What better way to kick off the New Year than with a look at what other paleo households and families are eating. Back in September we announced Round 2 of our “What the Paleo World Eats” feature. The submissions from the first round received so much great feedback and many of you requested that we open it up again. Because we aim to please, (contrary to what some of you may think…), we gave you all the opportunity to play again. We weren’t exactly ‘blown away’ with hundreds of submissions (like we were hoping) but the ones we did get are really great. So sit back, relax, grab a NorCal Margarita, (if that floats your boat), and enjoy round 2 of “What the Paleo World Eats”:
#1. Alice (cooks for herself during the week) and her fiance (on weekends)
Location: Cardiff, United Kingdom
Amount Spent per Week: £20/$32.5 per week (Alice alone), £35/$57 (Alice and her fiance)
Thoughts from Alice: “I make a point of eating a healthy, cheap lacto-paleo diet. You don’t have to eat a perfect, organic, free-range paleo diet to start seeing benefits and if these things are too expensive for you, there’s no reason to give up! You can still eat paleo! My diet is not the healthiest version, but it’s far better than the SAD and very good for those on a tight budget.”
Other Info: Alice has a blog titled – “Meals for £1 and Less!”. Check it out for some inspiration!
#2. Beth, her husband and 2 teenage boys (that eat A LOT!)
Location: Westbrook, Maine
Amount Spent per Week: Average of $175 a week; $156 on the low end and $225 on the high end
Thoughts from Beth: “My husband and youngest son are Celiac. Even after my youngest went gluten free, he still had stomach aches – until we went paleo. He is 100% now, and my husbands arthritis – that he has had for over 30 years, seems to be gone. We had to get him a new wedding band as his knuckles went down THREE sizes! My cholesterol is now normal. It dropped 37 points in 6 months of paleo eating.”
Other Info: Beth has a blog titled - Paleo Musings that reports on her family’s adventures in paleo.
Double Bacon Breakfast Meatza
Sesame Noodles made from Cucumber
#3. Andrew (lives at home with his parents)
Location: Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Amount Spent per Week: Unsure
Thoughts from Andrew: “I usually make enough for 4-6 people. I’m not sure of the grocery bill I didn’t keep track. This is more of a family and hobby thing for me.”
Other Info: Andrew sent me over 50 pictures so I asked him to choose his favorites and here they are!
Indian Curry Almond-Crust Pizza
Pumpkin Spice Scramble with fruit and nuts (Andrew’s favorite post-workout meal)
#4. Jennifer and her husband John
Location: Canton, Georgia
Amount Spent per Week: Budget of $180/week
Thoughts from Jennifer: “We’re in our early 30’s and we are Crossfitters. We shop, cook and prepare for an entire week at one time- on Sundays. I work up a menu that that will last the week, made up of at least 2-3 entrees and a few side dishes. We eat on that all week long.”
Other Info: Jennifer and John do most of their shopping at Whole Foods and supplement with a trip to the farmer’s market, Publix or Trader Joe’s for the rest.
#5. Patty and her husband Ron
Location: Dallas, Georgia
Amount Spent per Week: $90-$100 per week
Thoughts from Patty: “Most of our food comes from local farmers, online suppliers and our garden. When we get the opportunity, we’ll pay the processing fee for a hunter in return for venison. We buy grass-fed beef and pastured pork in bulk and embrace head-to-tail eating so we include all parts of the animal in our diet. We make most things from scratch including bone broths, sausage, fermented foods, salad dressings, sauces, etc. We work hard not to waste food – any scraps are saved in the freezer for broth or added to our compost pile. The few items we purchase from the regular grocery store include coffee, dark chocolate, sardines, seaweed, avocados and the occasional non-paleo treats like popcorn kernels or a bottle of wine.
Over time, many of our meals have become very simple and consist of eggs and/or meat along with in-season produce. This means lots of salads with protein in the warmer months and soups and stews in the cooler months. Almost all of our meals are at home, and we love eating this way. When we are away from home or dining with family, we don’t stress over it and just make the choices that feel right in that moment!”
#6. Rhiannon and her Husband
Amount Spent per Week: £55.28/$89.29
Thoughts from Rhiannon: “We’re a couple in our 30’s living in Scotland, both lacto-paleo. We try to keep our food spending down but still eat tasty and nutritious food. We try and make sure our animal products come from happy animals. This is fairly easy in Scotland, as there’s pretty much no intensive animal farming here. There’s a farmers’ market once a month which we usually patronize – I wish it were every week!”
Other Info: Some of Rhiannon and her husband’s food comes from the garden. While the rest is purchased during several shopping trips. Most of their shopping is done on foot and they make several trips to different shops.
#7. Emily, her husband Jared and there 2 children ages 5 and 3
Location: United States – Midwest Region
Amount Spent per Week: $150-160 per week (budget of $600 per month)
Thoughts from Emily: “We eat a primarily paleo diet and our groceries feed 4 larger than ordinary appetites. I plan our meals for the week using both the foods I purchase and those that are already in my pantry and refrigerator.“
Other Info: Emily has a blog called Practical Paleo – visit and see all of the great food her family eats!
Well folks, that concludes the second installment of “What the Paleo World Eats”. A great BIG THANK YOU to all of our contributors for sharing their food stories and letting us see how some of the paleo world eats.
What’s on your weekly food table?