Mark Sisson is among the many people around the worldwide championing the paleo (or primal) health movement, which challenges many well-accepted elements of the food pyramid and standard American diet. He's published two really useful cookbooks filled with recipes for grain-free eating: The Primal Blueprint Cookbook and Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals.
Primal or paleo eating essentially follows the evolutionary model of meats, fish, greens, nuts, vegetables and limited fruits. It claims that carbohydrates in grain form, especially the highly-processed varieties found in most restaurant and prepared items, are simply not a good energy source for human health. In particular, it asserts that refined carbohydrates are a primary factor in contributing to obesity, type 2 diabetes, anxiety and depression, lack of energy, inflammation, metabolic syndrome or "Syndrome X" and heart disease. All my readings and life experience tell me the primal/paleo assertions are accurate.
If you've read my sharepost on the tool I use, Pouch Rules for Dummies, then you may recall that the ideal meal for a mature obesity surgery patient is:
- ½ of the meal is low fat protein,
- ¼ is raw or lightly cooked low starch vegetables, and
- ¼ is raw fruit
Right away you see no grains in the meal, which is typically the staple of the standard American diet. So, the ideal bariatric meal is right in line with the primal/paleo diet. I say that if you're an obesity surgery patient then you absolutely want these cookbooks on your shelf! After all, at some point you are going to get tired of eggs for breakfast and with the Quick and Easy Meals cookbook you'll know how to make a grain-free hot breakfast cereal.
The recipe makeovers are what I like best about the cookbooks. The Primal Blueprint Cookbook in particular has many "Primal Substitute" recipes, which are recipe makeovers of my favorite comfort foods - like bread and crackers - made without grains. Here you will find grain-free recipes for mashed potatoes, rice, enchiladas, noodles, bread, crackers, pancakes, muffins, and more.
I also like the dessert recipes as I am often stumped when it comes to making a dessert that doesn't use grains. The "Grok Rocks" in Primal Blueprint Cookbook are addicting! And there are substitute recipes for delicacies such as brownies and clafouti, and grain-free dessert recipes like custards and ice cream.
The Quick and Easy Meals cookbook has wonderful breakfast recipes. There are lots of egg dishes, but again my favorites are the substitute recipes. There are recipes for everything from turnip hash browns to nutty blueberry protein balls (like donut holes only grain-free and good for you).
Quick and Easy Meals has a few really good substitute recipes, too. My favorites are savory crepes, turnip and rutabaga fries, zucchini carbonara, and pigs in a blanket.
I've been eating this way for a long time and it has enabled me to maintain the weight I lost from my bariatric surgery in 2003. Read my sharepost to learn the real reasons why weight loss occurs from obesity surgery.
See other recipes in my collection! Simple use the search bar in obesity, located in the top right of this page, and type in the words "bariatric recipe." My recipes should pop to the top of your results list!
I am sharing my wonderful recipe make-overs with you that have helped me to be successful in maintaining my weight loss from bariatric surgery in 2003. These include delicious protein shakes - some of which taste even better than the delicious fat and sugar-laden Frappucinos at Starbucks, protein bars that are far more healthy and affordable than those you buy online/in-store, and awesome recipe-makeovers of foods you love but are no longer part of a bariatric life food plan.
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You can read about my decision to have weight loss surgery back in 2003 and my journey to maintain a lifetime of obesity disease management since that time. My wish is to help you on your own journey of lifetime obesity disease management with shareposts along the way to help you navigate that journey successfully.
Published On: June 06, 2011