I have now been doing the Paleo way of life for just over 10 weeks. I love the Paleo diet and the Paleo diet loves me. It makes me feel healthy, motivates me, allows me to run faster than I have ever done in my life and best of all has taught me that healthy food doesn’t have to revolve around lettuce or other rabbit style food.
I had a great time doing my Gradual Paleo, an even better time joining the herd on Whole 30 programme and now I am dropping a dress size with Paleo ahead of the little black dress that I am planning to wear on Halloween.
But what I have learnt most during my Paleo diet lifestyle is that you need those staple foods in order for your meals to be amazing. And for you to remind yourself that you are not on a diet but more a long term lifestyle change.
After comparing notes with all the meals I have made over the last 10 weeks I have put together the ten things I simply can’t live without.
Paleo Diet Foods #1 – Coconut Oil
Until I started this blog I had never even heard of coconut oil let alone used it. Yet here I am having this as my number 1. The reason is simple it makes food taste out of this world. Amazing just doesn’t cover it.
Make yourself some sweet potato mash, you then realise it is rather boring and then add a tablespoon of coconut oil and you are in food heaven!
Paleo Diet Foods #2 – Pork Shoulder
This has become the typical meat that goes in our slow cooker. It is one of those meats that go well with everything. You can have pulled pork, pork with apples, pork with honey crust, pork and pineapple for some sweet and sour, then the list goes on and on.
I like the fact that pork shoulders are really cheap and that I can have them in my slow cooker with all the other prep in less than 10 minutes. Then serve it with a salad or cauliflower rice and I have a fabulous family dinner.
Paleo Diet Foods #3 – Chicken
As I write this (ahead of time of course) Dominic is in the kitchen cooking chicken and vegetables in the wok. He will have added his own flavors which will be completely different to how I cook it but I know it will be out of this world.
Note to readers – marry a chef and let them cook for you!!!!!!
Chicken is incredibly versatile and you can use it a whole variety of ways. It is also a perfect source of protein for those on Paleo.
I find that I have that many uses for it and I couldn’t have survived the Whole 30 Programme without it.
I buy a pack of chicken breasts (about 15 of them), a pack of chicken thighs, a pack of chicken wings and some chicken drumsticks and this amount will last us a month. I can then get them out of the freezer as and when we need them.
Paleo Diet Foods #4 – Eggs
I hate fried eggs (you can read my about my hate for them here) but there is so many different things that you can do with an egg it shouldn’t put you off if you don’t like them in one of the ways.
I use them in salads, as boiled eggs and cucumber soldiers (perfect for lunch on Whole 30 days) and omelettes.
I don’t go mad on the eggs though and have a pack of 12 over the week as a family, so they are not all mine!
Paleo Diet Foods #5 – Avocado
I love avocados and they are brilliant for getting your fat content, especially like me if you don’t like nuts or seeds. I add it to soups, eat it on its own, have it in salads, use it as a sauce or a mayonnaise and it just fits in well around what meals I have.
I also try not to overdo it, I remember one day when I had loads of avocados I was rather shocked to see I had got through more than 400 calories in one meal!
Paleo Diet Foods #6 – Minced Beef
Grab the minced beef and you have the main focus of a meal. I use it for all kinds of dishes but they are mainly traditional ones that you had before Paleo but they are made in a healthier way.
I make burgers, ragu, meatballs, meatloaf and loads of other dishes too. If you are into your fast food, then fear not you can make burgers whenever you like without feeling like you are missing out.
I have been to McDonalds since my Whole 30 and found that I felt sick afterwards because the processed burger didn’t live up to the quality of the burgers I was having at home!
Paleo Diet Foods #7 – Honey
This may not be allowed on Whole 30 but it is allowed on the Paleo diet so tuck in!!!! I like a teaspoon of it when I have a really bad sugar craving as it takes the edge of it straight away. Then I also like honey in my meals so that I am naturally getting my sugar intake.
I will add honey to a pork dish, use it with coconut milk for a sweet fruit salad, with mustard on a dressing for my salad and it also works well in hot drinks.
Paleo Diet Foods #8 – Vegetable Frittata
OMG I just love these and the hubby makes the nicest ones in the world. Using a mixture of seasonal vegetables and some egg we have his signature Paleo dish.
But I have found that even though I have this a lot for lunch with Dominic (while Kyle is at school) it makes a brilliant chips alternative as a side dish when we are eating as a family.
Just last week we had it with slow cooked pork and apple and some salad. In the old days we would have had loads of chips so it made a brilliant alternative.
It is also the kind of dish you could bring to a BBQ or have for a girl’s night in. Especially, if you cut it into squares so that it can become finger food.
Paleo Diet Foods #9 – Cauliflower Sauce
I love this and this is my most recent invention when I was bored with soup leftovers. It is where you mix cooked cauliflower with water, stock and coconut milk to make a delicious sauce.
You can then use it on a variety of dishes. I use it on top of meat and vegetable dishes and to go with a lot of our meals. It is not that high in calories and sometimes you just miss your cheese sauce!
Paleo Diet Foods #10 – Cauliflower Rice
I love this yummy dish. You can have it either as a main meal with meat and vegetables or as a side dish. I add onions, courgette, carrot to a wok along with a can of tinned tomatoes and the cauliflower rice and then I have a great dish.
I have this for lunch a lot and also as an alternative to rice or chips.