Being the largest Paleo influencer in the UK Tessa is a huge advocate of living and breathing this way of living. More than just a diet, looking at the bigger picture of wellness; food, exercise and lifestyle.
Focusing on being fit, healthy and well from inside out.
(Picture courtesy of London Paleo Girl)
What is Paleo?
In aim to provide an evolutionary framework for the most nutritious way of eating to improve health and well-being, minimizing risk of chronic diseases, going back to our Paleolithic ancestors, eating whole, clean, unprocessed and nutritionally dense foods, eating the way nature intended, providing a model for holistic healthy living.
In a nutshell, a ‘free from’ diet – avoiding overly processed foods; gluten, dairy, grains, soy and refined sugar.
Tessa’s advice is listen to your body, what do YOU need, this could be from requiring 9 hours sleep to the average persons 8 hours or avoiding certain foods that don’t agree with your body. Going for a cycle or working out with friends is one of the most ‘feel good’ and amazing ways to de-stress for me, I also love listening to meditation if I’ve had a busy or stressful day.
Small changes to your daily routine can make a big difference and most of all realizing the importance of being happy and content with yourself, having a balance life and a diet that is nourishing your body with real, whole foods so that you are constantly satisfied and energized to live to the fullest. Forget the low fat, calorie counting macros world, focus on nutrients filled food, a relatively high fat diet (good fats; coconut oil, nuts, oily fish, avocados etc) lean protein (fish and meat) low GI carbs (sweet potatoes) and plenty of colorful vegetables, and avoid cane sugar like the plague!
The above is my ‘Paleo framework’ this way of living helps me to fell strong and energetic and I hope you find it makes you feel the best version of you!
For more information about Tessa and the Paleo lifestyle you can visit: www.londonpaleogirl.com which also have the links to her social media pages.
Her recipe of the week
Breakfast – one of my favorite and most important meals of the day. Paleo is all about making healthier choices using better ingredient alternatives. For example using avocado instead of butter/ margarine and swapping over processed grain & gluten flour filled bread (high GI carbs, offering little nutritional content) to a vegetable fritter as pictured above.
Beetroot & Butternut Squash Fritter, Poached Egg, Asparagus and ‘Inspiralled’ Smoked Coconut Pieces
(Picture courtesy of London Paleo Girl)
Fritter – ½ Cooked Butternut Squash
1 Tbs Beetroot powder
1 Tbs Coconut Flour
3 Tbs Eggs Whites or 1 Egg
1 Whole Egg (Poached Egg)
Inspiralled Smoked Coconut Pecks
The Fritter – Delicious and healthier alternative to bread – here I have used butternut squash however these can be made with whatever vegetables you like, grated carrot, parsnip, and courgette are also great options to use.
Firstly, cook and prep the butternut squash the day before so it is all ready to go in the morning. Add half the fork mashed up squash with 3 table spoons of egg whites or use 1 egg with 1 table spoon of coconut flour, 1 table spoon of beetroot powder (I used Otesuperfoods, not only is it packed with superfood nutrients it tastes and looks amazing), then add seasoning (black pepper, chili flakes, paprika, Himalayan salt) your favorite herbs (mine is fresh coriander) and mix together and shape into a fritter. Cook in a frying pan using a little coconut oil, on both sides. Whilst this is cooking poach your egg and griddle in a pan the asparagus. I added Inspiralled smoked coconut pecks (which can be purchased online or found in health stores) they taste like bacon and filed with flavor however meat free, if you prefer you can use pieces of fish (smoked salmon etc) chunks of avocado, or lean meat (Musclefood.com do a great lean turkey bacon).
Having this as a base breakfast dish you can incorporate and mix it up using your favorite ingredients, i.e. 1 day using courgettes as the fritter and the next sweet potato etc, or making scrambled egg instead of a poached egg. This dish is perfectly nutritional balanced; nutrients filled, low carb, good source of protein (also a vegetarian friendly dish) with good fats, keeping you full and satisfied until lunch.
Enjoy! It’s amazing how a tummy filled of nutritious and delicious food can start your day the best possible way!
London Paleo Girl x