Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Can't I Eat Cheesecake Everyday? (With a Pecan Nut Crust)


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Can't I Eat Cheesecake Everyday?

This was the question I asked myself today as I was finishing off the last of the cheesecake I made for Christmas dinner this year.  I thought it over, then realized I had singlehandedly eaten 1/4 of the dang thing since Sunday.

That cheesecake was really, really good.  I used a recipe that included sour cream, substituted honey for sugar and doubled the vanilla.  I mean really, really good.  I was surprised and happy to find a sugar free, grain free recipe on Sarahwilson.com that I based my recipe on.  Cream cheese is the main ingredient and contains stabilizers that are not on the SCD and GAPS diets.  I do afterall write this blog in support of my efforts and the rest of those crazy focused people out there who have cut out gluten, sugar, grains and other starchy foods.  I was, however, very proud of the pecan crust that I made with coconut palm sugar instead of brown sugar, I will definitely use it again. 

Pecan Nut Crust
2 1/2 C raw unsalted pecans 
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/3 C coconut palm sugar
4 T melted butter
1/8 tsp salt
1-2 T honey

Place all ingredients into a food processor and mix until the pecans are very small 
Place into a spring form pan and press down evenly (I like to put a layer of parchment paper on top of the bottom of the spring form pan before I clamp it into place- a little tricky but worth the effort)
Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes then bake in a 350 oven for 5-10 minutes before putting in the filling

Can you tell that I've fallen off the wagon recently?  I was considering titling this post, "Why I've gained 10 pounds" but the weight number is really not what I'm concerned about.  The only time I've weighed myself this year was in our office bathroom at school and I got a little excited to use the old fashioned scale, like they use at the doctor's office.  But the loud clanking blew my cover and I didn't want to waste any more time in there- bathrooms are in really high demand.

Last June I had a friend at school who made incredible gf espresso brownies- of which I definitely ate more than one.  (She is now on the Paleo diet- more on that to come!) After following the GAPS diet pretty strictly, I could immediately tell a difference in my body's response to "illegal" foods like chocolate and sugar.  Then the end of the school year came around and I attended quite a few happy hours where corn chips, cheese dip and spicy chicken wings were on the menu.  More "illegal" foods added to my diet and I was certainly enjoying my life, until the next morning when I was super dehydrated and super bloated...not to mention acne popping up in full force and the return of under eye circles.

Fast forward to the end of summer when I celebrated multiple wedding related activities- gf cupcakes galore!  I have the best memories from those days around all of my loving friends and great family members- but I knew I would have some work cut out for me come winter.  Part of the reason the SCD and GAPS diets worked so well for me (and I have to assume others) is because everything you eat is clean, pure food.  It really does require a change in habits, possibly tastes and a lot of willpower. 

So with this post, and the cheesecake gone from my fridge, I am officially back on the GAPS diet with a renewed focus for bodily health.  The rest of our wedding gift store credit is going towards a Vitamix- or will it be a Blendtec?  I see Kale smoothies, fermented cod liver oil and yoga classes in my future! 

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