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What did you do when you started paleo...and had lots of non-paleo foods in your cupboard?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 26, 2012 at 8:23 AM

I hate wasting food. I have two cans of protein powder (one is opened) that contain pea protein and rice protein. I don't want to throw them away but I'm not sure my plan to use them up is any good for me.

Do you think that using this powder is going to throw off any progress that I've made? I haven't touched it since I've gone paleo but I'm thinking about using it in some smoothies until I run out, maybe every other day. One expires soon so I want to use it up, but I don't know if it is worth any negative consequences.

What did you do with your non-paleo foods lurking around in cupboards and the fridge after you made the switch? Toss them? Finish them up and then just not buy anymore of it?

I don't know anyone else who would want them and they were expensive so I just really want to use them up!

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

(1614)

on March 26, 2012
at 05:25 PM

Same here. My husband isn't paleo (yet?), so he's slowing eating up the pasta, crackers, chips, etc. He always has Ritz and peanut butter in the cupboard, and I just know that I have to deal with it and not eat it. Not that big of a deal.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on March 26, 2012
at 03:39 PM

That's not to say you can't throw them out. Donate unopened stuff to food pantries if you don't want to consume it yourself.

E55906cdb6839a23fd740ad85d160cc8

(1159)

on March 26, 2012
at 02:10 PM

Crappy Coffee...undrinkable swill. (A large Sam's club size of Star buck's french roast) The good home roasted stuff is as valuable as my grass fed beef.

D63a9a7789b948a1e88647f6c0e504ca

(1453)

on March 26, 2012
at 02:05 PM

Coffee?? They're prying that out of my cold dead paleo hands.

E55906cdb6839a23fd740ad85d160cc8

(1159)

on March 26, 2012
at 12:43 PM

I forgot...compost what you can. You can use the soil to grow something better for you.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on March 26, 2012
at 12:03 PM

Exactly, paleo is like the pirate's code. More guidelines than set rules.

Bdede2dbc411f2533a7e6f13674ade51

(804)

on March 26, 2012
at 12:00 PM

Paleo also isn't defined by a static set of rules. Cold turkey was the only thing that would work for my wife and I. We've watched plenty of friends over the last year+ "try" to go Paleo gradually and fail each time. My wife and I are doing GREAT on Paleo and wouldn't have things any other way.

Bdede2dbc411f2533a7e6f13674ade51

(804)

on March 26, 2012
at 11:57 AM

Same here. Gave stuff to friends or tossed it. The wife and I spent a whole evening cleaning out our kitchen and making it Paleo-friendly. Going cold turkey is better than gradually giving up stuff - at least for me.

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

(1061)

on March 26, 2012
at 11:05 AM

I passed on all of my shelf-stable foods (like tons of grains and pulses) to my sister. Do you have anyone who would appreciate the unopened can of powder? Or better yet someone close who doesn't mind an opened can, too? If not then I agree with Happy Now.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on March 26, 2012
at 08:48 AM

It is fine to use up what you have before making a full change imo. Unless you are having a straight up allergic reaction to those foods, just finish them off. A few weeks worth of rice and pea protein shakes is just a blip on the timeline of your life.

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58c33847c5b7ecbf6572075df2cdd002

on March 26, 2012
at 03:15 PM

I donated anything unopened to the local Food Bank (because we travel so much I didn't really have any perishable items to worry about, but threw out what little I had of that) and threw out the rest or gave it to family.

In your case, could you exchange the unopened can wherever you bought it for something more suitable?

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on March 26, 2012
at 11:31 AM

Paleo is not something that must be started cold-turkey. Continue using them until they're consumed. Paleo benefits can be had just by increasing the amount of paleo-compliant foods in your diet. By paleo theory, pea protein (coming from a legume) would be more problematic. However, if you're not metabolically deranged or suffering from severe autoimmunity issues, you're probably just fine consuming these products.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on March 26, 2012
at 12:03 PM

Exactly, paleo is like the pirate's code. More guidelines than set rules.

Bdede2dbc411f2533a7e6f13674ade51

(804)

on March 26, 2012
at 12:00 PM

Paleo also isn't defined by a static set of rules. Cold turkey was the only thing that would work for my wife and I. We've watched plenty of friends over the last year+ "try" to go Paleo gradually and fail each time. My wife and I are doing GREAT on Paleo and wouldn't have things any other way.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on March 26, 2012
at 03:39 PM

That's not to say you can't throw them out. Donate unopened stuff to food pantries if you don't want to consume it yourself.

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41d28a584639a27d63b1206220f33408

on March 26, 2012
at 09:35 AM

Gave them away, threw them out. That simple, really.

Bdede2dbc411f2533a7e6f13674ade51

(804)

on March 26, 2012
at 11:57 AM

Same here. Gave stuff to friends or tossed it. The wife and I spent a whole evening cleaning out our kitchen and making it Paleo-friendly. Going cold turkey is better than gradually giving up stuff - at least for me.

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5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

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on March 26, 2012
at 01:26 PM

I fed a LOT of birds.

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on March 26, 2012
at 01:04 PM

The Paleo template is flexible IMO - one of those "not one sock fits all" kind of deals so as much advice as can come from here.. it's truly your decision. Budget, goals - so many different factors as every body is different.

In your heart - do you personally feel that the items remaining will hinder your progress or affect your goals? If you don't - keep them. If you do? I'm sure someone is more than willing to take off your hands, shoot an email out - that's how I was able to try my first Bluebonnet Whey powder - vanilla.. it was.. interesting.. like drinking cake, or even donate them to your gym. Good luck!

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C513f1dba19e01bbd7e0f4f12b243a97

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on March 26, 2012
at 09:58 AM

I would give them away, but I don't think they'd hurt you to consume them in the short term! Still, I always like to consider that my body is more important than just 'using stuff up' (I'm not a rubbish bin!). In this situation the foods seem rather benign, but if it was something that hurt me I'd just bin it or give it away.

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24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on March 26, 2012
at 07:53 PM

If they don't make you feel bad, use em up! Make the powders into shakes with healthier ingredients (berries & coconut milk, etc.); pea & rice protein are pretty benign IMO (as opposed to soy protein). You DON'T have to go cold turkey- some people do better that way, and it's not like this is a pack of Chips Ahoy or something you're going to binge and crack out on.

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4aa8b1861f1a3bd881ba45d52462c81f

on March 26, 2012
at 11:48 AM

I tried to use up most of my non-paleo things, and give away some of them also. I'm in college so buying new Paleo-accepted items, which are very pricey, as well as wasting all the other food I had was not an option for me. My strategy was that I gave away most of the cheaper stuff, or the stuff that I didn't actually like that much anyways, and just finished off the rest, but didn't buy more. For example, for me there was no use ruining the paleo diet for a wrapped fiber-one "brownie" that tasted like cardboard!

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901d843c6a01089575ef1751a9e6e9fd

on March 26, 2012
at 10:02 AM

Bin it all. Be ruthless about this. You have to be, if for no other reason than to put temptation beyond arms reach in the early days.

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E689b5a04588f8050ef5fa6f8b820f32

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on March 26, 2012
at 11:07 PM

I gave away unopened things like pasta and canned food. I donated a lot of my canned foods to a food bank. (I'd gone to Costco a month before deciding I was going to jump into Paleo).

I threw out opened things like pancake mix and oatmeal.

I decided I would use up things that are considered borderline, like frozen green beans and whey protein powder.

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D63a9a7789b948a1e88647f6c0e504ca

on March 26, 2012
at 01:25 PM

Pea protein and rice protein hardly sound very dire. Some of us eat rice and some have said peas aren't so bad. If those are expensive items I'd use them up, in smallish amounts. Or anything that's reasonable -- say canned or jarred this-or-that that might have some minor questionable ingredients.

Now if you're talking boxes of spaghetti and cereal and cookies or other obviously egregious items, those I'd throw out or give away.

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61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on March 26, 2012
at 12:48 PM

I went paleo gradually, and so my pantry purging was also a gradual thing. I didn't buy more stuff, but a lot of "non-paleo" goods stuck around for months.

I went paleo before my husband, so having a box of rice-a-roni on hand helped keep the marital peace. 8)

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

(1614)

on March 26, 2012
at 05:25 PM

Same here. My husband isn't paleo (yet?), so he's slowing eating up the pasta, crackers, chips, etc. He always has Ritz and peanut butter in the cupboard, and I just know that I have to deal with it and not eat it. Not that big of a deal.

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90f66d30d977b07694403b469b3f85c5

on March 26, 2012
at 04:27 PM

I offered it all to my roommates - what they didn't eat eventually got thrown away. Although I do still have some non-paleo non-perishable food stashed away in a cupboard in case of an emergency or something. It doesn't hurt to have extra food around in case the shit hits the fan.

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E55906cdb6839a23fd740ad85d160cc8

(1159)

on March 26, 2012
at 12:38 PM

I can't be wasteful without losing sleep. Donate what you can to a food bank. Give the rest to your friends and family...or start cooking for them. If you love to cook or bake, this will be your last chance. Don't eat it and call it closure. As for rolled oats, sugar, coffee, cheap olive oil and whatnot...they make great body scrubs. I have enough cheap coffee and sugar scrub for a small paleo tribe.

E55906cdb6839a23fd740ad85d160cc8

(1159)

on March 26, 2012
at 02:10 PM

Crappy Coffee...undrinkable swill. (A large Sam's club size of Star buck's french roast) The good home roasted stuff is as valuable as my grass fed beef.

E55906cdb6839a23fd740ad85d160cc8

(1159)

on March 26, 2012
at 12:43 PM

I forgot...compost what you can. You can use the soil to grow something better for you.

D63a9a7789b948a1e88647f6c0e504ca

(1453)

on March 26, 2012
at 02:05 PM

Coffee?? They're prying that out of my cold dead paleo hands.

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3f3236d1f951d4b4c25eff387699a905

(554)

on March 27, 2012
at 10:05 AM

You're not a trash can an eating it won't save any starving children.

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87417376cbefa210125cb2f2ec6826f5

on March 26, 2012
at 10:10 PM

We still have some things in our pantry that we keep on hand for non-Paleo friends when they visit. We don't want to be that couple that no one wants to visit because all we eat is "boring meats and veggies." :) We eat our meals the way we want and they have chips, crackers, etc. to add to their plates to enhance.

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B9673e4701dbf7017da7d75e9a44da6d

on March 26, 2012
at 07:20 PM

I brought it all in to work and made some colleagues very happy (I had a lot of "luxury" non-paleo foods to give away).

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4320061e07d983bd5452b47b730c2f7a

on March 26, 2012
at 06:59 PM

Offered it to friends and family and donated the rest.

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66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

(11121)

on March 26, 2012
at 02:20 PM

I went cold turkey - in 12 hours I had given away or thrown out 90% of what I had then went shopping bought a freezer, went food shopping and never looked back.

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2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

on March 26, 2012
at 12:22 PM

Toss em', going cold turkey is the only way to make it to paleo. We did it with two kids, once they realized we weren't buying that anymore and they could eat delicious amounts of fat and meat they were happy.It was extremely cleansing and freeing.

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41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on March 26, 2012
at 12:20 PM

I freecycled mine.

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