Probably the most important aspect of a Primal and Paleo lifestyle with regard
to eating is simple. Eating simply means close to the source, minimal
ingredients, no chemicals, and processing. Basically, of you could not grow it,
hunt it, or pick it. You shouldn't eat it. Obviously, living
within city limits, makes some of these basic tools difficult, but
armed with a few simple tools, eating healthy and as close to the source
as you can becomes habit.
1. Always strive for meat and eggs that are wild, pastured, organic, hormone
free, grass fed etc.
Commercially raised meat, beyond the conditions the animals have to endure,
develops meat that is nutrient deficient and loaded with inflammatory Omega-6 fatty acids as
opposed to ultra-beneficial Omega-3's.
Here are a few sources to get wild meat:
2. Seek out Quality Produce
Densely colored vegetables like Kale and various leafy stuffs: bok choy,
arugula, spinach, beet leaves, should always occupy space in your fridge. Good
as a salad or even blended in a shake.
- Buy fruit in season
- Densely colored berries like blueberries, raspberries
- Tropical like pineapple, papaya, guava, mangos, once in a while
4. Farmer's Markets
Foraging through a local weekend market yields many quality local
fruits, vegetables, and even meats that are in season. One word of caution is
that even though it seems organic and looks healthier than your average
supermarket, many farmers still use pesticides.
A quick google search will lead you to many local
farms that offer a far better meat product than your supermarket.
5. Find Farms Offering Pastured Meat