Living PALEO(ISH)

Eating Paleo-style on a budget.

Month: August, 2012

Latte, anyone?

Coconut Milk Vanilla Bean Latte

Mix one can of coconut milk in a container with 2 vanilla beans (split/scraped)

Add 1/2 cup to 2 shots of espresso

VOILA! Foamy, delicious coconut latte Paleo-style!

You can also use regular coffee for less of a strong taste.  The coconut milk mixture will thicken overnight which makes a nice foamy whipped cream consistency (I like it on berries too!).  If you don’t have fancy-pants vanilla beans, two capfulls of pure vanilla extract works just fine as well.  Enjoy!

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Super Green Salad

Super Green Salad

Organic spring/herb mix

3 very ripe large avocados

1 large English cucumber

1 small bunch green unions

6 strips of crispy bacon – chopped

Pink Himalayan salt – to taste

The creaminess of the avocado in this salad along with the Himalayan salt makes a wonderful substitute for dressing.  If you really miss dressing you could blend several avocados with some olive oil and even add a bit of garlic.  This salad goes great with a variety of meats or just on its own.

Awesome Giveaway by PrimalToad!

Good morning Paleo-ish people! I am off to the local farmer’s market in search of some awesome organic produce.  Later today I will share my favorite salad with you guys.  In the mean time, check out this super awesome giveaway by PrimalToad, it is jam-packed with all the Paleo essentials that some of us may not otherwise be able to afford.  Good luck and leave me a blog post letting me know you entered and why you choose to live Paleo-ish!

Hello world!

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.

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