Paleo Diet: Look Inside My Fridge

I am constantly researching and testing different types of eating to find what is best for me, and best for everyone who reads this blog.  Over the past 6 months I have been experimenting with a paleo diet.  If you have been living under a rock, and haven’t heard all the buzz about paleo, let me explain what it is.

Paleo is based on eating what our cave man ancestors ate.  This includes, grass fed meet, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds.  Paleo generally doesn’t include dairy, but I have eliminated it and reintroduced it, and for me dairy seems to be just fine for me.

Here is a look at my refrigerator:

As you can see, this is very meat and vegetable heavy.  This video will make vegetarians cringe.  I personally believe that including some grass fed meet is the best way to eat, but also respect those who choose to be vegetarian.  If you are struggling with whether or not to eat meat, I recommend the documentary: In Search of the Perfect Human Diet.

I have been especially active over the past month and find that at times I am not getting enough carbs into my body, so I eat more fruit, but I am going to be adding steel cut oats, and brown rice back in and see how I respond to that.

But like I mentioned in the video, I am leaner then I have ever been without trying to be on a specific weight loss diet.  I have no digestive issues and no bloating, which is definitely something I experience when I eat more grain based foods.

If you have comments or questions, please write them below.

Comments

  1. Impressive. After hitting a wall in my weight loss, I decided to start transitioning over to the Paleo diet and within a few days lost 4 pounds. I was hesitant, because at first glance it may seem restrictive. But, I have found it isn’t. And i am working to clean out my pantries and fridge and get everything Paleo. I have also been considering taking part in the Whole30 challenge.

    Eating this way is so much healthier because you aren’t putting all the extra crap in your body. I have been trying remind myself that if it’s made in a lab, then it will take a lab to digest it 😉

    ~Melissa

    • Melissa,

      I like that lab quote. Yeah I was also surprised to find how I don’t miss grains (especially bread), as much as I thought and that I can eat a variety of food. I must say that I still do eat grains on my cheat meals. Pizza and nachos are my two favorites. 🙂

      Dustin

  2. Happy healthy vegetarian here, but thanks for showing us your fridge! 🙂

  3. Dustin, are you blood type O? If so, you should check out the Blood type diet. What it recommends for Os is very consistent with what you are eating currently. I am an A and have had a lot of success with a primarily vegetable diet (along with bootcamp!).

  4. Kathleen Larsen says

    Impressive! Love it! Wanna come to my house and cut up all those veggies? THAT’S my struggle – lack of time cutting. (I do it but hate it.)
    I find that when I crave sugar it’s also because I haven’t had enough fruit. So I have that 3rd piece and whamo! No more craving. It’s a beautiful thing 🙂
    I also looooooooooove sweet potatos. I actually “binged” on them about 1 month ago; I ate 3 entire ones because I could not stop. LOL!
    Thanks so sharing. Keep the info coming!

    • Kathleen,

      If you do it say on a Sunday, it shouldn’t take you more than 45-60 minutes to cut and wash everything for the week. I know you have a family so it might take a little longer, but make your kids help with that. What better way than for them to help you cut to learn the process of eating healthier.

      Dustin

  5. Shelly Reynolds says

    Hi Dustin-

    This is what I was getting at the other day when I emailed you about the “Wheat Belly” book I’ve been reading. How horribly awful wheat (in today’s) form is for you. Since they genetically engineered wheat to produce higher yield per acre (about 50 years ago), there has been a dramatic increase in diabetes, obesity, GI disorders and numerous other ailments. All coinciding with this engineered wheat.

    I’ve been wheat free for a couple of weeks now and I can honestly say I don’t miss it a bit. Eating lean proteins, lots of veggies and some fruit. My husband and I are both feeling so much better and have lost weight without trying.

    Thanks for the view in your fridge! It has given me even more ideas for our meals.

    Shelly

    • Shelly,

      You are right with all the GMOs and such. Wheat and grains are everywhere because of how cheap they can be made. I encourage people to just try it for a month and see how they feel. If you don’t feel any better, you are probably ok with wheat and other grains in your diet. But I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t say that they feel less bloated when they decrease their grain, corn, and soy consumption.

      Dustin

  6. Nancy K. says

    That was inspiring. I would totally eat more fruits/veggies if I took the time to wash, cut up, and bag/store them. I do this with apples & pears–wash them and put them in a bowl on my counter. In sight, in mind, right? I’ve been looking over the Paleo diet and wondering how to start the switch so as not to put the family into total rebellion. Maybe making 1 or 2 Paleo dinners per week and then eating the left overs for lunches. Then add in a couple Paleo breakfasts.

    • Nancy,

      Yeah I would just do 1-2 meal substitutions every week and try things. Some they will love while others they won’t. Don’t do it all at once, and don’t tell them you are on a diet, just say you are experimenting with different types of meals.

      Dustin

  7. Melissa K says

    I’m still trying to work up the nerve to eat the beef liver in my freezer too. You know, Dustin, that butter should be organic pastured butter if you really want to go all out;-) Kerry Gold is my favorite, it’s Tracie recommended:-)

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