Eating Right isn’t
a habit but a skill. And, just like any skill, it starts with learning the
basics. Learning what foods the body thrives on and allows it to function
optimally is what the majority of this site is about, but the next step in
acquiring this skill is having some type of structure with your food purchasing
and preparation. Purchasing basic food staples packed with nutrients to create
simple meals is the key to making meal prep a no brainer. Setting aside a few
minutes to prepare meals while employing a bit of creativity really isn’t a big
deal with a little planning. Many tend to complicate the eating process by
saying: ‘I’m too busy to cook,’ ‘I don’t have time to shop,’ and ‘I hate to
wash dishes.’ But taking the time to buy food and prepare food have to become
priorities in your life if obtaining the body you want is important to you.
TRAIN YOUR BODY TO KEEP THE TEAM PLAYING WELL
Followers of the
Paleo selection of foods: Meat-Vegetables-Fruits-Eggs-Nuts-Oils, means keeping
your food selection within these parameters to train and keep your body
functioning optimally. From preparation in the mouth and the tongue, to the
stomach, into the small intestine and subsequent shipping to organs like the
liver and pancreas, the body likes to know what to expect without any surprises
to disrupt the efficiency of their functions. Training your body chemistry is
just as important as training the mind. They do work together.
Eating out or Takeout should not be routine
out or takeout is much more convenient, it is expensive and you don’t really
know what is going into your food. Plus, I don’t know about you, but I like
eating out to be a special occasion…one where one of those ‘non-Paleo’ foods I
rarely eat, like pasta, may sneak on my plate!
Meal Plans, Diets, and Calorie counting do not work
books with 60 pages of information that looks awesome from the onset,
complex diets with every meal mapped out, and recipes with 20
we all know, lasts about two weeks, tops. Learning which foods are good
and which to avoid and then figuring out the ones you actually like
first. Portions are key and ensuring your plate, bowl, or cup contains
Protein, Complex Carbohydrate (in the form of vegetable or fruit), and
Fat is a must.
THE SAME FOODS DO NOT MEAN THE SAME MEAL
That just reminded
me of a scene in Forrest Gump: ‘steamed shrimp, boiled shrimp, grilled shrimp…’
How many different
ways can you prepare beef, chicken, or seafood?
A few tricks: One,
always buy the same basic foods, but prepare them in different guises to keep
it healthy, simple, and interesting. Two, choose a meat of the week and a
couple of vegetables of the week to play with. That way the shopping cart isn’t
overloaded and nothing ends up rotting. Three, think about what meat you want,
then the flavor or spice, then add whatever vegetables you want to complete it.
RECIPES? DID YOU SAY RECIPES?
Hit the 'EAT' page for an ever growing list of tasty meals.
Talk about quick,
easy, and packed with nutrients. Try a little frozen fruit, coconut milk, some
type of green juice, a couple of teaspoons of oil, and two scoops of protein
powder. Bam! A full meal, easily portable, great nutrient ratios, easy to
digest, and just 2 minutes to make.
The Four-Day Chicken
I love roast
chicken, the meat, the drippings, the skin, all of it! Try and source a farm
near you who raises pastured, organic, free-range chickens.
A Roasted Chicken,
cooked in my NuWave Oven, (I love this thing…the only infomercial product I
have ever bought!), provides enough meat for 4 meals: Chicken with veggies one
night, on top of a salad for lunch the next day, sautéed into a curry dish the
next night’s dinner, then boil the bones, peel off the remaining meat, and you
have broth to add some veggies and you have a nice soup or stew.
Eating Basic is Economical… AND Healthy
The packaged stuff
in the colorful boxes is loaded with preservatives, chemicals, and additives,
to make it have shelf life and fool your taste buds. Chemicals and packaging cost
money. Not only are these things costly, they are doing nothing for your
health. How much do you think the liquid inside a little can of tow dollar Red
Bull is actually worth? I have a rule: if it has more than three ingredients in
it, or things I can’t pronounce, I really don’t need it.
Eating Simply Makes Shopping a Snap
I don’t know about
you but I want to get in and out of the grocery store as fast as possible.
There are better things to do. Buying the same simple and basic staples is
always a no brainer.
usually: Coconut milk, eggs, green juice of some (Naked Green Machine,
Bolthouse, Odwalla), green vegetables, leafy lettuce-type greens,
walnuts, avocado, garlic, chicken sausages, olive and coconut oil.
Order Your Meat
I order the majority of my wild fish.
mentioned above, do a search for a local farm.
Grass Fed Beef:
same as above.
THE GROCERY STORE
You may have heard
that rule: shop the perimeter of the store only, and that holds true for the
most part. Although, I do like to hit the spice aisle once in a while. My rule
is that if it comes in a box or can, 99% of the time, I don’t need it.