I suppose I sort of 'do' paleo, but I more or less just say I eat real food. I think the idea is to maximize nutrients but still enjoy your food. I do make an exception and that is with white rice. I add white rice because I love sushi. Oh, I eat dark chocolate too.
I might not be correct, but as far as I know, you eat to your appetite and there aren't meat to oil to veggie ratios. You can point me to that info, I'm interested in diet. The biggest thing about
Paleo eating is to remove grains and industrial seed oils and dairy I guess. For people with digestive issues, it makes more sense to use this diet as a 'template' and experiment with what makes you feel good, energized and doesn't give you bloody D.
You don't really need to be heavy on the meat, in fact, too much protein isn't that great for you.
As far as costs go, I used to buy a box of breaded chicken nuggets for over 10 bucks, so buying a whole chicken for $12 and getting more than three meals out of it is a better buy, I think. Same thing with a pizza- $20...that buys a BIG roast beef. I even smoked before and always found money for that, so I can justify buying almost any good food "because I used to buy smokes". There's a lot of economical ways to eat real food.
Fortunately, I have access to pasture raised animals and I have a freezer so I buy larger quantities which makes it a bit more affordable. I also use the bones to make broth, and the liver...
Hoping I will learn to like liver soon! You can utilize cheaper cuts and find delicious ways to make them. Eggs are really affordable too. Right now the farmers' markets are great!
Try finding that cookbook I mentioned. Lots of ideas there. I'm sure if you did a search of "paleo on a budget" you'd get thousands of hits.
You're doing great if you're at a month! A little longer and you'll never want to go back to stuff that passes as food, I bet.
I thought of another non paleo food I indulge in every two months or so and that is a pound of organic butter. It's $12 for a pound (I live in Canada and all of our food costs more than in the states, I think), but it's amazing on a sweet potato! Makes the lowly green bean a ode to joy on your palate! You wanna bet I lick my plate clean for that one!
I'm a bit of a foodie and a food addict which is why I can't seem to get right back to basics and start GAPS or SCD. My intention is to try at some point but in the interim... it's just real food.
Today I ate an egg cooked in coconut oil with some smoked fish(from the farmer's market) and a half a peach for breakfast.
Lunch was a mug of chicken broth (made in the slowcooker on the weekend) a big mescalun mix salad (farmers' market)(with balsamic/olive oil dressing) peeled cukes and tomato from my garden), leftover chicken meat tossed in with a half an avocado. I buy really good balsamic vinegar and it's worth every penny)
Supper was bun-less burger - tomato, onion,pickle (Bubbie's), lettuce on top with sweet potato fries. garlic/mayo dip. (homemade).
I drank black coffee with breakfast and between lunch and supper
I drink mostly water or carbonated water. Some evenings I snack on an apple and good quality salami (raw hard cheese if I have it...also not paleo but really good and doesn't seem to give me immediate trouble. Also drink chai tea with almond milk sometimes. I occasionally make my own almond milk but it's sort of a hassle. I've been thinking of investing in a Soyabella to make my own.
What's your sample menu?
diagnosed (colonoscopy/biopsy) Feb 2012; U/C throughout entire colon but only partly inflamed?
taking oral Mesasal; Salofalk enema nightly
supplement with Mutaflor; fermented cod liver oil/butter oil; vit B12; magnesium
I avoid gluten and dairy, I eat pastured meat and eggs; some produce; avoid processed food as much as possible; I use olive oil, coconut oil and butter; water kefir