|Post beach walk and Sunday Trader Joe's Paleo Shopping|
Wearing my PaleoFx T-Shirt may have been an ice breaker.
*Esther if I've remembered your name wrong, I'll update it! ;)
Esther had recently completed a Whole30. Esther and I thought it might be informative to develop a Paleo Trader Joes list. (Hey, if Nom Nom Paleo can have a Whole Foods list, surely I can pin a list of my favorites staples from Trader Joe's to my blog).
Food Sobriety doesn't have to be a life of dull, boring meals. (My food template does have to be measured and I do have to be careful, I have full respect for recovery.)
In fact, my food has never been tastier or more nutritious than now. We all have to eat, but I can choose foods that don't trigger over eating that keep me in a normal weight.
Yeah, after 40 years of obesity and binge eating, I can have nutrient dense foods and recovery, too. Better late than never. I do think grain free and processed sugar free Paleo/Primal approach is underused in long term weight management. It won't work for everyone, but it will work for many.
Batch Cooking at home is also key
Of course, my Paleo favorite foods at Trader Joe's will be completely different from a person who
- Is or is not maintaining a large weight loss
- Is or is not a person with trigger foods for over eating.
- Is or is not insulin and glucose sensitive
- Is or is not in menopause
- Is or is not post auto-immune disease
- Is or is not dairy sensitive (Primal/Paleo)
- Is or is not cooking for a family
- Is or is not working full time
What are your Trader Joe's favorites? Is there a Trader Joe's in your area? If not, where do you shop for your basics.
What works for me right now:
1. Shopping and cooking foods that keep me fed but not triggered to overeating (Paleo-ish food template, lower carb, higher natural fat, moderate protein)
2. Batch cooking on the weekends or during the week, as needed.
What didn't work in the past:
1. Buying snack foods and trying to consume them in small amounts (examples: Popcorn & Pirates Booty & Peanuts) and getting triggered to overeat.
2. Eating out a lot because I felt stressed or overworked and deserved to eat fast, processed foods.