Then get real. Having foods around that are NOT part of your program – (ANYWHERE in the house or within reach) is tempting fate – or worse yet – tempting your questionable will power (you are over-weight after all, yes?…)
Success going Paleo/Primal to lose weight (Paleo/Primal diet explained here) is no different than success with any other venture in your life – you must decide, choose your path and put you mind and will to the task! Happily, the wonder of the paleo diet is that, although there are “rules” on what NOT to eat, what you CAN eat is immensely satisfying, delicious, and you really do not have to “count calories”.
But don’t fool yourself – you WILL have to learn to cook (if you don’t), you WILL have to learn how to deal with meat (if you’ve been a vegetarian), and you WILL have to stop eating ***grains***, (no slippin on that one…) and you WILL have to re-condition your disastrous Americanized over-sweetened expectations in almost all food and sweeten less and with a better, less-caloric and less insulin-damaging sweetener (or – none!).
Sound hard? Just think about this – you can eat things like bacon, steak and eggs with abandon – not a bad compensation. Remember – fat is NOT bad – just don’t combine it with carbs! (in fact – keep ALL carbs to a minimum).
But first, you have to learn to shop and following are some pretty basic rules that we all need to be reminded about regularly. We’ll do more posts on how to buy meat, what cuts and their prices/how to cook them and so on. Let’s start with shopping:
ADOPT THESE PRAGMATIC RULES FOR PALEO FOOD SHOPPING:
OPENING SUPREME RULE:
A) DON’T GO FOOD SHOPPING HUNGRY! We ALL know the consequences of this one – not only does it end up being **expensive** but virtually all your impulse buying will be questionable or just plain stupid.
B) PREPARE A COMPREHENSIVE LIST BEFORE GOING, STICK TO IT. The urge-to-splurge is easier to control when you pre-plan not to shop-fail – with an idea of what your meal strategy is, and how much of each item you need, and how you are going to prepare what you buy. Sit down and PLAN your meats, veg and sides, count ‘em up and make a list.
C) WANT QUALITY FOOD AND MEAT? SET ASIDE AS MUCH $ AS YOU CAN AFFORD and then some. Cheap crappy food is cheap, hi-carb fillers are cheap, pasta is cheap. Good food is not cheap. Good grass-fed meats, high quality cooking oils are not cheap. Get over it – a truly good quality paleo-inspired diet is not cheap. But what is your good health worth, praytell? If you are all uppity after reading that – then go HERE and see how much less of the family budget is spent on food than 50 or 100 years ago – and it’s scary implications. STILL don’t believe us that you’ll have to cough up some decent bucks for quality meats raised humanely and with ecological responsibly? Read this (don’t get sick…).
D) SHOP ON A WEEKLY OR BI-MONTHLY BASIS. The less you are in grocery stores in America, the better. I lived for a while in Europe and ideally, having the butcher and veg stand right around the corner IS great – but America is different. We mostly have to drive to a mega-market and the second you park the car, the assault on your sensibilities begins. And marketers are no longer 1950′s dumb – they are sophisticated at hooking you into their products. Don’t expose yourself to the propaganda any more than you need to. Once you are strong enough (in your head) and skilled at focused-shopping, you can deal with this – but even Whole Foods with its veg-agenda will try to get you. (Mackay, you ol’ veged out fool…)
E) READ THE DAMN LABELS. EVERY INGREDIENT. If you are going to buy anything that has a list of ingredients – something to assiduously avoid – then get familiar with the labeling tricks and deceptions – like “sugar” may damn well be some fructose corn syrup that they are legally allowed to label as “sugar” – if you don’t immediately put the product down (as any good paleo-person should) then make sure it says “cane sugar” or “dehydrated cane sugar” or, or… hey – wait a minute, nevermind – it has sugar – just put it down! Get educated about what items on the label are disguised – hidden crap that you DO NOT want to put in your body. We’ll do some posts on that in the near future.
CLOSING SUPREME SHOPPING RULE
F) IF IT IS NOT PART OF THE PROGRAM, IF YOU KNOW YOU COULD BE TEMPTED TO INDULGE IN WHAT YOU BUY BEYOND REASON, IF YOU HAVE DOUBTS AS TO ITS “PALEO-NESS” AND ARE NOT, WITH FULL AWARENESS OF YOUR DEPARTURE FROM YOUR OWN EATING COMMITMENT, BUYING THE ITEM, THEN
*** JUST DON’T BUY IT! ***
If it ain’t there on the shelf or in the fridge – it won’t end up in your mouth.