Category: Paleo Lifestyle


Paleo grocery list

Thought I would repost this because it is super helpful. So here you go.
How do I shop for Paleo ? What do I buy? How Do I prepare the food? Isn’t it a lot of work?

With everything else in life to succeed at something we need to have some plan to get us started as well as a little bit of knowledge as to what it is about. Then we can move forward .

First you need to know what Paleo is. Robb Wolf is the man and he will give you what you need to know.

Then just to get you started Caveman Strong offers a starter grocery list. Many times people will ask me to write one up for them, this is a great starter list. Of course switch up the items you don’t like for something similar, we all have different tastes.

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More references and lists are available at Paleo on a Budget

Paleo Plan also has a great meal plan guide and suggestions to also help you get started.

Take what they offer and put into something that works for you. Just follow the principles of the a Paleo lifestyle and you will be fine.

Eat and buy the following
Grass-produced meats are best (but the best cut in your grocery store is fine)
Fish/seafood
Fresh fruits and veggies
Eggs (lots of them)
Nuts and seeds
Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)

Remember do not eat
Cereal grains
Legumes (including peanuts)
Dairy
Refined sugar
Potatoes (sweet potatoes are optional)
Processed foods
Salt
Refined vegetable oils

It’s time to be healthy and take control of your body!

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Today was weigh/measure in day!!!

This is how much weight I figured I gained a week this past year!
For a total of 18lbs. No I’m not proud of it! No I am not defined by a number on the scale. But with the scale# came higher inches on my hips and my waist!!! Those are not cool!!!

I do not feel defeated, I did however slowly feel like crap over the past 6 months. I found I was eating outside of the Paleo box and mostly with snacks! This unfortunately is all part of my sweet addiction that I’ve had my whole life.

My first year Paleo I did amazing and had amazing results because I was dedicated and focused. Then I think I got too confident. I thought that I could keep myself on track. But then I would let myself slide here and there. I figured it would all be ok because I would always fix it with a Whole30 Omg thankfully I did, if I hadn’t I probably would have gained so much more than I did.

Thankfully I have learned enough of the fundamentals and had enough discipline to not completely derail. It’s Crazy I can eat every meal on point! I will not waiver and have exactly what I should for each meal.
Then I go to work….
and there is practically a bowl of candy in every office or someone is bringing in baked goods. My brain knows I love sweets damn it!!! I got weak.

Well Im not stupid I know that I need to be more disciplined with my habits. I’ve been strict, I have learned so much in a few short years about how to treat my body. I know what to do.

So here I am, starting a Whole90!!! I figured I started Paleo with a 90 day stint of Whole30 I can do it again.

I am worth it…my body is worth it…and my hubby and I are going on tropical vacation this year finally.
I want to look good.

Happy New Year!!!!

kombucha starter

My good friend and Paleo sister, Pretty in Paleo shared a starter kit of Kombucha with me.

I followed the directions step by step, I took my tea bags out this morning, hopefully this wasn’t to long to steep.  I emptied the ingredients of the starter Scoby with tea into the 1 gallon Mason Jar she shared with me and the gallon of tea I steeped,  and finally placed a paper towel over the top of the opening and secured it with a rubber band. Next I marked my calendar. Now I wait for 7-10 for the fermentation process to complete.

So first you must be wondering what the hell is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a tea-based beverage that is often drunk for its health benefits or medicinal purposes.

Kombucha is a living health drink made by fermenting tea and sugar with the Kombucha culture. The result can taste like something between sparkling apple cider and champagne, depending on what kind of tea you use.

Next what in the heck is a Scoby? A Scoby stands for “Symbiotic Culture of friendly Bacteria and Yeast”.  The scoby metabolizes the organic sugar and the caffeine in the organic green and black tea resulting in a beverage that contains billions of probiotics, vitamins such as B, C, amino acids and enzymes.

So now that you have that information; What are the benefits to drinking Kombucha?

Drinking Kombucha tea seems to alleviate a number of ailments. In addition, it helps to prevent the onset of illness and promote health even as we age.

  • Detoxification produces healthy livers and aides cancer prevention
  • Kombucha contains; glucosamine, which is a strong preventive.  It also is a treatment for all forms of arthritis.
  • Kombucha is a probiotic beverage. This has a multitude of benefits such as;  improved digestion, fighting harmful yeast overgrowth, mental clarity, and mood stability.
  • Kombucha is extraordinarily anti-oxidant rich.  The benefits of anti-oxidants for boosting your immune system and energy levels are just amazing.

When I first tried Kombucha, I was in my local Whole Foods Store I am one to try all that is good for me.  I have to say I truly didn’t like the one I grabbed.  It had a bunch of Chai seeds in it, which when I sipped it reminded me of little tiny fish eggs in my mouth or less disgusting tapioca pearls. Then I tried another flavor on a different day with out the Chai. This seemed ok.  But I still wasn’t loving it.  So I just continued to drink my coconut water that I LOVE.  Soon my friend was making her own and little by little she shared it with me and now I have grown to like it. More importantly I love the benefits of drinking Kombucha.

So stay tuned in a couple of days I will let you know how mine came out.

 

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Dear lord let me get through the next 5 days.  My sweet tooth craving is super crazy!!!!  Seems every where I turn I see chocolate, it seems to be dancing in my head.  🙂 

Exciting things are happening for me, I have been bursting at the seams trying to keep it all in.  I recently gave my notice at my job and I will be going back to my old company.  I couldn’t be more excited about it. The job is something I had only hoped for years I would get and never thinking it would happen.  I am a true believer that everything happens for a reason and exactly when it should.  So that’s happening and I am going to be a g-ma In about a month for the first time. I am on vacation next week which means W30 restart will be put on hold for a week. LOL So all is great with the world right now.

Today I had a bunch of Barbacoa left over that I refused to let get wasted.  This morning I had a vegetable quiche with a lil bit of it on the side. Then this evening I sautéed some mushrooms and onion and heated it up with the barbacoa and had some kick ass asparagus on the side.  It was super delicious.  I will definitely be making that recipe again soon.  It gave me enough for 3 meals this week.

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Till next time……

Is Sea Salt Paleo?

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The Paleo Diet Food List

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Most condiments are not allowed on the Paleo diet because they’re full of preservatives, artificial colorings, gluten, corn, soy, or sugar. (Sometimes all of the above!) In the Paleo world, we try to keep things as close to nature as possible, and most spices, herbs, and seasonings are accepted on the Paleo diet. If you’re wondering about sea salt, we’ve got you covered.

What is Sea Salt?

Sea salt is a pretty simple mineral. It’s basically salt created by evaporating the water from seawater. Sea salt is generally harvested from the shoreline when the salinity of the water rises and the salt begins to crystallize. Saltwater lakes around the world, including those in Utah and the Himalayan mountains, also produce sea salt, as well as the San Francisco Bay. The quality of the salt varies, and only salt from clean water sources should be consumed. Table salt is mined from…

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The Paleo Diet Food List

tea

We’ve covered flavored tea, but what about the standard stuff? Is it healthy? Does it matter if you drink green or black or oolong? Is tea Paleo?

What is Tea?

All tea comes from one plant, Camellia sinensis. The different teas as we know them, white, green, yellow, oolong, and black, are categorized by how they’re processed, not by different species. Processing includes wilting, drying, bruising, curing, and more to reach the desire shade and flavor profile. When it comes to soaking leaves in water, it doesn’t get more natural than that, but the different processing methods do have an impact on caffeine levels, which is something that should be monitored.

Is Tea Paleo?

Well, Dr. Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet, recommends avoiding caffeine, which means caffeinated black teas are not Paleo if you follow his strict guidelines. (Although chemically decaffeinated teas are even worse.) Natural herbal tea infusions…

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Is Couscous Paleo?

The Paleo Diet Food List

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When you’re looking for Paleo-approved starches and belly-filling carbohydrates, it’s easy to get caught up in a mess of vocabulary. Vegetarians will push Quinoa, while health food stores and grocers push anything from millet and buckwheat to couscous. We’ll take a look at couscous and answer: is it Paleo?

What is Couscous?

There are two main types of couscous: Israeli and Moroccan. Moroccan comes from Northern Africa, specifically Berber, Morocco, and is very small granules of semolina that look very similar to quinoa, with a density closer to rice. Israeli couscous pellets are closer in size to whole peppercorns. (You can also find even larger pellets, called Lebanese couscous.) Made from semolina flour, couscous is a basically several little pellets of pasta.

Is Couscous Paleo?

Unfortunately, no, couscous is not Paleo. Couscous, in every form, is made from wheat flour, which is not Paleo. However, you can try your hand…

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Hi All!

I know I am sporadic when it comes to my food prep posts. I swear I still do my weekly food prep even if I don’t post one on here. I promise.

After last week, I’m hoping this week is much better. With Z and me both being sick, it was a lonnggggg week. Having to chaise Z down multiple times a day to wipe his nose or give him his medicine was not my idea of a good time! By the end of the week, when Z would hear me grab a tissue he would go running. It was a cat and mouse game every time. Let’s hope this was the last time we both get sick for a lonnnnng time. One can dream, right?!?

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Yesterday I was on a mission to get all my food prep done. I am determined to make this week a great…

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SUPER PROUD!

My husband took on the Paleo challange Feb 3 2014.  Since this date he has had awesome self control and kept right to a Paleo lifestyle.  To Date he as lost 29 lbs and 3 inches off his waist.  I couldn’t be more proud of him and his desire to become healthy.

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We always go for the alternative Coconut Aminos when it comes to adding an Asian sweet yet salty like flavor.

The Paleo Diet Food List

Teriyaki Sauce

Now that soy sauce is out of the picture in your Paleo diet world, you might be looking for an alternative to fill the void. Many grilled meat recipes call for a teriyaki marinade, and we’re here to answer: is teriyaki Paleo?

What is Teriyaki Sauce?

Teriyaki refers to a Japanese method of cooking, with “teri” meaning glaze or gloss, and “yaki” meaning grilled or seared. Traditionally, this sticky sweet sauce is brushed over skewered meat, which is then grilled on an open flame or seared on a flat top. You can find teriyaki sauce in bottled form at grocery stores around the country, and with a simple homemade recipe, you might expect something simple in the bottle as well. Then again, maybe not; here’s the list of ingredients from the Kikkoman website for their Teriyaki marinade & sauce:

INGREDIENTS: NATURALLY BREWED SOY SAUCE (WATER, WHEAT, SOYBEANS, SALT)…

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