half and scoop out the insides
- Place your squash open side down into your slow cooker
- Add tomato sauce and seasonings into your slow cooker
- Grab your meat and add seasoning, roll your meat into meatballs (lb made about 10-12 balls)
- Add your meatballs into the slow cooker and cover.
- Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours.
- Take out your squash first, be careful because it will be extremely hot. Take a fork and scrape the squash into a dish.
- Add your sauce and meatballs… ENJOY!