On a scale of perfectly styled, plated, and resting gently on a rustic farm table to a blob of barely distinguishable, roasted to a crisp, hopefully that pile is edible, my food falls summwheerree in between. Lets leave it at that. Deal?
Yes, I could plan better, prep better, shop more locally, you name it, but I have my own excuses, spending budget and priorities. This is what is working for me and my family of two adults and three teens. My husband supports my paleo style diet yet there would be heck for me to pay if I were to take away the family’s grains and cheese. So for now, I not so silently judge them and sneak as many veggies into their meals without them knowing.
I’m linking up today with Jenn at Peas &Crayons to show you what my day of paleo and Whole30 looked like. I also wanted to explain what it is not.
Maybe you’ll find it helpful if you are on overload when it comes to a healthy diet? I know I’m a big girl and I know that what I see on blogs and instagram isn’t always true or even the biggest picture, but sometimes, just sometimes, I catch myself thinking that I’m not doing it right. That my version of paleo is wrong because:
- I didn’t press my coffee and blend it with spices and organic butter.
- I didn’t locally source my bison (I’ve never actually purchased bison before. Bee pollen yes – bison no.)
- Not all of my fruits and veggies are organic. Did you faint? I probs just got kicked out of the paleo club. Just kidding. There isn’t a club. (Ok well there probably is one but I don’t know about it because they would never ever invite me.)
I promise I’m getting to my point here. Definitely later than sooner, sorry. My intention is just to show you that my paleo is what it is, paper plates and all. I know! I’m the most horrible of the planet killers. I don’t even think it’s palegal. Get it?! Paleo + legal ?
FINE, I’ll stop and get to the pics. Mind you, these are more for uh, reference and not because I take nice photographs of my food.
Breakfast was three brown eggs – I think the box says that they are all the bad stuff free?-fried in some coconut oil and sprinkled with some sea salt and fajita seasoning. Served on a paper towel and consumed on my way to work. Not pictured – two cups of normal brewed, black coffee. Peet’s if you’re asking.
Lunch was leftovers of my dinner last night. Spaghetti squash (that I baked too long and it’s on the mushier side) topped with “paleo chili” and half of an avocado. Nothing in this picture is/was organic. Check out the paper plate and paper napkin! All kidding aside, I’m not proud of using paper products but sometimes I am lazy/forgetful and usually both at the same time and that’s what’s available at work.
A snack later on in the day of an apple and some almond butter. Trader Joe’s brand, no sugar added, and salmonella free. I’m so sorry but I have just not figured out how to photograph almond butter without it looking like diarrhea. The jar! I could have just shown you the jar. My apologies, again.
Dinner happened to be the same thing I had for lunch, minus the grapes. I was tired when I got home from work and didn’t feel like cooking. Leftovers are the pros and cons of this diet for me.
Oh and I did have some cashews for a pre workout snack and some Ruby Red Chai tea to ward off a sugar craving. I didn’t eat any sugar but the tea didn’t make the craving go away.
Thank you for visiting and letting me be a little cheeky about my paleo diet. Sometimes it can look a little judgy and pretentious, this whole clean eating/whole foods/paleo lifestyle. I say, do what you can do with the budget and means that you have. While my diet won’t stand up to a paleo purist’s diet, I feel satisfied that what I’m doing is better than eating junk food, fast food, and overly processed chemicals on a daily basis.
Please tell me I’m not the only one? *crickets