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First time here (How do I shop/eat?)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 06, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Hey everyone,

I've been intrigued by the Paleo / Caveman approach for some time and I'm going to start either this week or next. I've spent a fair while trying to educate myself but have a few questions (which hopefully some of you kind people can help with). I must note in the past few years I've lost 4 - 5 stone by basically keeping my calories down but I want to switch to eating the paleo/primal way.

I want to continue losing weight (there's not much left to come off) but I was wondering what you'd recommend for the first weeks shopping? Regarding how much meat, vegetables, fruit to buy? How much meat to eat per day? I'd like to keep it as simple as possible for the first few weeks and build from there.

Thanks for reading this, Any answers will be greatly appreciated! Cheers, Matt

edit: made title more clear

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on February 08, 2012
at 04:07 AM

No photos, but all that cabbage and crustacean generated some interesting shrapnel the next day.

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on February 07, 2012
at 08:22 AM

Nice one, Nance. I must confess a liking for paleo muffins as a treat, but I love a bag of fruit to dig through when I'm hungry at work.

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on February 07, 2012
at 02:59 AM

After 20+ years I finally outgrew nosebleeds, sadly, I heard about bacon in my nose after they stopped. :P

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on February 07, 2012
at 12:07 AM

Bacon's a must. Fills the tummy + stops unstoppable nose bleeds! (don't try at home :) doctors did it)

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on February 07, 2012
at 12:06 AM

Matt, buying all produce as organic can get expensive. Here is some info that may help you with your shopping, the produce with the most and least amount of pesticide residue. Obviously the ones with the most pesticides are the ones you should buy as organic and maybe save some money on the ones that have the lowest amount of residue: http://www.organicconsumers.org/organic/pesticide-residues.cfm

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on February 07, 2012
at 12:06 AM

Before and after pictures?

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on February 06, 2012
at 09:40 PM

Hey everyone, Thanks for all the comments, (answering to everyone here as instructed). After everyone's comments I thought I'd dive in and get started tomorrow, so went shopping after work. Bought all organic (from a supermarket - not sure if I should only buy from a farmers market in the future?) Bought a couple of chickens, apples, carrots and brocolli so I should be ok for the next couple of days. Thanks again everyone for all the comments & advice.

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on February 06, 2012
at 06:16 PM

@Spence, I'm 9 months in and fresh fruit still plays a role helping me stay off neolithic treats. I don't make "replicate" paleo desserts so fruit is it for me.

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on February 06, 2012
at 05:43 PM

For some, yes. I don't eat much bacon myself.

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on February 06, 2012
at 05:43 PM

Poop exam! Take a picture to share!

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on February 06, 2012
at 02:31 PM

The it-can't-all-be-bacon part is the hardest.

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on February 06, 2012
at 12:55 PM

If you can, buy meat in bulk and store it in your freezer. That way, you always have some food around. The quantities are up to you.

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on February 06, 2012
at 12:53 PM

Totally agreed with this. I go shopping every 3 days and buy lots of vegetables and some fruits. Some coconut oil and butter and some cayenne pepper and turmeric too. I buy meat in bulk from a grass-fed high-quality butcher. Frozen berries and/or vegetables can be handy too.

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on February 06, 2012
at 02:16 PM

I agree with all that has been said here, but I'd like to add one more thing. I don't know how much cooking you do, but I have found that I cook basically 100% of my meals. If I didn't cook it right then, it is cold leftovers. So start with the things you'll find easiest to cook. Then you can gradually work up from there. Eating the paleo / primal way means cooking that way too, and for some people, the cooking change is the bigger adjustment.

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on February 06, 2012
at 11:18 AM

First, welcome.

Second, start this week not next - you won't regret it.

Third, shopping. When I started I bought way too much stuff. If you can get to the shops easily I would recommend buying less rather than more. It will likely last longer than you think, and there is also a strong argument for the freshness of real food. I used to shop on Monday evenings for the week, ending up with off food at the end of the week. Now I buy enough for a few meals and just go again when I need to. For the first shop I'd recommend 2 types of meat for variety, maybe 2 or 3 meals worth of each. Green veggies (couple of bags), and a few other vegetable varieties for a change. Buy bacon and eggs. Then stop, enjoy. Don't be afraid of repeating meals more frequently. I often cook enough in an evening for my lunch the next day of exactly the same (and often for another meal the next day too).

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on February 06, 2012
at 12:53 PM

Totally agreed with this. I go shopping every 3 days and buy lots of vegetables and some fruits. Some coconut oil and butter and some cayenne pepper and turmeric too. I buy meat in bulk from a grass-fed high-quality butcher. Frozen berries and/or vegetables can be handy too.

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on February 06, 2012
at 02:40 PM

It'remarkable that in the posts so far no one has recommended a blog, and everything is positivist. No scolding, tweaking, pinching or poop exams. So I'll add my two bits.

Eat all the fish, mollusks and crustaceans the budget allows. Fresh and big is best and if you freeze some, do it in water. A 1-1/2 lb fresh crab on cabbage slaw made a good duperbowl meal for me yesterday.

Travel on foot to get your groceries.

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(41747)

on February 06, 2012
at 05:43 PM

Poop exam! Take a picture to share!

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on February 07, 2012
at 12:06 AM

Before and after pictures?

Medium avatar

(10601)

on February 08, 2012
at 04:07 AM

No photos, but all that cabbage and crustacean generated some interesting shrapnel the next day.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on February 06, 2012
at 12:30 PM

The first few weeks might be a little more expensive as you pick up the basics, things like spices and fats. Fats: Coconut oil, butter, olive oil. Fill in the rest with eggs, 2-3 pounds of meat (resisting the urge to eat your meat all in bacon-form), then enough veggies to pile on your plate for every meal. Maybe a little fruit or nuts if you like, but since you're leaning out, I'd avoid that. That's my typically weekly haul from the market. I don't gorge on meat, I like a plate full of veg.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on February 06, 2012
at 05:43 PM

For some, yes. I don't eat much bacon myself.

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

(1071)

on February 06, 2012
at 02:31 PM

The it-can't-all-be-bacon part is the hardest.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on February 07, 2012
at 02:59 AM

After 20+ years I finally outgrew nosebleeds, sadly, I heard about bacon in my nose after they stopped. :P

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on February 07, 2012
at 12:07 AM

Bacon's a must. Fills the tummy + stops unstoppable nose bleeds! (don't try at home :) doctors did it)

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on February 06, 2012
at 04:25 PM

Much like the others said, I'll say keep it simple.

Also, make sure you buy things you like that fit the category "real whole foods." If you like what you're eating it will keep your morale high.

Starting every day with a large portion of fatty beef really helped me avoid hunger and made (my) cravings for junk much more bearable. The slow-cooker's a great idea but you can also "slow fry" by using low heat in a skillet and doing other things while your meat is gently cooked.

If you find yourself wanting something junk-y, get outside and take a walk if weather permits or drive to the hardware store and browse for an hour. Most people do have at least a few withdrawal symptoms and distraction is the best response.

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on February 06, 2012
at 07:10 PM

Matt,

Here is some good basic info to help you get started:

http://paleodietnews.com/2402/the-paleo-diet-for-beginners-with-vegetarian-options/

621f23990cbc099964623903686b57bf

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on February 06, 2012
at 09:40 PM

Hey everyone, Thanks for all the comments, (answering to everyone here as instructed). After everyone's comments I thought I'd dive in and get started tomorrow, so went shopping after work. Bought all organic (from a supermarket - not sure if I should only buy from a farmers market in the future?) Bought a couple of chickens, apples, carrots and brocolli so I should be ok for the next couple of days. Thanks again everyone for all the comments & advice.

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on February 06, 2012
at 05:34 PM

First off, well done for taking the leap. When I started, I planned a couple of meals using the books I had. Then (cos I'm poor) bought the ingredients I needed just for those. I find that I shop more often for smaller quantities these days. So just buy 2 or 3 days worth and buy lots of your fave fruit and salad stuff to help you out when you need a snack. (I know lots of people don't like fruit carbs, but I leaned heavily on fruit while weaning myself off sandwiches and things).

9dcf0fbfb9571ab16946eddae66f4f3e

(110)

on February 07, 2012
at 08:22 AM

Nice one, Nance. I must confess a liking for paleo muffins as a treat, but I love a bag of fruit to dig through when I'm hungry at work.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on February 06, 2012
at 06:16 PM

@Spence, I'm 9 months in and fresh fruit still plays a role helping me stay off neolithic treats. I don't make "replicate" paleo desserts so fruit is it for me.

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on February 06, 2012
at 06:35 PM

I'm new to this, myself. In the first week, I've noticed that eggs are super-helpful to cope with the "so hungry RIGHT NOW problem." I've also been leaning on beef and game jerky, avocados with salsa mashed into them, and salad. Lots of salad. Frozen berries are good, too if you are okay with fruit carbs. I think that if it's possible for you given your transportation/grocery store situation, you might want to go with smaller, more frequent trips to the store. That will let you try out various things without a big commitment to one food or another until you get sorted.

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on February 06, 2012
at 04:03 PM

First week, get a crock pot. For the food, I would buy just enough for a couple of days until things settle out and you find what you like and don't like.

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on February 06, 2012
at 02:29 PM

Start off by figuring out how much meat you can/will eat per meal, and do the math. For example, if you eat 1/2 a pound of meat for lunch/dinner, and 6 eggs with breakfast, than you will need 3.5kg of meat (giving about 1/2kg for meal variances), and 4 dozen eggs (the other half-dozen will go great fried over a couple of your dinner entrees).

I personally put down about a pound and a half of meat a day (beef, lamb, offal, pork, chicken - in that order), twice that in veggies (I rarely eat fruit), 3-4 eggs daily, and my calories are padded by grass-fed butter and coconut fat.

I would start with above, then adjust as needed.

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