Weekly Meal Planning – Week of 10/8/12 – Paleo!

by ThePrudentPatron on October 8, 2012
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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:

Monday – Salmon with Cherry Tomato Salsa and Asparagus

Tuesday – Chicken Salad Wraps

Wednesday -  Taco Salad

Thursday – Orange Olive Chicken

Friday – Spaghetti Squash and Meat Sauce

Saturday – Baked Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

Sunday- Leftovers

Want to learn more about? Here are few things I’ve found useful:

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?

Please share in the comments!

 

Photo Credit: Paleo Diet Lifestyle

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Emily : RainbowDelicious.com October 11, 2012 at 12:36 AM

I haven’t tried Paleo yet, but maybe I should… Your meal plan looks delicious! Especially the salmon.

For dinner this week I’m having Tomato & Goat Cheese Sandwiches, Butternut Squash stuffed shells, Mushroom Quiche, Baked Falafel and Cauliflower Soup. After I try out these recipes I post them in a meal plan on my blog with a shopping list to share with others… It is my way of staying accountable and keeping me organized :)

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ThePrudentPatron October 11, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Thanks for sharing your meal plan. The salmon was amazing! I high recommend trying it. Cauliflower soup sounds yum. I’ll have to look into that.

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Lynn October 11, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Hi! Thanks for posting about this on FB. I’ve looked at Paleo before and have even tried a couple of recipes. My family health hx sounds a lot like yours and I also had GD while pg, so I should definitely look into this. And also thanks for sharing about the Zacon foods. I just missed the cut off date for our local area, but it sounds reasonable for fresh meats.

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ThePrudentPatron October 11, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Definitely check out he links above, they have been super helpful to me with the Paleo.

Also I know you will love Zaycon. They are a wonderfully company. I hope they have another event in your area soon.

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Melissa October 11, 2012 at 8:18 AM

All these people doing paleo has me thinking I need to try it. But I don’t eat fish, eggs or pork. HMMM!

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ThePrudentPatron October 11, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I’m sure you could still do it Angela, but it would be harder, especially without the eggs.

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Angela October 11, 2012 at 9:25 AM

I too dabbled in paleo a few months ago when I started CrossFit. I however saw the scale keep climbing. Everyone assured me it was muscle gain and not fat gain, however, the constant urges for popcorn or chips or milk finally won out. I figured since I was exercising so much and gaining anyway, i might as well eat what i want. Well now after a few months of that I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been. I hope that I can get back to what I was 3 months ago. I’ve decided that I need to go back on paleo. I felt soooooooo much better. I wasn’t so tired. I didn’t get food comas, and i didnt feel like a slug. I had the energy to go and exercise. My biggest issue though is that I don’t have friends or family willing to work with me. I love when other people talk about it, because it keeps me motivated! Keep it up!! and thanks for your post, it literally was the final push to get me to try it again (and hopefully lose the 15lbs!)

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ThePrudentPatron October 11, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I’m so glad Angela. I really love it so far. I don’t have anyone doing with me either. My husband always eat low carb, so at least he never wants pasta or sandwiches etc.., but I still have stuff in the house for the kids. The cravings are still there, but I think they are more habit/emotional eating rather than a physical craving. Good luck, and please come back and let me know how it is going.

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