Paleo Real Hot Chocolate…
I’ve been trying not to let pregnancy cravings get the better of me. But wow for a few weeks all I wanted to eat is wheat.
Despite staying off wheat for 2 years pretty easily – suddenly my body decided that it could not live another minute without toast!
I decided to try it. I know what you’re thinking it’s just bread. So what????
But removing wheat from my diet has been a life epiphany for me. Dropping grain and heading to a mostly Paleo diet cured my lifelong anxiety and depression, my PMS, my persistent anaemia, my daily exhaustion and quite frankly gave me back my energy and passion for life. (And that’s nothing compared to how it healed my kids, but that’s another story 😉
I was nervous about trying a little wheat again. But my naturopath agreed that a little grain is normal.
So I ate wheat. I ate toast with eggs at my local café and woofed down three slices of avocado toast and tomato another day for breakfast. I ate a wrap for lunch and even contemplated sharing a pizza with my hubby (I couldn’t do it!). Instead one day I ordered a huge handcrafted hamburger with lettuce, eggs, beetroot and all the healthy trimmings from the local general store.
I didn’t grab donuts or waste my “free wheat pass” on choccy bikkies. I needed to do this experiment properly.
BUT I got headaches. All. Week. Crippling, exhausting headaches. I waited for them to pass. They didn’t. My tummy was fine. But my mood was a little grey. My headaches however – levelled me.
I had to face it: my body is much happier on a wheat-free diet. I also noticed wheat makes me want to EAT MORE. MUCH MORE. Toast wasn’t enough – I was craving a follow up of potato chips and cake too! The rest of the day I seemed SO hungry – and craving more sugar than normal.
So the wheat experiment is over. And boy am I relieved! I feel so much better. Instead I’m back to grain-free and if I really need a pregnancy carb hit then I’ll soak some beautiful rolled oats for a morning bircher muesli or porridge. Mostly I don’t feel I need it. I have enough incredible food around me to fuel me and this gorgeous little baby in my belly.
As the incredible Sally Gray from Real Healthy Kids reminded me the other day:
“Every cell in the body is actually made up of protein and fat. It’s a protein molecule surrounded by a fatty membrane. So what do you need to build a healthy baby? Quality proteins and quality fats”.
Then add some liberal helpings of vegetables and a little fruit to provide the enzymes for all the body’s processes.
This week my cravings buster is definitely grain-free – and actually more delicious!
Paleo Real Hot Chocolate – and yes my four year is OK with a cup too. 🙂 The winter sun came out, so we drank, we giggled and planted flowers in her little corner of the garden. Back to happy.
Paleo Real Hot Chocolate for One
- 1 cup coconut milk or organic whole milk
- 1/2 - 1 teaspoon cacao powder depending how chocolatey you like it
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon of raw honey get it from the health food store its so delicious!
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil not needed if using coconut milk
- Heat all ingredients very gently in a small pot on the stove.
- Gently whisk to combine cacao powder well.
- Remove from heat when just warm enough.
- DO NOT BOIL as you will kill the antibiotic properties in the raw honey.