What’s the deal with this whole “Paleo” thing?  It’s too restrictive!  Why should I give up my precious French bread?

First off, see my Resources page for the down and dirty on Paleo.

But yeah…this site is about recipes, not trying to convert people.  Do I think you should?  Yes.  But I’ve found it’s not worth my time to fight with people.  Either you want to improve your health or you don’t.  I’ve found that too many girls write it off because they’re looking for something to make them model-thin, not healthy.  Too many guys have told me that Paleo “makes it impossible to ‘get big.'”  People tell me it’s too restrictive (it’s not) or that it’s too expensive (it’s not).  Fine, have it your way.  I don’t care what you do.  I post recipes for some damn good food, and if you’re “Paleo” or not, I hope you like them.

What are your pantry staples?

Oh, gosh, I can write a book on this one.  Obviously, this is subject to change as my tastes change or I find new products I like, but here’s what I’ve got on hand now…

Canned coconut milk, tomato sauce, raw nut butters, coconut flour, arrowroot powder, coconut aminos, raw honey, Red Boat fish sauce, palm shortening, coconut oil, olive oil, spices and herbs out the wazoo, almond milk, pastured butter, pastured eggs, almond meal, ground flax, palm sugar, maple syrup, Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips, coarse sea salt, dried pitted dates, tomato paste, hot sauce, canned pumpkin…

You use some weird ingredients and I live in the middle of nowhere.  Where can I find this stuff?

I’m lucky to live right smack between two Whole Foods stores and my local Safeway is pretty well stocked.  But when I simply cannot find something I need, good old Amazon comes to the rescue 9 times of 10.

How much is your grocery bill?

It depends on what I’ve got planned for the week.  To feed my husband and myself (and he eats enough for 2), my bill is as low as $80 a week and as high as $300 a week.  I do my shopping between Safeway  Sam’s Club, Whole Foods, and Natural Grocer’s.

A lot of you get bent out of shape because Paleo “has to be expensive.”  No.  No it doesn’t.

What are the nutrition facts of your recipes?

I don’t post them because I don’t think they’re really that important.  If you must know, plug the ingredients to a particular recipe in at a site like Fat Secret or Fit Day.

I tried the Paleo Diet before and it didn’t work/was too hard/I gained weight/etc etc etc…What did I do wrong??

I don’t know, and I really don’t care.  Sorry.  I’m not a health professional and the purpose of this blog is not to help you lose weight or pursue health goals.  There are many, many others who can do just that.  TGIPaleo is about the food and recipes.  Clearly I believe it’s the gateway to health, but I’m not smart enough or motivated enough to compete with the likes of Mark, Robb, and Chris to tell you why.  I let them do the legwork for me.

Can you create a meal plan for me?

No, I can’t.

What’s your Day Job?

Currently, I’m a Captain in the US Army Medical Service Corps.  I am leaving the service this Spring and have some big plans in the works.  Stay tuned…

Do you work out?

I sure do!  I’m a long-time fitness enthusiast and am passionate about Crossfit, swimming, lifting, and yoga.  I really, REALLY hate running, though.  I even tried my hand at NPC Bikini Competition.  I have a separate blog where I log my fitness endeavors.

Why doesn’t TGIPaleo have any Social Media?

I just broke down and got a Facebook Page!

What are your go-to meals for a busy week?

Breakfast is almost always eggs and bacon.  If I have to bring something with me on the go, leftovers from the night before.  Lunch is a salad with chicken and avocado almost every day, or leftovers.  I love my slow cooker for a quick dinner I know will be ready when I come home.  I’m also a huge fan of the “Weekly Cookup” on Sunday afternoon, where I’ll roast a huge dish of chicken, bake a bunch of sweet potatoes, chop a bunch of veggies, etc so they’re ready to go for the week ahead.

What’s your favorite Non-Paleo food?

A good dry red wine.

What’s your perfect Last Meal?

Bacon.  And wine.  Lots of wine.


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