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My Paleo Plate: A Day in the Life

I received comment from a new reader (Hi Karla!) requesting me to share what I eat. Karla mentioned that she is interested in Paleo, but wants to see it “in action.” I am actually really glad for this request because I feel like many people fear that Paleo is crazy difficult/restrictive/lame. In actuality it is AWESOME! πŸ™‚Β  However, I guess I am a little biased.

For anyone new to the whole Paleo thing, here is our “food pyramid.”

Basically my diet consists of tons of veggies (romaine, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, carrots, sweet potatoes, squashes = my faves), lots of fruits (My faves: apples, strawberries, oranges, blackberries, bananas), protein (eggs, chicken, pork, beef =in that order), fats (almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, avocados, coconut).

I am notoriously AWFUL at remembering to photograph everything I eat, but here is my best effort!

Breakfast: 8:00 AM

3 egg sunny-side up omelet cooked with a bit of olive oil (Protein + Fat)

Unsweetened Applesauce (in our crystal…because if I don’t use it now, when will I ever use it..Also, THANKS NANA!)

10:00 AM: Running Time!

Today’s Run= 8 mile run and 1 mile cool-down walk + a tiny bit or post-run yoga…even a couple of poses count…right?

Lunch: 1:00 PM

Grilled Chicken + Avocado + Romaine = Lettuce roll-ups (Protein + Fat + Veggies)

Dessert: A few semi-sweet chocolate chips. (Not totally Paleo, but delicious and my stomach is A-ok at digesting chocolate in small quantities!)

Afternoon snack: 5:00 PM

This would be a sliced Jazz apple (the best apples in the WORLD) and a hefty serving of almond butter

Dinner: 7:00 PM at Molto Pazzo

We went out with one of Chase’s friends from medical school and his wife. They don’t know about the blog and I am a complete weenie, so I only took one super quick picture.

Here is what I ordered:

This was called “Pazzo Staci’s Salad” and it consisted ofΒ  “grilled fine herb chicken breasts served over a bed of spinach with walnuts, red onions and grape tomatoes.” I think Chase may have loved it even more than I did because he kept stealing bites!

My strategy when I am out to eat at an Italian restaurant is to get a salad and add some protein.Β  This is my go-to strategy when I am eating somewhere that has limited paleo options. Honestly, it is delicious, filling, and easy! It may not be the most exciting meal option, but as long as it is nourishing, I am good to go!

9:00 PM: Evening Snack

So I have been experimenting with adding a little bit of peanut butter back in my diet in the form of dairy-free, gluten-free homemade peanut butter cookies. Last night I had 2 and there was no haunting stomach ache–YAY!

And there you have it! That concludes a day in the life of a paleo-eater.

What is your favorite meal?

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About paleorunnergirl

I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

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  1. I eat mostly paleo with a few exceptions here and there, peanut butter definitely being one of them! If AB was a little less expensive and PB a little less delicious I might be able to make the switch permanently, but for now there’s no chance ahha. The cookies look great, recipe??

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    • I will post the recipe this week–I promise! I am trying a couple of different recipes and trying to figure out my favorite! So far my stomach has happily accepted peanut butter so I am happy to have it as an alternative.

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  2. Like I told you, I stick to only one grain a day and one or two servings of dairy. If I plan ahead then I will order whatever I want at a restaurant, but if not, it’s pretty easy to find something suitable on the menu. There are so many options, it just takes a little creativity!

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  3. Thank you for sharing this! I was wondering more about it, so this is great.. and not lame πŸ™‚ I don’t know if I could ever do the no/minimal grains thing though… Yes to Jazz apples, they really are so good, and paired with maple almond butter? Heaven!

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    • Hey, if you have a happy tummy than there is NO need to give up grains. I am glad that you are a fellow Jazz apple fan! I cannot get enough…And that Justin’s almond butter–oh goodness, do not even get me started! I die! So stinking yummy.

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  4. I feel like I’m so much more educated about paleo eating. All of your meals looks delicious and you incorporate in tons of fruits and veggies; love it!

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  5. I am doing a paleo challenge for the month of Feb along with my crossfit box. I’m okay giving up all the bread and processed carbs, but am terrified of giving up cheese and greek yogurt!!! Any suggestions for me?

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    • I was a Fage ADDICT right until I switched to Paleo. It was hard the first few days, but then I totally lost my craving for it. Smoothies with frozen bananas and coconut milk were a good substitute for the yogurt. Also, I found that avocados and guacamole were a great substitute for cheese on salads, eggs, hamburgers, etc. Let me know if you have any questions!!

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  6. I’m so glad that you posted this! I am really interested in learning more about Paleo, and I’ll probably ask you more questions soon if you don’t mind! πŸ™‚ I’m sure I would feel so much better by eliminating certain foods from my diet. It’s something I definitely want to research!

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  7. Love that you shared that. I looked at a lot of paleo recipes & ideas over the weekend. Not really planning to go all the way, but I love healthy eating and there’s a lot of good stuffing going on in paleo. Especially avocados!! Haha.

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  8. how funny! I was really curious what exactly the paleo diet was! It seems like it’s truly truly WHOLE foods~I guess there’s nothing bad about that πŸ™‚ But I could never give up oatmeal, wheat, all those goodies…unless an angel manifested itself and told me to lol.

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    • Realizing that it truly was all about WHOLE foods is totally what convinced me to give it a try. I thought, “There is NOTHING to lose!” I also liked that there is nothing gimicky about this style of eating–no “special” bars, shakes, vitamins. I definitely miss oatmeal, but I realized that my stomach did NOT like oats, so it is worth sacrificing them to not get a stomachache!

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  9. So – WHY is what other people eat always so interesting!? Because it always, always is!

    Your food all looks delicious and has made me VERY hungry. Fellow apple FREAK here as well… and I do love chicken!

    AAAANNND – guess what? I made flourless peanut butter cookies on Sunday! For realz! I wonder if its the same recipe??

    Im a wimp blog publicising too! xox

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    • I know–seeing what other people eat TOTALLY fascinates me! It is like looking in other people’s grocery carts (love that!!). We are such kindred spirits–nothing beats peanut butter cookies! I am so glad that many of the recipes are naturally gluten-free!

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  10. SO neat to see what you’re eating in a day. I don’t get enough meat for sure, I know this. I should take a day to photograph my eats so I know what I’m truly missing.
    I love your roll-ups for lunch, that is a great looking meal!
    Oooh, and using the crystal for applesauce- LOVE doing things like that. Makes me all happy inside πŸ™‚

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  11. Well this doesn’t seem TOO difficult! I love bread too much, but my husband would probably love a diet like this! (Oh, & I love to eat chocolate chips, too!)

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    • Chase was definitely not sad when I started cooking all of this meat! It made him VERY happy! I thought I would miss bread more than I actually do. I was a total carb-o-holic so I am shocked that paleo hasn’t felt like too much of a sacrifice. I guess not having a stomachache every night helps!

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  12. Looks yummy! I’ve added in a bit of dairy. I think there’s a whole spectrum of ‘paleo’. Love that.

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  13. Love that you did this! I was always interested in what you ate, especially since I was paleo before and am thinking about going back {which is totally do-able on the Tone It Up diet}.

    The fact you had gluten-free peanut butter cookies is totally helping the case!

    Thanks for sharing it!!

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  14. Your herb chicken salad looks amazing!! I’ve never been big on italian food so a salad is always my go to meal, although, we have probably only been to an italian restaurant once in the past two years. If they offered a delicious spaghetti squash entree I might go more often. πŸ™‚

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  15. This is great! Lots of healthy protein, too, which is something I struggle to get enough of in my diet.

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  16. Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog

    All of your eat look so healthy and delicious! Love the chicken salad that you got. It sounds tasty. πŸ™‚

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  17. Yay for Paleo eats! Could you give me some advice on how you incorporate coconut milk/butter? Do you just drink/eat it straight?

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    • I put coconut milk in smoothies or when I whipping up sweet potatoes. I like to put coconut butter on TOP of sweet potatoes (SO GOOD), or drizzled on bananas, apples, basically any fruit. I also like adding a drizzle to smoothies as well.

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  18. Hey! Just found your blog- yay! I’m been toying with going Paleo for a while, mostly because I have tummy issues too. Your blog is great!

    Just purely for curiosity reasons, did you lose weight when you first switched to Paleo?

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    • I would totally recommend trying Paleo out since you have stomach issues. I lost maybe 2 or 3 pounds when I switched, but nothing crazy. I really tried to keep my caloric intake up so I would not lose weight. However, I stopped bloating which made a huge difference in how my clothes fit me!

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  19. Hi! THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting this! It was so helpful to see that this isn’t a crazy “diet”. I didn’t know anything about paleo eating, other than what weight loss advocates had to say, before I found your blog. Thank you for helping me better understand. Right now, I eat mostly carbs, dairy and processed food (i.e. cereal, pancakes, pita bread, ice cream, candy bars, etc.) It’s rare for me to eat fruits and veggies and meat. But, I always feel run down and have a very bloated stomach all.of.the.time! Perhaps it’s time I try something like this. If you have any more advice/recomendations/etc. I would appreciate anything! Also, if you ever decide to share your daily eats, I think it would continue to be a hit! πŸ™‚

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  20. I’m actually really interested in this…I do have digestive issues (constipation, or unhealthy bowels, unhealthy gut flora, cramping, gas buildup severe in my guts, a lot of side stitches from gas trappage, etc)…IBS i’ve been told…the weight loss is a blur of cause vs. effect (stress, anxiety, digestion, some “issues’ , etc…so not sure any more of cause vs. effect). I do need to gain so I’m doing the whole “making myself eat thing” but lately have been bingy on rice cakes, chocolate, yogurt, etc…such guilt (I don’t exercise anymore…feel like a failure). I doubt I’d have willpower to do paleo…but I’m curioius about it.
    How many cals you get in during the day, etc? I’m worried I either lose weight on it, or be more constipated, or eat way too much fat and throw my body off kilter…please email me with any thoughts..love to hear it.

    You seem very positive. In your pics you are very thin…be careful and don’t be unhealthy like me!! (but pretty of course)

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