I told myself I wasn’t going to write about this until I had given it a couple of weeks, but it felt insincere to write about my meal plan and not talk about the new thing I’m trying. This week I am playing around with eating Paleo.
I’ve heard about Paleo for sometime now. I have a few friends who do Crossfit that are doing Paleo. I also got a bit of a crash course in Paleo when a Paleo purist, attacked me on my Facebook page. That experience soured me on Paleo for awhile, and made if very difficult for me to give it a fair look. When you put what you’re buying and eating out there for the world to see, it inevitably brings criticism. I’d like to say after three years that I’m used to it and I have tough skin about it, but the truth is sometimes I’m tough and sometimes I’m squishy. Despite those few mean people, I decided to really research this way of eating.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Paleo, also known as paleolithic diet or caveman diet, is all about eating foods found in nature like meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, eggs and nuts. There is a lot of controversy out there about Paleo because Paleo can mean different things to different people. From my research, there are people literally only eating what they hunt and gather, and those who practically eat every meal trying to eat copycats of the foods they aren’t supposed to eat on Paleo. Since I am still learning, I’m not 100% sure where I am on this Paleo spectrum, but I’m certain I will not be hunting my food. However, I’m sure I will eventually try a few copycat recipes.
Right now, I am just trying to get back to eating more foods found in nature and less foods found in a box. There is a history of blood sugar problems in my family, and I’m no exception. For years, I’ve suffered from hypoglycemia, not the I feel hungry kind, but the doctor diagnosed kind. I also had gestational diabetics during pregnancy Those two factors combined with my family history are a road map for diabetes in my future. I know I feel significantly better when I cut out the white flour and sugar. My cravings disappear, I have more energy and my head feels clearer.
Health benefits aside, I would also love to lose a few pounds and though Paleo is not a “diet” I know enough about my body to know that eating this way will help me lose the weight I gained after the car accident. I am finally on the road to mentally and physically recovering from that accident. I still cringe at the crazy risks I see people taking when they drive, and I lose it when I see people texting and driving since I am 99% sure that is why the other driver hit and nearly killed us, but I am able to exercise again and there is certainly no reason I can’t be eating better. Plus I just turned 40, so it definitely feels like it is time to start taking care of myself.
Wow, I went from not wanting to write about this to writing a dissertation! Well, enough Paleo talk from me. Below is my Paleo style meal plan for the week. You’ll be able to tell from all the chicken recipes, that my chicken breast order from Zaycon Foods arrives today! I’ve also included a few links at the bottom for those of you who want to learn more about Paleo.
Here’s This Week’s Meal Plan:
Tuesday – Chicken Salad Wraps
Wednesday - Taco Salad
Thursday – Orange Olive Chicken
Friday – Spaghetti Squash and Meat Sauce
Saturday – Baked Chicken and Sweet Potatoes
Want to learn more about? Here are few things I’ve found useful:
- Paleo for Beginners: Essentials to Get Started
- PaleoDietandExercise.com - The 80/20 rule under “Food” made the most sense for me.
- 17 Day Diet – Paleo Diet Cookbook Recipes (Haven’t read this yet, but it was free today!)
Want to learn more about meal planning? Read How to Save Money with Meal Planning
What are you making for dinner this week?
Do you eat Paleo?
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