I've not gone into the deep end with the Paleo/Primal thing yet, but I am easing in that direction. So far, I've cut our ALL grains, legumes, and sugar. I am focusing my meals on protein, veggies, fruits, and healthy fats. I also have been looking over various websites and figuring out what is considered Paleo and what is not. So let me ask you this:
What is up with all the coconut??
Every site I see is going on about coconut milk, coconut water, coconut this, coconut that. Want some fat? Have coconut oil (which I understand, I've been using it for a long time). Want a snack? Unsweetened coconut flakes! Baking a treat? Use coconut flour! No dairy if you're Paleo, but have some coconut milk from a can instead!
Pardon me, but did cavemen have coconuts? I didn't think so.
Anyway, I have a little grocery list going for when I go out today, in an effort to at least go gluten-free, grain-free, legume-free, and eat more nutritious foods. My list so far is:
Farmer's Market: berries, greens, carrots, celery, grass fed beef, local honey, cauliflower, grass fed milk, free range eggs
Grocery store: mushrooms, peppers, sweet potatoes, natural beef jerky, canned pumpkin, very dark chocolate, medjool dates, unsweetened applesauce, unsweetened almond milk, coconut flour, almond flour, almond butter, coconut milk, and some peanutless Larabars.
I already have staples like healthy oils, avocados, frozen veggies, meats and fish, nuts and seeds. Am I missing anything important? Obviously I am not 100% Paleo here and that is not my intent. Primal allows dairy and I am still incorporating that into my diet right now, although I might try cutting it out later.
My plan is to eat this way AND count calories, staying at 1600 or less this week and maybe cutting back to 1400 if my weight is not going down. I also plan to bake one Paleo recipe per week (something like pumpkin muffins or banana bread that my kids might like) and post it on my blog. I have always loved to bake, and finding ways to make things we like with no sugar, no grains, and all healthy ingredients is an exciting prospect. But note, I am keeping it to ONCE A WEEK. I could see how easy it would be to get carried away with the Paleo baked goods. That is not my intent. But I think it will be much easier and more joyful to eat meat/veggies all week if I know I get to bake something special on the weekend. And I think it will make my kids healthier, too.
IF this way of eating works well for me, I will stick with it. IF at some point in the future I think it would be beneficial, I will try cutting out dairy and perhaps other foods. I will probably do a Whole 30 at some point when I am confident I want to do it and can stick with it. In the fall I may try adding some legumes back in. We'll see.
Last night my evening snack was "banana ice cream" which is just a sliced, frozen banana in the food processor with a bit of liquid (I used water) processed until it is creamy. I added some unsweetened cocoa and it was excellent.
Breakfast this morning was
2 free range eggs, scrambled
1 slice of bacon
5 fresh raw sugar snap pea pods
1/4 cup local fresh blueberries
Enjoy your weekend!