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Paleo Diet

Adventures in Paleo Dieting

Some time ago I tried the Whole Foods thing, and I really enjoyed it, but Tracy’s pregnancy and a busy life made keeping up with the whole foods thing almost impossible, so it was abandoned in favor of our more traditional diet of processed foods and eating out. Don’t get me wrong, we are not horrible eaters for the most part. Just like most people, we have good days and bad days, but we try to eat well. We try to cook at home, we try to make sure there is at least one green veggie on hand, and we try to stay away from the fattest of the fat, but we slip and we eat out way too often, and anyone can tell you that eating out, especially fast/convenient food, is a sure way to do yourself in with too many calories and too much bad for you foods.

A couple of weeks ago we were at the book store and Tracy found a book on the Paleo diet. It was expensive, so we thought we would take a look online, see what we could find and give it a try before making such a substantial purchase. Tracy went online and found a number of sites with Paleo recipes and meal plans, so we gave it a try.

Now, what is the Paleo diet you ask? Well the idea of the Paleo diet is that  you are supposed to be eating the same sort of foods that our caveman ancestors might have eaten, but the reality is a bit simpler.  On the Paleo diet you can eat meat, vegetables, seeds, fruits and the like. Organic is the best (cavemen didn’t use chemicals and drugs…duh), but I don’t think that is necessarily a hard and fast rule as much as it is a guideline.  What is more important are the things you’re not supposed to eat on the Paleo diet. The rough list is no dairy, no legumes, no grains, no starches, nor sugar, and no processed foods.  In layman’s terms, no bread, no milk, no cheese, no beans, no candy, no cake, no pasta and no alcohol. That I did not revolt outright is a testament to how much I love my wife.

The groceries for our first week just about did me in. Between the two grocery stores that weekend, and a couple of supplemental trips, our grocery bill that first weekend nearly reached $400. This is almost three times our weekly budget for groceries, so you can imagine the kind of sticker shock I was dealing with, but I agreed to give this diet a try and I figured at least some of it was the up front pantry stocking.  The truth of the matter is that we didn’t do a good job shopping around and prepping for this change. We jumped in with both feet. In the following weeks we have done better, but we are still a bit over our regular budget.

Normally a diet like this holds little appeal to me, but I’m willing to try it because I want to be supportive in finding a diet that is good for the family, and if that diet gets us away from eating out and eating the processed garbage that normally enters the house, then so much the better.  Where I became a believe in this diet was last week. We had a meal that was a little less than filling, so we cheated and got a couple of McDonald’s cheeseburgers. For the next two days I felt like crap. Stomach cramps, bloating, gas, nausea; all of that and then some, and I had only been on the diet for a week and a half. My body quickly got used to the good stuff and rejected the bad almost as quickly.  Eating healthy seems to be the way to go for me, and the Paleo Diet seems like a good place to start.

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Whole Foods Challenge, Week One


English: Vegan Pumpkin Seed-Crusted Lentil Pat...
Mmmmm...Yummy Veggie Burgers! Image via Wikipedia

Last week we were supposed to start our whole foods challenge. We got off to a rough start wehn my wife came down with a nasty head cold and her food needs and desires became very specific. The vegan options I had prepared were not what she had in mind and I ended up spending a lot of time running out to various restaurants and fast food chains picking up meat and dairy laden products for dinner. I am a weak man and succumbed to the meaty goodness a couple of times myself (especially once I got sick as well). So, our first week of meatlessness has not gone well.

With the new week upon us we are planning on doing much better. The little bit of meat on the menu is from the freezer. I may want to go vegan, but I’m not going to waste what I have already paid for. The hardest part in the planning of meals has been the expense of non-dairy substitutes as well as not knowing what makes for a good substitute on certain items. We are learning and will do better with it soon I’m sure.

Our Small Farm Co-Op thing will be starting up again next month so we will be blessed with lots of new vegetable options to help shape our meals. I’m excited about getting back into this. The winter break has been killing me.  I look forward to lots of good spring veggies coming soon!

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Whole Foods Challenge, Week One


English: Vegan Pumpkin Seed-Crusted Lentil Pat...
Mmmmm...Yummy Veggie Burgers! Image via Wikipedia

Last week we were supposed to start our whole foods challenge. We got off to a rough start wehn my wife came down with a nasty head cold and her food needs and desires became very specific. The vegan options I had prepared were not what she had in mind and I ended up spending a lot of time running out to various restaurants and fast food chains picking up meat and dairy laden products for dinner. I am a weak man and succumbed to the meaty goodness a couple of times myself (especially once I got sick as well). So, our first week of meatlessness has not gone well. Continue reading “Whole Foods Challenge, Week One”

Whole Foods Challenge, Week One


English: Vegan Pumpkin Seed-Crusted Lentil Pat...
Mmmmm...Yummy Veggie Burgers! Image via Wikipedia

Last week we were supposed to start our whole foods challenge. We got off to a rough start wehn my wife came down with a nasty head cold and her food needs and desires became very specific. The vegan options I had prepared were not what she had in mind and I ended up spending a lot of time running out to various restaurants and fast food chains picking up meat and dairy laden products for dinner. I am a weak man and succumbed to the meaty goodness a couple of times myself (especially once I got sick as well). So, our first week of meatlessness has not gone well. Continue reading “Whole Foods Challenge, Week One”

Whole Foods Countdown, 4 Days Remaining


Yesterday was a decent enough day. I did make a stop at McDonalds after karate, but I got a caesar salad instead of a burger, so that is progress right? I know today will be bad because I am planning on stopping by The Chicken Box Cafe for lunch so I can get some chicken gizzards. Hey! Don’t judge me! I love those damn things and will miss them dearly once meat is off the menu. I’ll hate myself for it later, but I will love it when I am eating it.

Karate was fun last night and sensei introduced us to some new forms of torture that ultimately lead to making me feel better. I wish I had started doing karate a year ago.

I forgot to weigh myself this morning so I don’t know if I managed to lose any more weight, but I am feeling better and I think I have lost weight. My wedding ring has gotten loose enough on my finger that it slipped off without me knowing it. Luckily we found it and now I have a bandaid wrapped around one side so that it fits a bit better. I suppose if I keep losing weight I will have to get it resized and i’ll have to get some new clothes. My pants are already falling off me, so something a little smaller may be in order.

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Whole Foods Countdown, 4 Days Remaining


Yesterday was a decent enough day. I did make a stop at McDonalds after karate, but I got a caesar salad instead of a burger, so that is progress right? I know today will be bad because I am planning on stopping by The Chicken Box Cafe for lunch so I can get some chicken gizzards. Hey! Don’t judge me! I love those damn things and will miss them dearly once meat is off the menu. I’ll hate myself for it later, but I will love it when I am eating it.

Karate was fun last night and sensei introduced us to some new forms of torture that ultimately lead to making me feel better. I wish I had started doing karate a year ago.

I forgot to weigh myself this morning so I don’t know if I managed to lose any more weight, but I am feeling better and I think I have lost weight. My wedding ring has gotten loose enough on my finger that it slipped off without me knowing it. Luckily we found it and now I have a bandaid wrapped around one side so that it fits a bit better. I suppose if I keep losing weight I will have to get it resized and i’ll have to get some new clothes. My pants are already falling off me, so something a little smaller may be in order.

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Whole Foods Countdown, 4 Days Remaining


Yesterday was a decent enough day. I did make a stop at McDonalds after karate, but I got a caesar salad instead of a burger, so that is progress right? I know today will be bad because I am planning on stopping by The Chicken Box Cafe for lunch so I can get some chicken gizzards. Hey! Don’t judge me! I love those damn things and will miss them dearly once meat is off the menu. I’ll hate myself for it later, but I will love it when I am eating it.

Karate was fun last night and sensei introduced us to some new forms of torture that ultimately lead to making me feel better. I wish I had started doing karate a year ago.

I forgot to weigh myself this morning so I don’t know if I managed to lose any more weight, but I am feeling better and I think I have lost weight. My wedding ring has gotten loose enough on my finger that it slipped off without me knowing it. Luckily we found it and now I have a bandaid wrapped around one side so that it fits a bit better. I suppose if I keep losing weight I will have to get it resized and i’ll have to get some new clothes. My pants are already falling off me, so something a little smaller may be in order.

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