Some of you are new to Paleo/Primal and are following me because of my lunch bin idea. Welcome!
I eat no-crap foods. If it’s been processed or changed it’s not part of my food choices. I avoid grains and beans because I feel so much better when I don’t. I avoid GMO’s. I rarely eat refined sugar.
I’m also a sugar-a-holic. So I’ve discovered that when I eat high protein and low carb I have much better sugar control. I get lots of carbs from my veggies and fruit although I have found that if I have a few starchy carbs in a day, like yams for breakfast (yam coins are the bomb!) I then crave sugar all day. Not a pleasant way to spend the day!
There are ‘Paleo Police’ out there that will say ‘ah, you ate a potato, omg!’. I say go take your perfectionism somewhere else. I’m human, I strive for a 90/10 rule, when traveling it’s more than a 70/30…
So onto what I do eat:
- All Proteins – Eggs, Chicken, Fish, Beef, Pork – those are my main protein sources
- Nuts – another protein although I try to limit myself to a handful a day. They’re so darn incredible and moreish that once I start I have a hard time stopping. No peanuts. Almond Butter with Sea Salt – OMG!
- Veggies – bring em on! I eat pretty much any nutrient dense veggies although do try to limit the starchy ones like Yams, Butternut etc squash, so that I don’t have sugar cravings. What I always have on hand: Carrots, Celery (the best scoop for egg/tuna/chicken salad), Marinated Artichoke Hearts, Cauli or Broc, Romaine, Red Peppers, Tomato (yes, I know it’s a fruit), Green Beans (they sometimes flare my arthritis). Corn is a very rare treat if I can find GMO free – not a Paleo food as it’s actually a grain. Potato’s are not nutrient dense so best to avoid.
- Fruit – I enjoy fruit although with trying to lose weight I stick to apples & berries. Good fibre so a low GI Fruit and they don’t cause as many cravings in me
- Coconut – In any form. Coconut Butter mixed with coconut oil – HEAVEN!! Coconut Oil also revs the metabolism. Awesome!
- Oils – Coconut, Olive and Nut oils (not peanut). Those are my main oils. NO ‘vegetable or Canola Oil’
- Avocado – food of the gods. A little Chili Garlic Salt and you’ve got an amazing snack! Also great as an icing or pudding base.
- Dairy. Most Paleo eater’s don’t eat dairy. I can process dairy just fine so I do eat it. Lacto-Paleo or Primal folks eat dairy.
- Herbs and Spices in abundance.
What do I avoid:
- Soy. I do use soy sauce as a flavoring here and there. Coconut Aminos is a good substitute so it’s hard to find. I prefer Braggs since it’s at least gluten free
- Veggies that aren’t nutrient dense – potato
- Fruits with a high sugar content – because it makes me crave carbs
- Grains, Beans
- Sugars & other processed foods. If I do have sugar it will be Coconut Sugar or Honey. Most ‘sugar’ is from beets and most beets are GMO.
If weight loss alongside feeling amazing is your goal use a tracker for a week so you can get an idea of how many carbs are in the foods you eat. Eating as I’ve shown above I typically eat between 50-100carbs a day, complex healthy carbs. After 3-4 days with no starchy carbs you don’t crave them. SERIOUSLY. AND this is a sugar-a-holic telling you this!
Great Resources are at this link. If you really want to rock this and would like me to share my ‘food’ a few days so you can get an idea of how to make it work let me know!
DANA K’s Top 5 Tips
- MOST IMPORTANT STEP – DITCH the crap. Box up all the processed foods and give them away. If they’re not in the house they can’t tempt you!
- Learn to love water. Add a little lemon or a drop of essential oils if you need. Drink lots. Often our ‘hunger’ is our bodies craving for fluids
- Sleep more. It’s easier to avoid carbs when you’re well rested. A poor sleep = carb craving
- Prep and plan ahead. It’s SO much easier to stick to healthy eating when you have options at your fingertips even when you’re busy. I take an hour after my big shopping and I do a major prep that covers most of the week. One is the snacks/lunch prep, one is my Big Ass Salads and Scrambles and Omelets in minutes.
- Consider starting with a Whole 30 or 21 Day Sugar Detox. Both will set your body up and work you through the cycle of cutting your carb cravings.