What is the Paleo Diet

Eat like a Caveman

You may have heard things like eat like a caveman, you should go paleo, but what does any of that mean? What is the paleo diet? While I don’t claim to be an expert on which foods are related to nightshades or whether an item is a legume or a nut, what I can do is let you know what I have come to learn as paleo, what ‘whole 30’ is and a few tips on making it work when you don’t have much time to cook.

The Basics

Eating paleo for me means avoiding grains, breads, and all that processed crap that lines the shelves of the grocery store. I don’t eat pasta, rice, bread, foods with ingredients I can’t pronounce. For me eating paleo means that when I go to the grocery store, I buy fruits, vegitables, and meat. Our usual staples are sweet potatoes, asparagus, spinach, lettuce (usually romain or iceburg), bananas, apples, oranges, blueberries, and strawberries. We usually freeze the berries for smoothies. We love our bacon but try to find uncured bacon without any additives.

Food Prep Weekly

One of the best ways we’ve found to keep ourselves from getting frustrated and not wanting to cook every night is by doing a large cook on Sundays that lasts us usually until Wednesday. We usually cook a large pack of chicken thighs, a pork roast, some pork chops and if we’re feeling rich that week we’ll do a couple steaks for Sunday night along with our prep. We try to do 2 different styles. Our favorites are chicken thighs with onions, or celery and fennel in a cast iron or baking dish. Pork roast with onion, carrots and celery, chicken or pork chops on the grill, ground pork/beef meatballs with chopped onions or zuccini.

Eating Good Food, Eating Real Food

Eating real unprocessed food can be difficult in food desert areas, and just in any average place too. So much of what is put out for us to purchase has grains, or is processed to death. Finding an on the go snack that fits in my paleo diet lifestyle doesn’t have to be so hard. Bringing fruits, jerky, or eating the occasional lara bar is our solution. When forced to a quick meal, getting a hamburger without the bun or a grilled chicken sandwich with no bun can at least reduce the amount of additives and processing the food has gone through. Sweet tea sounds like a good alternative to soda but it has just as much sugar, so it’s best to go unsweet, or drink water.