The Diabetic Diva’s Paleo Diet.
There’s been a recent change in my diabetes program. The Diabetic Diva follows a Paleo diet now. Why am I doing this? What induced me to make the change to ABSOLUTELY NO bread, crackers, rolls, tortillas, pancakes (well, actually, I’ve got a great recipe for pancakes that I’ll give you at the end of my post), and all grains and legumes?
What’s The Reason for Switching to a Paleo Diet?
Back in October of last year I wrote about a very informative new book I read called “Wheat Belly” by William Davis, MD. Dr. Davis tells how to lose weight AND find your path back to health. This book has totally influenced my entire diet and lifestyle. When I began my low carb diet back in September of 2007, I knew I would lose weight and begin to control and manage my diabetes, and that did happen. I was thrilled with the results.
On a low carb diet, when I was only eating a tiny bit of wheat my psoriasis disappeared. Yes, totally went away. But, If I slipped up and ate wheat again, guess what? The psoriasis came back. Not as bad as previously, but it did come back, on my elbows especially. Psoriasis is a condition of an immune system that is out of control. So not only did I have diabetes, but I had psoriasis!
What does giving up wheat have to do with my Immune system?
Eliminating wheat from your diet will allow your immune system to repair itself. Psoriasis is just one of many immune system problems that are actually caused by eating wheat. Apparently the wheat we are all eating today is nothing like the wheat our grandparents had. The wheat today is genetically modified to yield mega crops for farmers, but all nutrition has been bred out of the grain. Breads of today cause higher blood sugar spikes than eating sugar by itself.
These are the foods that I eat now, and I add eggs, cheese, whole whipping cream, cream cheese, sour cream, real organic butter, avocados (a fruit) , coconut milk and meat, and NO GRAINS. That’s the Diabetic Diva’s Paleo Diet.
Now here are the Coconut Pancakes
These pancakes do taste like regular pancakes, but contain no wheat or grain flour. I either eat them with butter and berries or I smear some cream cheese on them and make a sandwich with sliced strawberries. They are delicious. The recipe comes from “The Primal Blueprint Cookbook” by Mark Sisson. His blog is Mark’s Daily Apple go take a look – it’s a Paleo site, he calls it Primal eating.
In a big bowl mix together 3 eggs, 3 tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil, 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons coconut milk OR heavy cream (I didn’t have coconut milk, so I used heavy whipping cream), 1 packet stevia and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Grab another bowl and mix 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup coconut flour, and 1 teaspoon baking powder together with a fork orwhisk until mixed, then add in the wet ingredients, stirring until smooth. If it doesn’t look thin enough to pour, add little droplets of water until it looks like regular pancake batter.
Put a well buttered fry pan on the stove set to medium, and drop the pancakes into the pan in silver-dollar sized mounds. Big pancakes will fall apart as you turn them, so the smaller are better. Cook until browned on both sides (about 3 minutes a side).
You can also add flaked coconut, berries, nuts, and cinnamon to the wet batter, or use all of these as toppings. I really like to smear the pancakes with butter and sliced strawberries with a sprinkling of stevia for sweetness. These are also good with cinnamon sprinkled over the butter.