A day [or 3] in the stomach of a Paleon…

So I thought I’d post something useful today.  A friend asked me recently, “But what do you eat?” and I could understand her curiosity. Sure, all those paleo recipes out there are fabulous, but a lot of them are not really simple or use ingredients you will always have on hand.  And its hard to put a day together, menu wise, if you have to look up recipe’s for everything.

So, I thought I’d record for 3 days everything I ate, and put it up here, and let you all be the judge of the practicality, possibility and general do-ability of being Paleo.  Keep in mind that I was at work these three days, working 12hr shifts, so I needed foods I could take to work in a cooler bag and cook in a microwave. For all meals except dinner.

Day 1:

AM – Cup of tea, black with no sugar; 1 banana; 1 boiled egg.

Midday – left over roast chicken with salad.

PM – 1 pear; nuts; 1 boiled egg

Dinner – Marinated kangaroo fillet with cauliflower mash and balsamic tomatoes.

Day 2:

AM – Sweet potato [microwave baked] with tuna; 1 boiled egg; cup of tea, black with no sugar.

Midday – left over BBQ chicken with cauliflower mash

PM – Chicken schnitzel with cauliflower, broccoli, prawns & garlic sauce **note that this meal contained non-paleo items [schnitzel & garlic sauce] but we were out for dinner. 80/20 right?

Day 3:

AM – no food, intermittent fasting

Midday – Sweet potato [microwave baked] with tuna.

PM – 1 banana; 1 boiled egg; nuts

Dinner – paleo chicken schnitzel, broccoli, eggplant ‘chips’

So, as you can see, eating Paleo is possible, but it is different. I’ve had to rethink what items are suitable for what times – breakfast no longer has to be cereals, toast, etc., but can be anything I want including last nights’ left overs. Today, I had left over roast beef for breakfast and it was actually amazing.

Its also tough on the snack side, but when you find yourself turning to fruits and nuts as snacks by habit, you’ll be amazed at how happy you’ll feel toward yourself for making healthier choices.  I am not a fruit fan, but I know its important for a balanced diet and now I eat more fruit than I ever have. Go me.

And now – go you! Have a think, tell me what your typical Paleo day is, if you’re already Paleo, or what it is if you aren’t – and I can try to give you a Paleo version 🙂

Thanks for reading – sharing – liking – following –

x S

Lunch: graze in the fridge for left overs

Really?

We got a sample meal plan during our first week of Paleo, and I kid you not, it actually said “Graze in the fridge for left overs” in several of the ‘Lunch’ boxes.  I was disgusted! How is that good for you, and what if you don’t HAVE any left overs in the fridge??? Then what do you eat for lunch?  PS – I’m not a horse.  I don’t graze.

“I don’t think I’ll be able to follow this, Chris,” was my reaction to that meal plan.

So………….right now I’m kinda eating my words, as I eat my lunch which is – you guessed it – left overs. Last night’s dinner to be exact, BBQ Chicken with salad.  And the truth is, its happened a couple of times already – we make way too much food at night (I have NO sense of portion sizes) and since starting this Paleo thing, not finding myself too hungry (today was an exception) – so what do you get? Left overs.  Better to eat than throw out, right?

I mean, pretty sure I still disagree with the direction in the meal plan – they should have at least provided an alternative for those not portionally challenged like me.  But I’ll admit that eating leftovers isn’t to shabby and nor is it unheard of in our household – just not really ever been the ‘plan’, if you know what I mean.

As the days have passed, we’ve gotten more adapted to this Paleo thing and more often than not lunch (on weekends, in particular) is made up of left overs.  That said, we’re finding we always have so much fresh produce in our fridge (and we have nearly totally eliminated throwing out things that have ‘gone bad’ because we eat them first!) that if we don’t have any left overs, there is always something there we can make.

And I guess that this style of eating is very true to the Paleo theory – I suppose our ancestors more often than not picked at what was left of yesterday’s ‘main’ meal for the day until it was time for today’s ‘main’ meal.

My advice? If you want to follow that meal plan – ensure you cook extra so you do have left overs, and if that sounds too boring, remember you can always jazz up a bunch of left overs with a new ingredient. IE BBQ chicken – shred it then mix with egg and chopped cherry tomatoes for a yummy omelette.  The possibilities are endless – I guess 🙂

Ek so, ek so – Paleo Girl.