Paleo Chicken “Parmesan”

Posted: May 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

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When I first started my blog, which feels like ages ago, I was really motivated and I was posting recipes at least once a week. My blog and social media stats were soaring and it was pretty exciting. My health problems were clearing up. I felt better emotionally, mentally and physically. I have to admit though, in the last little while, the novelty of this new chapter in my life faded out a bit.

I think it was because I was also noticing some other changes in my life that I was less than happy about. I had started to avoid social situations quite a bit, mostly so that I wasn’t tempted by foods that used to be a part of my regular diet like grains, dairy, sugar and processed/packaged foods. I had always been a bit of an ‘all or nothing’ type of person but it was getting extreme.

I know that the paleo diet eliminates or treats a lot of my health problems (like acne, eczema, hormone imbalance/PCOS, depression/anxiety, etc) but I got to the point where I just wanted to be normal. For me, the paleo diet ‘out of the box’ wasn’t cutting it for me. I had also started becoming sensitive to nightshade vegetables, eggs, nuts/seeds, and FODMAPs. I started to wish I could eat whatever I wanted and not deal with the unpleasant side effects. It was starting to feel like a lot of work just to make the paleo diet work for me.

The fact is, none of us are “normal”. Everyone has their struggles, diet related or not. I had gotten out of touch with this reality with all the roadblocks I came up against along my healing journey.

I knew I needed to strike a better balance so that I didn’t feel so deprived. In the last few months, I have been experimenting with trying a more balanced lifestyle between strict paleo and the occasional indulgence. Unfortunately when I first tried this, I had some pretty serious binges on junk food. After being so strict for a while, non-paleo foods tasted like crack to me (for lack of a better word)!

It has been tough as I try to find somewhere in the middle that is not too strict but not to lenient, but I am learning not to beat myself up too much if I am really bad one day or one week or even one month. Life can get overwhelming sometimes and it isn’t always possible or realistic to be perfect with your diet. The more I would beat myself for eating too many non-paleo foods, the harder it became to bounce back and get back on track.

Holy shit woman, what is the point of these ramblings?

When people read my blog, I don’t want them to think that I’m always perfect when it comes to this diet. I want them to know that I struggle and sometimes have major setbacks which are tough to overcome. I want them to know that as long as they catch themselves and keep trying, that it is still making a positive difference in their health. Nobody is perfect and I am positive that even the top paleo bloggers out there also have their setbacks and cheat days despite how their blogs might sometimes make it sound super easy.

The paleo diet IS very extreme in comparison to the ‘Standard American Diet (SAD)’ that most people are used to. Let’s face it. But I do still believe in it. I think everybody will have to experiment and find their own version of it that works for them.

I continue to have my struggles with it, but when I look back I can see how much positivity and benefit has come from it. I believe that if you want it bad enough, you can do it.

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts
1/8 – 1/4ย cup arrowroot starch/powder
1 egg
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp basil
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp chipoltle chili powder
sea salt
pepper
coconut oil, ghee or butter (for frying)
1/4 cup tomato basil sauce
optional: fresh grated organic parmesan cheese

Directions:

In a bowl, whisk your egg. In another bowl, combine the arrowroot starch, garlic powder, basil, cayenne, chili powder, salt and pepper. Heat a pan between low-medium heat. Dip each chicken breast in egg and then the breading mixture. Melt your cooking fat in the pan and fry the breaded chicken until cooked through, flipping part way through.

Top your fried chicken with tomato basil sauce and serve. If you add parmesan cheese, you could top your fried chicken with tomato basil sauce and parmesan and bake at 400F or so until the cheese is melted.

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Comments
  1. I totally hear you on this.
    and over and over I hear that paleo people do an 80/20 split on being strict paleo and eating 20% “acceptable other” food.
    and I think they’re on to something. strict paleo is pretty much only possible if you never leave the house. and I get food anxiety when I eat out, which is partly about paleo, partly calorie control and partly ingredient anxiety (what’s in that?! yoga mats in the bread!?)
    at some point you have to learn how to let go without letting everything go. I’m working on this myself.

    • Hey thanks for sharing, it helps to know that I have people around me like you who share in my experiences and struggles. At least we’re making the effort and I know that we’re making a positive difference in our health ๐Ÿ™‚ nobody’s perfect right ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. graceniesje says:

    Tara, I really appreciate your honesty here. I agree, it’s easy to get caught up in how you “should” be feeling and eating when you dive deep into the paleo world. But it’s so important to remember to listen to your own body and not use the paleo diet as criteria to judge our own worth. I struggle with this too (the “all or nothing” curse!). Go big or go home isn’t always the best policy, I’m learning.

    Good luck on your healing journey ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you! I am glad to hear that I am not the only one that struggles with the “all or nothing” curse ๐Ÿ˜‰ Good luck to you as well, thanks for taking the time to read my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

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