THE PALEO DIET (and grocery list)

Tomorrow is the beginning of a new week!  And this new week is…. Paleo!

To be honest, I didn’t really know a whole lot about the paleo diet until I researched it.  However, I thought it would be interesting going from a vegan diet (higher carbs, no meat) to paleo the next week (higher protein, a lot of meat).

According to NerdFitness (weird name), “The Paleo Diet is an effort to eat like we used to eat back in the day…WAY back in the day. If a caveman couldn’t eat it, neither can you.  This means you can eat anything we could hunt or gather – meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional veggies, and seeds. Sorry, the pasta, cereal, and candy will have to go!”.  This website also believes that eating grains and carbohydrates leads to obesity.  “We’ve become a species “dependent” upon grains – bread, pasta, rice, corn, and so on. The government continues to recommend 6-11 servings of grains a day, and people continue to get fatter and fatter by the day”.

This sounds like a pretty healthy way of eating so I’m very interested and excited to try it.  It sounds hard though because there isn’t a lot of carbs you can eat.

I found a grocery list here and thought it was pretty useful.  I will probably use it tomorrow in the grocery store.  Here it is:

Produce Section
Broccoli
Kale
Carrots
Spinach
Brussels Sprouts
Beets
Asparagus
Cucumber
Celery
Tomatoes
Berries (Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries)
Oranges
Apples
Pears
Melon (Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Watermelon)

Meat Section
Grass-fed Beef
Organic Chicken
Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon
Shrimp
Nitrate-free Bacon (uncured, organic if available)

Dairy Section
Organic Free-Range Eggs

Oils
Coconut Oil (might be in the Health Food section)
Organic Ghee
Olive Oil

Nuts and Seeds
Raw Almonds
Raw Cashews
Ground Flaxseed

Spices
Cumin*
Cinnamon*
Basil*
Garlic Powder*
Turmeric*
*all spices should be organic, if available.

Cereal Aisle
Skip it!

Snacks/Cookies/Soda Aisle
Run away!

The interesting thing is that there is still no dairy in this diet.  I’ve noticed that in most diets, people really try to cut out dairy.  I would love to research dairy more and what it does to your body etc.  Also, I’m going to predict that this diet is going to be on the expensive side, especially because you are supposed to buy grass-fed “wild” meats.

See you tomorowwww

xx, Sarah

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