Several months ago, Derek and I did the Whole 30 Program, which is a strict version of the Paleo diet. On the paleo diet, you eat foods like our ancestors may have in the Paleolithic era– you eat like a caveman.
So we cut out grains, beans/legumes, dairy, sugar, and processed oils. We subsisted on meat, fish, eggs, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and fats such as olive and coconut oil. And we pretty much stopped eating white potatoes and processed food and drinking alcohol and caffeine for that month as well. It was tough going, but we each lost about 10 pounds in 30 days and my previous GI issues such as acid reflux or heartburn disappeared. Since then, I have been eating an 80/20 paleo diet (80% paleo, 20% cheat).
While the diet sounds super restrictive, it’s actually fairly easy to eat this way when you cook at home. We found that eliminating a carb and replacing it with a vegetable at dinner usually did the trick. And being able to eat bacon whenever was also a plus.
This recipe for bacon wrapped chicken thighs is an easy example of a paleo treatment of protein and we paired it with a generous helping of ratatouille made from CSA veggies (eggplant, squash, onion, tomatoes, garlic, thyme). It was pretty good for a “diet” dinner!
1/4 teaspoon chipotle (or other chili) powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon onion powder or dried minced onion
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
4 skinless chicken thighs
8 slices bacon
Preheat oven to 375. Combine all of the spices in a small bowl. Sprinkle the chicken thighs with the spice blend, then wrap each thigh in 2 strips of bacon. Top with additional chili powder if you’d like. Bake* for approximately 30 minutes (boneless) or 40 minutes (bone-in) until the bacon is crispy and the chicken is cooked through.
*I used a glass pyrex baking dish, but recommend using a cooling rack over a baking sheet so that the bacon grease can drip off and the chicken can cook on all sides. Your cooking time may be reduced if you go with this method.
Disclaimer: I am not a dietician or a heath professional. I am also not telling you how or what you should eat. The Paleo diet worked and is working for me, but I am not saying it will have the same affect on you. I am currently pretty lax about what I eat, but hope to get back to a more strict Paleo diet in the fall.