Benefits of a Paleo lifestyle.

Why we choose to be Paleo.  Who wouldn't want all those benefits?

Why we choose to be Paleo. Who wouldn’t want all those benefits?

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Snacks!

Of course we snack! We do notice however, we snack less than we used to. This is because our body is getting the nutrients it needs and actually wants so we are satisfied and “full” from our meals and do not need to snack much. However, we do still snack. Especially on days we workout or are more active.

Here is a list of our general snacks.

Mixed nuts. We like the Archer Farms Deluxe Roasted Mixed Nuts which includes almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts and pecans with sea salt. (buy at Target)

*avoid peanuts as they are legumes.
*avoid nut mixes with all the “sweetened dried fruits” I found a good Archer Farms mix with nuts and dried blueberries. (buy at Target)

Berries! Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries.

Apples.

Scottish Eggs. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, snack, WHENEVER! (how to make: hard boil eggs. Peel the shell and use a pack of breakfast sausage and mold around the hard boiled egg. Place on cooking sheet on parchment paper or foil and cook for approx 25 minutes at 425 F.)

Veggies. Celery sticks, carrot sticks, green/red peppers, etc.

As time goes on, you just aren’t as hungry because your body is getting all the right nutrients to keep it full and satisfied 🙂

Favorite Spots!

This process involves becoming educated on the topic.  We do a lot of reading and researching.  Below is a list of our favorite spots.  They are filled with tons of great information, recipes, stories, and motivation!  We look at them daily for ideas, inspiration and delicious food tips. Please check them out!

1.  Marks Daily Apple by Mark Sisson.  check out the “start here” and “archives” tabs if you are feeling overwhelmed at first.  Great information about all the ins and outs of conventional wisdom (CW), the Standard American Diet (SAD) and why being Paleo is highly beneficial.    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/#axzz2Ht0wmOFl

2.  PaleOMG.   http://paleomg.com/      She has a ton of great recipes and her blogs are quite enjoyable!

3.  Read: The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson

4.  Read:  Why We Get Fat, and What To Do About It by Gary Taubes

5.  Spend some time researching on your own. 

 

Remember, this a lifestyle NOT a diet.  🙂

 

Sunday Routine…

One of the most commonly asked questions is “what kind of food do you buy at the grocery store?”  So, in this post I will tell you our “Sunday routine” and show you our grocery list for this week.  We have found that being organized with your meals is one of the keys to success.  So we spend a few minutes on Sunday figuring our our meals for the week.  Now, of course, you can choose a different day to do this.  We just found that Sundays work best for us, it sets us up for the week.  We also make enough food to have leftovers for lunch the next day.

This week, we chose to have the following meals:

Monday:  Turkey kebabs with roasted cauliflower in lemon mustard dressing. Recipe for turkey kebabs: Ingredients: 1.5 lbs turkey breast (ground), 1 garlic clove, 1 tbspn olive oil, 1 egg, 1/2 tspn cumin, 1/2 tspn paprika, 1/2 tspn salt, 1/4 tspn cinnamon, 1/4 tspn cayenne pepper, 2 tbspn finely chopped parsley, 1 tbspn finely chopped mint. Servings: 6-8 kebabs. Instructions: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Once it is well blended, form the meat mixture into meatballs that are longer and more oval in shape than regular meatballs. Drizzle the formed meatballs with oil and slide a skewere through them. Gently lift onto a hot grill and grill for 6-8 minutes per side.
Roasted Cauliflower recipe and ingredients: 1 head of cauliflower, cut into small florets. 3 tbspn olive oil, 1 tbspn lemon juice, 1 tbspn Dijon mustard, 1/3 cup coconut milk OR half & half, 1/3 cup walnuts, hazelnuts or pecans, 1/8 tspn black pepper. Servings: 4 Instructions: Preheat oven to 450 F. In a cooking sheet, toss the cauliflower with 2 tbspns of the oil and a little salt. Roast until tender and lightly browned, stirring once or twice for even roasting, 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, toast the nuts in a dry skillet for a few minutes over medium-high heat, shaking pan or stirring nuts often to avoid burning. Nuts will continue to toast a little as they cool, so remove pan from heat and set aside to cool. In large bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, mustard, coconut milk (or half & half) and remaining 1 tbspn of oil. Add the roasted hot cauliflower, toss and serve warm.

Tuesday:  Bacon burgers with sausage and bacon coleslaw and root vegetable chips. Recipe for burgers: Take the 1 lb ground beef and add garlic powder and worchestershire sauce and mix with your hands. Then mold them into patties (yields about 4 patties, depends on how big/small you make them) Cook and top with bacon. YUM. For the coleslaw, cook up 4 pieces of bacon. Cut about 1/3 of a smoked sausage link into small, bite size pieces and add to hot bacon grease to brown and warm up the sausage a bit. Then in a bowl, put in coleslaw, bacon pieces, sausage bites and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Mix and enjoy. Vegetable chips. Ingredients: 1 beet, 1 rutabaga, 1 turnip, olive oil, salt. Instructions: peel and slice the root vegetables as thinly and evenly as possible. Toss in a bowl with a ligh coating of olive oil and salt (toss the beets separately or they will turn everything pink!) Space the chips out on a pan and preheat the oven to 250F. Bake until crispy and dry all the way through, checking every 15-20 minutes, and turning once or twice.

Wednesday:  Smoked sausage and cabbage. Ingredients: 1 smoked kielbasa sausage ring, cut into 3/4 inch slices, 1 head cabbage, thinly sliced (or 1 large bag of precut cabbage) 1 or 2 tbspns of water or chicken broth, 2 tbspns bacon fat (or olive oil). Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease the bottom and halfway up the sides of an ovenproof casserole dish with your bacon fat 9or olive oil) Add the cabbage, water or broth. Place the sliced sausage on top of the cabbage. Dot the cabbage in a few places with some more fat, then cover the dish and place in oven for approximately 40 minutes, removing the cover in the last 10 minutes so it will brown a little on top.

Thursday:  Creamy chicken casserole   http://paleomg.com/creamy-chicken-casserole/

Friday:  Taco salad. Ingredients: 1 lb ground meat, salsa, lettuce, cheese, cumin, cayenne pepper, chili powder, garlic powder. Instructions: season the meat with cumin, cayenne pepper, chili powder, garlic powder and brown the meat. (season to taste) Then enjoy the taco meat with lettuce, salsa, cheese. a

Grocery List looked like this:

Organic Apples

Eggs (brown, cage free, organic)

2 heads of cauliflower

Package of coleslaw

1 beet

2 rudabegas

2 turnips

1 head of cabbage

1 sweet potato

1 head of broccoli

1 yellow onion

1 lb ground turkey

1 lb ground beef

1 smoked sausage

2 sausage packages (like the Jimmy Deans breakfast kind)

1 pack of chicken thighs (organic, free range, no additives, no hormones)

2 cans of coconut milk (for recipes, not to drink)

Fresh parsley

coffee creamer (Coffee Mate Natural Bliss)

 

**GROCERY SHOPPING TIP: YOU SHOULD SPEND 99% OF YOUR TIME AT THE GROCERY STORE ON THE PERIMETER. ALL THE INNER ISLES ARE PACKED WITH ALL THE PROCESSED, GRAINS, PASTA, ETC FOODS. WHEN YOU ARE CHECKING OUT, YOU SHOULD NOTICE YOU HAVE ALMOST ZERO BOXES AND A LOT OF PRODUCE BAGS.

**WHEN LOOKING AT MEATS, IT IS HARD TO FIND “PERFECT” MEAT, UNLESS YOU ARE ABLE TO HAVE A FARM AND RAISE YOUR OWN MEAT.  SO, SOME TIPS TO LOOK FOR IS ORGANIC, FREE RANGE, NO ADDITIVES, NO ADDED HORMONES.

**READ LABELS, THE MORE INGREDIENTS AN ITEM HAS, THE WORSE IT IS.  ESPECIALLY IF YOU CAN’T PRONOUNCE IT, DON’T EAT IT!

 

What’s the point?

Why did we create this blog?  Well here’s the scoop…

 

Over the past year, we have been learning and living a Paleo lifestyle.  Through out this time, we have been asked many questions ranging from “how do you NOT crave pasta!?” to “what DO you eat?”   We decided to create this blog as a place where you can come, at your own leisure, to get some answers.  

 

Here, you can find recipes, stories, and information about the Paleo lifestyle.  We strongly encourage everyone to educate themselves on food and health.  Not just healthy on the outside (because even the skinniest of skinny can be very unhealthy) but truly healthy from the inside out.

 

We are all only on this Earth one time.  We are only given one shot at it.  So, we choose to live it in the most healthy and happy way possible.  Imagine not waking up exhausted every morning, feeling sluggish throughout the day, and unfulfilled with your hunger.  It is possible.  We are living proof. 

 

Give it a shot.  We guarantee you will feel the benefits.

 

Enjoy! 🙂