Several people mentioned that they liked when I showed what exactly a Paleo person eats on a daily basis. I am not a “photograph everything I eat” type of blogger, but I do love to show how easy it is to eat Paleo (and how not crazy it is!). One thing to remember, Paleo eating is a spectrum. At the most extreme end of the spectrum, Paleo peeps eat very little fruit and no tubers (squash, sweet potatoes)–it’s all about the meat, veggies, and healthy fats. I lovelovelove running, so I embrace fruit and tubers with open arms. Also, when I started Paleo I eliminated all soy, legumes, dairy, grains, and white potatoes to restore a baseline and see how I felt. Once my digestive issues disappeared, I began to add in a little corn, a bit of full fat dairy, and the occasional white potato. As long as I don’t go crazy, my stomach is A-ok. The thing to remember about Paleo is that it is totally individualized (which I think is so important). Some people have digestive systems of steel (ahem, CHASE!), and have no need to avoid certain foods. I, unfortunately, am not one of those people. The other aspect of Paleo that I love is that by focusing on the causes of my stomach issues and eliminating the “sources” of discomfort, I have been able to stop taking loads of medicine that only treated the symptoms.
Ok, without further ado, here is my Day in the Life of a Paleo Eater:
Breakfast: 7:30 AM
A mug filled to the brim with mashed sweet potatoes:
I have discovered that the key to amazing sweet potatoes is adding vanilla extract. These tasted SO YUMMMY!
On the side, I also had some of the Trader Joe’s unsweetened chunky applesauce:
Confession: I usually just eat right out of the jar because Chase does not eat applesauce. However, I decided I would be a lady and actually make a presentable meal. 🙂
This is a breakfast that is all about the pre-run carbs. I knew I was going to run soon after eating, so I needed easy-t0-digest nourishment. I LOVE eggs, but I need time to digest eggs before I run.
Quick and dirty 8 mile run and 1 mile cooldown
Lunch: 12 PM
“Cream” of Broccoli Soup. This soup actually does not have any “cream” but it tastes like it does. It is DELICIOUS! I will post the recipe tomorrow–promise!
I always bring an assortment of snacks to work with me. I never know what I am going to feel like so options are key! Here is how yesterday afternoon snacking went:
2:00 = Kettlecorn
3:30 =Apple with a bit of almond butter (not pictured)
5:00 = Almonds and Raisins
Slow-cooker Paleo Chili
Plantain chips and avocado/salsa
Dessert: Not pictured piece of gluten-free chocolate fudge
Are you a snacker? What are your favorite foods to snack on? Do you prefer sweet or salty snacks?