"We are born to be fit, strong, and healthy." Robb Wolf

September 28, 2010

A Few Ideas

When cooking, the following are some alternatives to consider:
  • milk - nut milk, coconut milk
  • butter - olive oil, coconut oil, and to a lesser extent, bacon fat
  • yogurt - coconut milk
  • sour cream - chilled coconut milk with a few drops of lemon juice
  • whipped cream - chilled coconut milk that has been sitting in the fridge for a couple of days uncovered (option - add zest from lemon or orange)
  • vinegar - lemon or lime juice
  • cider vinegar - fresh apple juice
  • flour (2 Tbsp) or cornstarch (1 Tbsp) - 1 Tbsp arrowroot
  • sugar - Stevia (follow directions on box for correct measurements because a little goes a LONG way)
When grocery shopping stick mainly to the exterior. That is where you will find your meats, chicken, fish, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. The only time to venture to the interior is only when you need the following:
  • coconut milk - Thai Kitchen is the best brand, regular not light brand
  • Thai curry pastes
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • canned fish packed in olive oil or water only - preferably with no salt added
  • unsweetened applesauce
  • spices - these will make repetitive foods more interesting (i.e. if you're eating chicken almost every day)
  • herbal teas
  • Brita water filters - try to stay away from bottled water to help protect our environment
For some things you need to go to a specialty/health food store. Click on the link or check out the previous post for local producers in the Kingston area. These products include:
  • seeds & nuts (not peanuts - a legume and really limit your intake of  or don't even consume cashews) - nuts should be raw and not roasted
  • dried fruits - make sure sugar is not one of the ingredients
    • better yet, dehydrate your own
  • unsweetened coconut flakes or slices
  • coconut oil - a must for higher temperature cooking
  • nut flours - almond, pecan, coconut
I hope this helps a bit in guiding you to the right area of the grocery store and specialty stores. This challenge will be tough and I want to help make the transition as easy as possible.


Ellie said...

I do grocery and health food store tours as part of my holistic nutrition practice and I'd be willing to do one of those for CrossFitter's at no charge just to help with the transition. It can be hard to know if what you're buying is the stuff you should be buying until you actually see it..
I usually charge $20 per person for those...if anyone is interested let me know and we'll get a group together.

Kaitlin said...

I'd be down for a trip to the grocery store! I'll check back to see if interest has picked up/ find out details.

Having never tried eating Paleo before, this seems like a great opportunity. Thanks!