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  

Day 24: Protein Pellets

Today was the best day I’ve had during the Whole30, relating to food specifically.  I found this great recipe for Protein Pellets over at The Clothes Make the Girl.

Protein Pellets

I altered the recipe a bit by using grass-fed ground beef instead of sausage because I’m on a mission to use up the 30+ pounds of grass-fed ground in the freezer.  Also, instead of using the Penzey’s spice she uses, I made two with Penzey’s Arizona Dreaming (freebie from December, woot!), two with Nutritional Yeast Flakes, and one with just ground pepper.  I have no idea which one I ate today, but I ate it with some of this, and it was beyond fantastic.  It was pretty tasty, but what made it fantastic was that it kept me satisfied and super-charged until lunch time.  Usually my stomach starts growling around 11am to alert me to the approach of feeding time, but not so today.  For lunch I had a salad (romaine lettuce, spinach, turkey breast, blueberries, flaxseed meal, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pepitas, green pepper, cucumber, tomatoes and radishes).  For dessert I had more blueberries.  For snacks in the afternoon I had beef jerky and fat guacamole devils (using just two hard boiled eggs and a 100 calorie Wholly Guacamole packet).  For dinner we had tilapia brushed with coconut oil and dusted with shredded coconut, pan-fried plantains in coconut oil, and swiss chard sauteed in olive oil.  Totals: 1455 calories, 83g Fat, 70 Carbs, 106g protein.  This is the closest I’ve gotten to my goals all month.  I have great energy!  If it was summer I would go out for a run right now, but it is too cold and I’m already in my lounge gear. Plus, it be cold outside.

If the two videos I’ve posted haven’t changed your life yet, take a read of this excellent article from Outside Magazine (thanks for the subscription Dad, I love this mag!)  This might just do it.


Published in: on January 24, 2011 at 8:05 pm  Comments (1)  

Part 2

Now that you’ve seen part one and made the first steps toward improving your life, here is part 2.

Published in: on January 22, 2011 at 3:11 pm  Comments (1)