Because I refuse to act like a normal human being and stop eating bad foods in the evenings, I’ve decided to give into it, but try a healthier route. Thus far I’ve made really quite acceptable ‘paleo’ brownies, fudge and chocolate pudding. Whether cave people ate these things is debatable.
What I enjoy doing is pounding back huge volumes of those items, and then pretend it’s all good for me. However I have to say being off sugar and flour is quite a good feeling, and I really don’t miss it given my penchant for stevia.
If you’re cursed with the kind of sweet tooth I have, then stevia’s a godsend. It’s unfortunate though, as this just aids and abets the staggering amounts of paleo desserts I can consume in an evening. Oh well, onward we must go in our struggle for the elusive svelte silhouette.
Something that should help are the hikes Margaret and I plan to do, given I’ve lived here for 28 years and have never done any of them so need to get going. Yesterday was hike #1, which was Lebanon Creek Park, off Lakeshore Drive, which begins with stairs leading straight up for a very long time.
Once at the top the views of the lake and vineyards below are fantastic and well worth the calf-destroying stairs. I want to return in spring as I could see spent balsam root flowers which would be gorgeous to see in full bloom.
I have so many little kiwis on my bushes, and last year I had the same but ignored them as I thought they should get larger and become brown and fuzzy. I finally Googled hardy kiwis, and it turns out they remain grape-sized and are a pale tan colour and never develop the fur.
The site said once they’re soft, they’re ready. I squeezed one and sure enough, it was soft, so I bit into it, and there was indeed the quintessential bright green interior with the telltale black seeds, and so they’re mini kiwis. Sweet and tasty, so I was quite surprised to know I now grow kiwis.
I also still have raspberries ripening, but we’re definitely at the end of those as well as the figs, which I’ve eaten daily for the past few weeks. I put a couple into a salad I made for Margaret and me and they were a nice addition.
Luke’s on a strict keto diet and eats nothing but butter-filled coffee, bacon, more meat and a lot of fat. He’s lost over 20 pounds in a month so we know that kind of diet works, however if you recall I tried it in June and felt sick so had to stop it despite losing five pounds in about three days.
I’ll just slug it out with the paleo diet, and that way I get to eat things like the delicious fudge made with coconut oil, cocoa, almond butter, stevia and orange flavouring. Once it’s cold I cut it into squares and sprinkle it with seat salt. I then devour it quickly because it’s quite melty due to the coconut oil.
I’ve offered my paleo desserts to Luke, but one man’s meat is another man’s poison.