And It’s Paleo! – Meal Plan #19

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Hello again! I hope you enjoyed Easter Sunday last weekend with plenty of good food and company!

This week, I want to go into some of the mindset behind living a paleo lifestyle. Yes, we all know eat meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, good fats, and avoid processed foods, sugars, wheat products, breads, blah blah blah. This is the WHAT of paleo, and hopefully you have a good WHY (which I probably talk about way too often), but also important is the HOW of paleo.

‘You mean it matters how I eat my food?’

Well, what I mean here is more of how you think. Honey is considered paleo, but does that mean you should put 10 tablespoons of it in your coffee? Eggs and bananas and pure maple syrup are all paleo, but does that mean you should eat paleo pancakes every day for breakfast? What about paleo brownies? Paleo ice cream? Paleo funnel cake? (is that even possible?!)

There’s a difference in what is ‘healthy’ and what is just ‘not as bad.’

What I mean by that is, carrots are healthy. Baked chicken is healthy. Brussels sprouts are healthy (and freakin’ delicious!). Cupcakes are not healthy. A paleo cupcake is not necessarily ‘healthy,’ but they’re not as bad as a traditional cupcake. That doesn’t mean you have free reign to eat as many as you can stuff into your face! Of course, I’m not going to come to your house and slap that cupcake out of your hand, but keep you goals in mind, whatever they may be. Those paleo oreos are not healthy. They most likely contain plenty of (paleo-approved) sugar, and offer no redeeming nutrients.

There is a wrong way to do paleo.

The paleo lifestyle doesn’t mean you just find paleo-approved alternatives to everything you were eating previously, it means changing your mindset from consuming calorie-dense but nutrient-lacking processed foods to nutrient-dense, fresh real foods.

Anyway, I hope that clears up some things. I do make paleo-approved treats, but it is only occasionally and I’m not fooling myself by saying they are ‘healthy.’ There are tons of treats out there that are delicious and actually healthy! Apples, bananas, avocados, pistachios, and so many more!

Have a good week and here’s the meal plan!

-Tom Eats


Meal Plan #19

Breakfast:

Green smoothie(spinach, coconut milk, banana), eggs, sautéed spinach and mushrooms, with the occasional butter coffee. I’ve been cutting back a little on the bacon just to shake things up.

Lunch:

Leftovers from dinner the night before, baby carrots and almond butter, and some dark chocolate.

Dinner:

Steak and Asparagus – Grab your favorite cut and fire up the grill! I season with only salt and pepper and let the flavor of the meat speak for itself. The asparagus I cook with a little olive oil and ghee and some salt, pepper, and paprika (optional: garlic powder).

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeños – Okay, this is a classic appetizer that is usually loaded with cheese. The link I put up is the recipe I followed for years. I love this dish but can’t handle that much dairy. Instead, I substitute avocado for cheese. Still turns out great! A 50/50 mix is good, too.

Paleo Chili – Yeah, I know it’s not cold anymore and most people shy away from warm soups during springtime but this is just so good! Crock-pot, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, what more could you want?!

Grilled Tilapia Fish Taco Bowl – Fish tacos are one of my favorite meals. This takes all the tasty goodness without the tortilla!

Breakfast for dinner – An easy go to, since we always have eggs around. If I don’t have time or don’t feel  like making what I had planned for dinner, a simple scramble fits perfectly!

Happy cooking!

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