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My Paleo Plate: 2nd Edition

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


Dinner: 7:30PM

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?


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!

17 responses »

  1. MMM – that does look like a delicious day of eats – especially love apple and almond butter – why is it soooooo good????

    AND CONGRATS ON THE HOUSE – 5 BEDROOMS??? Holy Mama! 🙂 xox

    • I am convinced that they put fairy dust in almond butter. It is just TOO delicious! 🙂 Thanks for your support on the house–I mean you and Louis need to have a place to stay when you come visit (HINT HINT). 🙂 🙂

  2. mmm love that you keep it simple, I like to do the same thing. I eat many of the same meals over and over but they work for me!

  3. TOTALLY agree that paleo is a spectrum. I think a lot of people don’t realize that.

  4. I’m a HUGE snacker!! It’s my fave thing to do! lol.

    I’m a big popcorn fan, but I also like cookies .. so I think I’m 1/2 and 1/2 with salty or sweet.

    Can’t wait for your “cream” of broccoli soup!

  5. I love the salty snacks. I really love it when you do these posts. I ❤ the simple, tasty ideas! I'm excited to see the broccoli soup recipe too!!!

  6. Being a runner and CrossFitter, I crave raw nuts between my meals. But I am totally with you on the ‘not having a digestive system of steel’. I’m vegan, gluten free and mostly paleo – it’s not always a walk in the park, but it’s better than having a debilitating stomach issue. I cannot wait for the broccoli soup recipe!

  7. I’m a big-time snacker… usually only in the afternoon though! I try to keep things relatively healthy — Greek yogurt + fruit + mini chocolate chips + drizzle of honey, but I’ve been known to indulge in my fair share of unhealthy snacks as well!

  8. I definitely snack, especially in the morning to hold me over before lunch! I prefer salty snacks, like lightly salted almonds 🙂

  9. Trader Joe’s Kettle Corn is the best! Also, is that a tiny jar of chocolate chips? So cute!

  10. I totally agree that eating paleo is individualized and you have to find what works best for YOU. I am not always 100% (unless on whole30) but I know I feel my best when I am that strict so I try to stay in-between 80-90% and that works great for me. I think you have to find what works for you to be able to maintain the lifestyle because if you can’t see yourself sticking to it for a long period of time then its just not going to work – no one likes being miserable, especially not when it comes to eating! 🙂

    Oh, and love the plantain chips! My mom ships Ash the TJ’s kind. My dad used to be addicted to lays potato chips but I got him hooked on the plantain chips and he hasn’t touched a potato chip since. Woohoo!

    • I just tried the TJ plantain chips for the first time ever and I am SO hooked! How did I not know about these things?! And I totally agree with finding a balance that you can stick to for life!


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