The Pursuit of Paleo: Grocery Shopping 1

Posted: August 6, 2010 in Nutrition
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Quick post here for you guys!

A lot of people claim the don’t eat as well as they could or should because they don’t have time to shop, or don’t know the “right” foods to buy.

As I said in my first “Pursuit of Paleo” post, I guide most of my food choices off of a prescription found in CrossFit’s World Class Fitness in 100 Words.

“Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar.”

Again, I use this as a GUIDE.  I don’t live my life with a strict Paleolithic Diet, but I am aware that the body reacts more favorably to… well, life, when we choose better and healthier food options.

Last night I decided to go grocery shopping and 10 minutes and $50 later, here’s what I walked out with-

$50 can get you a lot of good food that can last for a while!

I used to use the “I don’t have time to shop or eat healthy” excuse a lot, so here is a quick run-down of what I bought and why.  Feel free to disagree with any of my food choices.  I’m just sharing what I did, and why 🙂

Frozen Veggies- Heat them up in your microwave in 4.5 minutes.  Super easy, and frozen veggies last MUCH longer than fresh ones

Fresh Veggies- There is some asparagus in there, too, not just the spinach.  Those are two things that I can just toss in the pan if I’m baking some chicken and add some greens to my plate.  Very easy to prepare, and the spinach I can even rinse and throw on any plate, with pretty much any meal.  Good for you, and easy to make.

Eggs- I’ve read it can be bad to eat too many eggs, and I’ve also heard they’re one of the most effective means of obtaining protein.  Plus, I can whip up a plate in 6 minutes, so that works well for me and my busy schedule.  Just toss on some hot sauce and I’m ready to go.

Fruit- Some people say to eat fruit too often can lead to an intake of too much sugar in your diet.  On some levels I agree, but on the other hand, cutting up strawberries takes 20 minutes and I can keep them in the fridge for a week plus.  Also, grabbing an apple when I walk out the door in a rush, instead of a pop tart… is a little better for me.

Chicken Breast- Rip open the tray, separate 1-2 breasts in a ziplock bag at home with a marinade of some kind for added flavor, and freeze them until I’m ready to cook.  Piece of cake!

Walnuts- Great source of good fats, and I’ve been on a walnut kick lately.

That’s all there is to it.  It literally took me 10 minutes walking through the perimeter of the grocery store and I had enough food (and food that I consider “healthy”) to last me for at least 5-7 days.  Not bad!

Feel free to comment on this post and let me know your thoughts on my food choices and your stance on nutrition in general!  Let’s get this dialogue going.


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