Here is what I found about the Paleo diet. When searching for how to do it, I came across a lot of elitist attitudes. The big message that I got was that if you can’t afford 6 – 15 bucks a pound for organically grass fed free range meat and top dollar for organic produce that you just can’t do it. This seems odd to me, since many of us especially in this economy have been forced to make food choices that are less than optimum for our health.
I will let you in on a little secret. You can do Paleo-style on a budget, even a tight one. You don’t have to be able to afford the optimum level of meats and other products; I suppose technically that if you aren’t eating grass fed/organic/blahblahblah that you aren’t really “Paleo” so we will call it Paleo Style for the purpose of separating ourselves from elitists that get offended when people dare to call themselves Paleo don’t eat how they “should”. Then again, our rainwater isn’t organic. This computer isn’t Paleo and neither is cooking so the definition of Paleo can be very loose. Do what you can, when you can. Buy what you can afford. I have lost 20 pounds in the last two months and I feel fantastic. Not necessarily because of the weight loss, that was just a bonus. The major benefits are that my skin is clear, I am sleeping better, my joints don’t ache and I am a lot less hungry which makes food a lot less expensive. Trust me, I would love to support sustainable agriculture and all that jazz but I also love to be able to afford things like electricity and taking our son to the zoo. My son eats Paleo(ish) as well, no wheat for sure. He does eat corn. As an autistic child, he has severe sensory issues that make feeding difficult. Corn tortillas and chips are one of the very few things he will eat and he doesn’t get a reaction to the corn. So, if you have a picky kiddo I say if you need to eat corn then do it. 80% Paleo(ish) is still healthier than stuffing yourself with processed breads, cakes, etc.
My point is, please please please don’t get discouraged. I learned, and am still learning, how to do Paleo by reading the basics and following these rules: no beans, no legumes, no potatoes, and no corn. I just try to buy non-gmo. Costco will save your budget if you are looking for great deals on healthy stuff. Don’t let the “Paleo-snobs” discourage you; this is your health and what you eat is your choice. Make the most of what you have and you will be just fine.
In the upcoming weeks I will begin to add recipes, commentary and any other tidbits of information that I hope will help my readers.