A few weeks ago we have the pleasure of catching up with Alison Sims, the brains and beauty behind the site Paleo Foodies – a site where she shares her personal journey of exploring the Paleo culinary scene and how she could change her diet – eliminating things like processed sugar and grains, and replacing them with natural ingredients to provide a balanced diet.
“I have found that there are many options out there that are Paleo-friendly – the trick is to think creatively. The paleo diet doesn’t have to be limiting at all. What I have learned is that you can still enjoy all the foods you love and crave. And the truth is, once you get used to it, you will enjoy the paleo version of everyday food more than the normal version!”
1. What inspired you to create your site Paleo Foodies?
I have always enjoyed the experience of sharing food with friends and family. Dining out in good company would have to be one of my favourite things to do. However, dining out on a paleo diet sometimes requires a bit of planning and creative thinking, and I wanted to share my experiences with others and provide tips and suggestions on where to go to show that it’s not impossible to eat out on a healthy diet. Paleo Foodies is a blog about my adventures in the culinary world – I write about my paleo dining experiences everywhere I go – around Australia and overseas.
2. How long have you been Paleo, and what made you decide to start eating this way?
I’ve been living a paleo lifestyle for around 4-5 years now. I’ve always had an interest in health and nutrition having studied fitness, yoga and various nutrition and health courses. I have also always been curious about what foods I should be eating to provide my body with what it really needs to look and feel my best. I have experimented with other diets – I was vegetarian for 12 months – but it wasn’t until I saw the change in a friend that I started to become interested in the paleo diet. At first it seemed a bit extreme and unsustainable. I thought, how on earth am I going to avoid bread, pasta, pizza and all the other grain-based foods I loved?! But after the first few weeks, I began to see a change. I felt more energized, more vibrant and leaner than I had in a long time. I started to realize that the foods I thought I needed to fill me up actually just made me feel bloated. My new eating regime kept me feeling fuller for longer. Since then I haven’t looked back! My diet is 90% paleo with the occasional ‘treat’.
People often ask me if I miss things like bread, pasta and sugary foods. The truth is I don’t as they remind me of feeling bloated, lethargic and heavy. I don’t find it difficult to eat paleo, and my blog hopefully demonstrates this!
3. Do you have any favourite places to eat out in Sydney?
I’m always on the hunt for new places to dine in Sydney, so my favorite places are ever changing. I do tend to eat locally most of the time and my favorite local places would include Earth to Table in Bondi Junction (raw vegan but absolutely scrumptious!), Oneness Cafe in Coogee and Parc Cafe in Randwick (my local cafe just around the corner). I also love trying new places in Surry Hills and Newtown as there are so many great dining options.
4. Any health / life and / or fitness goals for the new year? If so, what’s your strategy to achieve them?
I’d like to run a marathon next year, a goal I’ve had for a while. I am also working on a new project called ‘The Real Food Journey of Australia’ which will tell the story of Australia’s food journey and showcase the very best food and dining options around Australia. I’ll be launching this project in the new year and my dream is to produce a documentary or short TV series.
5. Can you share one of your favorite recipes with us?
I am a big fan of smoothies. I like to pack in lots of ingredients and make them extra thick so I can eat them with a spoon. Here’s a couple of my favorites which include THR1VE PerformaProtein and THR1VE Performa Greens.
Super Choc-Vanilla Paleo Protein Smoothie
This is great after a big workout or if you’re feeling hungry between meals. It will fill you completely!
1 scoop TH1IVE PerformaProtein
1 tablespoon raw organic cacao powder
1 tablespoon nut butter (I like to use almond butter)
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed (linseed meal)
1 teaspoon white chia seeds
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon 100% vanilla powder (I use Bulletproof branded)
1/2 teaspoon maca powder
Sprinkle of cinnamon
3/4 cup coconut water (or almond milk) – add more if you prefer it as a drink
Coconut flakes and raw cacao nibs to sprinkle on top
Clean and Green Super Smoothie
I love this one in the morning to start my day. I make it slightly differently each time depending on what I have in the fridge and pantry. Sometimes I add chopped nuts, seeds or coconut flakes. You can also add fruit such as kiwi fruit, pear or melon depending on what’s in season. The banana gives it a really nice creaminess. The base ingredients work well as they are but I am forever experimenting!
1 teaspoon THR1VE Performa Greens
half a banana
handful of spinach
2 kale leaves, stalks removed
2 teaspoons white chia seeds
3/4 cup coconut water