The slow cooker can be a super handy tool in your kitchen when you're cooking yourself thin. I found this cool video that demonstrates making paleo chili. That means no beans but it does have lots of meat and veggies.
Slow Cooker Paleo Chili
You can find the recipe on Paleo Newbie.
What Would I Change
I'd use my Instant Pot and pressure cook it instead. It's faster. Plus, I'd make less since I don't want that much chili. I also would have raw red onion as well as the avocado. I think Paleo allows cheese, so I'd have some shredded cheese on it. If not, I'd roast some pumpkin seeds (pepitos) and put that on top for a delicious crunch.
This would definitely be a meal in itself with nothing else needed. And it will warm you up on a cold winter's day. We just had a ton of rain in Silicon Valley. The last few days are warm (high of about 56-59F) with sunshine after about 1030am. And that also means I need to get outside and walk.
Don't Forget to Walk
http://www.bragg.com/A good brisk walk is a great way to increase your metabolism. I enjoy walking slowly after I eat to aid in digestion. But I've noticed that when I walk too briskly after eating, I have troubles digesting. So be kind to yourself.
Paleo and Whole 30 and Fasting, Oh My
I know a lot of people are into Paleo and Ketosis and a few others are doing the Whole 30 to start off the new year. Sometimes I think it's good idea to hit a reset switch.
Patricia Bragg of Bragg's Live Foods believes in a two day fast the first two days of the month. One friend gives up all alcohol in March (calling it Parched in March).
I think that if there's times when you're going down an unhealthy path, it can be good to hit a reset switch. But if it's just a day or two, then eat smaller portions or walk a little bit more to get back into balance.
I'm going to re-read French Women Don't Get Fat. I believe in a real lifestyle that embraces things rather then keeping things off the list. And yet, I do know people living the Paleo and Ketosis lifestyle who are really happy and don't miss certain carbs. So I go back and forth about whether or not to go Paleo for a few months as a reset.
The Whole 30 book is interesting if you've never read it. You don't eat certain things strictly for 30 days. If you mess up, the clock starts again. Then you go back to normal eating. Still it reminded me of that joke about giving up wine for a week and all I lost was seven days.
I want to make this work for the rest of my life. And I want to help provide you with great resources and options so you can find what works best for you. Leave a comment with your thoughts.