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Almond milk is not my friend (but zucchini noodles are!)

Well the end of the 12 Week Challenge is looming. And ‘challenging’ it has certainly been!

I was under the impression most of my friends were well and truly on board with everything by now, but based on the amount of ‘when do you finish your weird eating thing?’ comments I’ve received recently, their acceptance seems to have a bit of an expiry date!

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It’s ironic how, even though I’ve certainly had my struggles at times, now that the end is coming, I can’t stop thinking about how I’m going to incorporate paleo into my daily life. I’m about to move into a brand new apartment, all by myself. Which means a gorgeous kitchen that I don’t have to share with anyone. And it will be FILLED to the brim with all my own kitchen stuff. I’ve now got so many recipes flagged, I fully expect to go into my little paleo cave (pun completely intended) and cook up a paleo storm!

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The biggest misconception about a paleo lifestyle (or eating healthily in general) is that it means you spend your life consuming bland, unpalatable food. And this could not be further from the truth. Eating paleo has really taught me to appreciate flavours in everything – from herbs and spices even just to vegetables in general. I can honestly say I haven’t had what I would consider a ‘bland’ meal. BUT. I must admit there’s one thing in particular that I just don’t see eye-to-eye with. Almond milk.

On one hand – almond milk is incredibly good for you. It’s plant-based, low in fat and saturated fat, is lactose and gluten free, and is a great source of protein, vitamin E, fibre, magnesium, potassium, iron and the list goes on. Research shows it also supports a strong immune system. But on the other hand, it’s kind of just dirty water. I don’t really mind it in a smoothie, but it was in my coffees that I just couldn’t handle it. I tried to like it – I really did. And I struggled through many mouthfuls. Until I realised – eating healthily really isn’t about suffering. Nourishing your body doesn’t mean forcing dreadful things down your throat!

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So I waved the white flag and gave up on the almond milk. The relationship just wasn’t going anywhere. On the other hand, some things which I expected to put in the ‘unpleasant’ basket have blown me away. My absolute number one example – zucchini noodles/pasta. I bought this nifty little device which turns vegetables into spaghetti or fettucine-like strips, depending on which attachment you use. You can also of course do this with a peeler, but I’m not going to lie, the Vegetable Twister is a ridiculous amount of fun to use. Toss the noodles in the pan briefly (you don’t want them going soggy), whip up a quick pasta sauce, mix it together – and you’ve got yourself a surprisingly indulgent dinner!

– Jil



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