WOW I cannot believe that we’re already solidly into (and by that I mean it’s no longer the first day of) 2013. It was only a few short months ago that I began Carmen Eat Joy, and now it’s absolutely my favourite thing to do! For those who aren’t familiar with my story, I was experiencing multiple digestive and immune issues that had been persistent for years. Generally, my diet was always good, and fairly paleo, but with the odd cheat – I was a bit of an 80/20 person. However, in September, I just had a feeling that I really needed to practise what I preached! And so I began the Whole30 – a fabulous kickstart to eating “strict” paleo. Since then, I have just felt better and better, and am continuing to do so – and this way of eating just inspires me to create recipes that fool me into thinking that I am eating whatever takes my fancy! And actually, that’s what I tend to do… Have a random craving or daydream about a certain food and then dream up a way to get it from my head onto the table!…
I’m so excited for this year, 2013 – cannot believe how fast 2012 sped by. I’ve made resolutions so many times before that have lasted a month or two – this year I’ve decided just to continue on with the decision I made in September – strict paleo to continue my journey to health and healing. Over Christmas I determined to make lots of yummy treats, which I did – Christmas Pudding, Traditional Fruit Mince Pies, and Pineapple and Coconut Gelato amongst them – and every time I felt like having a treat – I did! My first totally paleo Christmas, and my body is definitely thanking me! So – Happy New Year everyone – I wish you health, happiness and love xxx.
SO here are my top 5 posts of 2012…
Number 5 – Raw Paleo Choc Fudge Bites
These little babies are great for that after-dinner-watching-a-movie-something-sweet kind of craving. They’re rich – which I consider to be a good thing, because one will both satisfy, and fill you up. They’re SO simple to make – just whizz in a food processor and set in the fridge.
These are, so far, my favourite paleo winter dessert. They just have to be eaten to be believed. Yum yum YUM.
Number 3 – Paleo Poached Chicken Salad
Just an easy, quick and delicious salad – fabulous for lunch or dinner.
Number 2 – Paprika Cauliflower Rice
When you’re having a little carb craving – and I have to admit that I adore white rice – this will totally satisfy, and makes a delicious side to nearly any meal.
Number 1 – Bacon Sushi
This one has been by far the most popular recipe this year, and I was ecstatic at the end of December when the fabulous Mark Sisson posted a link to it!! It is another simple and quick one that just makes you feel great!!