If you’re one of those people on a perennial quest to lose weight and find a healthy lifestyle that you can live with – then maybe you’ve heard about the Paleo diet.
I can’t scroll through Facebook or Twitter without seeing messages and articles about the newest diet craze. And, I have to admit I’m curious so I decided to research it some more.
I am 5’7 and 152lbs so I am not overweight and still within a healthy BMI of 24 but I’d love to lose about 10-15lbs while increasing body tone and endurance. My personal goal is to compete in next year’s Tough Mudder. I also had a wake up call when someone close to me was recently diagnosed as pre-diabetic. After researching diet plans it occured to me that the Paleo diet might be a good fit. We recently started Shaun T’s T25 and plan to get on the Paleo diet starting this weekend.
Paleo In A Nutshell
What you can eat:
Animal proteins (quality meats — preferably grass-fed — eggs, and fish). Fruits. Vegetables (except for starchy varieties). Nuts and seeds (in moderation). Healthy fats (olive oil, fish oil, avocado). Herbs and spices.
What you can’t eat:
Dairy. Grains. Legumes. Starches. Alcohol. Processed foods, sugars, and sugar substitutes.
Paleo dieters who engage in endurance events lasting 90 minutes or more can consume sweet potatoes and yams to up glycogen stores as part of training.
Per Paleo thinking, modern human digestive systems weren’t designed to handle the refined sugars, starchy carbs, grains, legumes, and dairy products that have snuck into our diets over the past 10,000 years. The consequence? A steady expansion of our waistlines and an uptick in disease rates. – Greatist
I’m sure you can tell based on the allowed foods that it’s really expensive to maintain this diet. But for a good reason. It requires that you eat pretty much fruits and lean meats which is expensive in today’s economy, especially when shopping at Whole Check Foods. Still, that hasn’t been a deterrent because I believe in spending money on the things that you value, such as good health.
How To Save Money On The Paleo Diet
Jackie from ThePaleoMama.com has a fantastic list of how to save money on this diet. Check out a few below:
4) I pick my own produce. This is a great way to save money and also to spend some good time outdoors. A great website to find local farms that you can pick at is www.pickyourown.org.
5) I shop on Amazon A LOT! My UPS driver knows me now and he is, literally, at my door 3-5 times a week. When you buy through there Subscribe & Save option, you really save some good money.
6) I shop at Sam’s Club to get things like nuts, Lara Bars, frozen fruit for smoothies, almond milk, olive oil, and spices.
7) I don’t buy much organic. I save my money that I would spend on overpriced organic produce that has traveled halfway around the world and I buy local meat and produce instead.
8) I prepare things myself. I make my own mayo, salad dressings, and stocks. I also make our own Paleo treats, like popsicles, cookies (on occasion), pancakes, and muffins.
9) I grow things myself. Last year I had a full garden with lots of vegetables and spices. It really does save a ton of money!
I plan to get started this weekend and try it through the end of the month. The diet isn’t drastically different than what I eat now but those mid-afternoon jaunts for coffee and my favorite Caribbean foods will have to stop!
What are you doing to save money and lose weight?