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How To Eat Paleo This Week With Only $20

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As more and more people around you start ditching wheat, you cannot help but wonder why the heck are they denying their tastebuds delicious Italian pasta? We thought the same thing girl until we found out about the Paleo diet, AKA the hunter-gatherer, and caveman diet.

What's the Paleo diet, you ask. It is made up of food hunters and gathers found during the Paleolithic era, 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago. To keep it simple, going on a paleo diet is like going back in time and eating naturally.

Thank goodness we don't need time travel to eat like a caveman. Woohoo! But we know what you're thinking, "who in their right mind would want to eat like a caveman?" We thought the same thing, but it turns out your fellow paleoers have a reason behind their madness.

Nowadays, farming has changed the way people eat by creating a new modern diet that includes a lot of dairy, grains, and legumes. What's so wrong with that? According to the discordance hypothesis, this is problematic because our bodies can't handle these kinds of foods. Yikes! Rapid changes in our day-to-day diet, unfortunately, outpaced our bodies' ability to adapt to these changes, and the prevalence of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease skyrocketed. Oh no! But don't worry. Eating paleo can protect your precious health!

 

BENEFITS OF A PALEO DIET

  • More weight loss. 
  • Improved glucose tolerance. 
  • Better blood pressure control. 
  • Better appetite management. 
  • Lower triglycerides. 
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FOODS TO EAT ON A PALEO DIET

  • MEAT: Beef, chicken, pork, lamb, turkey, etc.
  • SEAFOOD: Salmon, shrimp, cod, trout, shellfish, haddock, bass, tuna, tilapia, catfish, etc.
  • EGGS: Chicken eggs, duck eggs, goose eggs, and quail eggs. (Free-range, omega-3 enriched eggs and pastured)
  • FRUITS: Apples, avocados, blueberries, bananas, oranges, strawberries, pears, etc.
  • VEGETABLES: Broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, carrots, tomatoes, kale, peppers, onions, celery, bell peppers, eggplants, asparagus, cucumber, brussels sprouts, artichokes, squash, etc.
  • GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES: Lettuce, spinach, collard greens, kale, beet top, turnip greens, seaweeds, arugula, chicory, etc.
  • TUBERS: Potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, turnips, etc.
  • NUTS: Almonds, macadamia, cashews, brazil, hazelnuts, walnuts.
  • SEEDS: Sunflower, sesame, chia, flax, pumpkin
  • SPICES: Garlic, rosemary, turmeric, etc. HEALTHY FATS AND OILS: Extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, etc.
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FOODS TO AVOID ON A PALEO DIET

  • GRAINS: Bread, pasta, wheat, oats, rye, rice and barley
  • LEGUMES: Beans, lentils, peanuts, and peas
  • Dairy products
  • Salt
  • White Potatoes
  • SUGAR/HIGH-FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP: Soft drinks, fruit juices, table sugar, candy, pastries, ice cream, etc.
  • SOME VEGETABLE OILS: Soybean oil, sunflower oil, cottonseed oil, corn oil, grapeseed oil, and safflower oil.
  • TRANS FATS: "Hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated" oils.
  • ARTIFICAL SWEATENERS: Aspartame, sucralose, cyclamates, saccharin, acesulfame potassium.
  • HIGHLY PROCESSED FOODS: Everything labeled "diet" or "low-fat"

Don’t know how to start your paleo diet? PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT’s got you covered! We created the most amazing week-lomg paleo meal plan and we did it in under $20, woohoo! Now head to your local Walmart, and start eating the natural way!

PALEO WALMART GROCERY SHOPPING LIST 

$1.00 Eggs
$1.68 Mushrooms
$0.72 4 Banana's
$2.72 Groundbeef
$1.48 Lettuce
$1.50 3 Tomatoes
$2.00 4 Sweet Potatoes
$1.96 Blueberries
$2.96 2 Zucchinis
$2.00 2 Bags of Cauliflower
$1.00 Vegetable Mix
$0.84 Brocolli
$19.86 TOTAL

MONDAY

Breakfast: Baked Eggs in Portobello Mushroom Caps
Lunch: Cauliflower Rice
Dinner: Burger Bites

Put a twist on your boring eggs for breakfast and put them in a declious portobello mushroom cap!

 

 

TUESDAY

Breakfast: Banana Pancakes
Lunch: Sweet Potato Stuffed Chili
Dinner: Zucchini noodles

Ditch that grainy spaghetti and try your new paleo Zucchini Spaghetti!

 

 

WEDNESDAY

Breakfast: Banana Blueberry Frittata
Lunch: Broccoli Salad
Dinner: Cauliflower Stuffing

Mmm cauliflower stuffing!

 

 

THURSDAY

Breakfast: Baked Eggs in Portobello Mushroom Caps
Lunch: Cauliflower Rice
Dinner: Burger Bites

We should all know by now Paleos can’t eat rice, but nobody said they can’t eat cauliflower rice. Yay!

 

 

FRIDAY

Breakfast: Banana Pancakes
Lunch: Sweet Potato Stuffed Chili
Dinner: Zucchini noodles

Spice up your sweet potatoes with some chili inside!

 

 

SATURDAY

Breakfast: Banana Blueberry Frittata
Lunch: Broccoli Salad
Dinner: Cauliflower Stuffing

Eat your greens for lunch on this fine Saturday!

 

 

SUNDAY

Leftover Day!

By the end of the week, you should have a good amount of food left over. Pick and choose what you want to eat again!

 

 

Interested in reading more of our $20 meal plan articles? Check out our keto, vegan, vegetarian and regular meal plans! If you have more than $20, you can also check out our $50 and $100 meal plans! Make eating healthy easy and cheap again!
 
 

Grace Mastronardi is a Senior at Rutgers University studying Communications and Digital Media. The New Jersey native is also a contributing writer for Her Campus Rutgers. When she’ s not writing, she can be found drinking smoothies, swimming in the ocean, painting on a canvas or hiking with her precious dog Teddy!