Since it’s Thursday, I figure I should participate in the cliche #throwbackthursday. Participation has slowly become one of my least favorite things, I’m guessing that’s what adult life does to a person – removes all need/want to get involved with fads/norms/societal standards. Oh to be 16 again #not.
As a throwback – I’m throwing back to about 2 years ago when I was vegan. Yup, you heard that right, folks. A quick moment of praise for all those who’ve been following my journey since then, you’re the only relationship thats made it through (with the exception of my family/friends. Ok, i wasn’t that crazy.)
Why did I go vegan? Well, first and foremost, I was going through a rough time. A lot of life changes, college stresses and then discovering I had some crazy food allergies (gluten and dairy) which propelled me into a research frenzy. Anything that I could get my hands on and read was valuable in some way shape or form. During that exploratory time, I came across The Skinny Bitch
which was a HUGE eye-opener. Being exposed to the way our farming and food production was being conducted freaked. me. out.
About 4 years ago on Christmas Eve and I had just finished the book. My mom was making this wonderful ham and I looked one time at it and was like, “no, thank you.” Right then and there I cut cold turkey for about 3 years.
Of course, there were benefits to the diet – I lost a shit ton of weight at the snap of my finger (granted I was eating about 800 calories a day and burning probably close to that). But overall, I felt like crap. My body pretty much shut down. No more cycles, hair stopped growing, I was forever freezing, my skin weakened and reacted to everything and I was fatigued, tired and irritable. My relationship with food was at an all time low and I was essentially, scared to eat, fearing that I would have adverse reactions. It was bad.
I slowly began researching alternative diets and hoping I could find relief and become the strong, outgoing person I was before switching to veganism. Interestingly enough, a lot of the research I found pertained around a diet similar to vegan … paleo.
I know what you’re thinking – paleo & vegan? Similar? No freaking way.
Way. This is why – I was looking at the way I ate. The quality of the food and what was happening to the “food” I was placing in my body. I wanted sustainable, local food that did not neglect it’s livestock nor were they injected with unknown chemicals and thrown into small living quarters to breed disease. In that regard, it was very similar to veganism, personally.
Now that you’ve had to listen to my long-winded tale of “Katie – the once vegan” – here’s some useful stuff:
AND of course (the reason you even came to this page), my recipe for Ginger Lime Smoked Chicken Wings. Ta’ die for.
Ginger Lime Smoked Chicken Wings
- 2-3 lbs pasture raised chicken wings
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 2 tsp himilyian sea salt
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- Juice of 2 limes
- 1 tbs freshly grated ginger
- 1 tbs local organic honey (optional)
- Grab a large plastic marinade bag or a deep baking dish
- Combine oil, sea salt, pepper flakes, lime juice, ginger and honey. Stir to incorporate.
- Place wings in either the bag or baking dish and cover wings with marinade.
- Let sit for 5-8 hrs in the refrigerator
- 30 minutes prior to cooking, preheat grill smoker to 350 degrees
- Place wings on rack and cook on each side for 8-10 minutes/each side
- If you're not using a grill smoker, you can use an oven at 350 degrees until insides reach about 165-170 degrees, about 20-30 minutes.