First, get rid of the idea that vegetables and “healthy food” cost a lot of money. Think about all the Cheeze Its and general snack foods, sodas, cereal, oatmeal packets, milk, cheese, and bread that we all seem to rely on daily; you are no longer buying these things every week! You’ll save time because you should know by now that most aisles are not paleo and you won’t be going up and down every one of them. Second, Food is for Fuel. You eat because you are hungry, not because you are bored.
It’s time to think about how you are going to integrate meat, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fruit in your diet. Go to my Blog and review some recipes. You will notice that when you become comfortable with paleo, you can create divine desserts, snacks, and meals! Tonight, you are going to plan your paleo meal for tomorrow.
1. Go To the grocery store and get acquainted with the perimeter and very few center aisles. The following are foods I eat on a regular basis, and I try to find one new vegetable/spice that I’ve never had before.
Spices: Oregano, Sage, Dill, Cumin, Thyme, Tarragon, paprika, rosemary, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. Some recipes may call for other items that you’ll have to pick up at a specialty store. Sahara Mart has great selections.
Vegetables: FRESH VEGETABLES – Zucchini, Broccoli, Asparagus, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, yellow squash, butternut squash, acorn squash, carrots, and all bell pepper colors. I wouldn’t suggest buying all at once because they’ll most likely go bad when you won’t eat them quick enough. I go to the grocery store 2-3 times per week – make it a habit to budget $20-50 each time you go.
Meat: Fish, pork, chicken, ground beef, steak, non processed chicken/turkey/ham (no deli meat!)…Breakfast sausage, bacon, and ham are still full of a lot of stuff. Look at the Ingredients and compare. Which one has more STUFF in it? Try to find local business that provide fresh meat like Fischer Farms. You can find bacon without color preservatives and extra junk at your local Bloomingfoods and Sahara Mart.
2. Will tomorrow’s Paleo meal be breakfast, lunch, or dinner?
3. What will your protein, carbs, and fats be? Easy First Day Examples:
- breakfast: 3eggs, 2 sausage patties, 6 or more pan cooked asparagus, handfull of berries, olive oil
- lunch: large spinach salad, 4-6 oz. ham pieces, w/ many various vegetables, handful almonds (unsalted). Learn to eat vegetables in your salad to add flavor to every bite, versus relying on dressing. You may top your salad with olive oil and very little basalmic vinigar.
- dinner: Chicken w/ herbs, 1 cup of steamed fresh broccoli, sliced baby carrots and zucchini sprinkled with dill and thyme and olive oil, and broiled in the oven.
MAKE TIME TO MAKE FOOD. Your life is valuable to you. You want to take care of your body. It takes 3 minutes to steam fresh broccoli in the microwave. It takes 15 minutes for your chicken to cook and veggies to broil. Just like anything else, practice makes perfect. The more you get used to making food, the more fun you’ll have, and the quicker it’ll take you to prepare and cook it.