I’m continuing to come across even more variations on the paleo diet. One blog that I came across is called Living in the Ice Age and I absolutely love this one because the food is presented beautifully (some of the dishes are quite chefy heh!) and also, the author is British! He hails from Yorkshire and as such he has traditional English meals like Bangers & Mash and even a paleo version of a Doner Kebab! For you non-Brits reading, this is a typically late-night, post-drinking-session takeaway that is often greasy and pretty disgusting but it’s extremely popular over here and I’ve never seen anything like it in all the US blogs & recipe books that I have.
Anyway, this blog follows what he calls Paleo+ which adds in dairy and some ‘safe’ starches. I didn’t take much notice of this until I came across a recipe that called for rice! In the post he referred to something called the Perfect Health Diet which is similar to Paleo but much less restrictive and allows for certain starches deemed safe including white potatoes & rice. Very interesting. I wanted to find some more information on this diet and I couldn’t find much but I did come across an interesting post by Chris Kresser that discusses these variations and suggests thinking of Paleo as a template allowing for individual variation. This makes good sense to me.
The inclusion of rice would massively open up the food possibilities as if you read further down the page in the link above you’ll see that it includes not only rice itself but products made with rice such as rice noodles, crackers etc. I’ve seen use rice flour used in pastas and bread recipes so that would really open up the spectrum.
However this is not something I would want to try now. Right now I have a lot of fat to lose and I want to concentrate on keeping my carbs low to facilitate that fat loss. Adding extra starch will only make it more difficult to do. Also, by not having pasta, rice, bread etc it forces me to get creative with vegetables and this has been a goal for years – I’d really love to actually enjoy all vegetables. It would make cooking so much easier! I see so many recipes that look delicious but I know I just dont like half the veggies in them which I find really limiting.
However, if I get to a point where I have dropped most of my fat and I’m eating more vegetables then it would be interesting to experiment with bringing some of these additional foods in and see how I fare on them.