What should you eat? What shouldn’t you eat?

I am completely stealing this from Griff on the MarksDailyApple web forum, but it is just too good not to share with you, my friends.  This list says it all and can be very helpful in meal planning and grocery buying.  That being said, I use honey on occasion to make paleo-friendly goodies and I drink wine, which has sugar in it.  Ultimately you have to do what is best for you and your lifestyle, but the closer you can follow this list, the better for your health and happiness.

If it is…
– A legume (bean, pea, peanut)
– A grain (wheat, corn, rice) or made of a grain (bread, cake, tortilla, pasta)
– A processed food product
– A “low-fat” food product
– A “low-carb” food product
– A “diet” food product
– Anything with an ingredient that ends in “ose” (sucrose, glucose, fructose) or that contains sugar, agave nectar, honey, or maple syrup
– Anything from the center aisles of the grocery store…

YOU SHOULD NOT EAT IT. Throw it away (unless it’s a cleaning or stationery product, in which case use it for its appropriate purpose).

If it is…
– Meat (especially grass-fed)
– Poultry (especially free-range)
– Fish (especially wild-caught)
– An egg (especially cage-free)
– A non-starchy and/or green vegetable (especially organic)
– An avocado
– Butter (especially from grass-fed cows)
– Lard
– Ghee
– Coconut oil
– Coconut milk
– Olive oil (but not for cooking)
– A berry (up to a handful)

YOU CAN AND SHOULD EAT IT. In fact, it should be the backbone of your diet.

If it is….
– A dairy product (milk, yogurt, cream, sour cream, half & half)
– A nut (peanuts are not nuts)
– A seed
– A fruit other than a berry
– A starchy or sugary vegetable (carrot, beet, winter squash)
– A tuber (potato, sweet potato, yam)
– A nightshade (tomato, bell pepper)
– Coffee

– You are trying to lose weight (for dairy, nuts, fruits, starchy vegetables, and tubers)
– You are lactose intolerant (for dairy)
– You are significantly inactive/sedentary
– You are insulin resistant (for dairy, nuts, fruits, starchy vegetables, tubers, and coffee)


Published in: on February 17, 2011 at 10:16 am  Leave a Comment  

Daily Roundup

This is actually for yesterday, but I was too tired to post before bed last night.


  • On the needles – finished the last pot holder in Nonie’s Christmas order.
  • Planned meals for the week and went grocery shopping


  • 4 strips of nitrate-free bacon
  • coffee
  • salad with chicken and guacamole
  • strawberries with primal whipped cream
  • Simply Bliss Mint Chip coconut ice cream
  • Honey Hoisin pork tenderloin with mashed cauliflower, red wine
  • egg nog (yeah, this isn’t great but, ’tis the season!)


  • Stayed under budget in total for Costco and Holiday Market.  I admittedly bought some things that were not necessary – the little Christmas pine tree, coconut ice cream, egg nog – but still ok because still under budget.
  • Stayed in and watched “Christmas Vacation” so didn’t spend money out.


  • To clean stainless steel appliances, cut one lemon in half and sprinkle with salt.  Scrub the appliances with the lemon and they will be clean and sparkling.  As an added bonus, your kitchen will smell lemony fresh!

Happy Weekend!

I’m afraid I don’t have a witty and/or useful post today.   I spent the morning watching “Wives and Daughters”, a very good mini-series by the BBC.  Netflix threatens they will only have it available to stream until December 4th.  Since my house will be filled with various craftsman until past then, I figured I should get it all in now.  This afternoon I ran my weekly grocery errands.  I nearly bought live garland and Costco, but couldn’t decide if it is a good deal or not ($15, but I can’t remember how long it was…).  I’ve never bought live garland before.  I usually buy a swag for my front door at English Gardens — I love the swag with blueberries in it, so I get it there even though they are a bit pricey.  So, I will see what their garland price is and decide.  I did buy a little Charlie Brown pine tree from Holiday Market.  I’ll take good care of it this winter and make it strong so I can plant it in the spring.  It has decorations on it now and is very cute 🙂

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and gets plenty of rest in preparation for the holiday week.  And Black Friday, of course.  🙂

Published in: on November 19, 2010 at 5:21 pm  Comments (2)  
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Use what you have

The area at which I am working the most hard for staying under budget, is the grocery/meal planning area.  For the past few years, I have planned our meals for the week and grocery shopped accordingly the weekend before.  Inevitably vegetables, fruit and meat would go to waste when we veered off of our plan, going out to dinner one or two or three nights instead of eating in.  Sometimes I just bought too much.  That kind of waste is no longer an option.  Now, when it seems like something is not going to be used up before it goes bad, I use it or freeze it.

Now comes step two.  Using what I have.  While I’m planning my meals for the next week, I take a look at what I already have in the freezer, fridge and cupboards (there isn’t much in the cupboards these days since we eat mostly fresh food — just spices, oils and the like).  Shop at home first.  You may be surprised at how many meals you can make with what you already have.  Get creative!  Use the internet!  There are some great recipes out there.

Step three: buy in bulk.  Costco is awesome (Sam’s Club too, pick your poison).  We buy our coffee, organic eggs, organic butter, tilapia, cottage cheese, carrots, bourbon, toilet paper, paper towel and sometimes berries and canned goods there.  Buying bulk is great because there is less unnecessary packaging and often you will find an item is the same price as the regular store, but in a bigger package (eggs, cottage cheese, lettuce — for example).  This is also where freezing comes in.  We are fortunate to have a chest freezer, so we don’t really have to think twice about buying a huge portion of something that needs to be frozen (except for now, because it is full of a cow).  If I buy strawberries at Costco, I’ll slice up enough for one week’s worth of Nick’s breakfasts (cottage cheese and strawberries), and slice the rest into canning jars and put them in the freezer.  When I buy the 10 lb bag of carrots at Costco, I peel 5 lbs and cut them into various sizes for various uses.  When those are gone, I peel the second 5 lbs.  They seem to stay good for quite a while.

We like to think of unused grocery items as money on the shelf.  That’s exactly what it is.  That money is on the shelf instead of in your pocket, so use it before you lose it.  When you throw away old food, it is like throwing dollar bills in the garbage.  Who would do that?  With a little planning, creativity and attention, you can keep a little money in your pocket, off the shelf and out of the garbage.  Use what you have.

Published in: on November 18, 2010 at 12:21 pm  Comments (1)  
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