You have probably gathered by now, that I would quite happily be vegetarian, in fact, I could probably live on muffins alone.
However, my body (and if I’m honest, my mind) knows much better than this.
Towards the end of winter (and this happens every year) I start to lose my zing. I feel depleted, tired, have low energy and start to wonder just how I am going to make it to the end of the day. I begin relying on coffee to keep me going and instead of eating more and better, I tend to eat less and worse.
Does this sound familiar?
This year, again, my doctor ordered some blood tests which confirmed what I already knew. I was low, low, low on all of the important things – you know, the usual suspects, iron, vitamin D, B12. So low in fact, I had to have some injections to help replenish my stores.
I am a mum, I have three children and a partner who is often away from home for long periods of time. I have kids with health quirks. I run my own business. I have a long commute to school. I love cake. I’m busy but still, I knew better than this.
Still, I know, I know that if I don’t look after myself, everyone suffers and I can’t do all of the things I need to do and want to be able to do with energy, fun and commitment.
So…what does all this have to do with bacon + egg rolls I hear you wondering…
I made a decision to completely change my diet.
I went from leaf eating vegetarian to meat eating paleo person (for want of a better word). My husband and I embarked on the Whole 30 – a program that aims to bring your body back to a happy, healthy, natural state by eliminating grains, dairy, sugar and legumes for a month. It’s a short term plan and we decided to give it a shot.
What happened? I know you want to know…
It took some getting used to and I admit, I didn’t eat meat more than once a day (my body just couldn’t process it) but I actually started to feel better. My skin cleared up, I lost some weight, I started feeling energetic (although there was a week in the middle I thought I was going to DIE if I didn’t get a soy latte) and, sorry for the TMI but I was more regular than I have ever been in my life!
A week or two after we finished the Whole 30, I had my blood tests redone and everything was normal.
Obviously, I have no scientific evidence that changing my diet caused my body to rebalance but what I do know is that I felt better than I have in a long, long time. I also ate more fruit, vegetables, good fats, free range eggs and good quality meat than I have in a long time.
Please don’t send me angry letters, I am not advocating such lifestyle changes to every person in the world!
What I am saying though, is listen to your body, take care of yourself, eat real food that nourishes you and make these bacon + egg rolls, you are going to love them (unless you are vegetarian, in that case, leave out the bacon!).
Bacon + Egg Rolls Mamacino Style
This is the kind of meat and eggs dish I enjoy, occasionally!
These flat breads are made using spelt flour, so they are not paleo friendly. They are, however, kid friendly. And delicious. If you are on the whole 30 or paleo or just don’t like flat bread, use the omelette as your wrap! Or, a large cos lettuce leaf.
250g spelt flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 T extra virgin olive oil
150 mls warm water
Add the flour and salt to the food processor. As it is running, add the water and oil and keep processing until the dough comes together in a ball.
Remove from the food processor, neaten into a nice round ball and sit in a clean bowl to rest for 30 minutes.
Divide dough into 4 pieces (or 6 smaller ones) and roll out to a shape that roughly resembles a circle.
Fry in a dry medium sized frying pan until the dough bubbles up and gets golden marks on each side.
Remove to a plate and cover with a clean tea towel.
The other bits – choose the ones you like:
Egg omelette – for each wrap/person take 2 eggs, lightly beaten. Tip into a median sized pan with a little melted ghee or olive oil and fry until golden on each side – like a thin omelette.
Lots of washed baby spinach
2-3 slices of cooked until golden, free range bacon per wrap/person
Tomato, either freshly diced or a nice relish, chutney or sauce
Anything else you fancy such as smashed avocado, grilled mushrooms, zucchini or capsicum, grated cheddar cheese.
Build your wrap:
I made mine with wrap, egg, spinach, bacon, relish but of course, my husband had the lot!
So delicious and you don’t even need to have a hangover to enjoy it!
How do you keep your energy levels up and commit to taking care of yourself? I’d love to know!
Love + light,
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