Eat More Meat

“You should really eat more meat.” Not exactly what I was expecting to hear from my doctor, or quite frankly, what I was wanting to hear either. Tell me to be more vegan, go raw, anything.

I set that unpalatable piece of advice aside for awhile, deciding that upping my fish intake from 2-3 times a month to several times a week and adding butter and eggs to my gluten-free baking would be good enough.

It wasn’t.

Rediscovering the joys of baking with butter distracted me for awhile. Gluten-free coffee cakes, muffins, and scones, YUM! But it soon became painfully apparent that I was developing intolerances to grains and pseudo-grains one by one before I could even write the final proportions down and make a blog post. Not good.

Finally I gave up grains and legumes completely, leaving a gaping hole in my personal food pyramid. The only thing left to fill that hole was, you guessed it, meat. So I introduced myself to the butcher, asked some really stupid questions, and am now giving a paleo-style diet a try.

Here’s what I’ve cooked up so far:

  • Soto Ayam (Indonesian Yellow Chicken Soup): Just the right amount of spice. I would cook this again.
  • Beef Rendang (Indonesian Spicy Stewed Beef): My idea of comfort food: spicy, coconutty, and familiar. I used to make vegan rendang all the time. You can even buy a ready-made rendang spice paste that has a natural, non-chemical ingredients list.
  • Grilled Ahi: Simple and delicious. You can’t go wrong with ahi.
  • Sausage and Mushroom Frittata: Not bad topped with green salsa. A little heavy on the sausage though. If I made this again, I’d use less sausage and more mushroom.
  • Almond-Crusted Cod: Not my favorite fish recipe. Mustard belongs on hot dogs, not fish fillets.
  • Pinang Kerrie (South African Lamb Curry): I would like this curry much better without the lamb. It would be awesome with vegan lamb. (Vegan lamb is made from mushrooms and tastes nothing like the real thing.) I’d give lamb another try though. Maybe I didn’t marinate it enough or something.
  • Coconut-Curried Salmon: I made a ton of Cape Curry Powder for the lamb. For the record, it goes wonderfully with salmon.
  • Curry-Crusted Mahi Mahi: Cape Curry Powder, mixed in a spice rub. Quick, easy, and delicious.
  • Indian-Spiced Meatballs: Tasty, but next time I’ll be sure to whip up some Paleo Bread Crumbs to stir in.
  • Paleo Hamburger Helper: Leftover Aloo Gobi (Indian cauliflower and potato curry) mixed with ground beef. OK, potatoes might not really be 100% paleo-approved, but I’m not trying to lose weight here. A potato every now and then can’t be all that bad.
  • Opor Ayam (Indonesian Coconut Chicken): Back to the Indonesian comfort foods. This recipe was good, but Americanized. I’d definitely add more spice next time.
  • Spicy Bison Lettuce Wraps: Didn’t expect to like bison as much as I did. Doing more experimenting now. It’s way more fun that way.

Results? Less pain and fatigue. More time in the kitchen. You can whip up a veggie curry in under an hour. Meat has to be marinated, cooked for hours on end. I’m learning to plan way ahead for mealtimes. Did I mention less pain and fatigue? A “normal” day now includes at least 23 hours pain/symptom free, plus energy to last until bedtime. Wow, I never expected that! :)

As far as this blog is concerned, I’m planning to rewrite the gluten-free recipes I had been working on into grain-free ones, and eventually you may see a mix of veggie and meat dishes here, after I get more accustomed to the new ingredients in my pantry. I’d also love it if you shared your fav paleo dishes and recommendations.

4 thoughts on “Eat More Meat

  1. I’m right there with you Laura! I was vegetarian and developed a gluten, dairy and egg intolerance, which left me as a gluten free vegan. It’s funny, as a nutrition therapist, I always cautioned my clients against being vegan, yet there I was, doing what I didn’t think others should do. And then I started to fear that I was developing intolerances to other foods–grains and beans–and so I became a meat eater again after 15+ years. It turned out that I only have a problem with navy beans and I don’t seem to have a problem with any other grains, but I feel better eating paleo. My blood sugar is SO much more stable and it means that I load up on veggies for my carbs instead of grains and beans. So my diet is now so much more nutrient dense. I think everyone could do well from limiting or eliminating grains and especially those with blood sugar issues (diabetes, hypoglycemia, metabolic syndrome). Looking forward to seeing your recipes transition into grain free. Thanks!

    • Thanks for sharing your story, Katie! Beyond grains, I’m not sure which carbs are giving me problems other than grains, but hopefully with time I’ll work that out.

      “Nutrient dense” I like that phrase. :)

  2. How interesting to hear you were told to eat more meat. What do you think you were lacking which meat seems to help with?
    Also, Yum! Some of these dishes sound amazing, especially the curries and the sausage and mushroom frittata. My husband makes the most delicious gluten free salsa which would taste great with a dish like this :)

    • Interesting, to say the least. I think it has to do with meat being easier to digest and absorb the nutrients, especially when your digestive system is out of whack. Also, it’s really hard to get enough protein and calories from a vegan diet when you can’t eat grains and legumes.

      For 30 years I never had a single problem with a high-carb, mostly vegan diet. I don’t know what happened to bring all this about, but I’m glad to have a simple solution to it.

      I love salsa! Is your husband’s salsa recipe on your website?

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