Week 1 preparation

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When getting ready for a grocery shopping trip I start by making a list of breakfasts and dinners that I want to make for the whole week. Once I get my list together I delete what I have in the the house and now I have a list of things I need from the store. After I go over breakfast and dinners, I will add my snack and fruit options to the list.

Also, when I am planning my dinners I take into account my work schedule. I try to plan crock pot meals on days I work a lot and more difficult meals on my off days.

Next I will go through the store weekly ads to see where I can get the most “bang for my buck.” One of the biggest complaints about paleo is that it can get pretty expensive when your buying all of the things you need. Things like: Meat, fish, almond butter, almond meal, organic fruits, and veggies can get pretty expensive. Don’t crucify me but I only buy organic and grass fed when it is on sale.
TIPS
– Buy in bulk online or in the store
– Stock up when stuff is on sale
– Shop around
– Buy as much as you can at Aldi!

This is what my shopping list consists of for the meals I plan on making this week. I don’t have any lunch ideas on my list because I usually take left overs for lunch. But a great first week lunch idea are unwiches(deli meat wrapped in iceberg lettuce with other veggies I. E. Cucumbers, tomatoes, cheese & onions)

Shopping list for week one–
Fruits and veggies
Carrots
Green beans
Mushrooms– two large mushroom caps and shiitake
Ginger
Celery
Cauliflower
Broccoli
Chives
Onions- 2 white and a bag of sweet
Head of lettuce
Tomatoes
Avocado
Sweet potato
Bananas
Apples
Limes

Condiments
Gluten free soy sauce

Meats
Ground beef
Shrimp
Chicken breasts
Pork chops
Eggs
Deli meat- ham
Bacon

Possible Snacks
Snacking and coffee are what help me get through my day. Pick your favorites!

– Nuts
– Apple sauce
– Pork rinds
– Raisins
– Tuna(tuna and mustard) stuffed Cherry tomatoes
– Baby carrots
– Sweet potato chips- http://baublesandbakedgoods.blogspot.nl/2013/06/crispy-baked-sweet-potato-chips.html?m=1
-Almond milk
– “Ants on a log”–Almond butter, celery and raisins
– Hard boiled eggs

Breakfasts
I wake up VERY early so I look for things I can make ahead of time and be able to grab n go!

– Baked ham and egg cups- http://www.fitsugar.com/Baked-Eggs-Ham-Cups-21616192

– Eggs and bacon

– Banana with 1 cup of almond milk (unsweetened)

Dinners
These are my dinner ideas for the week.

– Cuban pork chops and broccoli- http://iwasborntocook.com/cuban-pork-chops-for-krystals-baby-shower/

– Burgers with mushroom cap- ground beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, mustard and avacado

– Spicy chicken and green beans- http://www.nutmegnanny.com/2011/07/27/honey-spiced-glazed-chicken/

– Friday- shrimp fried “rice” – http://stupideasypaleo.com/2011/10/28/cauliflower-sid/

Desserts
If you are craving something sweet just Pinterest Paleo Desserts and you will get a bunch of ideas. Personally, I am really going to try and stay away from desserts but I understand that sweets are very addicting. This recipe is one of my favorites.

Fried bananas- http://rachelschultz.com/2013/05/15/fried-honey-bananas/

*I only have four dinners because there will be days I won’t want to cook and I will pick up some chipotle or jimmy johns. Also, I have a tendency of wasting food so if I do decide I want to cook another meal I will buy the food the day I need it.

Good luck with week 1!!
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions

Carla
Eat Real Food

Paleo Lent Total 40 Challenge

I am super excited to do this challenge! I am ready to get serious about what I am putting into my body. I have been doing paleo for most of February but Paleo Lent is going to be more strict. I will be eliminating dairy and limiting my nut and fruit intake. This combined with my training for the Shamrock Shuffle will help me to achieve my goal of losing 20 lbs in 40 days and, most importantly, get into the 100s!!

I am going to do my best to inspire everyone to keep on working to shred those pounds with me. I will update my blog with recipes and snack ideas.

Since June I have let myself stray away from Paleo and I am back up to 215lbs. These 15 pounds have been pissing me off, I am ready to lose the weight for good.

When I eliminate grains from my system I sleep better, have more energy, and my anxiety goes away. It is just an overall feeling of greatness. And YES my cravings all go away.

With this challenge I hope that people give Paleo a try and are convinced at the harm that grains do to our bodies. Most importantly I hope we all lose A LOT of weight!!

Where to start?– You can start by reading my first couple of entries which will help you to gather some basic knowledge on how you can start, and what you can expect.

Challenge begins Wendesday, March 5th– Do you Accept?

Carla
Eat Real Food