Monday, January 17, 2011

Ready, Set, GO!

paleo 1

I have been researching the Paleo Diet all weekend. In typical Jen fashion, I started out guns blazing, ready to go. Then I went through the "do I really want to do this?" phase. And now here I am, Paleo Beef Stew on the stove, getting prepped for this new adventure. Now, before you start typing up your comments about how something in the photo above is not Paleo, save your typing! I don't want to hear it! I do not plan to give you a run down of what I eat everyday either. Knowing that everyone is analyzing my food intake every day will drive me back to the arms of chocolate and Udi's muffins faster than you can say turnips aren't allowed. I've read website after website and I've found conflicting information on each one, so you know what? I'm doing it MY way! The basics - eat whole foods, nothing processed, or as little processed as possible (and that doesn't mean only one slice of bread per day). Make sure to get in protein, carbs and healthy fat at every meal. Eat when you are hungry, stop when you are satisfied.

I know that many of my posts are about the sweet stuff, but really my basic daily diet consists of 1 egg and gf toast in the morning, whole grain gf hot cereal for snack, salad with grilled chicken for lunch and dinner is usually a protein, veggies and starch. This isn't really going to be a huge shakeup of my current lifestyle, but the goal is to get rid of the bread and pasta and exchange that for more veggies. The challenge is to come up with exciting recipes so that I don't get bored! I also want to incorporate more seafood into my diet, I love it but never buy it. I think the key to this will be planning, including checking the sale folders to see what's cheap. This week I didn't really plan ahead, I knew what I wanted to make but I didn't know what was on sale. I was so excited to see that chicken was buy one get one free!! My total came to $48 and I didn't want to go over $50 so it was perfect, and this should get me through at least this whole week and probably part of next week too. Tonight I'm making beef stew which will yield me a bunch of servings and later this week the plan is coconut chicken curry. I have never made that before but I am excited to try! So wish me luck!! I'll definitely keep you posted on how it's going.

2 comments:

Erin S. said...

Good for you for doing it your own way. I have been researching fasts but realize the only way to get me to stick to one is to let me mix and match. Sure it might not be a pure cleanse, but it is what is good for me!

Best of luck with your paleo challenge!

Ellen said...

I don't know much about the Paleo Diet, but I applaud your efforts for making dietary changes. It's hard to change the way you eat! I love the idea of eating primaily unprocessed foods. I would say that I'm 75% there, with an occasional chip or cracker or cookie from a box. Not only do I want to decrease the amount of packaged foods I eat for health reasons, but when you think about the amount of packaging that makes its way into garbage dumps, just from our packages of cookies and crackers etc., it's just insane. But for environmental reasons too, it's a good idea to cut down on the packaged stuff. So, you go girl! Do it your own way and you'll make it stick better!