Thursday, November 29, 2012

Primal Pulled Pork Salad

Just made this for lunch, showed it off on Instagram and now I've got recipe requests.

First and foremost I must give credit where it is due, I grabbed the Pulled Pork recipe and the BBQ Sauce recipe from the Primal Blueprint Cookbook, by Mark Sisson and Jennifer Meier. You can find a copy here.

Pulled Pork Recipe:
1 Tbs of Olive Oil
1.5-2kg Pork Shoulder (Bone in or out)
1 small onion
1/2 cup Tomato Sauce (I used the homemade Paleo Ketchup)
1 cup of Water
1/3 cup of Vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Celery seed (I used Celery Salt)
1/2 Tsp Nutmeg
1 Bay Leaf

- Honestly I think you could play around with the spices, to your taste

1) Brown meat on all sides in olive oil over Medium-Med High heat.

2) While meat is browning,combine remaining ingredients and stir to mix well.

3) Remove from heat and put everything into a dutch oven or casserole dish that has a lid

4) Cover with lid and bake at 160c for at least 2.5 hours, 3 if your shoulder has a bone.

5) Check halfway through to make sure there is plenty of liquid. I turned my shoulder over with an hour to go.

6) Remove from oven, grab to forks and start shredding the meat off, if this is not happening easily then put it back in the oven for at least another 30 mins.

Shred all the meat and put it in a bowl

Now for the Slaw (Salad)

I used:
1/4 of a Cabbage (Sliced very thinly - You could use Red cabbage which would look really pretty)
1/2 Red onion ( Sliced thinly)
1/2 Cucumber ( Half moons)
1 Tomato (Cut into thin wedges)
1 Avocado (Peeled and sliced thinly)
1 handful of Coriander
Primal approved Mayonnaise
Juice from 1 Lemon
Juice from 1 Lime
- Mix together

1) Toss salad with just enough dressing to coat, not to drown the slaw

2) Place Salad on plate, top with shredded Pork, then top with a lovely BBQ Sauce, Preferably Primal friendly. You can find the recipe HERE

A Change of Pace

In my blogging absence I have been busy, busy with school, work, planning my wedding and..... turning Primal!!!

Lets Rewind a bit first. Over the last couple of years I haven't felt myself, I haven't felt that healthy, I was becoming more and more stressed and anxious. I was getting rashes, dry skin, acne, dandruff, cramping stomach, bloating and hay fever off the charts, plus I gained like 20kgs in a year and a half.
I had had enough, and needed some help! A family friend put me onto a wonderful lady named Suzy who practised Tapping or EFT (Emotional Freedom Therapy/Techniques). Its a wonderful therapy that helped me at my breaking point of anxiety, body image issues and anything else I needed to nut out.
At the same time I went had my allergies tested by a Vega system, a non invasive way of checking for allergies, intolerances and sensitivities. I was given a print out of all the foods, preservatives, chemicals, dusts etc I should avoid. They also found that I had a high Candida count.
Candida is a yeast in your body, everyone has it, but when it gets out of hand it can cause a huge list of problems which you can read up more here and here. I was put on a Candida diet, for 2 months, basically no Caffiene, alcohol, foods containing mould (that in turn would add to the fungus already growing inside me) So mushrooms, blue cheese, packaged nuts. No sugar, no junk, preservatives etc etc. By the 3rd day I had such a headache, I was used to drinking at least 3 good cups of coffee a day (I was working as a Barista, so not much fun) but after that I just started to feel better, I started to drop a lot of weight, apparently the yeast has a biproduct it gives off making it very hard for you to lose weight. Lose the yeast, lose the weight. I started feeling marvelous and by the end of the 2 months, I was hay fever bull. This was a hallelujah moment.
After the 2 months on the candida diet, I was to basically avoid all the foods that I was sensitive/Intolerant. The list includes; Wheat, Preservatives especially those in the 620's (MSG being 621) Preservative 220 (Found in Wine, and basically any foods that have a shelf life, 220 prevents mould growth) Chemicals especially Sodium Laurel Sulfate which you find in your Shampoo and other things, Cows milk and a few others. So I went on search for a diet that didn't involve my no-no foods.

And so I stumbled across the Paleo or Caveman diet. Basically eating as our cave man ancestors would have, before we learnt to grown and process wheat and other grains. I jumped in full throttle, dropped about 6kgs and felt awesome, but slowly slowly I started to incorporate no-no foods, til before I knew it I was eating out, drinking, snacking on preservative laden foods. Then Bam!!! Hay fever symptoms started again, rashes on my face, Candida was back, and a couple of kilos crept back on. Booooooo!!

Fast Forward to now, I have studied Naturopathy a year at the Southern School of Natural Therapies, and love it. I'm getting married and thinking about starting a family next year. So I want to get healthy, I want both myself and my fiance to be healthy. I'm now starting to listen to my body, and know which foods it really doesn't like, Wheat and grains being the number 1 no-no.

My friend referred me to a wonderful website Mark Sisson is the creator of the website and is an amazingly knowledgeable man. The lifestyle is the Primal Blueprint, like Paleo, but does allow a little bit of dairy and he even includes the types of exercise we should be doing, and this will shock you but its not an hour a day at the gym running your arse off on the treadmill (Shocking I know)

I'm now on day 4, I have cooked 4 recipes from his cookbook, they are all delish and easy to do. More importantly it's the best I have felt in ages. A couple of months ago I would of written half of this post and nodded off on the couch, now I cant keep up with my typing fingers.

I feel great, and life is good x x x x