So a few of my friends have inquired lately about the Primal Diet, what is it, where do you find your recipes, and am I crazy for even doing it? Now many people will argue that grains are good for you, I mean, after all they are in the Food Pyramid correct? Well like everything else in the world, they sadly, are not good for you. YES you need fiber but what most don’t realize is that you can get your fiber not only from fiber drinks such as Advocare’s Peaches and Cream Fiber Drink but you can get it from simply eating your fruits and vegtables too. Broccoli is my go to fiberous vegtable and its so delicious! But I HATE broccoli you may say? Well luckily I have provided you a list of foods high in fiber along with their fiber content:
Here’s a look at the fiber content of some common foods. Read nutrition labels to find out exactly how much fiber is in your favorite foods. Women should try to eat at least 21 to 25 grams of fiber a day, while men should aim for 30 to 38 grams a day.
|Vegetables||Serving size||Total fiber (grams)*|
|Artichoke, cooked||1 medium||10.3|
|Green peas, cooked||1 cup||8.8|
|Broccoli, boiled||1 cup||5.1|
|Turnip greens, boiled||1 cup||5.0|
|Brussels sprouts, cooked||1 cup||4.1|
|Sweet corn, cooked||1 cup||4.0|
|Potato, with skin, baked||1 small||3.0|
|Tomato paste||1/4 cup||2.7|
|Carrot, raw||1 medium||1.7|
|Fruits||Serving size||Total fiber (grams)*|
|Pear, with skin||1 medium||5.5|
|Apple, with skin||1 medium||4.4|
|Strawberries (halves)||1 cup||3.0|
|Figs, dried||2 medium||1.6|
|Raisins||1 ounce (60 raisins)||1.0|
Now I have to not only give credit to the Mayo Clinic for providing that information but I must give a shout out to Mark’s Daily Apple for the wealth of information he has provided in my quest to be more Primal. See, it’s not simply the newest Fad diet out on the internet, it’s a way of life. Its getting back down to our roots and focusing on the little things, playing outside, smelling flowers, not ingesting poison only to be unhappy and unsatisfied with the results, which we caused ourselves in the first place. Let’s get honest, how many times have we seen or heard someone who is overweight and unhappy with their lives, complain all day about it only to stop at McDonald’s on the way home or buy that dozen Krispy Kreme donuts and eat the whole thing? It’s time to take control of our lives!! Is this the end result we want:
I seriously doubt the answer to that question is yes….
Here’s the one concern I found with all this trying to eat healthy junk: it’s expensive!! You would think the opposite would be true right? I mean if it comes straight from the ground it shouldn’t cost nearly as much as it does. Well folks that’s the world we live in. Every week I try to budget accordingly, put aside $200 a paycheck for Costco trips….waittttttt Costco isn’t primal….is it? HA, well they have a large meat, seafood and produce section. As long as you can eat all that food before it goes back, you can really make your dollar stretch far there. I tend to buy mostly berries for fruits, the sugars in other fruits can be too much and most people don’t even realize the sugar content in fruit. For veggies I keep it simple, broccoli, kale, spinach, peppers, onions and mixed bags of veggies to change it up. For meat, well it’s simple: red meat, chicken, fish or any seafood really. We tend to catch our own fish here on the weekends (gotta love the florida keys) and even lobster when it’s in season! Grok would be proud! At this point I see you all scratching your heads going “who the F is Grok?!” Grok is the official prototype for primal living. He is who we should model ourselves after in the quest for our most natural lifestyle. I’ll leave you all with that….for now.