Having travelled to one or two far off lands I can honestly say not just as an Englishman but also as someone extremely keen on personal well being and that of others. That the original English breakfast is one of the best in the world, but what if we made it healthy too, what if we made it a paleo diet breakfast (what is paleo?).
That was until influences from other countries and the processed food industry messed it up, with croissants, pastries, hash browns, beans and even heaven forbid potato chips. All of which are going to send blood sugar through the roof, lay down fat tissue and generally make you feel crap an hour or so later.
Steer well clear of simple or refined carbohydrate at breakfast, that includes any vegetable cooking oil, sunflower cooking oil, margarines, bread/toast and especially fruit juices which are particularly disruptive to the body chemistry.
Go instead for bacon, eggs (free range), sausage (gluten free), mushroom, liver, belly pork, black pudding, few almonds and maybe a small tomato all cooked in either coconut oil or ghee or some animal fat or butter. Still hungry? finish off with cheese and Almond cookies, but of course don’t forget the Tea or Coffee.
Remember paleo works, so for weight loss good health and longevity:
Increase saturated animal fats and reduce carb’s not calories!
Breakfast has always been the largest and finest meal of the day as we ought to be waking hungry and keen after our fast. As the old proverb goes:
A way of life we would all do well to practice…enjoy real food as nature not scientists intended.
The kitchen patio door is wide open…the front door is wide open …the breeze is blowing through and clearing the air, carrying the smell of tea cooking off and down the road. I am waiting for M to come home, waiting to see him step through the door, kick off his shoes and drop his work pack. I’ve prepared belly pork and coated the thick fat slices with ghee for good measure. There are sweet potato chips roasting in coconut oil in the oven, cauliflower pieces in the steamer ready for mashing and fresh green cabbage on the top deck, a knob of French butter waiting to apply before serving. The air is still for a moment. The rush of work gone, no traffic noises, no sound from the street: a simple expectant hush before the kids appear round the corner hungry and ready for tea. And we can begin again. Laughing, talking, catching up on the day. And I write again how clearing out the junk, the processed foods, the grains, the sweets: how different life has become. Simpler, stronger more direct. Sometimes I feel that the movement away from the land that is the movement of food production away from the land has made our lives unnecessarily complicated. What can be simple and direct becomes a minefield of over production, a drama and I can see glimpses of this in the way I conducted and overcomplicated my pre-paleo life.
What would I most like you to take from this? That paleo is possible……..and can work for you too…