Paleo goodies for Christmas

I love December. It’s my favourite month of the year. We have Christmas and New Year is just round the corner. Work slows down. Everyone becomes more relaxed. It is also a time for pigging out on cakes, cookies and sweets galore.

I’ll be away for most of Christmas this year in Taiwan hiking in Taroko Gorge (yay!) but I have one or two parties to attend. What better way to introduce people to your fantastic paleo diet then baking some yummy goodies for them?

This year, I’m planning to bake at least one of these paleo goodies. Click on the title for the link to the recipes!

Paleo fruitcake 

This is a recipe by Elana’s Pantry and uses almond flour as the base.

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How it all began

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It all started six months ago when I stumbled on Mark’s Daily Apple. This website talked about the Primal Blueprint, a set of principles to live by that brings us back to our paleolithic roots (thus, the name of this blog – Paleorina). It talked about the right way to eat, the right way to move and the right way to sleep. It was about making sure no processed food entered our bodies and about how grains and so-called healthy cereals were actually making us sick. It was about eating what our ancestors ate instead of the modern convenience food that contained preservatives and strange chemicals we cannot even pronounce. In return, your health and energy would soar.

I was enthralled.

I was already eating quite well in the paleo sense. I consumed very little rice. I hated pasta and pizza and stayed off biscuits ( I really really love bread – although that’s for another post). And before this I was already an aspiring hippie. Yes I was a city girl but I wanted to live my life in a way that shunned blatant consumerism. The boldest thing I tried was to wean myself off shampoo and relied on baking soda to wash my hair for one month (I didn’t stink). But to have everything articulated and put together in a sensible philosophy turned a light bulb on in my head. It clarified why we should live as simply as possible, be it in terms of eating or the products we use.

I read Robb Wolf’s book The Paleo Solution, followed by Mark Sisson’s The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation book. For a more complete list of good paleo books, check out Food Education on the header.

Since then, I have started on our paleo journey here in Singapore. It’s not easy, this being the land of yummy roti prata and char kway teow. I hope that by documenting our adventures in this blog, I would be able to inspire and help other paleo-poreans. I also love to hear from you and your tips and tricks for improving your health and fitness.