I have received several emails asking how I went Paleo, and how I recommend going Paleo. I always recommend to start off with a Whole30. Don't just get your feet wet, jump right in. Before starting your first Whole30 check out all the info here. Meal prepping is key to a successful Whole30, and making sure you are in the right mindset. It's a lot of work at first, but once you get past the first few days, it gets easier.
So, what is eating Paleo?
Paleo is eating like a caveman - you know hunting and gathering. It's cutting out all crap food, and eating unprocessed foods. I started eating this way over two years ago (not always 100%), and it's the only thing that works for me. It's not a diet, but more of a lifestyle. I love eating this way. I don't have to count calories, or track anything. Plus when I eat certain foods, I feel like crap.
What can you have?
This is what I like to stock:
- meats (preferably grass-fed) chicken, pork, beef, lamb, chorizo, sausages
- almonds, cashews, nuts, seeds (hemp, sunflower)
- almond butter
- olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil
- sweet potatoes
- white potatoes
- maple syrup
- dark chocolate
- organic hot dogs
- La Croix water
- coconut flour, almond flour, arrowroot powder
What can you not eat?
- legumes - no peanuts, beans, peanut butter
- refined sugar
- processed foods
- grains, wheat, brown rice
What are the gray areas?
- white rice
- grass fed dairy - goats milk, grass fed whole milk products.
I feel like the gray area is how your body can tolerate certain foods. Dairy is easy for me to cut out of my diet. I like it, but it makes me break out. If you don't have problem eating dairy, eating a Primal lifestyle might work for you.
Where do I shop?
I love sharing my grocery cart hauls! I think it helps people get an idea of what to buy, where to go, and that it doesn't have to be boring. A lot of people get bored eating the same foods over and over again. Even if you are 100%, 80/20, or just a clean eater, you can find really good options here. You can cut costs by purchasing sausages. I really like Trader Joe's spicy chicken sausage, and Aidells chicken apple sausage. Also, Applegate makes a great hot dog that is Whole30 approved. I have stopped buying chicken breasts, and started buying chicken thighs, and whole chickens instead. It's a lot cheaper, and I think the chicken breast meat is dry. Chicken thighs are great grilled too!
- Whole Foods
- Trader Joe's
- Farmer's Markets
I love to shop around, and find the best deal. Always make list before you go shopping. That will keep you from spending too much, and sticking to your goals. Wegman's has a great app that you can use to create your grocery list. It also helps you navigate the store!
Eating healthy shouldn't be expensive, or hard!