Monday, August 29, 2011


So I had a member ask me what she was doing wrong with her diet this morning, and as she was telling me her daily 'foods' I interrupted and asked, "Where is your protein and fat?" The reply was, um protein bars and "fat?"

Truth is, we usually know what we're doing wrong in our diet. Too much sugar, not enough protein, eating processed pre packaged food, alcohol, wheat, grains, legumes etc. You see, you cannot out train a bad diet. Trust me, I have experimented with this for quite some time.

It's taken us a few years of playing with Paleo/Primal eating. Now its easy, eat real food and if you go a bit off track, make sure your choices have minimal consequences.

Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and NO sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.

If you'd like to learn more about Paleo/Primal eating, we have books to loan out to members. Check one out of the MaD Library today.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Shrimp Cobb Salad

4 Slices of streaky bacon
500 grams of Shrimp/prawns peeled and deveined
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt, divided
2 1/2 tbls fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tbls olive oil
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
1 package of cos or romaine lettuce
2 cups of Cherry tomatoes quartered
1 cup shredded carrots (about 2)
1 ripe peeled avocado cut into 8 wedges

1. Cook bacon in a larger nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan and cut in half crosswise. Use the same pan for prawns. Sprinkle shrimp with paprika and pepper. Add a drizzle of olive oil to pan add prawns once pan is warm. cook 2 minutes on each side until done. Sprinkle with 1/8 tsp salt, toss to coat.

2. While the prawns cook, combine remaining 1/8 tsp salt, juice, oil and mustard in a large bowl and mix. Add lettuce and toss to coat.

3. Arrange about 1 1/2 cups lettuce mixture to each of 4 plates. Top each serving with about 6 prawns, 1/2 cup tomato, 1/4 cup carrot, 2 wedges of avocado wedges and 2 bacon pieces.

Personally, I'd use way more bacon ;) Recipe is a variation on one from 'Cooking Light' I just took out the corn.