Welcome to my new obsession and a step into our crazy, busy, ever changing world~
Since that December afternoon in 2010, when Perry & I joined CrossFit on the Plains, deep down, we knew this day was the inevitable. We have decided to further our lifestyle change; we have made the decision to go Paleo.
For those that do not know what the Paleolithic lifestyle consists of, think caveman. No refined sugar, no dairy, grains or legumes (a peanut is a legume) nothing FAKE! This is a meat and veggies kind of life!
We work so hard with our WOD (Work out of the day) not to replenish our bodies with the fuel it needs. For years now, I have always tried to cook on the healthier side (struggling with delicious deserts) but.... there is still much room for improvement. Some of that improvement will come in the form of eating CLEAN. Do you know how much junk is in the meat, vegetables and fruit you buy at the local supermarket? You may have seen the rage lately about the “pink slime” in McDonalds (ewe!) burgers, but take that fakeness (yes, I made that a new word) and pertain it in some way, to everything you ingest. YUCK!
So, why blog about it you ask? Well, I have a couple reasons for an added box on my checklist. The first being the sense of accountability, even if I only have 1 or 2 readers, somewhere in my mind, this blog will keep me going and deter me from the Oh, so delicious cupcakes. The cupcakes deliciousness that I am well aware will be my downfall. It’s almost like a, No turning back now, we made it public!! My second reason involves our friends who have already, and are either considering or planning on going Paleo. Of all of these friends, not one of them has the time to turn their kitchen into a Paleo lab and construct Paleo meals that suite our “real life” taste. Nor do they have time (or the desire) to have to cipher through all the hundreds and hundreds of websites with recipes and tips plastered all over the web. So, this blog can act as a central location, where we can all compile beneficial articles and I will attempt to post at least 1 good (kitchen tested) recipe a week!
With all of that being said, if you have stumbled upon this blog and are one of those people who make fun (AKA can’t handle the heat) of CrossFit, or you are a PETA follower, I suggest you leave quickly and never look back, you will be offended by every single one of my posts. We workout hard, we hunt, and we eat meat, lots and lots of meat.
If you are still reading, and know this lifestyle is for you, it’s time for step one. Clean out your pantry and refrigerator. Find your closest Whole Foods, Earth Fare, Trader Joes, or farmers market and start all over. We did this yesterday; we bought the staple necessities and will add to our stash each week. Buy clean, fresh meats and organic fruits and vegetables. Start with some coconut oil, coconut flour and almond flour. Remember nothing fake, no sugar, no regular flour, no gluten or wheat, no sweeteners (to start with) and no dairy (cheese is in a lot of the fresh, premade meat patties and goodies you find at the meat counter, so make sure you read the ingredients first!!)
Yes, this shopping list will equal a higher grocery bill, hence our “replenish the stash weekly,” but, I am determined to do this on a budget. Whole Foods does accept manufacture coupons & puts out a newsletter containing their own. They also have weekly sales and specials on meats etc. Given our quaint, small town, we are limited with our grocery shopping to the Whole Foods that is about 40 minuets away or being extra picky with the Greenwise line available at Publix. I have full intentions on shopping the sales and will let everyone know when a steal is available at one of those 2 stores.
As you read my posts, please keep in mind, I am NOT a writer. My Paulding County education only got me so far before I struggled with grammatical mechanics at Auburn and now in Graduate school.
If you know of any helpful tips, websites or recipes, PLEASE share them! We can make this a group effort and do this together! We will think of this as a lifestyle change, not a diet! We are already one step closer to healthier, happier, better operating bodies! :)